Barfi, the Indian nominee for the Oscars this year, is out of the race.
The Ranbir-Priyanka starrer was lauded by the critics as well as audience. In the past, only Aamir Khan’s “Lagaan” in 2002, Mira Nair’s “Salaam Bombay!” in 1989 and Mehboob Khan’s “Mother India” in 1958 have managed to earn nominations in the foreign film category without any final wins.
Out of the 71 films that have qualified from across the world, only nine are advancing to the next round. The shortlist will be down to five nominees by special panels in New York and Los Angeles. The nine movies in the list are Michael Haneke’s “Amour” from Austria, Kim Nguyen’s “War Witch” from Canada, Pablo Larrain’s “No” from Chile, Nikolaj Arcel’s “A Royal Affair” from Denmark, “The Intouchables” by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano from France, Baltasar Kormr’s “The Deep” from Iceland, Joachim Rg and Espen Sandberg’s “Kon-Tiki” from Norway, Ursula Meier’s “Sister” from Switzerland and Romanian film “Beyond the Hills’ by Cristian Mungiu.
The Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 10, 2013 in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscar awards will take place on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The presentation ceremony will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.