Today is a big day for the fans of Indian cinema. The final nominations for the 95th Oscar Awards are to be announced today. The official entry from India ‘Chhelo Show’ (The Last Film Show) has been shortlisted in the top 15 and today fans will be waiting to see if it makes it to the final nominations as well. On the other hand, one film from India which has created a lot of buzz for the Oscars campaign is SS Rajamouli’s RRR. The makers of RRR, which missed becoming India’s official entry, have themselves campaigned for their film. All the critics and filmmakers around the world have openly praised RRR.
RRR was involved in the race for the Oscar Awards in 14 categories. After the final nominations for the Oscar Awards are announced on Tuesday, it will be decided in which category Rajamouli’s film will come close to winning the award. But before that, once we know that in which category RRR has more chances of getting nomination.
The ultimate Oscar award for a film is for ‘Best Picture’. There are films in this category like The Banshees of Inisherin, TAR, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, Elvis, Avatar: The Way of Water, Top Gun: Maverick and The Whale. Many of these films have been favorites of this year’s award season and have been winning major international awards consistently.
Looking at the kind of praise these films have received all over the world, it seems difficult that RRR will be able to get a place in the final 10 nominations here. Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans and Everything Everywhere All at Once (EEAAO), one of the biggest directors of world cinema, is considered to be the frontrunner to win the Oscar in this category.
Best Director / Best Actor
The name of Steven Spielberg, who has won the Oscar Award for ‘Best Director’ twice, is far ahead in the race this time too. Apart from them, the names of Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (EEAAO) and Martin McDonagh are also doing the rounds. It is very difficult for Rajamouli to get a nomination for RRR in this category. Similarly, it is difficult for both RRR lead actors Junior NTR and Ram Charan to get nominations in the ‘Best Actor’ category.
Best Original Song
Of all the big international awards that have come for RRR, the song ‘Naatu Naatu’ from this film has got the most. Composed by MM Keeravani in the category of ‘Best Original Song’, this song is considered to be ahead of the rest. The song is being considered as a very strong contender not only for nomination but also for winning the Oscars. And in this category India can expect an Oscar.
When and where can you watch Oscar announcement?
The final announcement for the Oscars will be announced on Tuesday. In India it will start at 7 pm. Nomination announcements can be viewed on Oscar.com, Oscars.org and the official social media platforms of the Oscars such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Apart from RRR and ‘Chello Show’, the fate of India’s documentary feature All That Breathes and short documentary The Elephant Whisperers is also to be decided today. If either of these two gets an Oscar nomination, then the fun of Indian cinema fans will double.