Carlos Saura earned his first Academy Award nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 1979 Spanish comedy Mamá cumple cien años, about a stubborn mother who becomes the intended victim of a murder plot when he refuses her family’s requests to sell her home. A few years later, the Spanish film director and photographer earned yet another nod in the category for his 1983 film adaptation of the novel Carmen by Prosper Mérimée, using music from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. The film didn’t win the Oscar, but it did earn Saura a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Saura earned his third Academy Award nod in the category for 1998’s Argentine-Spanish dance film Tango, which was promoted as the most expensive Argentine film ever made.
Best Foreign Language Film, Mamá cumple cien años, 52nd Academy Awards, Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film, Carmen, 56th Academy Awards, Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film, Tango, 71stAcademy Awards, Nominated