The 95th Academy Awards saw India making its presence felt on the global stage with two wins. The Best Original Song award was won by the song “Naatu Naatu” from the film RRR, and the Best Documentary Short Subject was won by “The Elephant Whisperers”. Deepika Padukone was also in attendance at the event and looked stunning in her black Louis Vuitton outfit. She presented the live performance of “Naatu Naatu” and introduced the performers, Rahul Sipligunj, Kaala Bhairava, and Lauren Gottlieb. This was Deepika’s third time presenting at the Oscars, after Persis Khambatta and Priyanka Chopra.
Team RRR, including director SS Rajamouli and actors Ram Charan and Jr NTR, were also present at the awards ceremony. The performance of “Naatu Naatu” was met with a standing ovation from the audience. MM Keeravaani and Chandrabose picked up the award for Best Original Song and dedicated it to India. The Elephant Whisperers won the award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
Unfortunately, Shaunak Sen’s “All That Breathes” did not win an Oscar. The film was nominated in the Best Documentary Feature Film category, but the award was won by “Navalny”. The other films nominated in this category were “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”, “Fire of Love”, and “A House Made of Splinters”.
The big winner of the night was “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, which won seven Oscars out of its 11 nominations. The film won the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Editing. The star of the film, Michelle Yeoh, made history as the first Asian winner of the Best Actress award. Her co-stars, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis, won Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively. All three actors were first-time winners.
Brendan Fraser won the Best Actor Oscar for his work in “The Whale”. “Avatar The Way of Water” won the award for Best Visual Effects, and “Top Gun Maverick” won the award for Best Sound. “All Quiet on the Western Front” won the Best International Film category.
Overall, the 95th Academy Awards was a night of celebration for the film industry, with many deserving films and performances being recognized. India’s wins in two categories showcase the country’s talent and contribution to the global film industry. It was also a historic night for Asian representation, with Michelle Yeoh’s win marking a significant milestone for the community.