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‘No RRR?’: fans react to SS Rajamouli’s Telugu film losing Oscars 2023’s Best Picture nom, Naatu Naatu wins Best Song nomination & more

‘No RRR?’: fans react to SS Rajamouli’s Telugu film losing Oscars 2023’s Best Picture nom, Naatu Naatu wins Best Song nomination & more

RRR has earned a historic milestone for Indian cinema through Naatu Naatu by winning the Best Song nomination at the Oscars 2023. However, several high-profile critics as well as fans of SS Rajamouli and the Tollywood industry are disappointed the Indian blockbuster lost out on the Best Picture nom. Moreover, cinephiles in Hollywood were surprised to see the title missing in the International Feature Film category though that fault lies in the Indian film jury.

RRR’s long Oscar campaign by Variance Film has paid off. Composer M. M. Keeravaani alongside lyricist Chandrabose, Singers Rahul Sipligunj, Kaala Bhairava and choreographer Prem Rakshith have all been named the Best Original Song nominee for the 95th Academy Awards.

SS Rajamouli shared a heartfelt message by also appreciating the efforts of Jr. NTR and Ram Charan for their unique “sync and style” while dancing “their way into the hearts of audiences across the globe.” From Indian actors like Chiranjeevi and maestro like A R Rahman (Who won the Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire)Β to Shazam 2 star Rachel Zegler, actors and creatives from across the biz are showering their praises. Readers can check it out below.

Among the praises also lies a sense of frustration over Oscar’s failure to nominate RRR for Best Picture. The Telugu duo which was even hailed by Avatar 2 director James Cameron was predicted by many to win this year’s Best Film. Meanwhile, Indian Jury’s official entry title, Last Film Show for International Feature Film failed to make the list.


Naatu Naatu will be competing against Top Gun: Maverick‘s Hold My Hand, Everything Everywhere All at Once‘s This is a Life and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s Lift Me Up. The Telugu song managed to dominate Rihanna‘s song for the MCU sequel at the Golden Globes 2023. Meanwhile, RRR was not the only Indian title to enter the Oscar race as the critically acclaimed documentary, The Elephant Whisperers got a nom in the Best Documentary Short Film category.

The Oscars 2023 verdict will be revealed on March 13, according to IST. Stay tuned for more updates on the 95th Academy Awards and readers can also hit up our writer on Twitter @RAKarthikPrasad to discuss all things related to the prestigous award ceremony.

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