Oscars 2023: Mother India To Jai Ho – India’s Journey So Far

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Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are often considered the most prestigious awards in the field of cinema, at least in popular culture. Established in 1929, the Oscars recognise excellence in cinematic achievements across various categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, and Best Original Screenplay, among others. The awards are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a professional organisation of over 9,000 members working in the film industry. Over the years, film industries from across the world have competed to win the coveted Oscar award. India, which is not only the second oldest film industry in the world but also the largest producer of films in the world, has made remarkable contributions to world cinema. As a result, over the years, India has had several trysts with Oscar awards.

Here is a quick glance at how India and Indians have fared at the Oscars over the years.


Bhanu Athaiya – Best Costume Design – Gandhi (1983)

Bhanu Athaiya is the first Indian to win the coveted Oscar award 40 years ago. She received the honour for her work in Gandhi. The Richard Attenborough directorial based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi was not an Indian production. The film was produced jointly by Richard Attenborough and the National Film Development Corporation of India.

Satyajit Ray – 1992

 A name and legacy that needs no introduction, Satyajit Ray was presented with an honorary Oscar award in 1992 for Lifetime Achievement.

AR Rahman and Gulzar – Best Original Song – Jai Ho (2009)

In what can only be described as a historic win after several years of no wins at the Oscars, Danny Boyle’s  Slumdog Millionaire put several Indian names on the global map. AR Rahman and Gulzar, two of India’s most prolific musical minds, won the Oscar Award for Best Original Song (Jai Ho) for the film.

AR Rahman – Best Original Score  – Slumdog Millionaire (2009)

AR Rahman created history by winning not one but two Oscars at the Oscars in 2009 for his work on Slumdog Millionaire. The second award was presented to AR Rahman for Best Original Score.

Resul Pookutty – Best Sound Mixing – Slumdog Millionaire (2009)

The same year and for the same movie, Resul Pookutty won the Oscar award for Best Sound Mixing award for Slumdog Millionaire. 


Best Foreign Language Film: Over the years, several Indian films have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category but the award, however, has remained elusive so far.

Mother India (1957) 

One of Bollywood’s most popular films, Mother India was India’s maiden nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film, by Mehboob Khan, portrays the struggles of a rural Indian woman to bring up her children in the pre-independence era.

Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Directed by Mira Nair, Salaam Bombay!  traces the harsh realities of the lives of street children in Mumbai (then Bombay). Thanks to Mira Nair’s masterful craft, the film received widespread positive reviews and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Lagaan (2001) 

Headlined by one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Aamir Khan, Lagaan was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film directed by Ashutosh Gowariker follows a group of farmers who form a motley crew to challenge the British to a game of cricket. The end game? To eliminate the burden of taxes levied on the farmers by the English.

Indian producer Ismail Merchant has been nominated for the Oscars four times. His nominations include:

The Creation of a Woman (1960)– Best Live Action Short Film

A Room with a View (1986)  – Best Picture

Howards End (1993)– Best Picture

The Remains of the Day (1994) – Best Picture

Fali Bilimoria – Best Documentary Short (1969)

Director and cinematographer Fali Bilimoria were nominated in the Best Documentary Short category in 196 for the film The House That Ananda Built.

Ishu Patel – Best Animated Short (1978)

Animation filmmaker-educator Ishu Patel received a nomination in the Best Animated Short category in 1978 for the project Bead Game.

KK Kapil – Best Documentary Short (1979)

Director-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra directed An Encounter with Faces, a short documentary film that centres around a group of children residing in an orphanage. The film, produced by K.K. Kapil produced, received a nomination for the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject in 1979.

Ravi Shankar – Best Original Score – Gandhi (1983)

Sitarist maestro Ravi Shankar was nominated in the Best Original Score for Gandhi. He earned a nomination in the best score category for the same film with George Fenton but lost to John Williams for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Ashvin Kumar – Best Live Action Short Film – Little Terrorist (2005)

Little Terrorist, a short film by Ashvin Kumar, received a nomination for Best Live Action Short in 2005. The film stars Irrfan Khan and Koel Purie and tells the poignant story of a young Pakistani Muslim child who ventures across the border into India.

Bombay Jayashree – Best Original Song – Pi’s Lullaby (2013)

The film adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, received a Best Original Song nomination in 2013 for Pi’s Lullaby,” composed by Carnatic musician Bombay Jayashri.

Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh – Best Documentary Feature – Writing with Fire (2022)

Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s documentary Writing with Fire won the nomination for  Best Documentary Feature at the 2022 Oscars. The film follows the journey of the Dalit women-led newspaper Khabar Lahariya and how the team adapts to the new landscape of digital journalism.

Kartiki Gonsalves – Best Documentary Short –  The Elephant Whisperers (2023)

Directed by Kartiki Gonsalves, The Elephant Whisperers has earned itself a  Best Documentary Short nomination at the 2023 Oscars. The film narrates the story of a tribal couple’s efforts to take care of an orphaned baby elephant in South India.

Shaunak Sen – Best Documentary Feature – All That Breathes (2023)

Shaunak Sen’s documentary All That Breathes has been nominated in the b Best Documentary Feature category for the Oscars, this year. The film showcases the struggles of black kites, a once-common bird of prey in Delhi, as they face challenges posed by the city’s smoggy and polluted air. The documentary highlights the efforts of siblings Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad to rescue these birds and protect them from harm.

M. M. Keeravani, Chandrabose – Best Original Song – Naatu Naatu (2023)

SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus RRR has marked its presence at the Oscars this year with a nomination in the Best Original Song category for Naatu Naatu.  The song has bagged several awards including the Golden Globe.

With three nominations this year, Indian cinema fans are hopeful that the country will win an Oscar this year.

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95th Academy Awards Nominations Announced – Full List for 2022

95th Academy Awards Nominations Announced – Full List for 2022

by Alex Billington
January 24, 2023
Source: Oscars.org

The complete list of nominees for the 95th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (from Oscars.org). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees via live broadcast. The nominations from 2022 are, as usual, an exciting and wonderful and curious set of nominees with plenty of surprises and expected picks – including The Sea Beast sneaking in, RRR only getting in for Best Song, Andrea Riseborough from To Leslie somehow pulling off a nod, and The Banshees of Inisherin getting tons of love. Best of all, my #1 of 2022Everything Everywhere All at Once – landed 11 nominations in total, a clear sign it’s loved by everyone. The Academy chose a total of ten Best Picture nominees from 2022, also including: Top Gun: Maverick, All Quiet on the Western Front, Elvis, The Fabelmans, Women Talking, Triangle of Sadness. Without further ado, view the full list of nominees below.

The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will be on Sunday, March 12th at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood – broadcast live by ABC. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Here are 2022’s nominations:

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Top Gun: Maverick
Triangle of Sadness
Women Talking

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans
Todd Field – Tar
Ruben Östlund – Triangle of Sadness

Austin Butler – Elvis
Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser – The Whale
Paul Mescal – Aftersun
Bill Nighy – Living

Cate Blanchett – Tar
Ana de Armas – Blonde
Andrea Riseborough – To Leslie
Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Brendan Gleason – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway
Judd Hirsch – The Fabelmans
Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Hong Chau – The Whale
Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin
Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Banshees of Inisherin – Martin McDonagh
Everything Everywhere All at Once – Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
The Fabelmans – Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner
Tar – Todd Field
Triangle of Sadness – Ruben Östlund

All Quiet on the Western Front – Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson & Ian Stokell
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – Rian Johnson
Living – Kazuo Ishiguro
Top Gun: Maverick – Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie
Women Talking – Sarah Polley

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Puss in Boots
The Sea Beast
Turning Red

All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)
Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)
Close (Belgium)
EO (Poland)
The Quiet Girl (Ireland)

All Quiet on the Western Front – James Friend
Bardo – Darius Khondji
Elvis – Mandy Walker
Empire of Light – Roger Deakins
Tar – Florian Hoffmeister

All That Breathes
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Fire of Love
A House Made of Splinters

The Elephant Whisperers – Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga
Haulout – Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev
How Do You Measure a Year? – Jay Rosenblatt
The Martha Mitchell Effect – Anne Alvergue and Beth Levison
Stranger at the Gate – Joshua Seftel and Conall Jones

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud
The Flying Sailor – Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
Ice Merchants – João Gonzalez and Bruno Caetano
My Year of Dicks – Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon
An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It – Lachlan Pendragon

An Irish Goodbye – Tom Berkeley and Ross White
Ivalu – Anders Walter and Rebecca Pruzan
Le Pupille – Alice Rohrwacher and Alfonso Cuarón
Night Ride – Eirik Tveiten and Gaute Lid Larssen
The Red Suitcase – Cyrus Neshvad

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Top Gun: Maverick

Dune – PD: Patrice Vermette; Set: Zsuzsanna Sipos
All Quiet on the Western Front – PD: Christian M. Goldbeck; Set: Ernestine Hipper
Avatar: The Way of Water – PD: Dylan Cole & Ben Procter; Set: Vanessa Cole
Babylon – PD: Florencia Martin; Set: Anthony Carlino
Elvis – PD: Catherine Martin & Karen Murphy; Set: Bev Dunn
The Fabelmans – PD: Rick Carter; Set: Karen O’Hara

Babylon – Mary Zophres
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Ruth Carter
Elvis – Catherine Martin
Everything Everywhere All at Once – Shirley Kurata
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris – Jenny Beavan

All Quiet on the Western Front – Heike Merker & Linda Eisenhamerová
The Batman – Naomi Donne, Mike Marino, Mike Fontaine
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Camille Friend & Joel Harlow
Elvis – Mark Coulier, Jason Baird, Aldo Signoretti
The Whale – Adrien Morot, Judy Chin, Anne Marie Bradley

The Banshees of Inisherin – Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
Elvis – Matt Villa & Jonathan Redmond
Everything Everywhere All at Once – Paul Rogers
Tar – Monika Willi
Top Gun: Maverick – Eddie Hamilton

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Top Gun: Maverick

All Quiet on the Western Front – Volker Bertelmann
Babylon – Justin Hurwitz
The Banshees of Inisherin – Carter Burwell
Everything Everywhere All at Once – Son Lux
The Fabelmans – John Williams

“Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman
“Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick
“Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
“Naatu Naatu” from RRR
“This Is A Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees. I’m happy about most of these selections, especially EEAAO and Tar and Close and Brendan Fraser (yes, I’m a fan). I’m most upset about Moonage Daydream being left out of Best Documentary. How did they miss that?! And I also do think S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR should’ve earned a few more mentions, but apparently India didn’t even submit it for Best International Film anyway. The surprise celebrity campaign for Andrea Riseborough worked, but does she really deserve it this time? Especially over other incredible performances like Danielle Deadwyler in Till? I’m considerably surprised that All Quiet on the Western Front end up with so many noms, especially as a Netflix movie. It’s good, but good enough for 9 nominations? I guess so. Above all else, I want Ke Huy Quan to win his Oscar – he also deserves it for his EEAAO performance. In cinematography, I’d swap out Empire of Light for anything else. Yeah I know it’s Deakins, but it’s not a good film, and he has tons of noms already anyway. I am sure there will be tons of complaints about everything, as is the norm. What do you think of the nominations for 2022?

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