Will Adele Exarchopoulos be 17th non-English language Best Actress nominee at Oscars?

Last year, Emmanuelle Riva reaped a Best Actress bid at the Oscars for her French-language performance in “Amour,” which had won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes filmfest; she lost to Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”). 

This year, Adele Exarchopoulos headlines Cannes champ “Blue is the Warmest Color” but, according to our 25 Experts, she just misses the cut for the final five at the Oscars. Vote for the Best Actress lineup at the bottom of this post. 

Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“) is the overwhelming favorite of our Experts with 20 of them predicting her to prevail while five back the bid by Sandra Bullock (“Gravity“). 

Although Judi Dench (“Philomena“), Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks“) and Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County“) aren’t the top choice of any Experts, they are ranked higher overall than Exarchopoulos. Oscars film news 13579086

Of the 421 performances nominated for Best Actress over the first 85 years of the Oscars, 16 came in  non-English roles. Two of those contenders — Sophia Loren (“Two Women,” 1961) and Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose,” 2007) — won. (In addition, Marlee Matlin prevailed in 1986 for her American sign language performance in “Children of a Lesser God.”)

As you can see from the list below, seven of those nominated performances for Best Actress were given in French, three were in Swedish while two each were in Italian and Spanish.

Sophia Loren (“Two Women,” 1961) – Italian

Sophia Loren (“Marriage, Italian Style,” 1964) – Italian 

Anouk Aimee (“A Man And A Woman,” 1966) – French

Ida Kaminska (“The Shop On Main Street,” 1966) – Slovak, Yiddish

Liv Ullman (“The Emigrants,” 1972) – Swedish

Isabelle Adjani (“The Story of Adele H,” 1975) – French

Marie-Christine Barrault (“Cousin Cousine,” 1976) – French

Liv Ullman (“Face to Face,” 1976) – Swedish

Ingrid Bergman (“Autumn Sonata,” 1978) – Swedish

Isabelle Adjani (“Camille Claudel,” 1989) – French

Catherine Deneuve (“Indochine,” 1992) – French

Fernanda Montenegro (“Central Station,” 1998) – Portugese

Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace,” 2004) – Spanish

Penelope Cruz (“Volver,” 2006) – Spanish

Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose,” 2007) – French

Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour,” 2012) – French

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