The Nepali movie to represent in the Foreign Language Film nomination in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Oscars Awards 2017 is ‘Kalo Pothi’. The movie was selected by the evaluation committee in Nepal. The movie selection committee at the Film Development Board had evaluated the applications from three movies, ‘Pashupati Prasad’, ‘Ko Afno’ and ‘Kalo Pothi’.
According to the selection committee, the movies were evaluated on the evaluation criteria set by Oscars Award. The criteria include the technical aspect, story telling, evaluation of the characters and artistic presentation.
‘Kalo Pothi’ had participated in various film festivals and had won some awards in them. The movie released in June this year had also received a positive response from the viewers.
The Oscars Award selection committee in Nepal has to select one Nepali movie out of the three applications to send to Oscars Award ceremony to be held on February 28, 2017. The movie will compete against all the foreign language movies received by Oscars Award to be nominated for the final award.
The 81 entries in the Foreign-Language Film Oscar are finalized officially by the Academy Award officials. Among 81 countries, Paraguay is the only country that has sent its movie for the first time. The nomination of the 88th Academy Awards is scheduled to be announced on January 14, 2016. The winners will be announced on February 29 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
Among the contenders Nepali movie ‘Talakjung Vs Tulke’ by director Nischal Basnet will compete with 80 movies be be nominated in the contest. Winning would certainly be a feat, nomination is no less for the country like Nepal. The only time a movie with Nepal attached to it to be nominated was in 1999 for Eric Valliâ€™s film ‘Himalaya’ in the 72nd Academy Awards.
For the Oscar Awards to be held in February, four Nepali movies have applied to be selected to represent Nepal in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The application from the makers of Sunpani, Nishani, Bhimdatta and Talakjung VS Tulke was received to the Film Development Board, Nepal.
Application was called from the movies released between Ashoj 15, 2071 to Bhadra 14, 2072 BS to apply for the consideration to send to the Oscar awards in the USA. A five-members Oscar Award Selection Committee will evaluate the applications and send the most appropriate movie to the Oscar Awards selection committee.
In the 9-movies list of the nomination for the Foreign Language Films in Oscar Awards 2015, no Asian movies have been selected. Nepali movie ‘Jhola’ was one of the 83 Foreign Language films initially considered for the selection of the films.
Argentina, "Wild Tales," director – DamiÃ¡n SzifrÃ³n
Estonia, "Tangerines," director – Zaza Urushadze
Georgia, "Corn Island," director – George Ovashvili
Mauritania, "Timbuktu," director – Abderrahmane Sissako
Netherlands, "Accused," director – Paula van der Oest
Poland, "Ida," director – PaweÅ‚ Pawlikowski
Russia, "Leviathan," director – Andrey Zvyagintsev
Sweden, "Force Majeure," director – Ruben Ã–stlund
Venezuela, "The Liberator," director – Alberto Arvelo
Five out of the 9 movies will make it to the final nomination, to be announced on January 15.
The movie selected by the Nepali selection committee to represent Nepal in the Academy Awards, Oscars, couldn’t make it to the short-listing. The movie made on a lesbian love story, ‘Soongava’ was selected by a Nepali committee for the Oscars competition to compete in the Best Foreign Movie category.
The Oscars Awards organizer The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science has recently released the list of movies short-listed for the final competition. Nepali movie is not in the list.
Nepali movie made on the love story of lesbian couple, ‘Soongava : dance of the orchids’ was selected to represent Nepal in the world’s most prestigious film awards, Oscars Awards. The movie will compete in the Best Foreign Movies category.
In the race to participate in the 86th Academy Awards ‘Soongava’, ‘Sanguro’, ‘Shirish ko Phool’ and ‘Badhshala’ were selected in the first step. A committee led by Bimal Poudel and having Laxminath Sharma, Pradeep Upadhaya, Raju Bikram Thapa and Lokendra Parajuli as members has selected ‘Soongava’ to go to the Awards.