Oscars 2022: When Nominations Were Announced, Writing With Fire Directors Screamed, Leaped, and Hugg

How Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas reacted when Writing With Fire was confirmed as a candidate for the Oscars in 2022

New Delhi: When it was announced last night that their documentary Writing With Fire had been nominated for an Oscar, filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh leaped around gleefully, hugged one another, and whooped with delight. The filmmakers can be seen watching the Oscar candidates being announced in a video shared by Rintu Thomas, obviously waiting with bated breath. The announcement of Writing With Fire as one of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature left Rintu, Sushmit, and everyone else watching in awe. “What a God! Just received a @TheAcademy Award nomination for Writing With Fire. God, oh, God, God! WritingWithFire, OscarNoms “In a tweet, Rintu Thomas wrote.

“@writingwithfire.film just got nominated for @theacademy awards!!!” read Sushmit Ghosh’s Instagram post.

In the book Writing With Fire, the Dalit women of UP’s Banda district and Bihar’s Sitamarhi district manage Khabar Lahariya, a thriving neighborhood newspaper published in Bundeli, Avadhi, and Bajjika. The journey of the newspaper from print to digital is chronicled in the documentary. The five-year production was directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh.

On the festival circuit, Writing With Fire has already taken home several honors, including two at the Sundance Film Festival. It was selected in December from a pool of 138 films for the Oscars’ 15-film shortlist.

Ascension, Attica, Flee, and Summer of Soul are the other four contenders for Best Documentary Feature (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). The Oscar for Best Documentary Short was previously won by two entries with an Indian setting: Smile Pinki and Period. This is the first time an Indian documentary has been nominated in the feature-length category. Sentence End.

The 94th Academy Awards presentation is slated for March 27. This year, the Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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