The 2004 International Oscar Showdown features The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and The Barbarian Invasions
The 2004 International Oscar Showdown features The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and The Barbarian Invasions
The 77th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and The Barbarian Invasions

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given the top gong.

**** This article contains spoilers! ****

There’s an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Wesley Crusher is visiting the Enterprise on vacation from Starfleet Academy only to find the crew are all debilitatingly enamoured with an addictive alien game. …


International Oscar Showdown 2005 features Million Dollar Baby versus The Sea Inside
International Oscar Showdown 2005 features Million Dollar Baby versus The Sea Inside
The 77th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were Million Dollar Baby and The Sea Inside

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given the top gong.

**** This article contains spoilers! ****

Martin Scorsese’s travails at the Oscars continued in 2005, despite his film The Aviator being nominated for 11 awards — he must have thought his run of Best Picture snubs might finally come to an end…

First, there was Taxi Driver


The 78th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were Crash and Tsotsi

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given the top gong.

**** This article contains spoilers! ****

My wife is not a film critic, but she does have a way with words, and this was her immediate assessment of Crash after we watched it a few nights ago:

“That was toilet.”

I’m inclined to agree with her. However…


The 79th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were The Departed and The Lives Of Others

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given the top gong.

**** This article contains spoilers! ****

I defy you to find a Best Picture winner similar to The Departed. It stands alone as a plot-heavy cop movie, teeming with blockbuster bombast and clichéd characters. To come close, you’d have to go back to the 1970s just to…


The 80th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were No Country For Old Men and The Counterfeiters

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given the top gong.

**** This article contains spoilers! ****

I’ve been a huge fan of the Coen Brothers for more than two decades — an admiration that began when I discovered Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? and Fargo in the late 90s. I was enthralled by the filmmakers’ ability to…


The 81st Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were Slumdog Millionaire and Departures

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given the top gong.

**** This article contains spoilers! ****

Since the Academy launched the Best Foreign Language Film award in the 1950s, India has been submitting movies for consideration, but, despite boasting one of the largest film industry’s in the world, they’ve only had three movies make it to the…


The 82nd Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were The Hurt Locker and The Secret In Their Eyes

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given the top gong.

**** This article contains spoilers! ****

I’ll introduce this International Oscar Showdown just as Barbara Streisand introduced the nominees for Best Director in 2010, by mentioning the fact that Kathryn Bigelow would become the first woman in Oscars history to win Best Director. …


The 83rd Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were The King’s Speech and In A Better World

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given the top gong.

**** This article contains spoilers! ****

The King’s Speech won four awards at the 2011 Oscars — including the big three: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay; not to mention Best Actor for Colin Firth.

To give you a picture of the competition, its strongest…


The 84th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were The Artist and A Separation

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given the top gong.

**** This article contains spoilers! ****

International Oscar Showdown is concerned with one thing: ascertaining how many times the Academy ought to have given the Best Picture award to the winner of Foreign Language Film, prior to Parasite’s ground-breaking success at this year’s awards.

However, for 2012…


The 85th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were Argo and Amour

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given the top gong.

**** This article contains spoilers! ****

Argo was the surprise winner at the 2013 Oscars — indeed, if you listened to the audience as Jack Nicholson read out the nominees, Argo was the only one that didn’t inspire a cheer.

Its director, Ben Affleck, was up against…

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