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

The Kingdom of Thailand has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1984, when it became the second independent nation in Southeast Asia to join the competition, after the Philippines. The award is given annually by the 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]

Over the years, Thailand has submitted eighteen films to AMPAS for Oscar consideration but thus far no Thai candidate has received an Oscar nomination. Four submissions were directed by Chatrichalerm Yukol, a member of the Thai nobility, and four were directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.


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.[1] 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.[2]

Thai Oscar submissions are selected annually by the Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand. All submissions were made in Thai.

English Title Thai title Director IMDB
1984 The Story of Nampoo น้ำพุ Euthana Mukdasanit [1]
1989 The Elephant Keeper คนเลี้ยงช้าง Chatrichalerm Yukol [2]
1990 Song of the Chaophraya น้องเมีย Chatrichalerm Yukol [3]
1995 Once Upon A Time...This Morning กาลครั้งหนึ่ง เมื่อเช้านี้ Bhandit Rittakol [4]
1997 Daughter 2[3] เสียดาย 2 Chatrichalerm Yukol [5]
1998 Who Is Running?[4] ท้าฟ้าลิขิต Oxide Pang [6]
2000 6ixtynin9[5] เรื่องตลก 69 Pen-Ek Ratanaruang [7]
2001 The Moonhunter[6] 14 ตุลา สงครามประชาชน Bhandit Rittakol [8]
2002 Monrak Transistor มนต์รักทรานซิสเตอร์ Pen-Ek Ratanaruang [9]
2003 Last Life in the Universe[7] เรื่องรัก น้อยนิด มหาศาล Pen-Ek Ratanaruang [10]
2004 The Overture[8] โหมโรง Itthisoontorn Vichailak [11]
2005 The Tin Mine [9] มหา’ลัย เหมืองแร่ Jira Maligool [12]
2006 Ahimsa...Stop to Run[10] อหิงสา จิ๊กโก๋ มีกรรม Kittikorn Liasirikun [13]
2007 King Naresuan Part II: Reclamation of Sovereignty
King of Fire)[11]
ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช ตอนประกาศอิสรภาพ Chatrichalerm Yukol [14]
2008 Love of Siam [12]
รักแห่งสยาม Chookiat Sakveerakul [15]
2009 Best of Times
ความจำสั้น แต่รักฉันยาว Youngyooth Thongkonthun [16]
2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ Apichatpong Weerasethakul [17]
2011 Kon Khon[13][14]
คนโขน Sarunyu Wongkrachang
2012 Headshot[15]
ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
2013 Countdown[16]
เคาท์ดาวน์ Nattawut Poonpiriya
2014 Teacher's Dairy[17]
คิดถึงวิทยา Nithiwat Tharathorn
Director Chatrichalerm Yukol has had four of his films submitted.
Four films by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang have been submitted.
The selection committee of the Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand generally has chosen movies that highlight key moments in Thai history or important social issues.
  • Thailand's five earliest submissions all dealt with contemporary social problems included Nam Poo (drug abuse), The Elephant Keeper (environmentalism and illegal logging), Song of the Chaophraya (prostitution and rural migration to Bangkok), Once Upon A Time (child poverty) and Daughter 2 (AIDS).
  • Four Thai submissions were fact-based period dramas - King Naresuan Part 2 was a lavish costume drama set in the sixteenth century about one of Thailand's most distinguished kings; The Overture tells the life story of one of Thailand's greatest classical musicians from the 1880s until the 1940s; The Tin Mine is about a spoiled rich kid who ends up working in the titular mine in Southern Thailand in the years following World War II; The Moonhunter followed a band of controversial, leftist rebels in the 1970s.
  • Three Thai submissions were fast-paced thrillers, two of which incorporated strong elements of Buddhism and karma into their plots, namely Who is Running? and Ahimsa...Stop to Run. Also submitted was 6ixtynin9, about a recently laid-off woman who finds a huge cache of stolen money.
  • Two submissions were romantic comedy-dramas that were box office hits domestically. Love of Siam featured a gay teen romance, and Best of Times featured two potential couples, one in their 20s and one in their 60s.
  • Also submitted were a bittersweet genre-bending musical-comedy-drama-romance (Monrak Transistor in 2002) and a surreal, arty drama in Japanese, English and Thai (Last Life in the Universe in 2003).

See also


  1. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  3. ^ Fung, Alex. 1998. 70th Annual Academy Awards, Alex Fung's Page (retrieved October 4, 2006).
  4. ^ Fung, Alex. 1999. 71st Annual Academy Awards, Alex Fung's Page (retrieved October 4, 2006).
  5. ^ Fung, Alex. 2001. 73rd Annual Academy Awards, Alex Fung's Page (retrieved October 4, 2006).
  6. ^ Fung, Alex. 2002. ] Annual Academy Awardssic74rd [, Alex Fung's Page (retrieved October 4, 2006).
  7. ^ Nguyen, Chau. January 1, 2005. Thailand's Submission for Best Foreign Language Film (Academy Award), Asia Pacific Arts (retrieved October 4, 2006).
  8. ^ Hu, Brian. December 21, 2004. "Oscars in full", Asia Pacific Arts (retrieved October 4, 2006)
  9. ^ Soares, André. 2005 "58 Submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar", Alternative Film Guide (retrieved October 4, 2006).
  10. ^ Was replacement entry after Invisible Waves was withdrawn by the FNFAT, according to Soop Sip, October 4, 2006, "Oscar hopeful to open film fest", The Nation, Page 12A (print edition).
  11. ^ Rithdee, Kong, August 24, 2007. Naresuan II reigns in Oscar race, Variety (magazine) (retrieved on August 26, 2007)
  12. ^ Oscar gets some 'Love'
  13. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  14. ^ วธ.ส่งภาพยนตร์เรื่องคนโขน เข้าชิงรางวัลออสก้า สาขาภาพยนตร์ต่างประเทศ ประจำปี 2555 ที่สหรัฐอเมริกา, National News Bureau (retrieved on September 28, 2011)
  15. ^ "Thailand targets Oscars with Headshot". Film Business Asia. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Thailand puts up Countdown for Oscars". WiseKwai. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  17. ^ "Oscars: Thailand Selects 'Teacher's Diary' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
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