Oscar Impact: Foreign Language Winners

What's the impact of winning the Oscar on the commercial appeal of foreign-language films in the U.S.

Sadly, few foreign-language winners have broken out of the arthouse circuit, though over the past decade, some pictures have demonstrated they had longer legs, as a direct result of winning the Oscar.

1993

Winner: La Belle Epoque
Country: Spain
Distributor: SPC
Box-office: $5.4 million

1994

Winner: Burnt by the Sun
Country: Russia
Distributor: SPC
Box-office: $2.3 million

1995

Winner: Antonia's Line
Country: Netherlands
Distributor: First Look
Box-office: $4.2 million

1996

Winner: Kolya
Country: Czech Republic
Distributor: Miramax
Box-office: $5.8 million

1997

Winner: Character
Country: Netherlands
Distributor: SPC
Box-office: $0.6 million

1998

Winner: Life Is Beautiful
Country: Italy
Distributor: Miramax
Box-office: $57.2 million

1999

Winner: All About My Mother
Country: Spain
Distributor: SPC
Box-office: $8.3 million

2000

Winner: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Country: China
Distributor: SPC
Box-office: $128.1 million

2001

Winner: No Man's Land
Country: Bosnia
Distributor: MGM/UA
Box-office: $1.1 million

2002

Winner: Nowhere in Africa
Country: Germany
Distributor: Zeitgeist
Box-office: $6.2 million

2004

Winner: The Sea Inside
Country: Spain
Distributor: Fine Line
Box-office: $2.2 million