List of submissions to the 77th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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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 every year since the award was created in 1956.[1] The award is handed out annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1][2] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films.[2]

For the 77th Academy Awards, which were held on February 27, 2005, the Academy invited 89 countries to submit films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[3] Fifty-one countries submitted films to the Academy, including Malaysia, which submitted a film for the first time.[4] The submissions from Colombia, Hong Kong and Ukraine were rejected before the formal review process, but Colombia submitted another film as a replacement.[5][6] The Academy released a list of the five nominees for the award on January 25, 2005.[7] The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was Spain's The Sea Inside, which was directed by Alejandro Amenabar.[8]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Afghanistan Earth and Ashes Khakestar-o-khak Dari, Pashto Rahimi, AtiqAtiq Rahimi Not Nominated
 Argentina Lost Embrace El abrazo partido Spanish Burman, DanielDaniel Burman Not Nominated
 Austria Antares Antares German Spielmann, GötzGötz Spielmann Not Nominated
 Belgium The Alzheimer Case De Zaak Alzheimer Dutch Van Looy, ErikErik Van Looy Not Nominated
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Days and Hours Kod amidze Idriza Serbo-Croatian ZalicaPjer Žalica Not Nominated
 Brazil Olga Olga Portuguese Monjardim, JaymeJayme Monjardim Not Nominated
 Bulgaria Mila from Mars Mila ot Mars (Мила от Марс) Bulgarian Sophia, ZornitsaZornitsa Sophia Not Nominated
 Canada Far Side of the Moon La face cachée de la lune French Lepage, RobertRobert Lepage Not Nominated
 Chile Machuca Machuca Spanish Wood, AndrésAndrés Wood Not Nominated
 China House of Flying Daggers Shí miàn mái fú (十面埋伏) Mandarin Yimou, ZhangZhang Yimou Not Nominated
 Colombia El Rey[A] El Rey Spanish Dorado, Jose AntonioJose Antonio Dorado Not Nominated
 Croatia Long Dark Night Duga mračna noc Serbo-Croatian Vrdoljak, AntunAntun Vrdoljak Not Nominated
 Czech Republic Up and Down Horem pádem Czech Hřebejk, JanJan Hřebejk Not Nominated
 Denmark The Five Obstructions De Fem benspænd Danish Leth, JørgenJørgen Leth, Lars von Trier Not Nominated
 Ecuador Chronicles Crónicas Spanish Cordero, SebastiánSebastián Cordero Not Nominated
 Egypt I Love Cinema بحب السيما Arabic Fawzy, OsamaOsama Fawzy Not Nominated
 Estonia Revolution of Pigs Sigade revolutsioon Estonian Kilmi, JaakJaak Kilmi, René Reinumägi Not Nominated
 Finland Producing Adults Lapsia ja aikuisia - Kuinka niitä tehdään? Finnish Salmenperä, AleksiAleksi Salmenperä Not Nominated
 France The Chorus Les Choristes French Barratier, ChristopheChristophe Barratier Nominated
 Germany Downfall Der Untergang German Hirschbiegel, OliverOliver Hirschbiegel Nominated
 Greece A Touch of Spice Politiki kouzina (Πολίτικη Κουζίνα) Greek Boulmetis, TassosTassos Boulmetis Not Nominated
 Hong Kong Running on Karma[B] Daai chek liu (大隻佬) Cantonese Ka-Fai, WaiWai Ka-Fai, Johnnie To Disqualified
 Hungary Kontroll Kontroll Hungarian Antal, NimródNimród Antal Not Nominated
 Iceland Cold Light Kaldaljós Icelandic Oddsson, HilmarHilmar Oddsson Not Nominated
 India Shwaas Shwaas Marathi Sawant, SandeepSandeep Sawant Not Nominated
 Iran Turtles Can Fly Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand Kurdish Ghobadi, BahmanBahman Ghobadi Not Nominated
 Israel Campfire Medurat Hashevet (מדורת השבט) Hebrew Cedar, JosephJoseph Cedar Not Nominated
 Italy The Keys to the House Le chiavi di casa Italian Amelio, GianniGianni Amelio Not Nominated
 Japan Nobody Knows Dare mo Shiranai (誰も知らない) Japanese Koreeda, HirokazuHirokazu Koreeda Not Nominated
 Macedonia The Great Water Golemata voda Macedonian Trajikov, IvoIvo Trajikov Not Nominated
 Malaysia The Princess of Mount Ledang Puteri Gunung Ledang Malay Hin, Saw TeongSaw Teong Hin Not Nominated
 Mexico Innocent Voices Voces inocentes Spanish Mandoki, LuisLuis Mandoki Not Nominated
 Netherlands Simon Simon Dutch Terstall, EddyEddy Terstall Not Nominated
 Norway Hawaii, Oslo Hawaii, Oslo Norwegian Poppe, ErikErik Poppe Not Nominated
 Palestine The Olive Harvest The Olive Harvest Arabic Elias, HannaHanna Elias Not Nominated
 Philippines Crying Ladies Crying Ladies Tagalog Meily, MarkMark Meily Not Nominated
 Poland The Welts Pręgi Polish Piekorz, MagdalenaMagdalena Piekorz Not Nominated
 Portugal The Miracle According to Salomé O Milagre segundo Salomé Portuguese Barroso, MárioMário Barroso Not Nominated
 Romania Orient Express Orient Express Romanian Nicolaescu, SergiuSergiu Nicolaescu Not Nominated
 Russia Night Watch Nochnoy dozor (Ночной дозор) Russian Bekmambetov, TimurTimur Bekmambetov Not Nominated
 Serbia and Montenegro Goose Feather Jesen stiže, Dunjo moja Serbo-Croatian Samardžić, LjubišaLjubiša Samardžić Not Nominated
 Slovenia Beneath Her Window Pod njenim oknom Slovenian Pevec, MetodMetod Pevec Not Nominated
 South Africa Yesterday Yesterday Zulu Roodt, DarrellDarrell Roodt Nominated
 South Korea Taegukgi Taegukgi Hwinallimyo (태극기 휘날리며) Korean Je-gyu, KangKang Je-gyu Not Nominated
 Spain The Sea Inside Mar adentro Spanish Amenabar, AlejandroAlejandro Amenabar Won Academy Award
 Sweden As It Is in Heaven Så som i himmelen Swedish Pollak, KayKay Pollak Nominated
  Switzerland Mein Name Ist Bach Mein Name Ist Bach German de Rivaz, DominiqueDominique de Rivaz Not Nominated
 Taiwan 20 30 40 20 30 40 Mandarin Chang, SylviaSylvia Chang Not Nominated
 Thailand The Overture Hom rong (โหมโรง) Thai Vichailak, IttisoontornIttisoontorn Vichailak Not Nominated
 Ukraine A Driver for Vera[C] Voditel dlya Very (Водитель для Веры) Russian Chukhrai, PavelPavel Chukhrai Disqualified
 Uruguay Whisky Whisky Spanish Rebella, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll Not Nominated
 Venezuela Punto y Raya Punto y Raya Spanish Schneider, EliaElia Schneider Not Nominated

See also


  • A Colombia's original submission, Maria Full of Grace was disqualified because the Academy determined that there was too much English dialogue in the film for it to meet Academy requirements.[6] Colombia submitted El Rey as a replacement.[5]
  • B Hong Kong's submission, Running on Karma, was disqualified by the Academy, which cited problems with the film's release date.[9]
  • C Ukraine's submission, A Driver for Vera, was disqualified because the Academy determined that the film was primarily Russian-produced, and thus not eligible as Ukraine's submission.[5]


  1. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2008-07-08. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Academy Invites 89 Countries to Submit Their Best Pictures for Foreign Language Film Oscar". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2004-07-01. Archived from the original on June 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  4. ^ Hu, Brian (2004-12-21). "Asia Pacific Arts: Oscars in Full". University of California, Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  5. ^ a b c Kaufman, Anthony. "Foreign Oscar Quandary: Academy Nixes "Maria," Colombia Adds "El Rey," and Other Stories from the Foreign-Lingo Category". indieWire. Archived from the original on December 20, 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  6. ^ a b Goldstein, Patrick (2007-10-23). "THE BIG PICTURE: Oscars' foreign policy problem". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  7. ^ "2005 Oscars 77th Academy Awards Nominees". Yahoo! Movies. 2005-01-25. Archived from the original on 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  8. ^ "'Sea Inside' wins for best foreign film". MSNBC. 2005-02-27. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  9. ^ "Flying Daggers to vie for Oscar". 2004-09-17. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 

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