Victoria & Abdul a British biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. An unofficial sequel to the 1997 film Mrs Brown, it stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith and Adeel Akhtar.
The film stands a chance to win in one category at the 90th Academy Awards and Anupam Kher starrer ‘The Big Sick’ also have chance to win where fantasy drama ‘The Shape of Water’ has a maximum of 13 nods.
As for Anupam’s ‘The Big Sick’, it is nominated for the Writing honour for Pakistan-origin Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.
‘The Shape of Water’ – a love story between a mute woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore and a misunderstood aquatic monster — is in the race to win an award in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay categories along with Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins in contention for the statuette in Lead Actress, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor categories respectively.
‘The Shape of Water’ is the tenth film in Oscar history to earn thirteen nominations, with the current record of fourteen nominations held by ‘All about Eve’ (1950), ‘Titanic’ (1997) and ‘La La Land’ (2016).
The 90th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on March 4 at the Dolby Theatre here. It will be aired in India live on Star Movies and Star Movies Select on March 5.