9 films now vying for foreign language Oscar nomination

Newton out of the Oscar race AMPAAS reveals foreign language shortlist

Newton out of the Oscar race AMPAAS reveals foreign language shortlist

Films from Chile, Germany and Israel are also among the nine-strong longlist, as are titles from Lebanon, Russia and South Africa.

The whole nation was left disappointed with the news of Rajkumar Rao's Newton not making it to the top nine in the Best Foreign Language Film category at Oscars 2018.

As for India, if Newton received a nomination; the movie would have been India's fourth nomination in the history of Oscars and would have been the first movie to be nominated since Aamir Khan's Lagaan. The entire team of Amit Masurkar directorial was excited when the film became India's official entry to the 90th Academy Awards.

India has never won an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category and hopes were pinned on the political satire Newton.

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The Academy has come under some skepticism regarding the Foreign Language movies, because of the number of films from every nation that are submitted and only five are the ones to get nominated in the end.

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).

According to Variety, the films shortlisted are selected by a general committee along with a 20-person executive committee, spearheaded by producer and foreign committee chair, Mark Johnson.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on January 23, 2018, and the ceremony will be held on March 4 at Hollywood's Dolby Theater in the western USA city of Los Angeles. With the film out of Oscars race our hopes of winning an Oscar this year has dashed now.

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