One of the finest films this year- Rajkummar Rao’s Newton was India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2018. However, it has now been reported that Newton is out of the race for the honour.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made an official announcement that nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards.
Directed by Amit V. Masurkar, Rajkummar Rao’s Newton is
set story set against the backdrop of elections in the world's largest democracy,
India. The shortlisted films have been selected from 92 titles that had
originally been considered in the category.
So, for now, A Fantastic Woman (Chile), In the Fade (Germany), On Body and Soula (Hungary), Foxtrot (Israel), The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless (Russia), Felicite (Senegal), The Wound (South Africa) and The Square (Sweden) have made the cut to the shortlist.
Nominations for all categories of the 90th Academy Awards
will be announced on January 23. The Oscars ceremony will be held on March 4 at
the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.
So far, "Mother India", "Salaam Bombay!" and "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" 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 won the honour.
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