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  • Emil Petrov
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    My question is: Who gets the nomination and win for Foreign Language Film at the Oscars? 

    In IMDB there is no listing of nominees.

    For instance: In 2007 Pan’s Labyrinth was nominated for Foreign Language film. Guillermo Del Toro is producer of the film. Yet in IMDB his listed as ”Nominated for 1 Oscar” for writing.

    What’s the deal here? Who gets the statuette or the nomination for that matter? 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    As I understand it, it goes to the country itself. The producer or director accepts it, but it doesn’t go to them.

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    Emil Petrov
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    Well that sucks. The country didn’t make the movie. The producer and director did. 

    Thanks for the information! 🙂 

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    Filmatelist
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    As I understand it, it goes to the country itself. The producer or director accepts it, but it doesn’t go to them.

    To be more specific, these days I suspect 100% of the time, the director will be the one to walk away with the actual physical trophy, but you’re correct in that his/her name isn’t on the award nor is it cited among the AMPAS list of stats and credits.

    So Ang Lee technically has 2 Oscars, not 3.   

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    Gain
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    Yeah,it’s pretty silly that the countries got the medal,not the people actually involved.

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    Eddy Q
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    It pretty much sums up the Academy’s condescending attitude to international cinema, as well as perpetuating the idea of the Oscars as being a political game.

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    seabel
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    The director wins it.

    That’s why Ang Lee has three Oscars and Pedro Almodóvar has two. 

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    Eddy Q
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    ^ Technically the director doesn’t win it, they merely accept it. Officially it’s awarded to the country, both in the announcements and the listings.

    If I were a director (heaven forbid) of a foreign language nominee, I wouldn’t turn up to the ceremony because of this ridiculous rule. It’s an insult to the filmmakers.

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    seabel
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    Well, I meant “the director owns it in the name of the country”.

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    “The Academy statuette (Oscar) will be awarded to the motion picture and accepted by the director on 
    behalf of the picture’s creative talents. For Academy Awards purposes the country will be credited as 
    the nominee. The directors name will be listed on the statuette plaque after country and film title.”

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    Emil Petrov
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    OK, this comes in perfect timing. 

    Susanne Bier directed In a Better World (2010) that won the foreign Language Oscar. 

    Yet it the trailer for Serena (below) the credit states ”Form Academy Award Winning Director”

    http://www.hd-trailers.net/movie/serena/

    How about that? 

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