Oscar Predictions: Last Film Show

The nation of India has seen three of their movies up for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars – 1957’s Mother India, 1988’s Salaam Bombay!, and Lagaan from 2001. That averages out to a nod every 18 years or so. They should be due for another.

However, it appears a gigantic opportunity was missed when India opted not to submit RRR for consideration. S.S. Rajamouli’s epic action pic (available on Netflix) has its enthusiastic champions among reviewers and audiences. Just this week, it was named in the foreign competition at the Golden Globes and for Best Picture at the Critics Choice Awards. There is growing buzz that it could land a nod with the Academy in BP. In other words, its home country should’ve made it their horse in the international derby. If they had, not only would RRR be close to a shoo-in for the quintet, it would be a favorite to take the prize over Decision to Leave and All Quiet on the Western Front and others.

India instead went with Pan Nalin’s Last Film Show. The coming-of-age drama premiered all the way back in the summer of 2021 at the Tribeca Film Festival. On paper, it makes sense why it was selected. Film sounds like more of a traditional pick than the wild RRR. The Rotten Tomatoes score is an impressive 95%. It has picked up kudos playing the festival circuit. However, it simply hasn’t picked up much steam and hasn’t shown up with any precursors.

Bottom line: India would be positioned for a fourth nominee (and potential victor) with RRR. Not with this. My Oscar Prediction posts will continue…

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