Academy receives record entries in Foreign Film category

Los Angeles: `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.

`Peepli Live`, directed by debutante Anusha Rizvi and produced by Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, is a satire which revolves around the media and politician`s response to India`s agrarian crisis.

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 in a press release.

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 list will be dwindled down to five.