Non-English Language Acting Oscars

by urbanemovies | created - 06 Feb 2017 | updated - 21 Feb 2017 | Public

In 2017 at the 89th Academy Awards, Isabelle Huppert with a French-speaking Best Actress win for Elle (2016) would become only the eighth actor or actress to "officially" secure an acting Oscar win with a performance in a non-English language.

Which Oscar winning non-English speaking acting performance* do you think best transcends language? * performed in whole or in part a non-English language

Discuss the topic here.

1. Sophia Loren

Actress | Una giornata particolare

Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and ...

Foreign Language: Italian

Cesira Best Lead Actress: La ciociara (1960)

2. Roberto Benigni

Actor | La vita è bella

Roberto Benigni was born on October 27, 1952 in Manciano La Misericordia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy as Roberto Remigio Benigni. He is an actor and writer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Tiger and the Snow (2005) and Down by Law (1986). He has been married to Nicoletta Braschi ...

Foreign Language: Italian

Guido Orefice Best Lead Actor: La vita è bella (1997)

3. Marion Cotillard

Actress | La Môme

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton.

Raised in Orléans, France, she made her ...

Foreign Language: French | English

Edith Piaf Best Lead Actress: La Môme (2007)

4. Robert De Niro

Actor | Raging Bull

One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, English, Dutch, German, and French. He was trained ...

Foreign Language: Italian | English

Don Vito Corleone Best Supporting Actor: The Godfather: Part II (1974)

5. Benicio Del Toro

Actor | Sicario

Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000).

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Foreign Language: Spanish | English

Javier Rodriguez Best Supporting Actor: Traffic (2000)

6. Penélope Cruz

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to ...

Foreign Language: Spanish | English

Maria Elena Best Supporting Actress: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

7. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

Foreign Language: German | French | Italian | English

Col. Hans Landa Best Supporting Actor: Inglourious Basterds (2009)

8. Marlee Matlin

Actress | Children of a Lesser God

Marlee Beth Matlin was in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers. Her family is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent.

Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a ...

Languages: American Sign Language | English

Sarah Norman Best Lead Actress: Children of a Lesser God (1986)

9. Jean Dujardin

Actor | The Artist

In 1995 he began his first one man show, the same year he met Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot with whom he created the "Nous C nous". In 1999, he became "Loulou" in Un gars, une fille (1999). This part permitted him to show his talent to a larger public. Since the end ...

Languages: Silent: Non-Verbal | Intertitles

George Valentin Best Lead Actress: The Artist (2011)



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