Oscars Current Affairs - 2020

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Gully Boy selected as India’s official entry to Oscars 2020

Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt starrer Gully Boy has been announced India’s official entry to the Oscars. The movie is a musical drama that revolves around a young man from Mumbai who uses rap music to break free from his situations. It earned around 134 crore rupees in February alone. It was directed by Zoya Akhtar.

About Oscar

The Academy award was first held in 1929. Each year an Oscar statuette made of gold – plated bronze is awarded to the winners. However, today it is being made of nickel silver, plated in very little copper mixed in 24 – carat gold.

The name ‘Oscar’ was coined by the director of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick. The statue is 34.3 cm tall and weighs 3.856 kg. The model for the statue was a Mexican actor. It was sculpted by Cedric Gibbons.

India and Oscar

India has been submitting films to the award under the foreign film category since 1957. The movie Mother India was the first submission in 1957. India received its first Oscar in 1982. Bhanu Athaiya won the award for the best costume designer. So far only 5 Indians have won the award. They are as follows

  • Bhanu Athaiya – Best Costume Design – Movie: Gandhi, 1982
  • Satyajit Ray – Honorary award in 1992
  • Gulzar – Best song – Movie: Slumdog Millionaire, 2008
  • A R Rahman – Best score – Movie: Slumdog Millionaire, 2008
  • Resul Pookutty – Best sound mixing – Movie: Slumdog Millionaire, 2008
Ownership of the statuettes

The winners or their heirs can sell the statuettes only to the academy for 1 USD. An agreement is signed between the winner and the academy every year to maintain the trend.

Tamil film Visaranai selected as India’s official entry to Oscars 2017

The Tamil film “Visaranai” has been selected as the India’s official entry to Oscars 2017 (89th Academy Awards) in the Foreign Language Film category.

The film has been directed by Vetrimaran and is produced by actor Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films. It is based on M.Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up.

Key Facts

  • The film is based on true events recorded in novel Lock Up about autorickshaw driver, who shares his experience after he and three of his friends are arrested on false charges.
  • It documents four migrant workers who suffer police brutality and corruption after being jailed on false charges.
  • It starrs Dinesh Ravi, Samuthirakani, Kishore, Ajay Ghosh, Anandhi and Aadukalam Murugadoss.
  • Awards and Honours: At 72nd Venice Film Festival it had won the Amnesty International Italia Award.
  • At the 63rd National Film Awards, it had won three honours viz. Best Supporting Actor for Samuthirakani, Best Feature Film in Tamil and Best Editing for Kishore Te.