• India
  • Mar 13

‘Naatu Naatu’, ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ win Oscars

• ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ won the award for Best Documentary Short and  ‘Naatu Naatu’ song in ‘RRR’ won for Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards on March 13.

• Tamil documentary ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ created history by becoming the maiden Indian production to win in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Oscars.

• Directed by debutante Kartiki Gonsalves, the Netflix documentary bested ‘Haulout’, ‘How Do You Measure a Year?’, ‘The Martha Mitchell Effect’ and ‘Stranger at the Gate’ to scoop the trophy.

• ‘The Elephant Whisperers’, in its 39-minute runtime, depicts an unbreakable bond between two abandoned elephant calves Raghu and Amu and their caretakers, Bomman and Belli. It is produced by Monga and Achin Jain of Sikhya Entertainment.

• Earlier, two India-set titles backed by foreign productions - ‘Smile Pinki’ (2008) and ‘Period. End Of Sentence’ (2018), won Oscars in the Documentary Short category. Monga was the executive producer on  ‘Period’.

• ‘Naatu Naatu’, the foot-tapping chartbuster from SS Rajamouli’s Telugu period action film ‘RRR’, created history by winning the Academy Award in the Best Original Song category.

• Composed by M.M. Keeravani, lyrics by Chandrabose and choreographed by Prem Rakshith, it has legions of followers on social media trying to master its steps.

• ‘Naatu Naatu’ singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kala Bhairava also performed the song at the Oscars ceremony.

• This is the third major international recognition for the Telugu song after Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award wins.

• ‘RRR’ (Rise Roar Revolt), a pre-independence fictional story, follows two real-life Indian revolutionaries  Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Jr NTR)  in the 1920s.

• ‘Jai Ho’ from the 2008 British film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, directed by Danny Boyle, was the first Hindi song to win an Academy Award in the Best Original Score and Original Song categories. It was composed by A.R. Rahman and penned by Gulzar.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ dominates

• ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ dominated the Oscars, winning seven golden statuettes including best picture.

• ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’, Netflix’s German-language World War I, finished in second place with four awards.

• Michelle Yeoh became the first ever Asian woman to win best actress for her performance in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’.

• Brendan Fraser won best actor for playing a morbidly obese teacher in ‘The Whale’, capping a remarkable career comeback.

Full list of winners at the 2023 Oscars

• Best Picture - Everything Everywhere All at Once

• Best Actress - Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

• Best Actor - Brendan Fraser (The Whale)

• Best Director - Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

• Best Supporting Actor - Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

• Best Supporting Actress - Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

• Best International Feature Film - All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)

• Best Animated Feature Film - Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

• Best Documentary Feature Film - Navalny

• Best Original Screenplay - Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

• Best Adapted Screenplay - Sarah Polley (Women Talking)

• Best Original Score - Volker Bertelmann (All Quiet on the Western Front)

• Best Original Song - Naatu Naatu (RRR)

• Best Cinematography - James Friend (All Quiet On The Western Front)

• Best Visual Effects - Avatar: The Way of Water

• Best Sound - Top Gun: Maverick

• Best Film Editing - Paul Rogers (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

• Best Production Design - All Quiet On The Western Front

• Best Costume Design - Ruth Carter (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)

• Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Annemarie Bradley (The Whale)

• Best Documentary Short - The Elephant Whisperers

• Best Animated Short - The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

• Best Live Action Short - An Irish Goodbye.

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