Sharmeen bags nomination, India out of Oscars race

Published: January 15, 2016
Sharmeen brought home Pakistan’s first Academy Award for her 2012 documentary Saving Face. PHOTO: REUTERS

Sharmeen brought home Pakistan’s first Academy Award for her 2012 documentary Saving Face. PHOTO: REUTERS

Film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has bagged yet another Oscar nomination while all Indian entries have been ruled out of the race.

Her documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness has been nominated in the short subject category of best documentary for the 88th Academy Awards.

The announcement was made on Thursday evening by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The prestigious ceremony is due to take place on February 28, 2016.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary bags Oscar nomination

Sharmeen has previously won an Oscar for her documentary Saving Face at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012, bringing home Pakistan’s first Academy Award. She is one of only eleven female directors who have ever won an Oscar for a non-fiction film.

The film follows the story of an eighteen-year-old girl, a rare survivor of an honour killing attempt, who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated her for the nomination. According to a statement issued by the PM office, he expressed the government’s commitment to rid Pakistan of the evil of honour killings by implementing appropriate legislation.

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On the other hand, regional Indian films Court, Jalam, RangiTaranga and Nachom-ia Kumpasar that were vying for a spot in different categories of the awards couldn’t make the cut this year, reported IANS.

India has never won an Oscar, even though Mother India, Salaam Bombay! and Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India were nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category in different years.

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Though none of the Indian films could make it to the list, Indian-American Pixar artist and director Sanjay Patel’s animated short film Sanjay’s Super Team managed to get nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Truth
    Jan 15, 2016 - 10:33PM

    They didn’t nominated your movie,they just wanted to show the world how bad a contry called pakistan is,make a movie on the good side (if there is) of your country than you will know what I mean.Recommend

  • Aftab Ali
    Jan 15, 2016 - 11:26PM

    come on now don’t be jealous. did you want the nomination to go to the nirbhaya movie that india banned in the country itself :) ? Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 16, 2016 - 12:36AM

    It takes courage to speak out about cultural wrongs…….and this is a ‘ wrong ‘ not restricted only to Pakistan but afflicts many countries and cultures……well done Sharmeen.Recommend

  • Bitter fact
    Jan 16, 2016 - 8:35AM

    Congratulations Sharmern.

    @ Aftab Ali…To a large extent I agree with ‘Truth’s’ comments..Having observed Western media for years, its very hard to get appreciation for any good stories from outside west…its usually all the negatives that get highlighted to give them a good ego massage.Recommend

  • Truth
    Jan 16, 2016 - 9:52AM

    @Aftab no offence, but that’s is the truthRecommend

  • Arka
    Jan 16, 2016 - 12:26PM

    You missed another indian origin director Asif Kapadia who nominated for Amy bio pic.
    indian films never own oscar but many indians won oscar-Satyajit Ray,Bhanu Athaiya,A.R rahman,Gulzar ,Resul pukutty.

    and not Amerian or european film hardly own oscar.better focus on canne,berlin,venice,toronto film festsRecommend

  • Mohammad Baig
    May 4, 2016 - 7:57PM

    She will become soon millionaire and champion of the women empowerment but the women would be on the same sate and target of all sort of miseries and unjust.
    She should focus on the institutional reforms that would ensure access to justice to each as the equal gender with equal right and respect in the society.Recommend

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