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Oscar 2023 : ‘All That Breathes’ and ‘Elephant Whisperers’ earn nominations

“Naatu Naatu”, the hit dance track from SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster “RRR”, on Tuesday continued its winning march by earning a coveted nomination for the Original Song at the Oscars 2023 where Indian documentaries “All That Breathes” and “Elephant Whisperers” walked away with nods in Documentary Feature and Documentary Short categories.

“The Last Show”, India’s official entry in the International Feature category, however, failed to make the cut in the final five, but there was much to celebrate as it is perhaps for the first time that three films from the country are competing in different segments.

“All That Breathes”, which is competing for an Oscar alongside “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”, “Fire of Love”, “A House Made of Splinters” and “Navalny”, has also emerged as one of the best documentaries this year.

 

Set in Delhi, the documentary follows two siblings, Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, who have devoted their lives to rescuing and treating injured birds, especially black kites.

“All That Breathes” is also nominated for a BAFTA Award. It previously won the ‘World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary’ at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a film gala that promotes independent cinema and filmmakers, and earned the Golden Eye award for the best documentary at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Sharing his joy, Sen said he was “a bit lost for words” at the moment.

“It’s feeling extraordinarily difficult to say something that doesn’t sound like a cliche. We’re utterly besides ourselves with joy and a bit lost for words at this moment. Utterly relieved, happy and somewhat discombobulated. I want to offer my deepest, most heartfelt thanks to our incredible characters and the whole film team and I am grateful to the Academy for recognising their work,” Sen said in a message to PTI.

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