Indians nominated for Academy Awards - Asif Kapadia's documentary

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Asif Kapadia's "Amy" and Sanjay Patel's animated short film "Sanjay's Super Team" bag Oscar nominations.

Nevertheless the Indian entries for the 88th Academy Awards including the Marathi film Court are out of the Oscar nominations 2016; India does still have a reason to exult.  As, the two NRIs – one Indian-American animator and one Indo-British filmmaker – made their way to the shortlist of entries for Oscar 2016. Sanjay’s Super Team, animated short film by Indian American Sanjay Patel, and Amy, a documentary by Indo-British director Asif Kapadia, are among the Oscar nominations 2016 in the Best Animated Short Film and the Best Documentary Feature divisions respectively.

"Sanjay's Super Team", an animated short film by Indian-American Sanjay Patel, by Pixar Animation Studios, has been short-listed to advance in the further voting process for the 88th Academy Awards.  The movie is one of the stories of East vs. West, India vs. America, and tradition vs. modernism, which Sanjay Patel tells through the imitation of a young Indian American boy of the present generation. The movie is the personal story of the Director Sanjay Patel, and a “mostly true” chronicle of his journey to understand the Hindu world, too important to his parents. To say precisely, Sanjay’s Super Team among the Oscar nominations 2016 is a universal story of intergenerational characteristics, accomplished byseveral Indian American teens in the communities of immigrants from India. “I am glad to be on the list of nominations for 88th Academy Awards in the Best Animated Short Film category. My story is not only mine. It resonates with many immigrants in the United States. Sanjay’s Super Team has a universal message under the surface,” says Sanjay Patel.

Among the other Oscar nominations 2016 in the Best Documentary category, Indo-British director Asif Kapadia’s Amy depicts the life and death of British singer-songwriter, Amy Winehouse. The film narrative is focused on the life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who was found dead in 2011 from alcohol poisoning, at the age of 27 at her home in Camden, North London, UK. Released across the UK and the US, Amy-the Girl behind the Name has been renowned as the best documentary of the year and described as a tragic gem. The movie is produced by Krishwerkz Entertainment, On the Corner Films, Playmaker Films, and Universal Music, and is distributed by the Altitude Film Distribution and associated with Film 4. The film depicts Amy Winehouse’s battle both before and after her career reached its zenith in the entertainment industry. The movie had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival, has earn many awards and has been nominated in for various prestigious awards including- Grammy and NME for Best Music Film. It has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category where it will fight it out with "Cartel Land", "The Look of Silence", "What Happened, Miss Simone?" and "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom".

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