Cake Nominated in the Foreign Language Category as Pakistani Movie for Oscar
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the chairman of the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee, and who has been a two-time Academy Award and Emmy-winning documentarian, has recently selected Cake to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 91st Academy Awards.
“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!” Sharmeen Obaid expressed her joy at selecting Cake as Pakistani movie for Oscar.
However, the results are still up to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who will choose the final nominees for all award categories, including Best Foreign Language Film, in the month of January 2019.
Regardless, the director of the film, Asim Abbasi was on cloud-nine when he heard the news. While talking in an interview, the director and writer said, ”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 director concluded.
The complete and final list of Oscar nominees will be concluded on the 22nd of January, 2019. The presentation show for the 91st Academy Awards is scheduled to take place on the 24th of February 2019.
The committee is chaired by Sharmeen and includes Kamila Shamshi, Saira Kazmi, HM Naqvi, Hadiqa Kiani, Ali Sethi, Zoe Viccaji, Nadeem Farooq Paracha, Nabila Maqsoo, Khalid Malik and Faisal Qureishi as well.
Cake is a film that represents drama faced by a family, and the realities of life, of past and present, and the consequences of choices.
The film stars leading Pakistani actors, Sanam Saeed, Aamina Sheikh and Adnan Malik in pivotal roles. It is produced by Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari.