Svého zástupce zde má i Česká republika, která se do "finálové" pětice pokouší probojovat s filmem Ondřeje Trojana Želary. Nominace na 76. ročník předávání Oscarů budou oznámeny 27. ledna 2004. Předávání se pak uskuteční 29. února v Kodak Theatre v Hollywoodu.

Film, který se uchází o prestižní ocenění, musí být poprvé promítán v zemi svého původu a to sedm po sobě jdoucích dní mezi 1. listopadem a 30. zářím 2003. Větší část dialogů pak musí být v jazyce dané země. Během historie udílení Oscarů se do klání o tuto filmovou cenu vrhlo 95 různých států.

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Neanglicky mluvené filmy mohou vyhrát i cenu v hlavních kategoriích jako například italský snímek Život je krásný, který se stal nejlepším neanglicky mluveným filmem roku 1998 a zároveň vynesl pozlacenou sošku hlavnímu protagonistovi Robertu Benignimu. Úspěch slavil i originální námět. Vedle tohoto snímku se získat Oscara v dalších kategoriích podařilo dalším pěti filmům.

Uchazeči o nominace v kategorii Nejlepší neanglický film 2003
V anglickém jazyce, tak jak seznam zveřejnila Americká akademie filmových umění a věd
Afghanistan, "Osama," Siddiq Barmak, director;
Argentina, "Valentine," Alejandro Agresti, director;
Austria, "Free Radicals," Barbara Albert, director;
Belgium, "Sea of Silence," Stijn Coninx, director;
Bolivia, "Dependencia Sexual," Rodrigo Bellott, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Fuse," Pjer Zalica, director;
Brazil, "Carandiru," Hector Babenco, director;
Bulgaria, "Journey to Jerusalem," Ivan Nichev, director;
Canada, "The Barbarian Invasions," Denys Arcand, director;
Chile, "Los Debutantes," Andres Waissbluth, director;
China, "Warriors of Heaven and Earth," He Ping, director;
Colombia, "The First Night," Luis Alberto Restrepo, director;
Croatia, "Witnesses," Vinko Bresan, director;
Cuba, "Suite Habana," Fernando Perez, director;
Czech Republic, "Zelary," Ondrej Trojan, director;
Denmark, "Reconstruction," Christoffer Boe, director;
Egypt, "Sleepless Nights," Hany Khalifa, director;
Finland, "Elina," Klaus Haro, director;
France, "Bon Voyage," Jean-Paul Rappeneau, director;
Germany, "Good Bye, Lenin!," Wolfgang Becker, director;
Greece, "Think It Over," Katerina Evangelakou, director;
Hong Kong, "Infernal Affairs," Andrew Lau & Alan Mak, directors;
Hungary, "Forest," Benedek Fliegauf, director;
Iceland, "Noi the Albino," Dagur Kari Petursson, director;
Indonesia, "The Stringless Violin," Sekar Ayu Asmara, director;
Iran, "Deep Breath," Parviz Shahbazi, director;
Israel, "Nina's Tragedies," Savi Gavison, director;
Italy, "I'm Not Scared," Gabriele Salvatores, director;
Japan, "The Twilight Samurai," Yoji Yamada, director;
Korea, "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring," Kim Ki-duk, director;
Lebanon, "The Kite," Randa Chahal Sabbag, director;
Luxembourg, "I Always Wanted to Be a Saint," Genevieve Mersch, director;
Mexico, "Aro Tolbukhin (In the Mind of a Killer)," Agustín Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann, Isaac P. Racine, directors;
Mongolia, "The Story of the Weeping Camel," Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni, directors;
Nepal, "Muna Madan," Gyanendra Bahadur Deuja, director;
Netherlands, "Twin Sisters," Ben Sombogaart, director;
Norway, "Kitchen Stories," Bent Hamer, director;
Palestine, "Divine Intervention," Elia Suleiman, director;
Peru, "Paper Dove," Fabrizio Aguilar, director;
Philippines, "Dekada ?70," Chito S. Rono, director;
Poland, "Pornografia," Jan Jakub Kolski, director;
Portugal, "Um Filme Falado," Manoel De Oliveira, director;
Russia, "The Return," Andrei Zvyagintsev, director;
Serbia and Montenegro, "The Professional," Dusan Kovacevic, director;
Slovakia, "King of Thieves," Ivan Fíla, director;
Slovenia, "Spare Parts," Damjan Kozole, director;
Spain, "Soldados de Salamina," David Trueba, director;
Sri Lanka, "Mansion by the Lake," Lester James Peries, director;
Sweden, "Evil," Mikael Hafstrom, director;
Taiwan, "Goodbye, Dragon Inn," Tsai Ming-Liang, director;
Thailand, "Last Life in the Universe," Pen-ek Ratanaruang, director;
Turkey, "Distant," Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;
Ukraine, "Mamay," Oles Sanin, director;
Uruguay, "Seawards Journey," Guillermo Casanova, director;
Venezuela, "Sangrador," Leonardo Henriquez, director.