'Jallikattu' fails to make the Academy Award shortlist

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Published: February 11,2021 09:48 AM
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February 11, 2021: Critically acclaimed Malayalam film Jallikattu, which was selected by the Film Federation of India as the official entry for Oscars, is out of the race.

February 11, 2021: Critically acclaimed Malayalam film Jallikattu, which was selected by the Film Federation of India as the official entry for Oscars, is out of the race. The Academy released the shortlists for nine categories, including Best International Feature Film and Jallikattu couldn't make the list of 15 selections.



Jallikattu was zeroed in as India's official Oscar entry from a long list of 27 films, including audience favourites such as Shakumtala Devi, Chhapaak, Chhalaang, The Disciple, Gulabo Sitabo and The Sky Is Pink.



The Academy revealed that films from 93 countries were eligible for the Best International Feature Film category and now the selected 15 will compete for the final list of nominations. Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards will be announced on March 15.



Directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, Jallikattu derives its name from the traditional Tamil Nadu festival 'Jallikattu', which is a sport of bull taming. The film is headlined by Antony Varghese, who portrays the role of a butcher, who loses control of the animal at a ritual slaughter. Also starring Chemban Vinod Jose, Santhy Balachandran, Sabumon Abdusamad and Jaffar Idukki, Jallikattu is based on a short story by the writer S Hareesh titled Maoist.



Here are the selections for the Best International Feature Film category that made it so far:



Bosnia and Herzegovina, Quo Vadis, Aida?



Chile, The Mole Agent



Czech Republic, Charlatan



Denmark, Another Round



France, Two Of Us



Guatemala, La Llorona



Hong Kong, Better Days



Iran, Sun Children



Ivory Coast, Night Of The Kings



Mexico, I'm No Longer Here



Norway, Hope



Romania, Collective



Russia, Dear Comrades!



Taiwan, A Sun



Tunisia, The Man Who Sold His Skin



Christopher Nolan's Tenet, which also stars Dimple Kapadia in a key role, has advanced its move in the Best Music (Original Score) category. Meanwhile, Karishma Dev Dube's short film Bittu, which is presented by Tahira Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor and Guneet Monga, has made it to the 10 selections of Best Live Action Short Film shortlist. "Can't keep calm," wrote Tahira Kashyap on Instagram.





In the last few years, India had some critically acclaimed films up for entries with titles such as Gully Boy, Village Rockstars, Newton and Visaranani but failed to make the final cut. The only Indian films to have been nominated for an Oscar so far have been Mother India, Salaam Bombay and Lagaan.