'Naatu Naatu', 'The Elephant Whisperers' make India proud with Oscar wins

Global megahit 'RRR' has made a huge splash at the Oscars. The song 'Naatu Naatu' won the Oscar for Best Original Song. During the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, composer MM Keeravaani, who sang a version of The Carpenters' hit Top Of The World as his acceptance speech, and lyricist Chandrabose, took to the stage to receive the golden statuettes.

composer MM Keeravaani
'Naatu Naatu' composer MM Keeravaani and lyricist Chandrabose accepting the Oscar. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@RRRMovie

The insanely viral track is from RRR, directed by SS Rajamouli and featuring actors Ram Charan and Jr NTR, all of whom attended the Academy Awards. 'Naatu Naatu' beat a slate of heavy-weight competitors - Lady Gaga's 'Hold My Hand' from Top Gun: Maverick, Rihanna's 'Lift Me Up' from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, 'This Is A Life' from Everything Everywhere All At Once, and 'Applause' from Tell It Like A Woman.

It was the second win for an Indian film on the night after 'The Elephant Whisperers' won Best Documentary Short Subject. 'All That Breathes' was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film - the Oscar went to 'Navalny'.

SS Rajamouli and featuring actors Ram Charan and Jr NTR, all of whom attended the Academy Awards.
SS Rajamouli and actors Ram Charan and Jr NTR attending the Academy Awards. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@RRRMovie.

'Everything Everywhere All At Once' won five Oscars out of the 11 it was nominated for, including Best Picture and Best Director. Michelle Yeoh created history by becoming the first Asian woman to win Best Actress, beating the likes of Cate Blanchett, who was nominated for her acclaimed turn in Tar. Her co-stars Key Huy Quan, who has swept the awards season, and Jamie Lee Curtis won Best Supporting Actor and Actress. 'Everything Everywhere All At Once' also won Best Film Editing.

'Naatu Naatu' had also won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song in January. The song was performed live during the Oscar ceremony by singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, and danced by Lauren Gottlieb. Deepika Padukone, the third Indian to attend as a presenter after Persis Khambatta and Priyanka Chopra, introduced the performance.

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