Oscars 2015: Poland Wins First Foreign Language Film Honor for 'Ida'

'Ida'

Pawel Pawlikowski's drama about a nun in training who discovers secrets about her family's past was the country's 10th nominee in the category.

Poland has won its first-ever foreign language Oscar.

Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, a drama about a nun in training who discovers secrets about her family's past, won the honor Sunday night after becoming the country's 10th nominee in the category last month.

Poland's first nomination was in 1963 for Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water, while its most recent one before this year was in 2011 for Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness.

Ida beat out Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's dark comedy Leviathan, Damian Szifron's Wild Tales from Argentina, Abderrahmane Sissako's 2014 Cannes competition entry Timbuktu from Mauritania and  Zaza Urushadze's Tangerines from Estonia.

In Poland, nationalists have accused Pawlikowski and his movie of historical inaccuracies.

The film late last year was a big winner at the European Film Awards. And nearly a year ago, it won the best film honor at Poland's version of the Oscars.

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