WASHINGTON - On the eve of the 2012 Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, a major American newspaper has put into sharp focus the first-ever nomination of a Pakistani documentary “Saving Face” for the best documentary (short subject).

 “The film also emerges as a face-saver for Pakistan, amid growing negative perceptions about the country worldwide,” The Washington Times said ahead Sunday’s ceremony, which will be hosted by actor comedian Billy Crystal.

The newspaper wrote, “ On 26th February 2012, the world will discover three different faces of Pakistan during the 84th Academy Awards.

“The first face is the Pakistani filmmaker who is contending for the Oscar, the second is the internationally acclaimed British-Pakistani plastic surgeon who traveled to his motherland to heal victims of acid attacks, and last but not the least is of the heroic survivors of acid attacks who are struggling to deal with the consequences of their disfigurement.