Ali Kazmi's Funny Boy is eligible for an Oscar

Published 02 Mar, 2021 03:39pm

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The film is about two young boys falling in love in Sri Lanka before the 1983 uprising.

There are 366 feature films eligible for this year’s Oscars and Ali Kazmi’s Funny Boy is one of them.

This is the highest number of eligible movies since the 1970 Awards, according to Variety.

The Awards will be held on April 25 and nominations will be announced on March 15. Members of the Academy will vote for the categories from March 5 to March 10.

According to the Oscars, films are eligible for the Awards if they have opened in a commercial theatre in one of six US cities (LA, New York, Chicago, the Bay Area, Chicago, Miami or Atlanta) by February 28 and complete a minimum of seven consecutive days in the same venue.

Films intended for theatrical release but initially made available through commercial streaming, VOD service or other broadcast may qualify if the movie is made available on the secure Academy Screening Room member site. Feature films must have a running time of more than 40 minutes.

Kazmi announced the news on Instagram and spoke about what an honour it was to be mentioned.

"Our film Is available on Netflix and CBC Gem!" he wrote, thanking everyone behind the film. However, in the comments on the post he mentioned that it might not be available on Netflix Pakistan.

The movie is about a young boy falling in love with a male classmate as political tensions escalate in Sri Lanka between the Sinhalese and Tamils in the years leading up to the 1983 uprisings. A 26-year civil war was triggered, leading to the deaths of over 100,000 people. It is based on Shyam Selvadurai’s Sri Lanka-set coming-of-age novel of the same name.

It stars Kazmi, Brandon Ingram, Nimmi Harasgama and Agam Darshi and is directed by Deepa Mehta

Kazmi has been in a number of local and international films, such as Motorcycle Girl, Laal Kabootar, Superstar, Sardaar Ji and The Dependables.