List of Norwegian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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The Kingdom of Norway has submitted films in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars since 1957. They only submitted two films in their first twenty years, but they became a regular fixture in the competition in 1980, failing to submit a film only once, in 1983.

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1] It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[2]

As of 2017, five films from Norway have been nominated for the award: Nine Lives (1957), The Pathfinder (1987), The Other Side of Sunday (1996), Elling (2001) and Kon-Tiki (2012).


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956.[2] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[1] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Norway for review by the Academy for the award by the year of the submission and the respective Academy Award ceremony.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
Nine Lives Ni Liv Arne Skouen Nominated
Cold Tracks Kalde spor Arne Skouen Not Nominated
Life and Death Liv og død Petter Vennerød and Svend Wam Not Nominated
Julia Julia Julia Julia Petter Vennerød and Svend Wam Not Nominated
Victoria L Leve sitt liv Petter Vennerød and Svend Wam Not Nominated
The Chieftain Høvdingen Terje Kristiansen Not Nominated
Wives – Ten Years After Hustruer - ti år etter Anja Breien Not Nominated
Hard Asphalt Hard asfalt Sølve Skagen Not Nominated
The Pathfinder Ofelaš Nils Gaup Nominated
The Ice Palace Is-slottet Per Blom Not Nominated
A Handful of Time Lekce Faust Martin Asphaug Not Nominated
Herman Herman Erik Gustavson Not Nominated
Frida – Straight from the Heart Frida - med hjertet i hånden Berit Nesheim Not Nominated
The Warrior's Heart Krigerens hjerte Leidulv Risan Not Nominated
The Telegraphist Telegrafisten Erik Gustavson Not Nominated
Cross My Heart and Hope to Die Ti kniver i hjertet Marius Holst Not Nominated
Kristin Lavransdatter Kristin Lavransdatter Liv Ullmann Not Nominated
The Other Side of Sunday Søndagsengler Berit Nesheim Nominated
Junk Mail Budbringeren Pål Sletaune Not Nominated
Only Clouds Move the Stars Bare skyer beveger stjernene Torun Lian Not Nominated
The Prompter Suffløsen Hilde Heier Not Nominated
Odd Little Man Da jeg traff Jesus... med sprettert Stein Leikanger Not Nominated
Elling Elling Petter Næss Nominated
Hold My Heart Tyven, tyven Trygve Allister Diesen Not Nominated
Kitchen Stories Salmer fra kjøkkenet Bent Hamer Not Nominated
Hawaii, Oslo Hawaii, Oslo Erik Poppe Not Nominated
Kissed by Winter Vinterkyss Sara Johnsen Not Nominated
Reprise Reprise Joachim Trier Not Nominated
Gone with the Woman Tatt av Kvinnen Petter Næss Not Nominated
O' Horten O' Horten Bent Hamer Not Nominated
Max Manus Max Manus Joachim Rønning and
Espen Sandberg
Not Nominated
Angel[3] Engelen Margreth Olin Not Nominated[4]
Happy, Happy[5] Sykt lykkelig Anne Sewitsky Not Nominated
Kon-Tiki[6] Kon-Tiki Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg Nominated[7]
I Am Yours[8] Jeg er din Iram Haq Not Nominated
1001 Grams[9] 1001 Gram Bent Hamer Not Nominated
The Wave[10] Bølgen Roar Uthaug Not Nominated
The King's Choice[11] Kongens Nei Erik Poppe Made December Shortlist[12]
Thelma[13] Thelma Joachim Trier Not Nominated

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  1. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Angel soars into Oscar race". cineuropa. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  4. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  5. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Kon-Tiki enters Oscar race for Norway". Screendaily. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  7. ^ "Oscars: Hollywood announces 85th Academy Award nominations". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Oscars: Norway Nominates 'I Am Yours' for Foreign Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  9. ^ "Oscars: Norway Selects '1001 Grams' for Foreign Language Candidate". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Roxborough, Scott (3 September 2015). "Oscars: Norway Picks 'The Wave' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Sandwell, Ian (8 September 2016). "Oscars: Norway picks 'The King's Choice'". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Oscars: Nine Films Advance in Foreign-Language Race". Variety. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  13. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (6 September 2017). "Joachim Trier's 'Thema' Chosen by Norway to Run for Foreign-Language Oscar Nomination". Variety. Retrieved 6 September 2017. 

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