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'The Revenant' rules over Oscar nominations list
Los Angeles : Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's semi-biographical western film “The Revenant”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has bagged 12 nods at the upcoming 88th Academy Awards. However, Indian films failed to make it to the list yet again.
 
The nominees of this year's Oscars were announced here on Thursday by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, actor John Krasinski and filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee.
 
The team of “The Revenant”, who now stand a chance to win in categories like Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design and Best Sound Mixing, might also walk away with top honours including Best Picture and Best Director.
 
The film is followed by Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron-starrer “Mad Max: Fury Road”, which is nominated in 10 categories, and Matt Damon's “The Martian”, which received seven nods.
 
Filmmaker George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" -- the fourth instalment in the popular “Mad Max” franchise -- is up for the Oscars under the same ten categories as “The Revenant” except for the Actor in a Leading Role and Actor in a Supporting Role.
 
Meanwhile, “The Martian”, a sci-fi film directed by Ridley Scott, is nominated under categories like Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
 
Apart from these three films, others contending for the Best Picture award are “Spotlight”, “The Big Short”, "Brooklyn", "Room" and “Bridge of Spies” -- a Steven Spielberg and Reliance Entertainment Film production.
 
Actor Eddie Redmayne, who won last year's Oscar for best actor for his role in “The Theory of Everything”, has yet again been nominated in the Actor in a Leading Role category for playing a transgender in “The Danish Girl”. He will be battling it out against DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Matt Damon (“The Martian”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) and Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”).
 
Besides Inarritu and Miller, others competing for the Best Director trophy include Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight”, Adam McKay for “The Big Short” and Lenny Abrahamson for “Room”.
 
Actresses Brie Larson (“Room”), Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”), Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”) and Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) will be vying for the golden statuette in the Actress in a Leading Role category.
 
Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”), Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”), Christian Bale (“The Big Short”) and Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”) will be vying for the Actor in a Supporting Role trophy.
 
Actresses Rooney Mara (“Carol”), Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”), Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”), Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”) and Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”) will be seen competing against each other for the Actress in a Supporting Role award.
 
Although, Indian film “Court” couldn't make it to the Best Foreign Language Film category, the movies which are contending in the top five include “Son of Saul”, “Mustang”, “A War”, “Embrace of the Serpent” and “Theeb”.
 
Other Indian regional films like "Jalam", "RangiTaranga" and "Nachom-ia Kumpasar", which were vying for a spot in the Best Original Song and the Best Original Score have also been ousted from the Oscar race. 
 
The films lost to “Earned it” (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), “Manta ray” (“Racing Extinction”), “Simple song 3” (“Youth”), “Til it happens to you” (“The Hunting Ground”) and “Writing’s on the wall” (“Spectre”) in the Best Original Song category.
 
In the race to win the Best Original Score, the nominees are “Bridge of Spies”, “Carol”, “The Hateful Eight”, “Sicario” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
 
Apart from categories related to music and acting, “Carol” has also been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.
 
British filmmaker of Indian-origin Asif Kapadia's “Amy” has made it to the Best Documentary Feature category in a race against “Cartel Land”, “The Look of Silence”, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”.
 
Also, Indian-American Pixar artist and director Sanjay Patel's animated short film "Sanjay's Super Team" managed to get nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category, where it is up against “Bear Story”, “World of Tomorrow”, “Prologue” and “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”.
 
To be hosted by Chris Rock, the 88th Academy Awards will be held on February 28 at the Dolby Theatre here.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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India out of Oscars race
Los Angeles : Indian regional films “Court”, "Jalam", "RangiTaranga" and "Nachom-ia Kumpasar", which were vying for a spot in different categories of the upcoming 88th Academy Awards, couldn't make it to the nominations list of this year's Oscars.
 
The nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced here on Thursday by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, actor John Krasinski and filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee.
 
While filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane's debut Marathi film “Court” was earlier out of the Best Foreign Language Film category of the prestigious awards gala losing its battle against films like "Embrace of the Serpent" (Colombia), "A War" (Denmark), "Mustang" (France), "Son of Saul" (Hungary), and "Theeb" (Jordan), hopes were high from "Jalam", "RangiTaranga" and "Nachom-ia Kumpasar", which were competing in categories including Best Original Song and Best Original Score.
 
However, none of them were able to make it to the Oscar nominations. 
 
Malayalam movie "Jalam" and Indo-Australian film "Salt Bridge", which were included in the long list of the Best Original Song category, have been dropped from the nomination list. The tracks which are included in the category are “Simple song 3” (“Youth”), “Manta ray” (“Racing Extinction”), “Writing’s on the wall” (“Spectre”), “Till it happens to you” (“The Hunting Ground”) and “Earned it” (“Fifty Shades of Grey”).
 
Both the films along with Konkani movie “Nachom-ia Kumpasar” were amongst 112 films that were contending for a spot in the Best Original Score category.
 
They lost the chance of bringing India the golden statuette to “The Hateful Eight”, “Sicario”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Carol” and “Bridge of Spies” -- a Steven Spielberg and Reliance Entertainment Film production.
 
India has never won an Oscar, even though "Mother India", "Salaam Bombay!" and "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" were nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category in different years. 
 
Though none of the Indian films could make it to the nominations list of the prestigious awards, Indian-American Pixar artist and director Sanjay Patel's animated short film "Sanjay's Super Team" managed to get nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category. 
 
It is up against “Bear Story”, directed by Gabriel Osorio, “World of Tomorrow”, helmed by Don Hertzfeldt, Richard Williams's “Prologue” and “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”, directed by Konstantin Bronzit.
 
The 88th Oscars will be held on February 28 at the Dolby Theatre here.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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IT budgets to be flat in 2016: Infosys
Bengaluru : Spending by global enterprises on information technology (IT) in 2016 would be same as in 2015 or less due to global uncertainty, a senior Infosys executive said on Thursday.
 
"IT budgets for this year (2016) are yet to be finalised. As global uncertainty continues, we expect budgets to be flat or less than in last year," Infosys chief operating officer U.B. Pravin Rao told IANS here.
 
Though non-discretionary spend, required to man and run IT operations will continue across verticals, especially in the financial and other services, discretionary spending on new projects, new services and new products will depend on growth and business needs.
 
"As clients want more for less, we are cutting their costs through automation and artificial intelligence to drive their growth by other means," Rao said after the global software major reported robust performance in a weak and tough third quarter of 2015-16.
 
As enterprises reduce cost of their IT operations and use smart technologies like cloud, mobility and data analytics to minimise overheads, vendors like Infosys are made to add value to their services to retain clients and sustain growth.
 
With crude oil prices plummeting to a record 12-year low (below $30 per barrel), the IT major's clients in the energy sector, especially oil and gas are unlikely to have discretionary spending till they recover from the present slump.
 
"As energy sector is under pressure, we do not foresee discretionary spending by its customers till oil prices recover substantially," Rao admitted.
 
With global economy on downslide and IT users wary of investing more than required in the short and medium term, the outsourcing major is doing its best to retain clients through volume growth despite billing pressure.
 
"We have done well in a quarter considered tough due to furloughs, holidays or less working days and headwinds in a few verticals such as energy, manufacturing and telecom while retail was soft," Infosys chief executive Vishal Sikka told IANS.
 
Nothing that visibility was less as it was traditionally a weak quarter being year-end for most of its global clients who operate on calendar year (January-December), he said sequential growth and new multi-million dollar deals demonstrated that the company was resilient to ward off headwinds and stay on course in line with the revenue guidance revised for this fiscal.
 
"Our revised guidance, however marginal, shows we will be back to the industry growth in double digits by end of this fiscal (March 31) by sustaining our growth momentum seen in second quarter (July-September)," Sikka added.
 
Admitting that volatility in foreign exchange and a depreciating rupee had impacted operating margins, chief financial officer M.D. Ranganath said operating profit was negative sequentially and annually.
 
"Though we benefited from a weak rupee as non-operating income, it was offset by offshore costs and cross currency volatility," he pointed out.
 
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