Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language category at the 92nd Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race. On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a shortlist of ten films in the Best International Feature Film category, which will proceed to the next round of voting.
The movie, which released across the country in February this year, features Alia Bhatt, Vijay Raaz, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Varma and Amruta Subhash. The film which was a commercial success in the country was previously selected as India’s official entry in the International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards.
However, no Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five 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.
It is the first year the Oscar formerly will be awarded under a new name: the best international feature film. The category was previously known as the best foreign-language film.
The 10 shortlisted films are the Czech Republic’s “The Painted Bird”; Estonia’s “Truth and Justice”; France’s “Les Misérables”; Hungary’s “Those Who Remained”; North Macedonia’s “Honeyland”; Poland’s “Corpus Christi”; Russia’s “Beanpole”; Senegal’s “Atlantics”; South Korea’s “Parasite” and Spain’s “Pain and Glory.”
List of nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 13. The Oscars will be held on Feb 9 in Los Angeles.