India clinched three nominations for the upcoming 95th edition of the Academy Awards, including for ‘
’ from SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster ‘RRR’ for best original song. The
hit dance track was the first Indian song to win a Golden Globe earlier this month. The other nominations for the
are ‘All That Breathes’ for documentary feature and ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ for documentary short.
India’s official entry to the Oscars — Gujarati film ‘Chhello Show’ (The Last Show) — failed to make the cut in the final five.
The multiverse-skipping sci-fi indie hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” led with 11 nominations.
‘Naatu Naatu’ will compete with ‘Applause’ from ‘Tell It Like a Woman’, ‘Hold My Hand’ from ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, ‘Lift Me Up’ from ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ and ‘This Is a Life’ from ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’.
“WE CREATED HISTORY!! Proud and privileged to share that #NaatuNaatu has been nominated for Best Original song at the 95th Academy Awards,” the film's official Twitter handle posted. Composer Keeravani tweeted, “Congratulations to my team!! Big hugs to all.”
‘All That Breathes’, set in Delhi, follows two siblings, Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, who have devoted their lives to rescuing and treating injured birds, especially black kites. It has also been nominated for a Bafta Award. It previously won the ‘World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary’ at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and the Golden Eye award at Cannes.
Tamil documentary ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ captures the endearing bond between two abandoned elephants and their caretakers. “It’s such an honour to have an Indian indigenous documentary from the heart of South India acknowledged across the world,” director
said in a statement. The Netflix documentary is produced by Guneet Monga and Achin Jain of Sikhya Entertainment.
The Oscars will be presented at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 12. Jimmy Kimmel returns as the host, after previously leading the awards show in 2017 and 2018. The awards ceremony went host-less in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.