We r happy 2 ve represented india at d Oscars this year.V had a great campaign,learnt a lot.Thanks 2 all who wished us well. #wunderbarfilms? Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) December 16, 2016
Members of the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences pare the list of 85 down, after which the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee expands their six choices to nine, forming the shortlist. The final cut of five are announced with the rest of the Oscar nominations, expected on January 24.
The shortlist of nine films chosen include Toni Erdmann from Germany, a comic depiction of a troubled father-daughter relationship. The film, which has already won several European film awards, has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the foreign film category.
The Salesman from Iran is one of the nine films that have advanced. Its director Asghar Farhadi won the foreign language Oscar for his 2011 movie A Separation. Also on the shortlist are Cannes Grand Prix winner It's Only the End of the World from Canada, Tanna from Australia, Land Of Mine from Denmark, The King's Choice from Norway, Paradise from Russia, A Man Called Ove from Sweden and My Life As A Zucchini from Switzerland.
Paul Verhoeven's French drama Elle and Pablo Larrain's biopic Neruda were snubbed.
Meanwhile, A R Rahman is on the two music longlists for his work on Pele: Birth Of A Legend.
The Oscars will be held on February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
(With inputs from AFP)