India Disappointed, Rajkumar Rao's Newton Out Of Oscar Race

| December 15 , 2017 , 13:06 IST

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. The entire team of Amit Masurkar directorial was excited when the film became India's official entry to the 90th Academy Awards.

Despite the black comedy receiving immense support and appreciation from all over the world, 'Newton' failed to make the cut for the next round of voting. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAAS) made the disheartening announcement on Friday.

Rajkumar Rao has earlier expected his critically acclaimed film to bring an end to India's dry spell at Oscars. However, not just 'Newton' but many other acclaimed films failed to go further in the prestigious honour's race including Angelina Jolie directorial 'First They Killed My Father' and "Beats Per Minute" by Robin Campillo.

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'Newton' was released in September with the least amount of promotion but was still able to leave the audience in awe of the heart-touching storyline and strong character portrayal by key actors of the film, Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi. The concept of a willed man conducting corruption-free elections Chattisgarh's woods against all odds was loved by the viewers.

Ashutosh Gowariker’s 'Lagaan'  was the last Indian film to make it in the top five of the category in 2001. Earlier, 'Mother India' and 'Salaam Bombay' were also among the films to enter the Academy, however, none of them could win the trophy.

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). The awards will take place on March 4 in Los Angeles.