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 this year’s 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! ****

77th Academy Awards

Million Dollar Baby versus The Sea Inside

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…


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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 this year’s 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! ****

78th Academy Awards

Crash versus Tsotsi

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, as a writer, it is my duty to elaborate upon her insightful three-word review — to the tune of, say, 1,400 words. …


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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 this year’s 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! ****

79th Academy Awards

The Departed versus The Lives Of Others

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 find another winner about gangsters — back then, the Academy was in a phase of honouring mob movies, with the first two instalments of the Godfather series either side of 1973’s The Sting. …


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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 this year’s 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! ****

80th Academy Awards

No Country For Old Men versus The Counterfeiters

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 wield both humour and menace with equal skill, and felt compelled to go back to the beginning of their catalogue — where I found they started out very much on the darker side of cinema, with Blood Simple, before immediately shifting gears with their next film, Raising Arizona. …


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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 this year’s 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! ****

81st Academy Awards

Slumdog Millionaire versus Departures

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 nominees list — and no winners. …


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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 this year’s 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! ****

82nd Academy Awards

The Hurt Locker versus The Secret In Their Eyes

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. …


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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 this year’s 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! ****

83rd Academy Awards

The King’s Speech versus In A Better World (Hævnen)

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 opponent was David Fincher’s Facebook movie The Social Network, but also in the running were Christopher Nolan’s visually masterful, high-concept sci-fi Inception, the Coen Brothers’ raw and violent western True Grit, and Darren Aronofsky’s psychological drama Black Swan, plus one of the finest boxing movies ever made, The Fighter. …


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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 this year’s 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! ****

84th Academy Awards

The Artist versus A Separation

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. …


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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 this year’s 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! ****

85th Academy Awards

Argo versus Amour

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 stiff competition: Ang Lee had already won Best Director for Life of Pi, and Quentin Tarantino took home the Best Screenplay award for his cathartically violent slavery picture Django: Unchained. Meanwhile, Silver Linings Playbook and Les Misérables had come to the awards with eight nominations apiece, and movie legend Steven Spielberg was in the running with Lincoln. …


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The 86th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were 12 Years A Slave and The Great Beauty

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at this year’s 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! ****

86th Academy Awards

12 Years A Slave versus The Great Beauty

During this series, it’s been interesting to discover thematic relationships between the Best Picture and its contemporary Best Foreign-Language film — there was the theme of forbidden love in The Shape of Water versus A Fantastic Woman, two different explorations of systemic abuse in Spotlight versus Son of Saul, and a stark contrast between pop-culture and art in Birdman versus Ida. …

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