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India out of Oscars’ race; but Indian origin directors’ movies nominated for Oscar

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Indian regional films ‘Court’, ‘Jalam’, ‘RangiTaranga’ and ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’, which were vying for a spot in different categories of the upcoming 88th Academy Awards, couldn't make it to the nominations list of Oscars. The nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, actor John Krasinski and filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee.

India has never won an Oscar, even though ‘Mother India’, ‘Salaam Bombay!’ and ‘Lagaan : Once Upon a Time in India’ were nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category in different years. Indo-British director Asif Kapadia's documentary ‘Amy’, based on the life of singer Amy Winehouse, and Indian-American Sanjay Patel's animated short film ‘Sanjay's Super Team’ have bagged nominations at Academy Awards.

‘Amy’ has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category where it will fight it out with ‘Cartel Land’, ‘The Look of Silence’, ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ and ‘Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom’. Kapadia, whose film has also earned two Bafta nominations, depicts Winehouse's life largely from the standpoint of her struggle with substance abuse problems both before and after her career began to her eventual early death.

‘Amy’, which had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival, has earned many awards and has been nominated in for various prestigious awards including Grammy and NME for Best Music Film. ‘Sanjay's Super Team’ has been nominated in Animated Short Film along side ‘Bear Story’, ‘Prologue’, ‘We Can't Live without Cosmos’ and ‘World of Tomorrow’. In the movie, by Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father's traditions. ‘Bridge of Spies’, which has earned seven nominations at the Oscars including the best picture has been co-produced by Indian businessman Anil Ambani and Steven Spielberg.