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India’s Oscar Triumph: ‘Naatu Naatu’ Makes History, ‘The Elephant Whisperer’ Honored for Conservation

At the 95th Academy Awards, Everything Everywhere All at Once dominated the night, scooping up Oscar awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. However, India was also able to make a splash with two of its entries.

The song “Naatu Naatu” from the film RRR won the Oscar for Best Original Song category, making it the first Indian production to receive a nomination in this category. The song’s composer, Keeravaani, expressed his delight at the win and gave a nod to his musical inspirations, the Carpenters. He then treated the audience to a rendition of their classic hit, “Top of the World.”

In addition, The Elephant Whisperer, a short documentary about an elephant sanctuary in India, was named Best Documentary Short Subject, underscoring the country’s commitment to animal welfare and environmental conservation. However, the third Indian nominee, All That Breathes, lost out to Navalny in the Best Documentary Feature category.

All in all, the night proved to be a success for India, with its entries making a significant impact in their respective categories. The recognition serves as a testament to the vibrant artistic and cultural contributions of India on the world stage.

Check out the complete winner’s list of Oscars 2023.

Best Picture

“Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best Actress

Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best Actor

Brendan Fraser, “The Whale”

Best Director

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, “Everything Everywhere All at Once


“Everything Everywhere All at Once” (Paul Rogers)

Original Score

“All Quiet on the Western Front” (Volker Bertelmann)

Original Screenplay

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert)

Animated Short

“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”

Costume Design

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Ruth Carter)

Makeup and Hairstyling

“The Whale” (Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Annemarie Bradley)


“All Quiet on the Western Front” (James Friend)

Live-Action Short

“An Irish Goodbye”

Visual Effects

“Avatar: The Way of Water” (Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon and Daniel Barrett)

International Feature

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Germany


“Top Gun: Maverick” (Mark Weingarten, James Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor)

Production Design

“All Quiet on the Western Front” (Christian M. Goldbeck and Ernestine Hipper)

Documentary Feature


Documentary Short

“The Elephant Whisperers”

Best Supporting Actor

Ke Huy Quan, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best Supporting Actress

Jamie Lee Curtis, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Animated Feature

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”

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