Upin & Ipin, M for Malaysia documentary fail to make Oscar list

PETALING JAYA: A documentary produced by two Malaysians has been nominated for a minor Oscar but two other Malaysian films, animation movie Upin & Ipin and documentary M for Malaysia, failed to make the cut.

The documentary is St Louis Superman, produced by Teng Poh Si and Cheyenne Tan. It received a nomination to be considered for Best Documentary Short Subject, according to Star Online.

However, the Malaysian animated film Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal, did not receive a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. It was among 32 animated films submitted for consideration.

M For Malaysia, which was Malaysia’s official submission for Best International Feature Film, also did not receive a nomination.

St Louis Superman is a 25-minute-long documentary about American activist and rapper Bruce Franks Jr, who won an election to the Missouri House Of Representatives in 2016 after an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown Jr, was shot dead by a white policeman in 2014 near where Franks lived.

The film was short-listed together with four other documentaries, In The Absence, Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl), Life Overtakes Me and Walk Run Cha-Cha.

The Oscars are awards presented by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The awards will be presented on Feb 9.