March 1, 2016 at 7:10 am #219717
So I was wondering – who’s keeping the Oscar trophy for the Foreign Language Film winner? The director? The producers? The studio?
On the IMDB for example László Nemes and all the previous FLF winners’ directors aren’t listed as “Oscar-winners”, only the film does.
So how is that working?March 1, 2016 at 7:42 am #219719
The rules currently for the FLF category state that “the Academy statuette will be awarded to the picture and accepted by the director on behalf of the film’s creative talents”. Therefore, the director does not personally win the Award, but simply accepts it during the ceremony.
For example, the Oscar statuette won by the Canadian film The Barbarian Invasions (2003) is on display at the TIFF Bell lightbox. Also, in 2014 it was announced that the name of the director will be engraved
onto the Oscar statuette, in addition to the name of the country.March 1, 2016 at 8:05 am #219720
Yes, it’s awarded to the country, but the directors are given the physical award in almost all cases. I personally think that giving credit to a country for making a film seems like a pretty ridiculous system, but maybe that’s just me. In documentary, animated or the shorts categories, it goes to the producers and/or directors so I don’t know why it would have to be different. At least now they at least get their name on the statue, but why it’s not listed as such on imdb is beyond me.March 1, 2016 at 8:14 am #219721
I believe It’s because most of the directors can keep the statuette (I believe the country doesn’t try to get the Oscar lol), but it’s not exactly them.March 1, 2016 at 8:25 am #219722
The director gets to keeps the Oscar, but the Academy lists the host country as the official winner.March 1, 2016 at 8:40 am #219723
Everything ETPhoneHome said.March 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm #219724
The director should be officially recognized here.
It’s a little patronizing to award an entire country.March 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm #219725
Well if Picture goes to producers, shouldn’t it be producers who win rather than directors for Foreign Language Film, if anyone?March 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm #219726
There’s an argument for that, but the very fact that we have a foreign-language category (despite their crafts and actors and directors being eligible for everything else) shows that there is a concerted effort to shine a light on films that would otherwise be overlooked. In that sense, the directors of these movies are facing a system that is almost rigged against them from the outset due to poor visiblity. Of course, some directors with big names have been able to get in (Michael Haneke), but most don’t. Having the director accept the award is a way of giving the most important contributor to the film a chance to speak about it, even if they aren’t labelled an Oscar winner afterwards.
Technically a film like ‘Son of Saul’ could have been nominated for best picture (in which case the producers would be nominated). There’s no easy answer here. Should the director of an animated film get the Oscar if it wins animated feature, or just the producers? They have an opportunity to be nominated in picture and director as well…March 1, 2016 at 4:52 pm #219727
I’d say it should go to both the producers and the director, like in the animation and documentary categories.
I agree that this awarding the country thing is ridiculous. The whole of Hungary did not make Son of Saul. The current system says a lot about how Hollywood views foreign cinema.March 2, 2016 at 12:01 am #219728
I read in a Hungarian article that the Hungarian filmmakers are going to decide who should keep the Oscar. So it’s not assured that László Nemes is going to keep it.
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