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Oscars 2023 nominations Highlights: SS Rajamouli pens emotional note after Naatu Naatu nom, says ‘one more step to go’

Oscars 2023 nominations: India has a decent stake in this year's Academy Awards, as RRR, All That Breathes and The Elephant Whisperers have secured Oscar nominations.

By: Entertainment Desk
New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2023 13:51 IST
oscars 2023Indian film RRR was submitted for Oscar nomination under multiple categories. (Photo: AP)

The Oscar season is finally here. The Oscar nominations list was unveiled on Tuesday, and India scored three nominations at the 95th Academy Awards.

SS Rajamouli’s RRR, which now has a massive fan following in US, managed to get only one nomination in the Best Original Song category for “Naatu Naatu”. The film did not score any nomination in the Best Picture and Best Director categories.

Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes scored a nomination in the Best Documentary Feature Film category. Kartiki Gonsalves’ 41-minute film The Elephant Whisperers also scored a nomination in the Best Documentary Short category.

Michelle Yeoh starrer Everything Everywhere All at Once became the most nominated film bagging 11 nominations. All Quiet on the Western Front and The Banshees of Inisherin both scored nine nominations, followed by eight nominations for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis. Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans managed to score seven nods.

This year, ten films were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. These include All Quiet on the Western Front, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Fabelmans, Tár, Top Gun Maverick, Triangle of Sadness and Women Talking.

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13:27 (IST)25 Jan 2023
Naatu Naatu lyricist Chandrabose reacts to the song scoring an Oscar nom

RRR lyricist Chandrabose expressed his happiness and gratitude as his music piece Naatu Naatu bagged an Oscar Nomination in the Best Original song category. Talking to ANI, Chandrabose expressed his happiness and stated, “I will not let the success get to my head. Seeing the RRR casting list on the Oscar list feels very great and proud.” He further said, “I never dreamt this much height in the wildest dreams. Thanks to Keeravani for giving songs and Rajamouli”. 

12:56 (IST)25 Jan 2023
Tell it Like a Woman: Film starring Jacqueline Fernandez pulls off surprise Oscar nom

While all the attention was on RRR and even the documentaries All That Breathes and The Elephant Whisperers, there's another reason for Indian film fans to celebrate Tuesday's Oscar nominations. Tell It Like a Woman, a film that features Jacqueline Fernandez in the ensemble cast, will compete in the Best Original Song category with RRR. 

12:14 (IST)25 Jan 2023
Elvis star Austin Butler on his prep for the star-making role

While speaking with Variety, Austin Butler, who has won an Oscar nom for his portrayal of Elvis Presley, got candid about his prep for the role: "The training is different because I didn’t have much time. I wanted to do something very different with what I chose for “Dune.” I’m not going to give anything away, but I wanted to try to push myself in a very different direction and lean into the curiosity or fun of that. It’s a different type of physical training, as well as vocal training." 

11:38 (IST)25 Jan 2023
Austin Butler reacts to his Oscar nom

Elvis star Austin Butler reacted to his Oscar nomination in the Best Actor category. While speaking with Variety, the actor shared, "No, I set my alarm wrong, or something. So I woke up to about 20 missed calls from my publicist and agent manager. They woke me up. It also takes me a while to wake up in the morning, so I still felt as though I was dreaming. It’s going to take me a while to process." 

10:57 (IST)25 Jan 2023
Michelle Yeoh reacts to Everything Everywhere All At Once's Oscar noms

"We were screaming with sheer joy because we don’t want my love Jamie or Stephanie to be one or the other. Why should they be one or the other when they both deserve to be up there? So when it came out, I was like, ‘Yes!’," Michelle Yeoh told Variety after she got to know that not only she, but her co-stars from the film Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu and Jamie Lee Curtis, had also received nominations in Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories. Yeoh herself has scored a nom in Best Actress category.  

10:24 (IST)25 Jan 2023
Audience, critics upset as Oscar nom snubs Decision to Leave

Film critic of LA Times Justin Chang tweeted, "Terrible decision to leave out DECISION TO LEAVE. #Oscars2023." Decision to Leave is a South-Korean romantic mystery movie helmed by Park Chan-wook. It had garnered rave reviews from critics upon its release. 

22:06 (IST)24 Jan 2023
SS Rajamouli pens emotional note, says Ram Charan and NTR Jr's sync and style is the reason for success of Naatu Naatu
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21:42 (IST)24 Jan 2023
Kartiki Gonsalves reacts to Oscar nomination for The Elephant Whisperer

The Elephant Whisperer director Kartiki Gonsalves said in a statement, “It’s such an honour to have an Indian Indigenous documentary from the heart of South India acknowledged across the world. Thank you, members of the Academy for nominating The Elephant Whisperers. I am very thankful to the wonderful team at Netflix for believing in the power of this truly unique family story which showcases the lovely sacred bond between man and animal. The Elephant Whisperers is a hopeful story of respect for and cooperation with nature in an era rife with conflict and denial of the threats to our beautiful planet. We hope this film helps create more awareness, empathy, and connection to elephants and other living beings that we share our spaces with. It took five years to make my debut documentary The Elephant Whisperers, a long personal journey from the place I call home, that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Kattunayakan Community, who opened their hearts and trusted us with their unique experiences and a pathway ahead. On behalf of Bomman, Bellie and our beautiful elephant friends Raghu and Ammu, we are thrilled to receive this great honour!”

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21:28 (IST)24 Jan 2023
'Another feather in the hat'
21:18 (IST)24 Jan 2023
'What glorious news'
21:02 (IST)24 Jan 2023
Ram Charan calls Naatu Naatu nomination 'brilliant news'
20:55 (IST)24 Jan 2023
AR Rahman reacts to Naatu Naatu's nomination

"I thought it (India getting a nomination) would start ten years back. It's 12 years late. This should happen every year from India because we are a country of 1.3 billion people and there are amazing geniuses in every aspect of filmmaking. Most of the movies don't enter the competition. At least they (makers of RRR) had the thing to put it out there. If nobody knows your movie, who is going to vote for it. I wish them the very best and I want them to win," AR Rahman told reporters at a song launch in Mumbai.

20:52 (IST)24 Jan 2023
Jr NTR rejoices after Naatu Naatu nomination
20:44 (IST)24 Jan 2023
Guillermo Del Toro expresses joy after Pinocchio receives nomination
20:30 (IST)24 Jan 2023
Baahubali producer Shobu Yarlagadda congratulates The Elephant Whisperers team
20:24 (IST)24 Jan 2023
'One step away from cinematic glory'
20:18 (IST)24 Jan 2023
'Go get it'
20:15 (IST)24 Jan 2023
'MM Keeravani deserves it'

Singer Mano shared with, 'MM Keeravani and I worked under iconic musician Chakravarthy together, and from then on we knew that he will become a trendsetter in the Telugu film industry and do great things, which has come true now. I absolutely believe that Naatu Naatu will win the Oscar for us. I am so happy for my dear friend. He is a very soft-natured person, who doesn't have any airs about him. He is like his melodies. All these years and his hard work, Keeravani deserves it.'

20:14 (IST)24 Jan 2023
Guneet Monga celebrates after The Elephant Whisperers gets nominated
20:07 (IST)24 Jan 2023
Top Gun Maverick's nominations leave fans overjoyed

In the Best Actress category, Michelle Yeoh, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis and Michelle Williams are being hailed as the frontrunners. Now only time will tell if these predictions are on the mark, and who will finally get to pick the golden statuette in March this year.

The Oscar nominations were announced by Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams.

The 95th Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre on March 12, and will be hosted by popular late night host Jimmy Kimmel.

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First published on: 24-01-2023 at 11:22 IST
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