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Oscar Winners

Oscar Winners

The Criterion Collection is bursting with films that have earned Hollywood’s prestigious little golden guy—though, perhaps unsurprisingly, many of them were made pretty far from Hollywood. On our shelves you’ll find eighteen best foreign-language film winners, which make up a fairly comprehensive history of art-house cinema in the U.S., from Kurosawa, Bergman, and Fellini to Tati, Costa-Gavras, and Buñuel. A handful of these trophy-winning foreign films (like Bicycle Thieves, Rashomon, and Forbidden Games) even hail from the period before the competitive foreign-language film category was established—they had such cultural impact that the Academy gave them special honorary awards. Furthermore, two of the best picture winners in the collection have the very rare distinction of also being foreign films: Hamlet, which was the first movie from a country other than the U.S. to garner the prize, and The Last Emperor, which, with its nine Oscars, remains one of the most Academy-honored films of all time. Of course, Criterion also offers a selection of Oscar-embraced American films, which have won in such categories as best documentary feature (Hearts and Minds), cinematography (Days of Heaven), screenplay (Missing), visual effects (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), editing (The Naked City), and even best documentary short (Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist). Explore all the Academy-awarded Criterion films below.