‘Parasite’ Best Picture Oscar Win: What Other Foreign Films Were Nominated for Best Picture?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Parasite Wins Best Picture

Parasite made Oscar historical past as the primary international language movie to win the Best Picture Award. Bong Joon Ho’s story of con artists dwelling off a wealthy household lastly crossed that boundary. Other international language movies have made it to the ultimate spherical, however misplaced to a conventional English-language movie.

Parasite Wins Best Picture
Parasite wins Best Picture on the Oscars together with Cho Yeo-jeong, Park So-dam, Choi Woo-shik, Kang-Ho Song,Yang Jin-mo, Jin Won Han, Kwak Sin-ae, Ha-jun Lee, Yang-kwon Moon, Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, Bong Joon-ho, and Sun-kyun Lee | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Parasite was already in good firm with these different nominees, however in the event you’re within the historical past behind this landmark victory, listed here are a number of the different international language movies The Academy nominated prior to now.

One yr earlier than ‘Parastie,’ ‘Roma’ had an excellent likelihood on the Best Picture Oscar

Alfonso Cuaron’s 2018 movie Roma was an Oscar favourite. Cuaron primarily based his black and white drama about maid (Yalitza Aparicio) for a rich Mexican household on his personal life rising up. Roma nonetheless gained Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography, however Green Book finally gained Best Picture.

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Yalitza Aparicio in Roma | Alfonso Cuarón/Netflix

Roma’s success was sufficient to make Steven Spielberg launch a marketing campaign to disqualify Netflix from Oscar nominations. So far, Netflix remains to be in, as The Irishman received plenty of nominations too. 

In 2013, ‘Amour’ was the only international language Best Picture nominee

Michael Haneke’s 2012 French movie Amour was a brutal drama about an 80-something stroke sufferer (Emmanuelle Riva) who wished to finish her life. Her husband (Jean-Louis Trintignant) tried to take care of her, going through an increasing number of resistance.

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Emmanuelle Riva in Amour | Films du Losange/Sony Pictures Classics

Amour gained the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The Academy nominated Haneke for Best Director and Best Screenplay and Riva for her efficiency. Argo gained Best Picture that yr.

‘Babel’ and ‘Letters From Iwo Jima’ have been technically international language movies

Babel was a multi-narrative story traversing a number of cultures. As such it had tales in Spanish, in Japanese, in Arabic and in signal language. It additionally had an American story with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett talking English. 

Letters from Iwo Jima was a Clint Eastwood film. He directed the Japanese perspective on WWII as a companion to his movie Flags of Our Fathers. Much of Letters is in Japanese with English subtitles, however there are additionally English talking characters and it’s a Hollywood manufacturing.

‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ was the final Asian Best Picture nominee earlier than ‘Parasite’

Ang Lee’s martial arts epic landed a Best Picture nominee. Lee must accept Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography for Peter Pau, Best Original Score for Tan Dun and Best Art Direction for Tim Yip. Gladiator gained Best Picture that yr.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was a Hong Kong/Taiwanese movie. The actors spoke Mandarin. Parastie is a Korean movie in Korean language. 

‘Life Is Beautiful’ and ‘Il Postino’ have been Italian Oscar nominees

Roberto Benigni achieved a exceptional feat along with his 1998 movie Life Is Beautiful. He made a comedy concerning the Holocaust. He would win Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film for it, and his composer Nicola Piovani would win Best Score. Shakespeare in Love took residence Best Picture

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Roberto Benigni on the Oscars with Sophia Loren (R) | Timothy A. Clary/AFP through Getty Images

1995’s Il Postino was a whimsical love story a few postman with a crush. He learns poetry from a poet whose mail he delivers, and people poems, and all different dialogue, are in Italian. Il Postino received the Best Picture nomination however not Best Foreign Language Film. It gained for Best Score, however not Best Actor for the late Massimo Troisi or Director Michael Radford both however Braveheart gained Best Picture.

Earlier international movies nominated for Best Picture Oscars

For the sake of completion, listed here are a couple of extra early international language movies that landed the Best Picture nomination. 1937’s French movie Grand Illusion, 1968’s French/Algerian Z, 1971’s Swedish The Immigrants and 1972’s Swedish Cries and Whispers

All in all, solely 12 international language movies ever received near a Best Picture Oscar, and solely 10 in the event you disqualify Babel and Letters from Iwo Jima. Hopefully Parasite is the primary of many. 

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