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The Pakistan Academy Selection Committee has selected ‘Cake’ for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category. The committee was chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy- Award winner, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. ‘Cake’ will compete with other international submissions at 91st Oscar Award ceremony.
The committee also includes novelist Kamila Shamsie, Zoe Viccaji, Ali Sethi, Faisal Qureshi, Saira Kazmi, HM Naqvi, Hadiqa Kiani. Popular journalist Nadeem Farooq Parachi, Nabila Maqsood and Khalid Malik were part of the committee.
“We are excited to continue the tradition of sending films from Pakistan in the foreign language category of the academy awards! Each year, the submissions become stronger and we are keeping our fingers crossed that one of these days we will come away with a golden statue!” said the documentarian Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.
The director of the film, Asim Abbasi was over the moon. He told us, ” All my world cinema heroes (Cuaron, Koreeda, Pawlikowski, Ceylan, Farhadi) have released films this year so the competition for nominations will undoubtedly be stiff. But for me, the fact that the committee considered Cake worthy of representing Pakistan is an honor in itself.
I sincerely hope our cinema continues to grow in the years to come and we keep making content that has the potential for global recognition.” “I am extremely honored to have Cake representing Pakistan this year and grateful to the selection committee for considering it worthy,” said director Asim Abbasi. “My deepest gratitude for my Cake family, who worked so hard and with so much belief to bring this film to the audiences.
2018 is proving to be a great year for Pakistani Cinema. May it continue to grow and may we always find the courage and the vision to tell our stories our own way.” The complete and final list of Oscar nominees will be announced on January 22nd, 2019 while the awards are scheduled to take place on February 24th, 2019.