NEW DELHI: Director Tha Se Gnanavel’s critically acclaimed Tamil court drama ‘Jai Bhim’ and Priyadarshan’s Malayalam war film ‘Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham’ failed to make the nomination list for the 94th Academy Awards announced on Tuesday. The 94th nomination show, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan, started at exactly 6:48 PM(IST).
Ten nominees were announced in the Best Picture category, which was announced last of the categories. While all other nominees in all other categories were selected by members of their respective branches, the best picture nominees were selected by the entire Academy.
The films nominated in this category are ‘Belfast’, ‘Coda’, ‘Don’t Look Up’, ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Dune’, ‘King Richard’, ‘Licorice Pizza’, ‘Nightmare Alley’, “The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story”. Five films were nominated in the International Feature Film category.
Films that made it onto this list are Drive My Car (Japan), Flee (Denmark), The Hand of God (Italy), Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan ), and “The Worst Person in the World” (Norway). Indian fans were deeply disappointed as a tweet earlier in the day by a well-known -US writer had raised hopes that “Jai Bhim” would make it.
However, this did not happen. Both “Jai Bhim” and “Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham” (Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea) were on the list of 276 films considered for this year’s Academy Awards. The Oscars are scheduled for Sunday, March 27th at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and will be broadcast on ABC, US, and in more than 200 territories worldwide.