Why can't a non-English language movie win for Best Picture? Good question. However, the way of the Academy is probably not a subject deserving of much attention. How do they decide what constitutes a "supporting" role? I think it has something to do with the actors involved and also with the need to fill up nomination slots. Wait...I just said I wasn't going to speculate. In response to the fellow in Montreal who seems to think there is an Anglo-Saxon conspiracy: the Oscars existed for twenty years before a British film won for Best Picture (Olivier's HAMLET). European directors have been a major influence on American directors and vice versa. Many of the top directors of Hollywood's "Golden Era" were European (Wilder, Wyler, Curtiz, Lubitsch, Sirk, Zinnemann). Mary Kalfatovic, Washington, D.C.