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Three films from India have been nominated in their respective categories for the 2023 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday. SS Rajamouli’s RRR took a spot for Best Original Song of the Year for its energetic dance hit “Naatu Naatu”. Meanwhile, The Chhello Show, directed by Pannaring – India’s official Oscar nomination – was not selected for best international film. Even Park Chan-wook’s subtle erotic suspense film “Decided to Leave” was objectively snubbed in this category. The 9 Academy Awards will be held on March 12.

As mentioned, there were two other nominations for Indian-produced documentaries. The first was All That Breathes, a New Delhi documentary by Shaunak Sen about two brothers who devoted their lives to treating injured birds amid falling air pollution levels in the region. It was one of the first 15 films to make it to the Academy’s shortlist after fierce competition with 143 other films. That said, All That Breathes has yet to secure an Indian release.It has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category, including Navalny — A story that explores the near-death experience of Russian opposition Alexei Navalny following a failed assassination attempt and more.

The Elephant Whisperer by Kartiki Gonsalves also won Best Documentary Short. In it, we trace the day-to-day lives of an elderly couple who devote their lives to caring for a baby elephant, eventually forming a family bond. The 41-minute documentary is now available on Netflix.

Here is the complete list of nominations for the 2023 Oscars for Original Song, Documentary Feature and Documentary Short:

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2023 Academy Award Nominees for Original Song

“Applause,” Tell Like a Woman – Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren
“Hold My Hand,” Top Gun: Maverick — Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga and BloodPop
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever “Pick Me Up” Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson; Lyrics by Tems and Ryan Coogler
“Naatu Naatu,” RRR – Music by MM Keeravaani; Lyrics by Chandrabose
“This Is a Life,” Everything Everywhere All Once Music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; Lyrics by Ryan Lott and David Byrne

2023 Oscar Documentary Feature Nominations

Breathe everything, Shaunak Sen
All That’s Beautiful and Bleeding, Laura Poitras
fire of love, sara dosa
House Made of Fragments, Simon Lereng Wilmont
NavalnyDaniel Roch

2023 Oscar Documentary Short Film Nominees

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


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