List of Azerbaijani submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

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Azerbaijan has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 2007. The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[3] It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[4] As of 2017, seven Azerbaijani films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but none has yet received an Oscar nomination.[5][6][7]

Submissions

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956.[4] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[3] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Azerbaijan for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Primary Language(s) Director Result
2007
(80th)
Caucasia Qafqaz Russian Farid Gumbatov Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
Fortress Qala Azerbaijani Shamil Najafzadeh Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
The Precinct[8] Sahə Azerbaijani, Russian Ilgar Safat Not Nominated
2012
(85th)
Buta[9] Buta Azerbaijani Ilgar Najaf Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
Steppe Man[10] Çölçü Azerbaijani Shamil Aliyev Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Nabat[11] Nabat Azerbaijani Elchin Musaoglu Not Nominated
2017
(90th)
Pomegranate Orchard[12] Nar bağı Azerbaijani Ilgar Najaf Not Nominated

Azerbaijan was first invited by AMPAS to submit a film in the Best Foreign Language Film category in the summer of 2006,[13] and they submitted for the first time in fall of 2007.

Azerbaijan's first Oscar submission was Caucasia by Farid Gumbatov - the story of an old woman leaving her war-torn Caucasian homeland for Russia, aboard a train. The following year, Azerbaijan sent Fortress, a drama about a film crew making a movie in an isolated mountain town famous for its ancient fortress, and what happens when the town is threatened by a modern-day foreign invasion. Neither film made much of an impact on the international film festival circuit, and neither film managed to get an Oscar nomination.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]

References

  1. ^ "Academy announces rules for 92nd Oscars". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Academy Announces Rule Changes For 92nd Oscars". Forbes. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
  5. ^ "A Record 63 Countries Vying For Best Foreign-Language Oscar Nod". Yahoo! Movies. 17 October 2007. Archived from the original on 26 September 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  6. ^ Gaydos, Steven; McCarthy, Libby (15 January 2008). "Oscar's foreign film race heats up". Variety. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  7. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar® Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Azerbaijani film "The Precinct" showing date revealed". today.az. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Ukraine, Azerbaijan pick Oscar entries: Illienko's 'Firecrosser,' Najaf's 'Buta' selected". Variety. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Azerbaijani film in competition for 2013 Foreign Language Film Oscar". News.Az. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Azerbaijani film presented to Oscar". News.az. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Azerbaijan sends "Pomegranate Orchard" to Oscar". Azer News. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  13. ^ http://mimiatthemovies.blogspot.com/2006_07_01_archive.html

External links

  • The Official Academy Awards Database
  • The Motion Picture Credits Database
  • IMDb Academy Awards Page
  • Review of Caucasia
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