India's dream to get an Oscar continues to remain a distant possibility as even this year, our official entry has failed to earn the coveted spot.
India's official submission was Vetrimaaran's Visaranai, a Tamil crime-drama about police brutality produced by Dhanush.
It was one of the 85 films that were submitted by countries across the world but a Variety report revealed that it didn't make it to the 9 shortlisted titles.
The last time India's entry made it to the final shortlist was in 2001 when Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan was selected. It lost to Bosnia's No Man's Land.
For now, here's a list of the films that have made the cut. Interestingly, two films from the selection, The Salesman and My Life as a Zucchini, played at the Mumbai Film Festival this year.
Australia, "Tanna" — directors Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Canada, "It's Only the End of the World" — director Xavier Dolan
Denmark, "Land of Mine" — director Martin Zandvliet
Germany, "Toni Erdmann" — director Maren Ade
Iran, "The Salesman" — director Asghar Farhadi
Norway, "The King's Choice" — director Erik Poppe
Russia, "Paradise" — director Andrei Konchalovsky
Sweden, "A Man Called Ove" — director Hannes Holm
Switzerland, "My Life as a Zucchini" — director Claude Barras
The 86th Academy Awards, or the Oscars as they are popularly known, will take place on February 26, 2017 at the Dolby theater in Hollywood.
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