‘The Great Beauty’ extends Italy’s Foreign-Language Film record to 11

The academy introduced the Foreign Language Film category in 1956 and Italy claimed a record 10 trophies in this race. However, the last of these was “Life is Beautiful” back in 1998. That 15-year drought ended this year with a win for “The Great Beauty.”

The 10 films that won the competitive Oscar, out of 29 nominations: 

1956: “La Strada”
1957: “Nights of Cabiria”
1963: “8 1/2”
1964: “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”
1970: “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion”
1971: “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis”
1974: “Amarcord”
1989: “Cinema Paradiso”
1991: “Mediterraneo”
1998: “Life Is Beautiful”

From 1947 to 1955, the academy gave out non-competitive honorary awards to foreign language films and Italian fare claimed three of these:

1947: “Shoeshine”
1949: “The Bicycle Thief”
1950: “The Walls of Malapaga” 

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