Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film


Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film

The Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film is one of the awards presented at the Golden Globes, an American film awards ceremony.

Until 1986, it was known as the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film, meaning that any non-American film could be honoured. In 1987, it was changed to Best Foreign "Language" Film, so that non-American English language films are now considered for the Best Motion Picture awards. Additionally, this change makes American movies primarily in another language eligible for this award, including recent winner "Letters from Iwo Jima" and nominee "Apocalypto".

Note that since the 1987 change in the criteria for this award, its eligibility criteria have been considerably broader than those for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. American films have never been eligible for this award, and even non-U.S. films had to have principal dialogue in an official (non-English) language of the submitting country until 2006.

Before 1974, the award was given only infrequently, and with several films being jointly honoured per year.

The most honored country in this category is United Kingdom, with seven films honored. The most honoured countries after 1987 are Spain and France.

Best Foreign Film

*1950: "The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette)" (Italy)
*1951: "The Walls of Malapaga (Le mura di Malapaga)" (Italy)
*1952: "Rashomon (羅生門)" (Japan)
*1953: "The White Reindeer (Valkoinen peura)" (Finland)
*1955: "Twenty-Four Eyes" ("Nijushi no hitomi") (Japan}; "No Way Back" ("Weg Ohne Umkehr") (West Germany); "The Lady of the Camellias" (Argentina); "Genevieve" (United Kingdom)
*1956: "Ordet" ("The Word") (Denmark); "Stella" (Greece); "Sons, Mothers, and a General" ("Kinder, Mutter und Ein General") (West Germany); "Eyes of Children" (Japan); "Dangerous Curves (1955 film)" (United Kingdom);
*1957: "Before Sundown" ("Vor Sonnenuntergang") (West Germany); "The Girl in Black" ("To Koritsi me ta mavra") (Greece); "Richard III" (United Kingdom); "Roses on the Arm" ("Taiyo to bara") (Japan); "War and Peace" (Italy); "The White Reindeer" ("Valkoinen Peura") (Finland)
*1958: "Confessions of Felix Krull" ("Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull") (West Germany); "Tizoc" (Mexico); "Woman in a Dressing Gown" (United Kingdom); "Yellow Crow" ("Kiiroi karasu") (Japan)

*1959: "Die Brücke (The Bridge)" (West Germany)
*1960: "Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro)" (France)
*1961: "The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan)" (Sweden)
*1962: "Through A Glass Darkly (Såsom i en spegel)" (Sweden)
*1963: "Sundays and Cybele (Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray)" (France)
*1964: "" (Italy)
*1965: "Girl with Green Eyes" (UK); "Matrimonio all'italiana (Marriage Italian-Style)" (Italy); "Sallah Shabati" (Israel)
*1966: "Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli spiriti)" (Italy)
*1967: "A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme)" (France)
*1968: "Closely Watched Trains (Ostre sledované vlaky)" (Czechoslovakia)
*1969: "War and Peace (Война и мир; Voyna i mir)" (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)
*1970: "Z" (Algeria); "Oh! What a Lovely War" (United Kingdom)
*1971: "Rider on the Rain (Le passager de la pluie)" (France); "Women in Love" (United Kingdom)
*1972: "The Policeman" ("Ha-Shoter Azulai") (Israel); "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (United Kingdom)
*1973: "The New Land" (Sweden); "The Emigrants" (Sweden); "Young Winston" (United Kingdom)
*1974: "The Pedestrian" ("Der Fußgänger") (West Germany/Switzerland/Israel)
*1975: "Scenes from a Marriage" ("Scener ur ett äktenskap") (Sweden)
*1976: "Lies My Father Told Me" (Canada)
*1977: "Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte)" (Sweden)
*1978: "A Special Day (Una giornata particolare)" (Italy/Canada)
*1979: "Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten)" (Sweden)
*1980: "La Cage aux Folles" (France/Italy)
*1981: "Tess" (United Kingdom/France)
*1982: "Chariots of Fire" (United Kingdom)
*1983: "Gandhi" (UK/India)
*1984: "Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander)" (Sweden)
*1985: "A Passage to India" (United Kingdom)
*1986: "The Official Story (La historia oficial)" (Argentina)

Best Foreign Language Film

2000s


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