Oscars 2018: Newton, India's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film category, out of awards race

So far, at the Oscars, 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.

IANS December 15, 2017 10:09:13 IST
Oscars 2018: Newton, India's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film category, out of awards race

Los Angeles: India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2018, Newton, is out of the race for the honour.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday (14 December) announced that nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards, according to the official website of the Oscars.

Oscars 2018 Newton Indias official entry for Best Foreign Language Film category out of awards race

The Oscar statuette (left); Rajkummar Rao in Newton (right). Images via Facebook

Newton, directed by Amit V Masurkar and starring the stellar Rajkummar Rao in a story set against the backdrop of elections in the world's largest democracy, was not a part of it.

The shortlisted films have been selected from 92 titles that had originally been considered in the category.

A Fantastic Woman (Chile), In the Fade (Germany), On Body and Soul (Hungary), Foxtrot (Israel), The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless (Russia), Félicité (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 23 January. The Oscars ceremony will be held on 4 March at the Dolby Theatre in 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 have won the honour.

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