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OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2006

 

Deepa Mehta's Water shortlisted for Oscar

To vie with Black Book from the Netherlands and Volver from Spain.


 

 

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Deepa Mehta's film 'Water' is in contention for the Oscars in the best foreign film category. Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti is out.

Water, starring John Abraham and Lisa Ray, is a movie which has the plight of widows in India during the 1930s as its theme. Water is a Canadian movie.

Black Book from the Netherlands and Volver from Spain will vie with Water for the Oscars.

Oscar nominees for the best foreign film are 'Water' (Canada) 'Days of Glory' (Algeria) 'After the Wedding' (Denmark) 'Avenue Montaigne' (France) 'The Lives of Others' (Germany) 'Pan's Labyrinth' (Mexico) 'Vitus' (Switzerland)`Volver' (Spain) 'Curse of the Golden Flower' (China) 'Black Book' (Netherlands)

This is the first time that a short-list of nine has been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The final five for the 79th Annual Academy awards will be announced on January 23.

Except Days of Glory from Algeria, all other films short-listed for the best foreign film are north American productions.

A notable exclusion from the list is Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima for the reason that it is technically a US production and hence can’t be included in the best foreign film category. So Eastwood’s film may run for the best film.

Volver starring Penelope Cruz was already making headlines before the announcement came due to the association of acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar with Cruz again.

Almodóvar's film revolving around three generations of women has reaped a slew of honors from the Satellite Awards and the National Board of Review. It also won the best screenplay and best actress awards for its entire female cast at Cannes Film Festival.

Deepa Mehta’s Water won the Broadcast Film Critics Association's nod for best foreign language film at the Critics' Choice Awards in 2005.

 

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