BAFTA 2023 nominations: SS Rajamouli’s RRR misses, Shaunak Sen’s All Those Breathes earns Best Documentary award

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SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster RRR has failed to make it to the final five films nominated for the Best Film Not In The English Language category at the 2023 BAFTA Awards, otherwise known as the British Film Academy Awards. The nominations for all 24 categories for the BAFTA 2023 were announced on Thursday 19 January.

Jr NTR and Ram Charan’s lead actor was shortlisted among the ten films on the BAFTA longlist, which was released earlier this month. The final five nominees competing in this category are All Quiet on the Western Front, Argentina, 1985, Corsage, Decision To Leave and The Quiet Girl.

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However, India still stands a chance in the Best Documentary category as Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes is shortlisted among the last five nominees in the category. The Shaunak Sen-directed documentary will compete against All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Moonage Daydream, Fire of Love and Navalny.

The Delhi-based 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 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 Best Documentary at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

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This is not the end of RRR’s streak at the foreign film awards as the Oscar nominations will be announced next week on January 24, where the song Naatu Naatu is shortlisted in the Best Original Song category. Composed by MM Keeravani, Naatu Naatu won the Golden Globe award in the Best Original Song category earlier this month.

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The 76th BAFTA Awards will take place on February 19, 2023 at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The prestigious ceremony is hosted by veteran actor Richard E. Grant and renowned television personality Alison Hammond.

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