The song Naatu Naatu from the hit Telugu-language film RRR has won a best original song Oscar nomination.
It’s the first Indian feature film to be nominated for anything other than best international film at the Academy Awards, which take place in March.
The song has been a favourite at award ceremonies and has already won a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award.
It will be up against heavyweights Lady Gaga and Rihanna, whose songs are nominated in the same Oscars category.
Hosts Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams announced the news at the nominations presentation in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. This year’s ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on 12 March
The last time an Indian won an Oscar for a film’s music came in 2009, when composer AR Rahman won best original song and best original score for the song Jai Ho from the film Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Briton Danny Boyle.
Naatu Naatu has had thousands grooving to its beat. Ever since it made it to the Oscar shortlist in December, fans of the song have been hoping for a win
Their hopes are high as Naatu Naatu has been picked as a favourite to win this year by several Oscar prediction lists in trade magazines.
The four-and-a-half-minute song was filmed in front of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s official residence in 2021.
The energetic dance moves performed by the film’s lead actors, Ram Charan and Jr NTR, have inspired viral trends on social media in India and globally