List of actors nominated for Academy Awards for non-English performances

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Sophia Loren received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Two Women and a Best Actress nomination for Marriage Italian-Style.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given Academy Awards to actors and actresses for non-English performances in films, with the first award given in 1961. For an actor or actress to be eligible for any of the Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, or Best Supporting Actress for a foreign language performance in a film produced outside the United States, the film must have been commercially released in Los Angeles County and have English subtitles with the theatrical release.

This list is current as of the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony held on February 9, 2020. In 1962, Sophia Loren became the first actor to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance.[1]

Marion Cotillard received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in La Vie en Rose and a Best Actress nomination for Two Days, One Night.

As of 2020, 44 actors and actresses have been nominated for Academy Awards for non-English language performances.[2] Twelve of these actors and actresses have received Academy Awards for their performances. Six actors have won for a performance that was mostly or solely spoken in a language other than English: Sophia Loren for Two Women (Italian), Robert De Niro for The Godfather Part II (Italian), Marlee Matlin for Children of a Lesser God (American Sign Language), Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful (Italian), Benicio del Toro for Traffic (Spanish), and Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (French). Two actors have won for performances mostly spoken in English (Penélope Cruz for her English and Spanish-language performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (English, German, French and Italian).

Six actors have had multiple Academy Award nominations for foreign-language performances: Marcello Mastroianni (three Best Actor nominations for Italian-language performances),[3] Sophia Loren (one Academy Award for Best Actress for Two Women and another Best Actress nomination for Marriage Italian-Style, both for Italian-language performances),[4] Liv Ullmann (two Best Actress nominations for Swedish-language performances),[5] Isabelle Adjani (two Best Actress nominations for French-language performances),[6] Javier Bardem (two Best Actor nominations for Spanish-language performances),[7] and Marion Cotillard (one Academy Award for Best Actress for La Vie en Rose and another Best Actress nomination for Two Days, One Night, both for French-language performances).[8]

Sophia Loren and Marion Cotillard are the only actresses to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for foreign language performances, Italian and French, respectively. Cotillard is the only actor to receive two Oscar nominations for foreign films without having her films nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. She is also the only actor to be nominated for a Belgian film ("Two Days, One Night").

Roberto Benigni is the only actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for a foreign language performance.

Nine actors have been nominated for Sign Language performances: Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda (American Sign Language); Patty Duke for The Miracle Worker (American Sign Language); Alan Arkin for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (American Sign Language); John Mills for Ryan's Daughter (British Sign Language); Marlee Matlin for Children of a Lesser God (American Sign Language); Holly Hunter for The Piano (British Sign Language); Samantha Morton for Sweet and Lowdown (American Sign Language); Rinko Kikuchi for Babel (Japanese Sign Language); and Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water (American Sign Language).


Actor/Actress Category Film title used in nomination Original title Language Result
Jane Wyman Best Actress Johnny Belinda Johnny Belinda American Sign Language Won Academy Award
Melina Mercouri Best Actress Never on Sunday[A] Pote tin Kyriaki Greek, English Nominee
Sophia Loren Best Actress Two Women La ciociara Italian Won Academy Award
Marcello Mastroianni Best Actor Divorce Italian Style Divorzio all'italiana Italian Nominee
Patty Duke Best Supporting Actress The Miracle Worker The Miracle Worker American Sign Language Won Academy Award
Sophia Loren Best Actress Marriage Italian-Style Matrimonio all'Italiana Italian Nominee
Anouk Aimée Best Actress A Man and a Woman Un homme et une femme French Nominee
Ida Kaminska Best Actress The Shop on Main Street Obchod na korze Slovak, Yiddish Nominee
Alan Arkin Best Actor The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter The Heart is a Lonely Hunter American Sign Language Nominee
John Mills Best Supporting Actor Ryan's Daughter Ryan's Daughter British Sign Language Won Academy Award
Liv Ullmann Best Actress The Emigrants Utvandrarna Swedish Nominee
Valentina Cortese Best Supporting Actress Day for Night La Nuit américaine French Nominee
Robert De Niro Best Supporting Actor The Godfather Part II[A] The Godfather Part II Italian Won Academy Award
Carol Kane Best Actress Hester Street[A] Hester Street Yiddish Nominee
Isabelle Adjani Best Actress The Story of Adele H. L'Histoire d'Adèle H. French Nominee
Marie-Christine Barrault Best Actress Cousin, cousine Cousin, cousine French Nominee
Giancarlo Giannini Best Actor Seven Beauties Pasqualino Settebellezze Italian Nominee
Liv Ullmann Best Actress Face to Face Ansikte mot ansikte Swedish Nominee
Marcello Mastroianni Best Actor A Special Day Una giornata particolare Italian Nominee
Ingrid Bergman Best Actress Autumn Sonata Höstsonaten Swedish Nominee
Marlee Matlin Best Actress Children of a Lesser God Children of a Lesser God American Sign Language Won Academy Award
Marcello Mastroianni Best Actor Dark Eyes Oci ciornie Italian Nominee
Max von Sydow Best Actor Pelle the Conqueror Pelle Erobreren Swedish Nominee
Isabelle Adjani Best Actress Camille Claudel Camille Claudel French Nominee
Gerard Depardieu Best Actor Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac French Nominee
Graham Greene Best Supporting Actor Dances with Wolves[A] Dances with Wolves Lakota Nominee
Catherine Deneuve Best Actress Indochine Indochine French Nominee
Holly Hunter Best Actress The Piano The Piano British Sign Language Won Academy Award
Massimo Troisi Best Actor The Postman (Il Postino) Il Postino Italian Nominee
Roberto Benigni Best Actor Life Is Beautiful La vita è bella Italian Won Academy Award
Fernanda Montenegro Best Actress Central Station Central do Brasil Brazilian Portuguese Nominee
Samantha Morton Best Supporting Actress Sweet and Lowdown Sweet and Lowdown American Sign Language Nominee
Javier Bardem Best Actor Before Night Falls Before Night Falls Spanish Nominee
Benicio del Toro Best Supporting Actor Traffic[A] Traffic Spanish Won Academy Award
Catalina Sandino Moreno Best Actress Maria Full of Grace María llena eres de gracia Colombian Spanish Nominee
Penélope Cruz Best Actress Volver Volver Spanish Nominee
Adriana Barraza Best Supporting Actress Babel[A] Babel English, Spanish Nominee
Rinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress Japanese Sign Language Nominee
Marion Cotillard Best Actress La Vie en Rose La Môme French Won Academy Award
Penélope Cruz Best Supporting Actress Vicky Cristina Barcelona[A] Vicky Cristina Barcelona English, Spanish Won Academy Award
Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor Inglourious Basterds[A] Inglourious Basterds English, German, French, Italian Won Academy Award
Javier Bardem Best Actor Biutiful Biutiful Spanish Nominee
Demián Bichir Best Actor A Better Life[A] A Better Life English, Spanish Nominee
Emmanuelle Riva Best Actress Amour Amour French Nominee
Barkhad Abdi Best Supporting Actor Captain Phillips[A] Captain Phillips English, Somali Nominee
Marion Cotillard Best Actress Two Days, One Night Deux jours, une nuit French Nominee
Isabelle Huppert Best Actress Elle Elle French Nominee
Sally Hawkins Best Actress The Shape of Water [A] The Shape of Water American Sign Language Nominee
Timothée Chalamet Best Actor Call Me by Your Name[A] Call Me by Your Name English, French, Italian Nominee
Yalitza Aparicio Best Actress Roma Roma Spanish, Mixtec Nominee
Marina de Tavira Best Supporting Actress Spanish Nominee
Antonio Banderas Best Actor Pain and Glory Dolor y Gloria Spanish Nominee


  • A The film was produced in the United States and/or contains primarily English dialogue.

Most nominated languages

  • BA = Best Actor/Actress nominations.
  • BSA = Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominations.
Rank Language BA BSA Total Wins Winning actor(s)
1 French 10 3 13 2 Marion Cotillard (2007), Christoph Waltz (2009)
2 Italian 9 2 11 3 Sophia Loren (1961), Robert De Niro (1974), Roberto Benigni (1998)
Spanish 5 4 11 2 Benicio del Toro (2000), Penélope Cruz (2008)
3 American Sign Language 4 2 6 3 Jane Wyman (1948), Patty Duke (1962), Marlee Matlin (1986)
4 Swedish 4 0 4 0 N/A
5 British Sign Language 1 1 2 2 John Mills (1970), Holly Hunter (1993)
Yiddish 2 0 2 0 N/A

See also


  • "Acting Foreign Language". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2008-03-08. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  1. ^ "Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  2. ^ "Acting Oscar Nominations for Foreign-Language Performances". 21 January 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Marcello Mastroianni - Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  4. ^ "Sophia Loren - Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  5. ^ "Liv Ullmann - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  6. ^ "Isabelle Adjani - Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  7. ^ "Javier Bardem - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-20.
  8. ^ "Marion Cotillard - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-20.

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