Oscar 2024: India’s Official Entry ‘2018’ Fails to Make It to Final 15

Suhana Parvin
Suhana Parvin
Oscar 2024: India's Official Entry '2018' Fails to Make It to Final 15

The 96th Academy Awards, scheduled for March 10, 2024, in Los Angeles, brought disappointment for Indian cinema enthusiasts as the Malayalam film “2018: Everyone is a Hero,” India’s official entry in the international feature film category, failed to make it to the final 15 films shortlisted for the Oscars.

While the documentary feature “To Kill a Tiger,” based on the Jharkhand gangrape case, secured a spot, India’s official entry in the International Feature Film category.

2018: Everyone is a Hero

Tovino Thomas, the versatile actor who brought alive the character of Anoop in the Malayalam film “2018: Everyone Is A Hero,” experienced a double dhamaka of success. The film, which narrated the story of the devastating 2018 Kerala floods, was selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars, while Tovino himself was honored with the Septimius Award for his performance in the film as the Best Asian Actor.

Directed by Jude Anthany Joseph, “2018” was not just a film but a testament to teamwork, dedication, and the power of storytelling. Tovino, reflecting on the journey of the film, expressed his gratitude towards the entire team for their hard work and perseverance in bringing this story to life on the big screen.

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Oscar 2024

The shortlist of 15 films for the international feature film category included Jonathan Glazer’s historical drama “The Zone of Interest” from the UK, Denmark’s “The Promised Land” starring Mads Mikkelsen, and “Perfect Days” from Japan. Other notable entries included films from Armenia, Bhutan, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

India’s Contribution to the Oscars

India’s journey at the Oscars has been a mix of highs and lows. While films like “Lagaan” managed to reach the final five nominations in 2001, recent entries like “Chhello Show” (Last Film Show) in 2023 couldn’t secure a nomination. At the 95th Academy Awards, “RRR” won Best Original Song for “Naatu Naatu.” Additionally, “The Elephant Whisperers” won the best documentary short category. but India’s official entry in the international feature film category did not make the final cut.

Despite “2018” failing to make it to the final nominations, its success at the box office, earning over Rs 200 crore and becoming the highest-grossing film in Malayalam cinema, reflects the growing global recognition of Indian films.

The 96th Academy Awards will showcase the best of international cinema, celebrating artistic excellence and cultural diversity. While “2018” may not be in contention for an Oscar this year, its journey has undoubtedly contributed to the rich tapestry of Indian cinema on the global stage.

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