The Hush Post: India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language category at the 90th Academy Awards “Newton” is out of the Oscars race. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAAS) has announced that the Amit Masurkar-directed black comedy is not a part of the nine-film line-up which have advanced to the next round of voting. The nine films are — “A Fantastic Woman” (Chile), “In the Fade” (Germany), “On Body and Soul” (Hungary), “Foxtrot” (Israel), “The Insult” (Lebanon), “Loveless” (Russia), Felicite (Senegal), “The Wound” (South Africa) and “The Square” (Sweden). Five films will be chosen from this list, which will be announced on January 23. There were a record 92 submissions this year. The ceremony will be held on March 4 in Los Angeles.
The surprise omissions in this list were Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father from Cambodia and France’s official submission, Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute). Featuring Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles, the Hindi language film ‘Newton’ chronicles the foibles of democracy in the jungles of Chhattisgarh.
No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Lagaan” in 2001. “Mother India” (1958) and “Salaam Bombay” (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five. Tamil film “Visaranai” by director Vetrimaaran was India’s official submission to the Oscars last year.