South Indian films ‘Jai Bhim’, ‘Marakkar’ make Oscars ‘submission list’

All of the presumptive Oscar contenders, ‘Variety’ reports, are on the list. These include “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios), “Belfast” (Focus Features), “CODA” (Apple Original Films), “Dune” (Warner Bros), “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures), “House of Gucci’ (MGM/United Artists), ‘The Power of the Dog’ (Netflix), ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ (Paramount Pictures), ‘Spencer’ (Neon/Topic Studios), ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home ‘ (Sony Pictures) and ‘West Side Story’ (20th Century Studios).

Some of the Oscar shortlisted international feature films are also eligible for Best Picture, in addition to the Best International Feature category, such as Japan’s “Drive My Car”, Italy’s “The Hand of God”. , “A Hero” of Iran. and Norway’s “Worst Person in the World”.

Directed by Priyadarshan, “Marakkar” is one of the most expensive films in the history of Malayalam cinema. It tells the epic story of Kunjali Marakkar IV, a Malabar sea lord and his epic battles against the Portuguese. The film had won three national awards – Best Feature, Best Special Effects and Best Costume Design.

‘Jai Bhim’, which raised the hairs of the PMK, a political party in Tamil Nadu which mainly represents the Vanniyar community, is based on a real incident in 1993, involving a case led by the former High Court judge of Madras, K. Chandru, when he was a lawyer. Behind him in this legal battle was Sengeni’s wife, Rajakannu.

The only other film to be selected in South Asia is Bhutan’s “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”, a 2019 film directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji. It had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

The film was selected as the Bhutanese entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, but was later disqualified. It was resubmitted as Bhutan’s entry for the 2022 Oscars and was shortlisted for the awards.

Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards, according to ‘Variety’, will be announced on Tuesday, February 8. The ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, March 27 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and will be televised on the American network ABC. and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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