Oscars 2023: RRR Song, The Elephant Whisperers, All That Breathes nominated


Three films from India have been nominated in their respective categories for the 2023 Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday. SS Rajamouli’s RRR secured a spot among the Best Original Song of the year, thanks to the energetic dance track ‘Naatu Naatu’. Meanwhile, the Pan Nalin-directed Chhello Show – India’s official selection for the Oscars – failed to win the Best International Feature Film award. Even Park Chan-wook’s subtly erotic mystery film, Decision to Leave, was objectively rejected in the category. The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12.

As mentioned, Indian productions claimed two other nominations in the documentary segments. The first is All That Breathes, a New Delhi-based documentary by Shaunak Sen, which follows two brothers who have devoted their lives to treating injured birds amid the region’s degrading levels of air pollution. It was among the top 15 films to make the Academy’s shortlist, having survived fierce competition against 143 others. Despite this, All That Breathes has yet to secure a release in India. It has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category, among others Navalny – a story that explores Russian opposition Alexei Navalny’s near-death experience with an assassination attempt and more.

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Kartiki Gonsalves’ The Elephant Whisperers also earned a nomination for Best Documentary Short Film. In it we follow the daily life of an elderly couple who have dedicated their lives to caring for a baby elephant and eventually formed a family bond. The 41-minute documentary is now available on Netflix.

Here is the full list of 2023 Oscar nominees for Original Song, Documentary Feature, and Documentary Short Film:

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2023 Oscars Original Song Nominees

“Applause”, tell it like a woman – music and lyrics by Diane Warren
“Hold My Hand”, Top Gun: Maverick – Music and lyrics by Lady Gaga and BloodPop
“Lift Me Up,” Black Panther: Wakanda Forever — Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Goransson; Text by Tems and Ryan Coogler
“Naatu Naatu,” RRR — Music by MM Keeravaani; Text by Chandrabose
“This Is a Life”, All Everywhere at Once — Music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; Text by Ryan Lott and David Byrne

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2023 Oscars Documentary Feature Film nominees

Everything that breathes, Shaunak Sen
All the beauty and the bloodshed, Laura Poitras
Fire of love, Sara Dosa
A house made of splinters, Simon Leerg Wilmont
NavalnyDaniel Roher

2023 Oscars Documentary Short nominees

The Elephant Whisperers, Kartiki Gonsalves
Haulout, Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev
How do you measure a year?, Jay Rosenblatt
The Martha Mitchell Effect, Anne Alvergue
Stranger at the Gate, Joshua Seftel

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