October 29, 2015 at 10:04 pm #196704
It looks like “Son of Saul” will be this year’s best bet for a foreign language contender in major Oscar categories. It’s a rare occurrence to even get one non-English language film in the mix in top categories out of the tons that are released every year. So which ones since 2000 deserved to make the cut as Oscars, or deserved more than they got? (I’d ask about all-time, but that list would be almost too long to manage.)
In recent years, I was partial to the Korean films “Secret Sunshine” and “Poetry” (not sure if either were distributed in such a way that they would have been eligible), which had lead-actress performances by Jeon Do-yeon and Yun Jeeong-hie, respectively, that were astonishing.
I think “In the House” deserved a screenplay nomination a couple of years ago. “Swimming Pool” deserved a writing bid for similar reasons a little over a decade ago.
“The Hunt” and “Lebanon” were also stunners.October 29, 2015 at 10:21 pm #196706
Just on the cut-off, but Battle Royale.October 30, 2015 at 1:37 am #196707
Last year’s The Way He Looks was absolutely beautiful
It’s kind of baffling La Vie en Rose wasn’t even nominated for Foreign Film (i’m assuming France didn’t submit it)October 30, 2015 at 4:30 am #196708
‘Force Majeure’ was a film that I thought for sure would get into Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, only to end up snubbed. The screenplay is terrific (one of my favorites of last year), and every actor is pitch perfect in their performances. The way that the central conflict effects each character and grows and builds until it finally reaches its boiling point is brilliantly done.October 30, 2015 at 4:43 am #196709
Blue Is The Warmest Colour: Actress (Exarchopoulos), Supporting Actress (Seydoux), Screenplay, Foreign Language, Picture.
Rust & Bone: Actor (Schoenaerts), Actress (Cotillard), Foreign Language, Picture.
Intouchables: Foreign Language, Screenplay.October 30, 2015 at 8:20 am #196710
Stranger by the Lake, the best foreign language film from last year, although there were so many.
This is on Netflix, the cinematography brilliant, acting amazing, and just one sexy thriller.October 30, 2015 at 9:48 am #196711
I have to second all the mentions for Poetry, Force Majeure and Stranger by the Lake–all of which were absolutely top 5 films in their year.
But I also really loved The White Ribbon (which should have won Foreign Language *and* Cinematography), A Separation (which should have won Screenplay, and have been nominated in Actor, Actress, Director and Picture), The Great Beauty (should have been a Cinematography, Actor, Screenplay, Director, Picture nominee) and Amelie (should have been an Actress nominee).October 30, 2015 at 10:39 am #196712
First and foremost, Blue Is The Warmest Color. Not just a film, but an experience. Also, it was unfortunate that Rust and Bone got ignored in favor of A-boring..oh, I’m sorry, Amour. I also agree with Stranger By The Lake and The Way He Looks. But one I would throw in is Let The Right One In. I am baffled that it didn’t even make the shortlist because it was such a masterfully crafted vampire romance. That deserved a nod for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, etc.October 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm #196713
There are foreign movies every year that deserve to be in the Oscars conversation. Lots of them. It’s ridiculous to think that out of all the movies in the world, most of the best come out of America (TV perhaps, not film).
If A Separation were in English and starred Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, it would have easily swept in the major categories. If the Academy is really interested in recognizing the finest in film, it would do better to look outside of what the studios and industry press decides are contenders.October 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm #196714
What bothers me more than the Academy not recognising enough foreign-language films is how many people not clued up about awards season assume the Academy to be this highly esteemed organisation, which reinforces this persistent idea of the majority of good cinema being in English. If more people saw the Oscars for what they actually are, foreign films not getting enough nominations wouldn’t seem to matter so much. I’ve often felt we give the Academy far too much credibility by complaining about them (and I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else).October 30, 2015 at 11:18 pm #196715
Blue is the Warmest Colour had a more deserving lead actress and supporting actress than anyone who was nominated. The Hunt should have won original screenplay. Mommy should have been nominated for lead actor and won lead actress.October 31, 2015 at 7:50 am #196716
So just to clarify, we’re talking about foreign films that deserved nominations in categories other than Best Foreign Language Film?
Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Best Supporting Actor (Álvaro Guerrero)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh)
Best Supporting Actress (Zhang Ziyi)
Best Original Screenplay (Hayao Miyazaki)
Best Actress (Oksana Akinshina)
The Sea Inside
Best Actor (Javier Bardem)
Best Director (Guillermo del Toro)
Best Actress (Ivana Baquero)
Best Original Screenplay (Pedro Almodóvar)
Oslo, August 31st
Best Director (Joachim Trier)
Best Original Screenplay (Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt)
Best Director (Leos Carax)
Best Actor (Denis Lavant)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Director (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Best Actress (Adèle Exarchopoulos)
Best Supporting Actress (Léa Seydoux)
Best Adapted Screenplay (Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix)
Best Actor (Mads Mikkelsen)
Best Actor (Michel Bouquet)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Best Adapted Screenplay (Riko Sakaguchi, Isao Takahata)
Two Days, One Night
Best Director (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne)
Best Original Screenplay (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne)
Best Actor (Haluk Bilginer)
Best Original Screenplay (Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
I also really dug Jiro Dreams of Sushi and thought it deserved a Best Documentary Feature nomination, but I wasn’t sure if it counted (it’s in Japanese but it’s a U.S. production).November 1, 2015 at 8:55 am #196717
In a perfect world the Oscar would be an award honoring greatness in filmmaking regardless of nationality. In such a scenario I would have liked many foreign language films to be recognized by the Academy. However, I would like to mention two films in particular: Still Walking by Hirokazu Koreeda and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu. Two outstanding achievements by two of the best filmmakers currently working.
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