South Korean film Parasite made history by becoming the first non-English language film to be named best picture at the Oscars. Bong Joon-ho’s thriller also won best international feature film, beating Poland’s Corpus Christi, as well as best director, and best original screenplay.
This week, Kafkadesk looks back at all the previous Central European nominations for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, previously known as Best Foreign Language Film. After looking at Poland’s Oscar nominations and Hungary’s Oscar wins and nominations throughout the years, today, we end with the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Before 1992, Czechoslovakia received six Oscar nominations, winning twice: in 1966, with The Shop on Main Street, in Slovak, directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, and two years later in 1968, with Closely Watched Trains, in Czech, directed by Jiří Menzel.
After the breakup, the Czech Republic and Slovakia both began submitting films separately, with the Czech Republic getting three more Oscar nominations and winning once, with Kolya, directed by Jan Svěrák, in 1997.
Miloš Forman had two of his films selected to represent Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, both of them receiving a nomination, but only won his Oscars after emigrating to the United States, with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984), which are thus not included on this list.
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