- The global drama, which has become a global sensation, is likely to get nominated in 14 categories including best film, best director and best actor.
The popular song “Naatu Naatu” from SS Rajamouli’s “RRR” (Roudram, Ranam Rudiram) is among the favorites to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, according to “assessment of the current standings of the race,” Variety senior awards editor Clayton Davis has predicted. Having the song “is just what the Academy Awards Ceremony needs,” he wrote. He called the film “a global sensation, even breaking through to mainstream audiences thanks to American distribution by Variance Films.” While there are “plenty of wonderful numbers from the film,” Davis noted that “the awards campaign team has decided to push the track ‘Naatu Naatu,” featuring NT Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan doing the viral dance step.
“Also in play this year are songs from some of the biggest musicians in the world,” Davis notes, including Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”; Taylor Swift for “Carolina” from“Where the Crawdads Sing”; and the musical-sibling duo of Billie Eilish and Finneas for “Nobody Like U” from Pixar’s “Turning Red,” among others.
“RRR” is likely to get nominated in 14 categories including best film, best director and best actor. The makers have applied to the Academy for Oscar consideration as part of the ‘For Your Consideration’ campaign which is the first step towards the nomination.
Set in 1920s India, the film tells the tale of two rebels played by Ram Charan and Jr NTR, who take on the might of the British empire. The film also became Rajamouli’s second consecutive film to earn more than Rs. 1,000 crore worldwide after “Baahubali: The Conclusion.” Released on March 25, the film set the cash registers ring at the box office, making a record collection of around Rs 1,150 crore from the global market. Besides Charan and Jr NTR, the film also starred Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn and British actress Daisy Edgar Jones.
Earlier, Variety had predicted two Oscar nominations for the film, including Best International Film. But India selected Pan Nalin’s Gujarati film “Last Film Show” (“Chhello Show”) as India’s official entry. The semi-autobiographical drama pays homage to the cinema of the past and is set against the backdrop of Indian films witnessing a massive transition from celluloid to digital.