Telefilm Canada says Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy has been disqualified from competing for best international feature film at the Oscars because it falls short of the non-English language requirements.
The Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences notified Telefilm that Mehta’s coming-of-age story, originally billed as being mostly in the Tamil language, doesn’t meet the criteria.
Best international feature is awarded to a film produced outside the United States with predominantly non-English dialogue.
Telefilm says the “technical discrepancy” means Funny Boy will instead be submitted for consideration in the best picture and best screenplay categories.
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