Without eating or drinking it, the awards season 2021-2022 is about to come to an end with the Oscars ceremony to be held next Sunday, March 27 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles; and one of the categories that is attracting the most spotlight this year is that of best international filmwhose nominees contain a truly extraordinary quality.
Among them are ‘Drive My Car’ —which, possibly, is the one to be made with the precious statuette—, ‘It was the hand of God’ and ‘flee’, the animated film that has made history by receiving a triple nomination for best international film, best documentary film and best animated film. But if I am typing these lines it is to tell you about another much less pleasant award-related record…
Luckily we have Portugal left
If we take a look at the list of countries that have submitted nominations for an Oscar nomination for best international film since it began to be awarded in 1947, we find Portugal as the black sheep of the group. And it is that the Portuguese country has sent a whopping 38 feature films to the Academy since 1980, each and every one of them being rejected in the selection phase.
This makes it the country with the most proposals rejected, remaining very close to Egypt —with 36 applications rejected—, Bulgaria and the Philippines —both 32—, Venezuela —31— or Croatia —with 30 none—; finding on the other side of the coin countries like France —with 40 nominations and 12 wins out of 68 proposals— or Italy —with 32 nominations and 14 wins out of 68 feature films submitted—.
The figures of Spain They are not bad either, being in the third position of the Ranking with four wins —’Start over’, ‘Belle Époque’, ‘All about my mother’ and ‘The Sea Inside’—harvested from 20 nominations obtained after submitting 64 applications since in 1956 he tried his luck for the first time with ‘Tarde de toros’ by Ladislao Vajda; being our first nominee ‘La Vengeance’ by Juan Antonio Bardem in 1958.
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Oscar Awards: the country that has submitted the nomination for best foreign film the most times and has never been selected