via Sarigama Cinemas
While the Academy Awards are still a long way off and the Oscar bait season hasn’t even started in earnest on the inland shores yet, it looks like we’re already having our first major controversy after the insanely popular blockbuster. RRR was rejected as India’s entry in the Best International Film category.
If you’ve been anywhere near an internet-connected device this year, you’ll be fully aware that the utterly wacky and absolutely delightful 182 minute epic has comfortably become one of the most talked-about movies of the year, which ranges from making over $150 million at the box office, before scoring big ratings after being added to Netflix.
An unhinged mix of action, drama, romance, comedy and downright slapstick, a huge volume of RRR supporters expected it to at least be nailed for a nomination. As you can see from the comments below, the mood has certainly soured, but the focus has now shifted to the spectacular Telegu pulling a Parasite and instead gaining recognition in the general categories.
There’s an air of disbelief on Film Twitter right now, and that’s understandable. RRR has dominated the discussion and discourse for months, and no one really expected anything else to be pushed as India’s leading candidate, especially when Latest movie show didn’t get much imagination.
RRR was a real cultural event and an international phenomenon, so this one really baffles you a bit. A Best Picture nomination may be just too far out of reach, so the backlash has only just begun.