Oscars Shortlist Out: Asif Kapadia's 'Amy' & Sanjay Patel's 'Sanjay's Super Team' In The Race!

By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on January 14, 2016

2 films directed by filmmakers of Indian origin, Amy and Sanjay's Super Team have made it to the final list of nominees in the categories Best Documentary Feature and Best Animated Short Film.

Three time BAFTA winning director Asif Kapadia's documentary feature Amy depicts singer- songwriter Amy Winehouse's life and her struggle with substance abuse problems, both before and after her career began to flourish. The struggle eventually caused her premature death. The documentary is the highest grossing British documentary film of all time, taking £3 million at the box office in its first weekend. The documentary was also nominated at the Cannes Film Festival 2015 in the Queer Palm and L'OEil d'or categories.

The Pixar short Sanjay's Super Team is based on the Indian-American director Sanjay Patel's own childhood experiences. The film follows the daydream of a young Indian boy, bored with religious rituals of his father, who imagines Hindu gods as superheroes. The project is the first Pixar film to be helmed by an Indian-American director. Patel wrote about his inspiration behind this film in a 2010 blog for The Huffington Post

"As a kid, I accepted these practices and references, but didn't understand them, and was often frustrated by them. All I really wanted to do was watch cartoons."

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the full list of nominations for the 88th Academy Awards today. The Revenant leads the race with a total of 12 nominations, including the Best Picture nomination and the Best Actor and Best Director nominations for Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro Iñárritu respectively. Not far behind, George Miller's "Mad Max Fury Road" has received 10 nominations including those for the Best Picture, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony will be hosted by comedian Chris Rock and be held on 28th February 2016.

Here is a list of nominations in the key categories:

Best Picture

"Big Short"

"Bridge of Spies"

"Brooklyn"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Martian"

"The Revenant"

"Room"

"Spotlight"

Best Animated Feature

"Anomalisa"

"Boy and the World""Inside Out"

"Shaun and the Sheep Movie"

"When Marnie Was There"

Best Documentary Feature

"Amy"

"Cartel Land"

"The Look of Silence"

"What Happened, Miss Simone?"

"Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom"

Best Foreign Language Film

"Embrace of the Serpent" (Colombia)

"A War" (Denmark)

"Mustang" (France)

"Son of Saul" (Hungary)

"Theeb" (Jordan)

Best Director

Adam McKay, "The Big Short"

George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "The Revenant"

Lenny Abramson, "Room"

Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

Best Actor (female)

Cate Blanchett, "Carol"

Brie Larson, "Room"

Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"

Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"

Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Best Actor (male)

Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"

Matt Damon, "The Martian"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

Michael Fassbender, "Jobs"

Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

Best Original Screenplay

"Bridge of Spies" (Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen)

"Ex Machina" (Alex Garland)

"Inside Out" (Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley)

"Spotlight" (Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer)

"Straight Outta Compton" (Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff)

Best Cinematography

"Carol"

"The Hateful Eight"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"Sicario"

"The Revenant"

Best Film Editing

"The Big Short"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Revenant"

"Spotlight"

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

For the complete list of nominations, click here.


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