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Newton out of Oscar race

December 15, 2017 12:46 IST

Amit Masurkar's black comedy didn't make it to the next round.

Newton, India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Amit Masurkar's black comedy is not part of the nine film line-up which 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); em>The Square (Sweden).

 

Featuring Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles, 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.

Director Vetrimaaran's Tamil film Visaranai was India's entry to last year's Oscars.

The Oscars will be held on March 4 in Los Angeles.

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