, India's official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film this year, is out of the race with the movie failing to make it to the final nine.
Produced by Aamir Khan, the film was selected from 27 movies including
to represent India at the Oscars. Aamir had won an Oscar nomination for his 2001 film
Taare Zameen Par
(2007) also returned empty handed from the Oscars. Directed by debutante Anusha Rizvi,
is a satire on media's trivialisation of farmers' suicide and stars a host of theatre actors. The nine films were selected out of 66 films that had originally qualified in the category.
The list will be winnowed down to the five nominees by the Academy voters for January 25 Oscar nominations. The films that are still in the Oscars race are --Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Mexican film
, starring Javier Bardem, Algeria's
Hors la Loi
(Outside the Law) by director Rachid Bouchareb, Canada's
by Denis Villeneuve, Denmark's
In a Better World
by Susanne Bier, Greece's
by Yorgos Lanthimos, Japan's
by Tetsuya Nakashima, South Africa
Life, above All
by Oliver Schmitz, Spain
Tambien la Lluvia
by Iciar Bollain and Sweden's
by Andreas Ohman. The 83rd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood.