Oscars 2021: Ekta Kapoor, Tahira Kashyap and Guneet Monga-backed Bittu makes it to Live Action Short Film shortlist

Oscars 2021: Ekta Kapoor, Tahira Kashyap and Guneet Monga-backed Bittu makes it to Live Action Short Film shortlist

Karishma Dev Dube directorial Bittu has made it to the Live Action Short Film shortlist for the 93rd Academy Awards. Meanwhile, India’s official Oscar entry Jallikattu failed to make it to the International Feature Film shortlist.

Based on a true story, Bittu tells the tale of a heartwarming friendship between two school-going friends. Besides winning the Student Academy Award, the short film has also made its presence felt in over eighteen film festivals across the world.

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A still from Bittu.

The official synopsis of Bittu reads, “Based on a true story, Bittu is a short film about a close friendship between two girls, eclipsed by an accident.”

Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap who have aided Bittu under their cinema collective Indian Women Rising are excited and ‘can’t keep calm’ as their first project has made it to the Oscars shortlist.

Requesting everyone to continue supporting the film Bittu, Tahir wrote on Instagram, “#bittu is in the top 10 for the 93rd Academy Awards! Can’t keep calm as this is our first project under @indianwomenrising. This one is so special @k.devdube may you shine⭐ congratulations @shredevdube @maryelista you all are rockstars🤗 @ektarkapoor @guneetmonga @ruchikaakapoor we so have our heart in the right place! Can’t wait to hug you❤️💜 Guys pls continue supporting this short film with a big heart💜🙏.”

Guneet Monga too expressed her excitement on social media. “It’s 4.30am in India… am tossing & turning, stress eating and texting my IWR girls thru the night and here we are !! BITTU is now shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards. @indianwomenrising‘s first film BITTU directed by @k.devdube … here we come 💫 Let’s do this @ektarkapoor @tahirakashyap @ruchikaakapoor @maryelista @shredevdube. So so grateful for BITTU and our incredible team… ♥️ Say a little prayer and wish us luck for the next round of nominations 💫” the filmmaker wrote on Instagram. Ekta Kapoor reposted Monga’s post as she expressed her happiness.

Several celebrities including Vidya Balan, Sandhya Mridul, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Arati Kadav congratulated the makers on the big recognition.

Here are all the shortlists in nine categories announced for the 93rd Oscars.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

All In: The Fight for Democracy
Boys State
Collective
Crip Camp
Dick Johnson Is Dead
Gunda
MLK/FBI
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher
Notturno
The Painter and the Thief
76 Days
Time
The Truffle Hunters
Welcome to Chechnya

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa
Call Center Blues
Colette
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
Hysterical Girl
A Love Song for Latasha
The Speed Cubers
What Would Sophia Loren Do?

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Quo Vadis, Aida?
Chile, The Mole Agent
Czech Republic, Charlatan
Denmark, Another Round
France, Two of Us
Guatemala, La Llorona
Hong Kong, Better Days
Iran, Sun Children
Ivory Coast, Night of the Kings
Mexico, I’m No Longer Here
Norway, Hope
Romania, Collective
Russia, Dear Comrades!
Taiwan, A Sun
Tunisia, The Man Who Sold His Skin

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Emma
The Glorias
Hillbilly Elegy
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
The Little Things
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
One Night in Miami
Pinocchio

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Ammonite
Blizzard of Souls
Da 5 Bloods
The Invisible Man
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
The Little Things
Mank
The Midnight Sky
Minari
Mulan
News of the World
Soul
Tenet
The Trial of the Chicago 7

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Turntables” from All In: The Fight for Democracy
“See What You’ve Done” from Belly of the Beast
“Wuhan Flu” from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
“Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
“Never Break” from Giving Voice
“Make It Work” from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
“Io Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
“Rain Song” from Minari
“Show Me Your Soul” from Mr. Soul!
“Loyal Brave True” from Mulan
“Free” from The One and Only Ivan
“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami…
“Green” from Sound of Metal
“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Burrow
Genius Loci
If Anything Happens I Love You
Kapaemahu
Opera
Out
The Snail and the Whale
To Gerard
Traces
Yes-People

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Bittu
Da Yie
Feeling Through
The Human Voice
The Kicksled Choir
The Letter Room
The Present
Two Distant Strangers
The Van
White Eye

VISUAL EFFECTS

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Bloodshot
Love and Monsters
Mank
The Midnight Sky
Mulan
The One and Only Ivan
Soul
Tenet
Welcome to Chechnya

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