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Village Rockstars Out Of Oscar Race

Village Rockstars Out Of Oscar Race
December 18
10:45 2018

NET Bureau

Rima Das’ Village Rockstar, which was India’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film category in Oscar 2019, is out of the race now. The another movie staring Indian actors that is Iram Haq’s Norwegian drama What Will People Say is out of the league. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Monday announced that nine films have advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards, according to the official Oscars website.

Village Rockstar is Rima Das’s directorial project of her own village Chhaygaon in Assam. It is the story of “poor but amazing children” who live a fun-filled life. So far, Mother India, Salaam Bombay! and Lagaan are the only Indian films that made it to the top five in the Best Foreign language Film category at the Academy Awards, but none have won the honour.

Hopes were still pinned down on What Will People Say which had Indian actors, Adil Hussain and Ekavali Khanna. It is set in Pakistan and Norway and traces how a Pakistani immigrant family deals with its teenage daughter’s affair with a local boy in Norway.

A total of 87 films had originally been considered in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Among the shortlisted ones are Birds of Passage (Colombia), The Guilty (Denmark), Never Look Away (Germany), Shoplifters (Japan), Ayka (Kazakhstan), Capernaum (Lebanon), Roma (Mexico), Cold War (Poland) and Burning (South Korea).

Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron is excited about Roma making it to the list.

“Made the shortlist of the Oscars for foreign language,” tweeted the Academy Award winner, whose film is set in the early 1970s and is a semi-autobiographical take on his upbringing in Mexico City.

The movie, available on Netflix, is among the front-runners for an Oscar this year.

The Academy also announced shortlists for the Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Make-up And Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects categories.

Nominations for the 91st Oscars will be announced on January 22, 2019, over a month ahead of the Oscars ceremony which is slated to be held on February 24, 2019.

SOURCE: Daily Adda

Image Credit: The Financial Express

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