Peepli Live, India's official Oscar entry, is facing some added competition in the race to win the Best Foreign Language Film trophy, as the Academy has received a record number of entries in the category this year.
Sixty-five nations have entered the race for the 2010 Foreign Language Film Oscar, including first-time entrants Ethiopia and Greenland.
Ethiopia will be represented by Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew's The Athlete, while Nuummiog has been selected as Greenland's official entry.
France, Finland, Hong Kong, Greece, Latvia, the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, Romania, Russia, South Africa and Spain are also represented in the first Oscars list for 2011.
The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 25, 2011. Between now and then, the Best Foreign Film nominations will be brought down to five. Films from Albania, Azerbaijan, Slovakia and Slovenia will compete for Oscars gold in 2011, as Academy Awards officials close the deadline for foreign film entries, said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Peepli Live, directed by debutante Anusha Rizvi and produced by superstar Aamir Khan, is a satire that revolves around the media and politicians’ response to farmer suicides.