Sam Mendes' multiple Oscar-nominated war drama "1917", which has been backed by Reliance Entertainment and Amblin Partners, will hit the Indian screens on January 17. The film bagged 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards including best picture, best director and best original score. Categories in "1917" has garnered nominations are: Best Picture, Best Director (Sam Mendes), Original Screenplay (Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns), Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Sound Editing (Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate), Sound Mixing, Production Design (Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales), Original Score (Thomas Newman), Makeup and Hair, and Visual Effects.
The film has already won Best Picture - Drama, and the Best Director awards at this year's Golden Globes. On Monday, hours before the Oscar nominations were announced, Sam Mendes also won Best Director at Critics Choice Awards for "1917". He shared the trophy with Bong Joon Ho, who was feted for the Korean film, "Parasite".
The awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on February 9. "1917", "one continuous shot" war thriller, is inspired by Mendes' grandfather's stories and stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman. Reliance Entertainment is releasing the film in India.
1917 tells the story of two young soldiers, Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay), tasked with a seemingly impossible mission during WWI: travel on foot to the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment to deliver a message calling off an attack against the German army (the Germans had pretended to retreat in order to prepare their ambush of 1,600 British soldiers, which includes Blake's brother). The film is partly based on an account told by Mendes grandfather Alfred Mendes, and includes a cast of many famous British actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong and Colin Firth