List of Russian Submissions For The Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film

List Of Russian Submissions For The Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film

Russia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1992. Prior to that, Russian films were strongly represented among the films submitted by the former Soviet Union. The Foreign Language Film award is handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.

Each year, the Academy invites countries to submit their best films for competition, with only one film being accepted from each country. The Soviet Union had a strong record in the category, receiving a total of nine nominations between 1968–1984, including three winners – War and Peace, Dersu Uzala and Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Eight of the nominees, including all three winners, were produced by Russian film studios. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, films representing the Russian Federation won a further five nominations, including one Oscar win for Burnt by the Sun.

Nikita Mikhalkov has been chosen to represent Russia four times. While The Barber of Siberia was disqualified when the print did not arrive in Los Angeles in time, the other three films were all nominated for an Oscar.

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