Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) was the last film in a foreign language to be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards in the 2007 ceremony.  With the recent announcement of the 71 films that will compete for Foreign Language film, many will agree, there are many in there worthy of a Best Picture citation or win.

From 2007 until now, remove one Best Picture nominee and put in a foreign language film in its spot.

It gets a little difficult as we go on, and I’ll fully admit I don’t watch as many foreign films as I should every year.  I’m still going to give it a try.

2007 Ceremony
The Departed
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

Replace – The Queen with Pan’s Labyrinth

2008 Ceremony
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Replace – Michael Clayton with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

2009 Ceremony
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Replace – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Waltz with Bashir

2010 Ceremony
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up in the Air

Replace – The Blind Side with The Secret in their Eyes

2011 Ceremony
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Replace – 127 Hours with I Am Love

2012 Ceremony
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Replace – War Horse with A Separation

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.