Face of the Faceless, released in theatres on November 17, is based on martyred Sr Rani Maria’s life.
Face of the Faceless | Photo: Instagram/ iam_win.c
The songs from Malayalam director Shaison P Ouseph’s The Face of the Faceless have made their way to the Oscars 2024’s eligibility list. The songs —Jalta Hai Suraj, Barala Tribal Song, and Ek Sapna Mera Suhana—have been selected under the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories.
The tracks were composed by Alphons Joseph, who shared his happiness about getting nominated for recognition through social media. The film, released in theatres on November 17, is based on martyred Sr Rani Maria’s life. Sr Rani Maria is a Malayali nun who travelled to Madhya Pradesh to serve the vulnerable tribals there. However, she faced several setbacks, eventually resulting in her tragic death in 1995.
Kerala State Award Winner Win.C, Krishnakant Singh Bundela and Aryan Kumar Gupta play the lead roles in this movie, penned by Jayapal Anandan.
Other Malayalam films that have made it to the Oscars list
There have been Malayalam films that have found their place on the Oscar long list previously. In different categories, Mohanlal’s Guru and Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu received nominations in 1997 and 2021, respectively. The soundtracks of controversial movie, Dam 999, and Jayaraj’s Veeram, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, were previously included in the list.
The critically acclaimed Adaminte Makan Abu was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film category in 2011. The most recent entry to the Oscars list is Jude Anthany Joseph’s 2018, which was picked India's official entry to the 96th Academy Awards for the Best International Feature Film.
Other songs that have been nominated
Tracks from Michael B Jordan's Creed III, The Color Purple, Wonka, Spiderman: Across the Spiderverse, The Hunger Games, Killers of the Flower Moon, 80 for Brady, Heart of Stone, and John Wick: Chapter 4 are among the list of tracks nominated for the 96th annual Academy Awards. Soundtracks—Dance the Night, I’m Just Ken, and What Was I Made For—from Barbie have also made it to the nominations.
RRR's Naatu Naatu won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards this year. It is also the first Indian song to win the recognition.