Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu out of Oscar race

‘Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu, India’s official entry to the upcoming Academy Awards, has failed to make it to the top nine shortlist for the Best Foreign Film for 2011.

The National Award-winning film, directed by Salim Ahmed, is a family drama about an elderly Muslim couple and their struggle to go on a Haj. The movie was among 63 entries screened by the Oscar committee in the first phase.

As of now, nine movies, including Bullhead (Belgium), Monsieur Lazhar (Canada), Superclasico (Denmark), Pina (Germany), Footnote (Israel), Omar Killed Me (Morocco), In Darkness (Poland) and Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan) are among the shortlisted entries, according to a statement on the official Oscars website.

These will be further winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. Over the weekend, the committee will review the films again and cast their ballots.’

‘India’s only remaining hope at this year’s Academy Awards is now Sohan Roy’s DAM 999, a disaster film based on the Banqio Dam T(ChK Spelling) disaster of xxx The lives of all the nine characters revolve around the central edifice – the pressure-mounted dam. The film has led to a dispute over the Mullaperiyar Dam between Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

It featured among the 265 films contending for the Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. Also, three of its songs were among the 39 shortlisted for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Academy Awards.

The three songs from the film that are vying to be in the final nomination list include Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu, DAM999 Theme Song and Mujhe Chhod Ke.

But whether the film or any of its songs appear in the final nomination list, will only be revealed when the final nominations will be announced on Jan 24, 2012, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.

The final Oscars presentation ceremony will take place on Feb 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.’

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