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Oscars 2022: India's Official Entry 'Koozhangal' Out; Rintu Thomas' 'Writing With Fire' Shortlisted For The Best Documentary Feature

The Tamil film 'Koozhangal' (Pebbles), India's official entry this year to the Oscars, has been eliminated from the competition. However, there's a reason to rejoice as director Rintu Thomas' 'Writing With Fire' was shortlisted in the Best Documentary Feature category.

Oscars 2022: India's Official Entry 'Koozhangal' Out; Rintu Thomas' 'Writing With Fire' Shortlisted For The Best Documentary Feature
Indian documentary 'Writing With Fire' marks it's entry to Oscars 2022 shortlist.
Oscars 2022: India's Official Entry 'Koozhangal' Out; Rintu Thomas' 'Writing With Fire' Shortlisted For The Best Documentary Feature
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2021-12-22T17:38:15+05:30

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlists for the upcoming Oscars in ten categories on Tuesday, including Best International Film. Shortlists for the category of makeup and hairstyling, sound, visual effects, original score, and short films (animated, documentary, and live-action) were also announced. The 94th Academy Awards will take place on March 27, with the final nominees being revealed on February 8.

The Tamil film 'Koozhangal' (Pebbles), India's official entry this year, has been eliminated from the competition.

Despite 'Pebbles' elimination, India has its reason to rejoice and celebrate. Directors Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh's 'Writing with Fire', a film about a Dalit women-run newspaper, has been shortlisted in the Best Documentary Feature category. 

Fans also fumed at the exclusion of France’s director Palme d’Or-winning 'Titane', which many believed was too extreme for Academy voters. 'Titane', a body horror film that revolves around identity and found family, is directed by Julia Ducournau and was always considered an outside contender. But its triumph at the Cannes Film Festival led many to believe that it could make the final cut.

Here is the complete list of movies contending for the Best International Film category: 

'Great Freedom' (Austria) – dir. Sebastian Meise
'Playground' (Belgium) – dir. Laura Wandel
'Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom' (Bhutan) – dir. Pawo Choyning Dorji
'Flee'' (Denmark) – dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
'Compartment No. 6' (Finland) – dir. Juho Kuosmanen
'I’m Your Man' (Germany) – dir. Maria Schrader
'Lamb' (Iceland) – dir. Valdimar Jóhannsson
'A Hero' (Iran) – dir. Asghar Farhadi
'The Hand of God' (Italy) – dir. Paolo Sorrentino
'Drive My Car' (Japan) – dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi
'Hive' (Kosovo) – dir. Blerta Basholli
'Prayers for the Stolen' (Mexico) – dir. Tatiana Huezo
'The Worst Person in the World' (Norway) – dir. Joachim Trier
'Plaza Catedral' (Panama) – dir. Abner Benaim
'The Good Boss' (Spain) – dir. Fernando León de Aranoa

Here is a complete list of documentaries contending for the category of Best Feature Documentary: 

'Ascension' – dir. Jessica Kingdon
'Attica'  – dir. Stanley Nelson
'Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry'  – dir. RJ Cutler
'Faya Dayi'– dir. Jessica Beshir
'The First Wave' – dir. Matthew Heineman
'Flee' – dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
'In the Same Breath'  – dir. Nanfu Wang
'Julia'  – dir. Julie Cohen, Betsy West
'President'  – dir. Camilla Nielsson
'Procession' – dir. Robert Greene
'The Rescue' – dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
'Simple as Water' – dir. Megan Mylan
'Summer of Soul' (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” – dir. Quest Love
'The Velvet Underground' – dir. Todd Haynes
'Writing with Fire'– dir. Rintu Thomas

The academy has also selected 15 songs for the Best Original Song category.  Here is a list featuring all the songs. 

'So May We Start?' from 'Annette' 
'Down To Joy' from 'Belfast'
'Right Where I Belong' from 'Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road' 
'Automatic Woman' from Bruised (Netflix)' H.E.R.'
'Dream Girl' from 'Cinderella' 
'Beyond The Shore' from 'CODA'
'The Anonymous Ones' from 'Dear Evan Hansen' 
'Just Look Up' from 'Don’t Look Up' 
'Dos Oruguitas' from 'Encanto' 
'Somehow You Do' from 'Four Good Days' 
'Guns Go Bang' from 'The Harder They Fall' 
'Be Alive' from 'King Richard' 
'No Time To Die' from 'No Time to Die' 
'Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)' from 'Respect'
'Your Song Saved My Life' from 'Sing 2' 

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