Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' out of Oscars race

Carla Harmon
December 15, 2017

Bad news for all Rajkummar Rao fans! Amit V Masurkar directorial Newton garnered vast praise in India from various quarters including both Bollywood celebrities and film critics.

A Canadian film is out of the running for the best Foreign Language Film category in next year's Oscars. "Newton", a satire and dark comedy set against the backdrop of elections in the world's largest democracy, was chosen from among 26 titles from different languages by a 14-member jury appointed by the Film Federation of India (FFI).

Zhenya the boy’s mother. Credit Anna Matveeva  Sony
Zhenya the boy’s mother. Credit Anna Matveeva Sony

Historical drama "Hochelaga" had been selected as Canada's pick for the best foreign-language film category.

The other films on the shortlist are: A Fantastic Woman (Chile)‚ In the Fade (Germany)‚ On Body and Soul (Hungary)‚ Foxtrot (Israel)‚ The Insult (Lebanon)‚ Loveless (Russia)‚ Félicité (Senegal) and The Square (Sweden).

Academy members eligible to participate in the nominations round of voting in New York, London, Los Angeles and, for the first time, the San Francisco Bay Area, will screen the nine shortlisted films in theaters over a three-day period from January 12 to January 14, with three films screened each day, and winnow down the shortlist to five nominees. The Oscars ceremony will be held on March 4 at the Dolby Theatre here. The only Indian movies that have managed to get nominated for Oscars have been, Mother India (1957), Lagaan (2001) and Salaam Bombay (1988). It is Masurkar's second directorial venture.

South African film Inxeba (The Wound) has strengthened its chances of winning an Oscar at next year's prestigious ceremony after being shortlisted for a nomination and winning two worldwide awards this week.

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