The shortlists for some of the 23 categories for the 2023 Oscars just came out and there was lot to celebrate for India. RRR, which has been racking up nominations at different award bodies like the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, was shortlisted in the Original Song category for the smash-hit ‘Naatu Naatu’. The song, which features an exhilarating dance-off, has also been nominated at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards.

India’s submission for International Feature Film also got shortlisted

RRR wasn’t the only film that made India proud by appearing in the shortlists. Chhello Show (Last Film Show), India’s submission for International Feature Film, was also shortlisted as one of 15 films vying for the Oscar nomination. This shortlist mention is quite interesting since there had been a fair bit of controversy about Chhello Show’s selection as India’s submission in this category, ironically over RRR. Also of note was the shortlist mention for Joyland, which marks the first time Pakistan’s submission was shortlisted in this category.

Taylor Swift was snubbed for ‘All Too Well: The Short Film’

A noticeable snub was seen in the Live Action Short Film category where Taylor Swift was looked over for her 15-minute short film and music video for All Too Well.

Check out all of the 2023 Oscar shortlists below:

Makeup and Hairstyling

All Quiet on the Western Front
Amsterdam
Babylon
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Blonde
Crimes of the Future
Elvis
Emancipation
The Whale

Sound

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
Babylon
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Moonage Daydream
Top Gun: Maverick

Visual Effects

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Jurassic World: Dominion
Nope
Thirteen Lives
Top Gun: Maverick

Original Score

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
Babylon
The Banshees of Inisherin
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Devotion
Don’t Worry Darling
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio 
Nope
She Said
The Woman King
Women Talking

Original Song

‘Time’ from Amsterdam
‘Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)’ from Avatar: The Way of Water
‘Lift Me Up’ from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
‘This is a Life’ from Everything Everywhere All at Once
‘Ciao Papa’ from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
‘Til You’re Home’ from A Man Called Otto
‘Naatu Naatu’ from RRR
‘My Mind & Me’ from Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me
‘Good Afternoon’ from Spirited
‘Applause’ from Tell It Like a Woman
‘Stand Up’ from Till
‘Hold My Hand’ from Top Gun: Maverick
‘Dust & Ash’ from The Voice of Dust and Ash
‘Carolina’ from Where the Crawdads Sing
‘New Body Rhumba’ from White Noise

International Feature

All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)
Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)
Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (Mexico)
Cairo Conspiracy (Sweden)
The Blue Caftan (Morocco)
Close (Belgium)
Corsage (Austria)
Decision to Leave (South Korea)
EO (Poland)
Holy Spider (Denmark)
Joyland (Pakistan)
Last Film Show (India)
The Quiet Girl (Ireland)
Return to Seoul (Cambodia)
Saint Omer (France)

Documentary Feature Film

All That Breathes
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Bad Axe
Children of the Mist
Descendant
Fire of Love
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song
Hidden Letters
A House Made of Splinters
The Janes
Last Flight Home
Moonage Daydream
Navalny
Retrograde
The Territory

Animated Short Film

Black Slide
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Debutante
The Flying Sailor
The Garbage Man
Ice Merchants
It’s Nice in Here
More than I Want to Remember
My Year of Dicks
New Moon
An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It
Passenger
Save Ralph
Sierra
Steakhouse

Live Action Short Film

All in Favor
Almost Home
An Irish Goodbye
Ivalu
Le Pupille
The Lone Wolf
Nakam
Night Ride
Plastic Killer
The Red Suitcase
The Right Words
Sideral
The Treatment
Tula
Warsha

Documentary Short Film

American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton
Anastasia
Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices from a Plantation Prison
As Far as They Can Run
The Elephant Whisperers
The Flagmakers
Happiness Is £4 Million
Haulout
Holding Moses
How Do You Measure a Year?
The Martha Mitchell Effect
Nuisance Bear
Shut Up and Paint
Stranger at the Gate
38 at the Garden

‘RRR’ gets 5 nominations at the Critics Choice Awards

Earlier in December, RRR was also nominated in the Best Picture category at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards. The film was nominated with other contenders like The Fabelmans, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Top Gun: Maverick, and Babylon. S. S. Rajamouli too was nominated in the Best Director category alongside the likes of Steven Spielberg, Sarah Polley, and Todd Field.

RRR  was also nominated in other categories like Best VFX, Best International Film, and Best Original Song for ‘Naatu Naatu’.

Critics Choice nominees for Best Film

Avatar: The Way of Water
Babylon
The Banshees of Inisherin
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
RRR
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick
Women Talking

Everything Everywhere All at Once leads with 14 nominations

Top on the leaderboard of nominations for the 2023 Oscars was Everything Everywhere All at Once which bagged a whopping 14 nominations. These included nominations for Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, and Jaime Lee Curtis. The film was also nominated in craft categories like Costume Design, Production Design, and Film Editing.

National Board of Review had earlier named RRR in its 10 Best Films Of The Year

National Board of Review had also named RRR as one of its ten best films of the year. This is quite an incredible feat as, normally, the National Board of Review doesn’t include foreign-language films in its list of top 10. Even Parasite, that was the first foreign-language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture, was not named by NBR. Roma was the last foreign-language film that NBR named in its top 10 and it went on to get a whopping 10 Oscar nominations. So, this mention could be a major bellwether for RRR’s 2023 Oscar chances.

The top ten films of 2022 named by NBR (in alphabetical order)

Aftersun
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
RRR
Till
The Woman King
Women Talking

These top 10 films are chosen after the Best Film of the year gets named in NBR’s annual awards. This year, that honour was bestowed upon Top Gun: Maverick. The other winners at NBR’s awards were:

Best Director: Steven Spielberg for The Fabelmans
Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh for Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Actor: Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin
Best Supporting Actor: Brendan Gleeson for The Banshees of Inisherin
Best Supporting Actress: Janelle Monáe for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Original Screenplay: The Banshees of Inisherin
Adapted Screenplay: All Quiet on the Western Front

S.S Rajamouli also won the NYFCC award

The New York Film Critics Circle had earlier presented their annual awards and there was a name on the list of winners that was a pleasant surprise – S. S. Rajamouli. The ace director, who is already responsible for the most successful Indian film of all time, might also make history by becoming the first Indian to be nominated for the ‘Best Director’ category at the Oscars.

Members of the Indian film industry also took to Twitter to celebrate S.S. Rajamouli’s special win. Cast members Oliva Morris and Jr. N.T.R. were the first to congratulate, along with other prominent directors, actors, and film critics.

Other winners at the NYFCC awards include Cate Blanchett for Tár (Best Actress), Collin Ferrell for The Banshees of Inisherin and After Yang (Best Actor), Ke Huy Quan for Everything Everywhere All At Once (Best Supporting Actor), and Keke Palmer for Nope (Best Supporting Actress). Tár also took the top prize and won Best Picture, while The Banshees of Inisherin won Best Screenplay.

Why is S.S. Rajamouli’s NYFCC win significant?

S. S. Rajamouli’s win is quite significant as the NYFCC awards tend to be a bellwether for the Oscars. Previous winners who have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Director include Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), and Alfonso Cuarón (Roma).

Understanding the likelihood of his history-making nomination, Rajamouli has also been on the campaign trail lately. He has been giving interviews to film journalists and organisations around the world and even attended the Oscar’s Governors Awards.

What Is RRR’s plot about?

Set in the 1920s in a colonised India, RRR (Rise, Roar, Revolt) depicts the lives of Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem and how they joined forces to fight for India’s freedom. RRR stars N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Alison Doody, and Olivia Morris.

(Main image credits: courtesy IMDb)
(Feature image credits: courtesy Facebook/@SSRajamouli)

written by.

Aayaan Upadhyaya

Senior Editor - Growth, Augustman
Aayaan Upadhyaya enjoys writing about pop culture, wellness, and lifestyle. In his spare time, you can find him listening to true crime podcasts, playing RPG video games, or reading an engrossing novel. A graduate of journalism and mass communication, he is a senior editor who has previously worked with Times Internet.
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