It's history in the making as the 'Naatu Naatu' song in filmmaker SS Rajamouli's RRR starring Ram Charan and Jr. NTR has secured the 'Best Original Song' nomination at the 95th Academy Awards. The nominations for Oscars 2023 have been announced and much to the delight of fans across India and several parts of the world, the high-energy Telugu track composed by M. M. Keeravani and featuring lyrics by Chandrabose will be competing for the coveted gold in the 'Best Original Song' category that also includes 'Applause' from Tell It Like a Woman (music and lyric by Dianne Warren), 'Hold My Hand' from Top Gun: Maverick (music and lyric by Lady Gaga and Bloodpop), 'Lift Me Up' from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Goransson and lyric by Tems and Ryan Coogler), and 'This is a Life' from Everything Everywhere All at Once (music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne, and Mitski and lyric by Ryan Lott and David Byrne). Below is The Academy's official announcement:
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 24, 2023
RRR now joins Indian films like Mother India, Salaam Bombay, and Lagaan to be nominated for the Oscars - all of which were selected to feature in the Best International Feature Film category. M. M. Keeravani is now one step away from joining the likes of previous Oscar winners among whom include Bhanu Athaiya (Best Costume Design for Gandhi), and A. R. Rahman, Gulzar, and sound engineer Resul Pookutty for their work in the British film, Slumdog Millionaire, which is set in India. Sung by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairavaa, 'Naatu Naatu' in RRR is picturized on Jr. NTR and Ram Charan to the choreography of Prem Rakshith, which has since become a rage among fans around the world.
The nominations for the 95th Academy Awards were announced by actors Riz Ahmed and Alison Williams. Popular American talk show Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the upcoming Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles on March 12, 2023, and this will be the third time he will be leading the proceedings. 'Naatu Naatu' had already won the Golden Globes this year and all sights will be on the RRR team to emerge victorious in the biggest film awards ceremony in the world.