Oscars 2022 shortlist: Nayanthara-produced Tamil film Koozhangal out of race, Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh's Writing with Fire makes it big


In October this year, Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan-produced Tamil film Koozhangal (Pebbles) was selected as India's official entry to the 94th Academy Awards (Oscars 2022). It was chosen over critically acclaimed Hindi films like Sardar Udham and Sherni. Now, on Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlists in 10 categories for Oscars 2022. 

All eyes were on Koozhangal. However, the acclaimed film couldn't make the cut in the Best International Film category. The selected films in the category are: Great FreedomPlaygroundLunana: A Yak in the ClassroomFleeCompartment No. 6I’m Your ManLamb, A Hero, The Hand of GodDrive My CarHivePrayers for the StolenThe Worst Person in the WorldPlaza Catedral and The Good Boss.

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While Koozhangal went out of the race, India still has a reason to celebrate. Directors Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s Writing with Fire has been shortlisted in the Best Documentary Feature category. It revolves around a newspaper run by Dalit women. Writing with Fire will compete at the Oscars 2022 with Ascension, AtticaBillie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, Faya DayiThe First WaveFleeIn the Same BreathJuliaPresident, ProcessionThe RescueSimple as WaterSummer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) and The Velvet Underground.

(Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)