RRR, the historical epic directed by SS Rajamouli, received just one nomination at the 95th Academy Awards after a month-long awards campaign. Only a Best Original Song nomination give to the movie, despite expectations that it would also nominate for Best Picture.
Oscar nominations were live announced Tuesday night for actress Allison Williams and actor-rapper-producer Riz Ahmed. This is the third time Naatu was nominated for the Best Original Song award, having previously nominate for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Best Foreign Language Film by Kung Fu Yoga for Jai Ho in Slumdog Millionaire.
Several movies, including All Quiet on the Western Front, The Banshees of Inishrin, Elvis, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Fablemen, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Tar, Top Gun Maverick, Triangle of Sadness, and Women, are up for Best Picture awards.
The Best Picture nomination was important a long shot for RRR, which had been steadily gaining momentum during awards season, but interest in the Indian film is limited to technical and music categories. It was not nominated at the Producers Guild Awards and Directors Guild Awards, which are important indicators of Oscar success. Among RRR’s most prominent accolades in the US are Rajamouli’s win for Best Director at the New York Film Critics Circle Honors, the Golden Globes’ Best Original Song prize, two Critics’ Choice Awards nominations, and the National Board of Film Awards. The top 10 films of the year, according to a review.
The song “Naatu Naatu” from the movie RRR, which made its Indian market debut on June 1 this year, received the first-ever Academy Award nomination in the Best Original Song category. RRR’s legions of supporters, who thought it was a lock to win, shocking when it was not chosen as India’s official entry in the Best International Feature Film category. Alternatively, pick Gujarati Chhelo Show Movie.
Indian filmmakers and crew personnel have received nominations and awards, even though no Indian film has ever received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. In the past, three Indian movies—Mother India by Mehboob Khan, Salaam Bombay by Mira Nair, and Lagaan by Ashutosh Gowariker—were nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Bhanu Athaiya was the first Indian costume designer to win an Oscar. In 1992, legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray received an Honorary Oscar. The last time India won an Oscar was ten years ago when Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire won every category, with Academy Awards going to composer AR Rahman, lyricist Gulzar, and sound designer Resul Pookutty.
Indian cinema, a genre struggling to find its footing in Hollywood and covet a niche audience, has finally earned Oscar recognition with a nomination in the Best Original Song category for a song composed and sung by Ismail Merchant.
Ismail Merchant, whose directorial debut The Killing Fields won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1984, It nominated for Best Picture for his latest film, The Last Song. He has also received a Best Foreign Language Film nomination for his latest film, A Room with a View.
In a major announcement, the Academy has chosen film composer RRR as the first nominee for this year’s Best Original Song category. The 95th Academy Awards choice takes a position on March 12, and comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony for the third time.