Amit Masurkar’s satirical film Newton starring Rajkummar Rao, Anjali Patil and Pankaj Tripathi, which was India’s official entry to the Oscars, reportedly failed to make the cut at the Academy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAAS) has announced that the film 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).
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.
Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on January 23 and the ceremony will be held on March 4 in Los Angeles.