Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' out of Oscars

Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' out of Oscars

According to the official website of Oscars, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences declared 9 films that have passed for the next round of voting in the Best Foreign Language Film category. However, these films were never conferred an Oscar.

High-profile films like Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My father and Robin Campillo's prize-winning BPM (Beats Per Minute) have been omitted from the race.

After announcing the shortlist, the nominees for all the categories, along with Best Foreign Language movies will be revealed on 23 January, 2018.

The nine films to compete in the next round 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).

"Newton", directed by Amit V. Masurkar, features Rajkummar, Pankaj Tripathi and Raghubir Yadav.

Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' out of Oscars
Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' out of Oscars

The other films that have made it to the top five are Mother India in 1958 and Salaam Bombay in 1989.

Despite the black comedy receiving vast support and appreciation from all over the world, "Newton" failed to make the cut for the next round of voting.

Critically celebrated Tamil film Visaranai, directed by Vetrimaaran, was the country's official submission to the Oscars past year.

When the film was chosen as India's Oscar entry by the Film Federation of India, there was buzz that it was inspired by a 2001 Iranian movie titled "Secret Ballot".

A total of 92 films had been submitted for consideration. For this specific category, a separate foreign executive committee was created so that each and every could be fairly evaluated by the members.

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