Academy denies Canadian International Oscar entry ‘Funny Boy’ – Deadline

Deepa Mehta’s Funny boy, which Canada submitted as the entry for this year’s International Oscar race, has been rejected by AMPAS because of too much English conversation.

A Telefilm producer said he will put the film forward for general entry categories including Best Picture. It also revealed that the selection committee had selected two original film options for their International Oscar nomination, in case the first one had been rejected, and were now awaiting a hearing. back from the Academy about the feasibility of the second film.

Funny boy it is in Tamil and Sinhalese but there is also English conversation. The Academy dictates that a film may not be eligible for more than 50% English.

“While we were disappointed to receive information from the Academy, we are excited to extend our continued support Funny boy and the journey to the Oscars continues, ”said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada.

“We were surprised that the film was unable to compete in the Academy’s International Feature category, but then we were surprised and surprised that Telefilm decided to apply for support to submitted the film for Best Picture and other categories at the Academy Awards, ”said Deepa Mehta. “I hope so Funny boy continue to exceed his story of love, confidence and empathy. ”