NOMINATIONS 4 the 79th Academy Awards are…
Arunima Mishra | 08 Feb 2007

About Oscar Nominations.

WATER gets nominated for the Oscars from Canada
Light, action and camera...Yes, the prestigious award for outstanding film achievements is popularly known as the Academy Awards or Oscars, which will be presented on February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center. Amongst the various categories, “Babel”(Paramount and Paramount Vantage), an anonymous Content\ Zeta Film\ Central Films production has the highest number of nominations. They are- the best motion picture of the year, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for achievement in directing, Andriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi for Performance by an actor in a supporting role, Stephen Mirrioone and Douglas Crise for achievement in film editing and Gustavo Santaolalla for achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original Score).
“Pan’ Labyrinth” (Picture House), a Tequila Gang\ Esperanto Filmoj\ Estudios Production comes second in the number of Oscar nominations. The nominations in various categories are- achievement in art direction: Eugenio Caballero for Art Direction and Pilar Revuelta for Set Direction, Guillermo Navarro for achievement in cinematography, Javier Navarrete for achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original Score). It is also nominated for the best foreign language film of the year from Mexico. “The Departed” (Warner Bros.), a Warner Bros. Pictures Production, Graham King, Producer has also nominations in four categories. They are- the best motion picture of the year, Mark Wahlberg for Performance by an actor in a supporting role, Thelma Schoonmaker for achievement in film editing andMartin Scorsese for achievement in directing.
What attracts an Indian eye is the category for best foreign language film of the year, where “Water”, a Hamilton- Mehta production is nominated from Canada. Deepa Mehta’ s much controversial film Water; will now contest with its four counterparts. They are- “After the Wedding” from Denmark; “Days of Glory” from Algeria, “The Lives of Others” from Germany & “Pan’ s Labyrinth” from Mexico. Water has also won awards at the Toronto Film Festival in2005. Water completes the triology of the feminist director, which started from ‘ Fire’ followed by ‘Earth’. The film stars John Abraham, Sima Biswas and Lisa Ray in the leads. It portrays the plight of widows in Varanasi during the Pre- Indepence period. As the shooting of the film came to a standstill in India, the director had to shift the location to Srilanka.
Whereas it is a shame for India that a film made by an Indian Director, based on an Indian issue is being sent from a foreign country. However, Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti could not find a place in the nominations. Moreover, Amol Palekar- directed Paheli scored over Swades, Veer- Zara, Page- 3, Black and was selected to be India’ s entry in the foreign category in 2005. Perhaps, there were films of high caliber on cinematic excellence and directorial excellence. The need of the hour for the committee of Film Federation of India is to set certain tricks of the trade and rules of the road for selection process instead of taking unanimous decisions.
Let us see if Water brings home the Oscars with a small starcast but a tremendous theme.