India's official entry to the Oscars, Rajkummar Rao starrer Newton is out of the race.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement on Thursday, revealing the 9 films that have now made it to the final stage, in the Foreign Language film category.

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Newton is set in the Maoist-invaded areas of Chhattisgarh where an honest election officer goes against the tide to set up a polling booth for only 76 eligible voters. The film along with its brilliant star cast and unique plotline, celebrated storytelling in all its glory, something Indian cinema needs to acknowledge & celebrate and take deep pride in. Stories like these don't come often.

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Rajkummar Rao recently bagged the Jury's choice for Best Film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and the globally acclaimed film had garnered a standing ovation at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

Only 9 films have now advanced to the final round.

Nominations for the final 5 will be announced on January 23, 2018.