The official nomination entries in the International Feature Film Category At The 93rd Academy Awards have begun. Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy’s nomination entry has been rejected by the prestigious award show. As per online reports, to be a contender at Oscar Awards in the International Feature Film category, the film must be produced outside the US, with more than 50 per cent dialogue in a foreign language.
Funny Boy that stars Brandon Ingram, Nimmi Harasgama, Ali Kazmi, Agam Darshi, and Arush Nand in the lead roles is based on Shyam Selvadurai’s best-selling novel of the same name. But in an unfortunate turn of events Funny Boy has been rejected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS). According to a report in India Today, Funny Boy’s nomination was rejected because it contains too much English dialogue. As mentioned above, to be a contender in the Best International Film category in Oscars the film cannot contain more than 50 percent English dialogues.
In a statement, Deepa Mehta said, “We were surprised that the film was not able to compete in the Academy’s International Feature category, but then were equally surprised and more than thrilled that Telefilm decided to support the submission of the film for Best Picture and other categories at the Academy Awards. My hope is for Funny Boy to continue to transcend expectations with its story of love, courage, and compassion.”
“This is the heartbeat of Funny Boy, reflected through our beloved Arjie a graceful determination to be the very best version of ourselves no matter what the obstacles are; to break down preconceived ideas and to shed light into shadows,” he added. (ALSO READ: The Mystery Behind Shaan Vyas’s Natkhat Starring Vidya Balan And Sanika Patel Being Replaced By Shameless For Oscars 2021- EXCLUSIVE)
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