‘Newton’, the movie which was unanimously selected by the Film Federation of India (FFI) jury to represent the country at the 90th edition of the Academy Awards, which is to be held in Los Angeles on 4th March 2018, is out of the race in the Best Foreign Language film category.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the satire hasn’t made it to the top nine-film line-up despite winning accolades back home. ‘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) have made the cut and will proceed to the next round of voting.
Filmmaker CV Reddy, who headlined the committee that selected Newton, says, “We’re still very proud of the choice we made. The rest is a film’s own destiny.”
Actor and film-make Anupam Kher said – “Oscars are their awards, and they follow their own process of screening and voting. We haven’t seen the other contenders in the category. How do we know someone wasn’t better than us? We feel heartbroken each year, but don’t make adequate effort to introspect and learn. ‘Newton’ is a brilliant film, but maybe, we need to up the game. Oscar has been a long chase but maybe, we’ll get there, soon.”