Taare Zameen Par out of Oscar race

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New Delhi, Jan 14: India's Oscar dreams have shattered. Reason: Millions of Indians had hoped Amir Khan's Taare Zameern Par would be voted in Oscar, but the film is out of race. The film directed by Aamir Khan has failed to make it to the nine films shortlisted in the foreign language film category.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list. The list includes the recent Golden Globe winner for foreign language film, the acclaimed Israeli animated documentary Waltz with Bashir, about the country's invasion of Lebanon in 1982, as well as the German film the Baader Meinhof Complex, a unique look into that country's notorious terrorist group, the Red Army Faction.

The other seven films are Revanche (Austria), The Necessities of Life (Canada), The Class (France), Departures (Japan), Tear This Heart Out (Mexico), Everlasting Moments (Sweden) and 3 Monkeys (Turkey).

The films were chosen by a committee of several hundred Academy members and will be whittled down to five 2008 nominees by specially selected committees in New York and Los Angeles. The committee members will spend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday viewing three of the films each day before the nominations are announced on January 22.

The awards for outstanding film achievements will be presented on Feb 22, 2009 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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