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Quiz: Who won Oscars for foreign-lingo roles?

September 22, 2010 |  7:57 am

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Seven actors have won Academy Awards for performances in non-English-language roles. Four of them are Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose") speaking French, Roberto Benigni ("Life Is Beautiful") and Sophia Loren ("Two Women") speaking Italian and Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona") speaking Spanish. Who are the other three champs? To see the answer, click on the "Continue Reading" link below.

ANSWER: Robert De Niro speaking Italian in "The Godfather, Part II," and Benicio del Toro speaking Spanish in "Traffic" and Christoph Waltz speaking German in "Inglourious Basterds."

Left photo: Sophia Loren in "Two Women." Credit: Embassy Pictures

Right photo: Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Credit: Weinstein Co.


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Agreed, Steven. ASL is a completely separate language from English, with its own grammatical structure and vocabulary. Amazing how it is always overlooked. Please add Marlee Matlin!

Marlee Matlin used American Sign Language in her Oscar-winning performance.


Good point, Holden. Tx for the reminder. I added Christoph Waltz to the above.

Weren't Sophia Loren and Roberto Benigni the only two who spoke a foreign language throughout the film? I believe the others all spoke some English.

You seem to have forgotten about Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds. He speaks four different languages. If it comes down to exclusivity, than Benicio Del Toro also speaks English in addition to Spanish.



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