The Golden Globes Best Foreign Film nominees include movies from all over the world. To be nominated, a movie must be made primarily in another language (not English), though American films are eligible for this award (unlike the Oscars
, where U.S. films are not eligible, regardless). Originally, the award was called the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film but in 1987, the official name was changed to Best Foreign Language Film.
The 2012 nominees for Best Foreign Film include "The Kid with a Bike" from Belgium's famed Dardenne Brothers, Iranian drama "A Separation," Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In," Yimou Zhang's "Flowers
of War" with Christian Bale and "In the Land of Blood and Honey," from director Angelina Jolie. The winner of the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film was "A Separation."
It doesn't happen often, but U.S. movies do get nominated for Golden Globes for Best Foreign Film. Examples include Clint Eastwood's 'Letters from Iwo Jima,' which won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006 and Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto,' which was nominated that same year.
This list represents the best foreign film offerings of the year. Five nominees are chosen and the winner is decided by the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association. In the past, films from the UK have dominated in this category, but France
have also had many films honored. Most recently 'The Concert' (France) and 'Biutiful' (Spain/Mexico) in 2010. Both of these films, along with 'I Am Love' (Italy) and 'The Edge' (Russia) lost to Denmark
's 'In a Better World,' which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.