2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film

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87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.

This is a much tougher call than it once seemed to be. "Ida" had been positioned as the frontrunner for some time, and while it still holds that position, Golden Globe winner "Leviathan" is coming on strong, as is "Wild Tales" — which is definitely the biggest crowdpleaser of the bunch. We’re actually going to make one of our bolder predictions and suggest the latter gives the night’s bigger surprises.

Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Nominees:
"Ida"
"Leviathan"
"Tangerines"
"Timbuktu"
"Wild Tales"

Will Win: "Wild Tales"
Could Win: "Ida" or "Leviathan"
Should Win: "Leviathan"
Shoulda Been Here: "Mommy"

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Comments

Rohit Mahajan

What about "Court"?

Arthur Lofton

The best movie I saw in 2015, foreign or otherwise was Phoenix from Germany. I do not understand a system which would exclude such a fine film.

jan

Wild Tales NO DOUBT !

CAMI

Wild Tales!

Alex

Ida is amazing!!! It should win!!! Have you Ever watched polish film? Their historical movies are great but drastic too.

Shorena Dvali

Will win "Tangerines"

Lela

Tangerines !!! Vincere Ragazzi !!!

Craig Rabinowitz

Je Suis Femen. Got it?

Craig Rabinowitz

Jesus Suis Femen. That is.

Craig Rabinowitz

Leviathan may be the greatest film ever made. Jesus Suis Femen gets runner-up for 2014

Sergio

Wild tales is the best !

Filmovanje Com

Leviathan – One powerful movie! From Russia, but wide as if it was happening anywhere in the globe, because situations of injustice are so identical. The characters and atmosphere are carefully painted, in the way Tarkovsky does it. Strong drama, harsh and bold.
For watching again and again. As long as your soul does not experience a catharsis… and purity… If such things could possibly exist…

Nicolas

go WT go…hope u r right!!..

Tyler

Wild Tales should be the winner, I have seen all foreign films BTW

julian

Wild tales is better!!!!

Lisa

Ida should win; it is an amazing film which genuinely gives one the feeling of being in 1962 Poland.

Giorgi

Tangerines has no alternative. IT has to win !

Alan

Leviathan us the best film I’ve seen since The Tree of Life (2011) so I would be thrilled if it wins. Ida was pretty good also.

Andrea

I really liked Wild Tales

barry young

‘Leviathan’ SHOULD win! Come now, "Ida" is a masterpiece. Brilliantly cast, lensed and directed. Poignant to the max. Historical. Bizarrely, beautifully ironic. Oi!

Daniel

Wild Tales, shows everyday situations with art and creativity. Outstanding!

Marce

Wild Tales should be in the final list!

Jack

Saw wild tales yesterday, it is brillant an awesome film , I’m sure it will win

J

TANGERINES ALL THE WAY! GO ESTONIA!

IVAN

Leviathan is one of the most realistic movies for all time! I hope it will win!

Alex Pearl

I have only seem ‘Ida’, which was an exceptionally striking and beautiful film – and a very worthy contender.

Ruiz

Just see Tangerines and you’ll have no question which is the best!!!

yasmin

wild tales is one of the best films ive ever seen… it has something different, real. i will such a pity if it doesnt win

Jim

Tangerines!

Anna

"Wild Tales" should win, it’s an amazing and wonderful movie. "Ida"is boring and highly overrated.

Britney

Will win "Ida"

Vanessa

Wild Tales is awesome, and I think it’s going to win this year.

gus

Wild tales!!! it’s original and amazing

CLAUDE

Wild Tales!

MIKE

Wild Tales! Best movie!

Annie

I’d choose Wild Tales a miilion times.

Marty

IDA should win!

Maggie

Wild tales, is the best foreign film of the year. It is so catchy, the definition od a black comedy.

hellen

such an amazing films corn island and tangerines <3 the directors of these films are georgian zaza urushadze-tangerines giorgi ovashvili-corn island<3 good luck my country <3

levan

Corn Island is the best

Mike

IDA !

Anon

Force Majeure was a horrible little obnoxious film.

Ida is extremely overrated.

I would say Leviathan or Relatos Salvajes.

Miguel

Where is Mommy? Xavier Dolan deserves to be in this cathegory.

Matias

Wild Tales, the super blockbuster by Damián Szifrón has just harvested nine nominations for the Goya awards (the Oscars of the Spanish film).
The film was nominated as best…: Spanish film, director, actor (Ricardo Darín), original screenplay (Damian Szifron), Latin American film, mounting, original music (Gustavo Santaolalla), production and bestcostume design. The gala will be on 7 February in Madrid.

Alex

Wild Tales!!!

AMERICAN

TANGERINES is great ! must watch !!

Arko Okk

Tangerines! An intelligent choice!

Luis

THE LIBERATOR!

pete

Very disppointed that Xavier Dolan’s Mommy is now out of the running.

zura

I think "corn island" is one of the best foreign film of all time

Nicolas

What happen with Mommy of Xavier Dolan??

eff

Corn Island is one of the best films I saw all year. I hope it gets some respect and recognition.

Hey

Das finstere Tal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

George

Little England is amazing and deserves a spot! Such a rich story and great actors. I have not seen many of the others.

Matt

The Raid 2 should definitely be a serious contender

Marcio

And "The Way He Looks" Brazil?

k

ida or leviathan

Thomas

Force Majeure is incredible! Im sure it will be nominated

Jana

What about Kurmanjan Datka Queen of Mountains? It’s from Kyrgyzstan. Why it is not on the list?

Vito

It’s a shame that Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the mountains is not in the list

Giovanna

Tangerines, The way he looks and Little England are one one the ones that I enjoyed most, but I still have many others to watch. Human Capital is way too bad to be in this competition. Italy won a well deserved prize last year but this time we can leave space to the other competitors :)

mary

Dardenne brothers make excellent films for years.Hope they win.

Dyranz Twain

The Philippines’ entry will surprise everyone!

Rahat

Queen of the Mountains, Kyrgyzstan

Florence

I will add Wild Tales to the heavyweights, one of the best films i’ve seen in a while, definitely a highlight this year

Pablo

Wild Tales is great! I hope it wins it

Almaz

I suppose that "Kurmanjan Datka’ the movie about brave woman should be listed here,it deserves it.

alwyn

I saw City 44 and it’s a great movie

polishgirl

Miasto 44 why not?!

Thomas

The Raid 2 deserves a nomination. Best cinematography at least! It has the best cinematography in any film I’ve seen

Virgilio

I watched Norte, The End of History in April and it is still playing inside my head, tattooed in my mind. The same feeling I got when I watched Gravity last year, and yet it felt like they were of the same length!

Steve

Brad, The Golden Dream, which is praised by critics is Guatemalan and not Mexican, it represented Guatemala at Goya and actually was nominated. The director is Mexican and it’s a Mexican co-production but Guatemalan main production. Unfortunately Guatemala didn’t send any film. Anyone knows any link to watch it with English subs? People say that if Guatemala had sent it, it would have placed.

Brad

The Golden Dream (mexican film) should also be here

declan

The Leviathan (masterpiece) and Ida (masterpiece)… These two movies should be in English and then nominated for the great Oscar….

Gil Marcel

The Way He Looks DEFINITELY deserves to be remembered.

Aaron

I’ve seen Norte: The end of History and all I can say is its worth your 4hours. I think finally Philippines has a good chance to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. I have yet to see Mommy though.

Steve

Also, Afghanistan looks so strong. A realistic depiction of a love story in difficult conditions without beautification. Afghanistan along with the 15 that I’ve mentioned above are the strongest and most interesting in my opinion.

Luis

"The Liberator" (Venezuela) come, come…!

Joe

Leviathan seems like a lock. It’s just the kind of grandly stark foreign cinema the Academy loves to nominate. And it’s early reviews have been outstanding.

Steve

Nice predictions in the most unpredictable award but I find it a little bit Euro-centric mostly sash factor countries and you also put too many Scandinavian films. I believe that this year latin countries rocked with socio-political strong films such as the same-themed as the Nicaraguan nominated "Alsino and the condor" of 1982 about Sandinistas through the eyes of a child: "Red princesses" from Costa Rica, the Bolivian about the former dictatorships in all the latin countries, the Colombian about a guy that finds solution and ends up his bad habits through art and the Dominican about Haitians and Dominicans.
Also, Australia sent a strong film about Aboriginals with the milestone of Aboriginal cinema and awarded for this performance in Cannes, David Gulpilil and Indonesia sent an important history film about Soekarno. My predictions in order:
1. Belgium
2. Costa Rica
3. Canada
4. Bolivia
5. Brazil
6. Colombia
7. Australia
8. Hungary
9. France
10. Poland
11. Russia
12. Turkey
13. Dominican Republic
14. Venezuela
15. Indonesia

RICHARD J.

The Way He Looks just opened in LA, and may I say it’s probably the most adorable film ever? Me and all my three friends found ourselves with tears on our eyes by the end of the movie. Amazing, I’m absolutely rooting for it. Go, Brazil <3

San

Go, The Liberator!

Al

The way he looks is amazing !!

tom

no’the raid 2′? how? that deserves the win

Aluísio

If "The Way He Looks" got a decent enough release and campaign, it could get in (as it should). It’s a lovely film all around, a crowd pleaser that’s genuinely emotional and never pedantic. But how can it compete with nuns/Holocaust ("Ida")? Sigh.

Henry

Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment-inspired epic drama: "Norte, the End of History".

Tony

IDA – the best.

matias

And… "kill to man" from chile? is amazing movie, and this film win sundance festival 2014!

Alex

It’s between "Human Capital" and "Two Days, One Night" – both GREAT – rooting for the brilliant "Human Capital."

Kenito

Wild Tales

DEAN

Wild Tales could take this for sure, great film.

Joe

Pretty stacked category this year, just like last year. It’s a little too close to call, but I think Mommy and Ida are the two surest bets. I’d personally love to see Leviathan get a nomination though.

Fab

Nothing about the Swiss submission "The Circle"? That bad?

Boris Chykulay

Huge problem with KGB corruption in Ukraine: favorite Ukrainian film The Tribe was killed by few people from industry in the name of Russian Liviathan.

guy pelletier

"Hello, I’m Leos Carax, director of foreign-language films. I’ve been making foreign-language films my whole life. Foreign-language films are made all over the world, of course, except in America. In America, they only make non-foreign-language films. Foreign-language films are very hard to make, obviously, because you have to invent a foreign language instead of using the usual language. But the truth is, cinema is a foreign language, a language created for those who need to travel to the other side of life. Good night."

DONARDO

North, the End of History from the Philippines deserves a nomination, at least

Mikael

Just because movies win prizes i.e. Winter Sleep it is not likely that the Oscar jury will like them. Movies that differ too much from the Hollywood-formula – seldom get nominated nor win. Which means that Force Majeure will have trouble too.

William Slingsby

The Dead Lands! (New Zealand) – Look out for it!

r.

Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country should be considered as well. Ann Hui’s The Golden Era looks very promising. And I really hope that Nils Malmros’ Sorrow and Joy finds him at his best and gets him some recognition. Also look out for David Trueba’s Spanish submission. I’d bet on 1) Ida, 2) Force Majeure, 3) Wild Tales, 4) The Golden Era, and 5) Charlie’s Country

ula

Ida.hands down insanely beautiful. Rwminds me of Antonioni movies

Beto

The Way He Looks is soooo cute! Should receive a nomination…

ANDRES

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence was a pretty awesome, very deep, spiritual and transcending movie, but maybe its not the style The Academy loves, I really hope it gets at least to the shortlist. Anyway, it seems this year will be for movies released at Cannes; Mommy, Winter Sleep, Leviathan and Two Days One Night. Ida and Human Capital are close too.

Dileep

Chack this "Liar’s Dice" from India

Alex

Where is "The Dark Valley," Austria’s submission from Best Foreign Language Film? It’s a superb western, with another great performance by star-in-making Sam Riley (who was brilliant as Ian Curtis in "Control" and terrific in this.

ashy

where is liars dice from india

Melvin

Norte, The End of History will be the start of of history… Climb up north, Norte. :)

TOMEK

Definitely- NORTE: THE END OF HISTORY

Ethan

I wouldn’t be all to surprised if The Raid 2 finds itself a nomination/

lai

Wild Tales is underrated I think. It should be nominated!

James

Philippines’s ‘Norte, The End of History’.

alan

U kidding me?? La Vie d’Adele all the way

J

Mommy, Leviathan, Winter Sleep, Human Capital, and Norte!

Hajime

Human Capital is a splendid movie

Bristol

Hopefull Academy members have the patience to finish the Philippines’s ‘Norte: The End of History.’ It’s a four-hour epic full of brilliant cinematography that packs a very powerful punch in the end.

Carlos

Norte, The End of History (The Philippines) for the win!

Areyoutalkingme?

Winner: Mommy (from Canada)|||
Nominees:
.Wild Tales (from Argentina)
.White God (from Hungary)
.Ida (from Poland)
.Leviathan (from Russia)
Possible Nominees:
.Winter Sleep (from Turkey)
.Two Days, One Night (from Belgium)
.Saint Laurent (from France)

Anthony Palmerio

What about Blue is the Warmest Colour? It’s eligible this year.

Heyman

You’re missing Israel’s submission, Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem. It needs to be on this list.

Carlos

I think "Norte, the End of History" from The Philippines is in the race. High profile festival run (NY + Cannes + Locarno + others) + glowing reviews. It could seal the deal for a first nomination for the country.

Carlos

I think "Norte, The End of History" from The Philippines should be watched for. The 4-hour epic has a high profile festival + glowing reviews. It might score the country’s first nomination.

Gustavo

whoever wrote this obviously hasn’t seen some of the pictures. Wild Tales is a lock in

Max

This is ridiculous
Wild tales should be in the top 5
It is simply a gem of world cinema

Gusde Prabawa

How about "The Raid 2" ?

Jimmy

The way he looks has to be nominated

jm

IDA!

hajime

Human Capital

ROSIO

AND THE ACTORS GOOD ONES THE LIBERTADOR THE HISTORY OF THE BIGGEST MAN WHO LIBERTED MANY COUNTRIES! I SAYS IT WILL WIN PROTOGRAPHY SPECTACULAR THE MUSIC MANYTHINGS!

rosio

LIBERTADOR! AMAZING MOLVIE SURPRISE!

Robert

THE WAY HE LOOKS

Erich Sargeant

Leviathan!!

Chris

The Way He Looks, its a very beautiful and genuine history, definitely deserve a nomination!

Max

I’m rooting for Latin films, The Way He Looks(Brazil), Wild Tales (Argentina), The Liberator (Venezuela). NO MORE EUROPEAN FILMS, Every year, only has movies of europe in oscar.

Mariel

wild tales should be nominated!! it was hilarious!

Pepe

¿Cantinflas? WTF!!!

Szymon

Ida!

Johan Schön

What about Brazil’s ‘The Way He Looks’? An adorable picture, very likable, and it’s won the FIPRESCI prize along with the Teddy Award in Berlinale. I would keep an eye on it.

shady sherif

wow … where is The Blue Elephant from Egypt

Joe

where’s Leviathan from Russia?

Mar

Cantinflas just saw it!! I am sure it will be nominated

adrian

"wild tales" is the best of the year in all the world….

Brian

Wild Talea is an excellent movie!!

TheMockingjayLives

1- Winter Sleep (Turkey)
2- White Dog (Hungary)
3- Wild Tales (Argentina)
4- Ida (Poland)
5- Mommy (Canada)

Gonzalo

Wild tales going to be nominated ! is an amazing film !

Ale

"Wild Tales" is one of the most acclaimed films of the year. I put as strong contenders to "Mommy", "Ida" and "Wild Tales".

Clayton Inacio

The Way He Looks of Brazil deserves to be nominated for an oscar

Acacia

IDA should be a lock.

Lolifer

Timbuktu (Mauritania), The Japanese Dog (Romania), Leviathan (Russia), Blue is the Warmest Color (France).

greta

Force Majeure
Ida
Two Days, One Night
White God
Wild Tales

Alex

What about multiple prize winner and hugely acclaimed "Human Capital" from Italy – it’s going to make the list.

Tom

I can’t see a lightweight like Norway’s 1001 Grams getting nominated. Not alongside some of the great films from Cannes, like Mommy; Two Days, One Night; and Winter Sleep. Ida should be a lock.

Alister

Liviathan!

Amanda

Wild Tales is amazing! Oscar nominated sure

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