All Awards And Accolades S.S. Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ Has Received At The International Arena

S.S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus “RRR” has been making waves in western countries since its release on Netflix back in late May. “RRR” was already a blockbuster in India when it was first released on March 25. But it was after the release on Netflix that “RRR” started to attract eyeballs from the west.

During the initial days of Netflix’s release, some prominent online personalities took notice of this gigantic movie. The positive word of mouth started to spread even further when big western media outlets like Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, Empire Magazine, etc. reviewed “RRR ” and lauded it as one of the best films of 2022. That caught the attention of A-list Hollywood directors like Scott Derrickson, James Gunn, Edgar Wright, Sam Raimi, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, etc. The director of “Doctor Strange,” Scott Derrickson, said he absolutely loved “RRR ” and described it as an awesomely outrageous roller coaster of a movie. I tagged James Gunn (director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise) on Scott Derrickson’s twitter and asked him to watch “RRR,” to which Gunn replied that he had already watched it and totally dug it. English filmmaker Edgar Wright (director of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Baby Driver”) found “RRR” to be very entertaining and described it as the only film he has ever seen where the audience applauded the intermission card. He also asked people who were attending London Film Festival 2022, to watch “RRR”.

The positive word of mouth from the film community, online personalities, and media outlets, along with high praise from writers and directors, created an unimaginable buzz in the west, something that had never been seen before for an Indian film. The U.S. distributor “Variance Films” re-released “RRR” in the United States, and it was a huge success. With more and more people seeing it, the conversation around its award possibilities started to come to the forefront. 

It all started when the “Hollywood Critics’ Association” named “RRR” the runner-up for Best Picture at their mid-season awards. Then when “RRR” got three nominations, including Best International Picture, and Best Director at the prestigious Saturn Awards, the RRR team took its award possibilities seriously. But “RRR” was not eligible to compete in the Best International Feature category, as the Film Federation of India submitted “The Last Film Show” as India’s official entry into the Oscars. So, “Variance Films” launched a full-scale “For Your Consideration” Oscar campaign for “RRR” in 15 general categories, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The award season starts in early December, and to everyone’s surprise, S.S. Rajamouli beat the likes of Steven Spielberg to win the Best Director award at the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC). 16 NYFCC winners in the last 22 years have gotten Oscar nominations for best director. Rajamouli was the runner-up in the “Los Angeles Film Critics Circle” (LAFCA) and was nominated for Best Director at the prestigious “Critics Choice Awards” (CCA). The music director of “RRR,” Mr. M.M. Keeravani, got even more recognition in this award season, where the score of “RRR” was awarded the best prize at LAFCA and also won in the original song category at one of the biggest and most prestigious awards shows like the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards. “RRR” won several Best International Picture awards in various critic circles. It was also nominated for Best Picture at the “National Board of Review,” “Critics Choice Awards,” etc. “RRR” also popped up in the “Top 10 films of 2022” list of various prominent magazines and media outlets.

As of writing this article, “RRR” has a whopping 95% critics’ rating from 92 reviews on “Rotten Tomatoes” and a mammoth 4.2 out of 5 stars on “Letterboxd.” As of now, “RRR” has more than 160 nominations and more than 42 wins in various international award shows. The results of many award shows are yet to come out. So the final numbers would be much higher. After so much global recognition, it would be interesting to see how many nominations “RRR” can get. So far, it has been shortlisted in the original song category. Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24 at 5:30 a.m. PST and 7 p.m. IST. 


RRR – All International Awards (As Of January 22, 2023)

AwardCategoryResult
1)Alliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Non-English Language FilmWon
2)Atlanta Film Critics Circle
Best International FeatureWon
Best Film5th place
3) Austin Film Critics Association
Best DirectorNominated
Best Film EditingNominated
Best ScoreNominated
Best International FilmNominated
Best Stunt CoordinatorWon
4) Boston Society of Film CriticsBest Original ScoreWon
5) Black Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Foreign FilmWon
Best Film5th place
6) Chicago Film Critics Association
Best DirectorNominated
Best Original ScoreNominated
Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Best Visual EffectsNominated
7) Chicago Indie Critics Awards
Best Studio FilmWon
Best Original SongWon
Best Visual EffectsNominated
Best StuntsWon
Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Best CinematographyNominated
8) Cinema Solace Awards
Best DirectorNominated, & Final result is pending
Best SoundNominated, & Final result is pending
9) Columbus Film Critics Association
Best Film EditingNominated
Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
10) Critics Association of Central Florida Awards
Best International FilmWon
Best Original SongNominated
11) Critics Choice Awards
Best Visual EffectsNominated
Best DirectorNominated
Best Foreign Language FilmWon
Best SongWon
Best PictureNominated
12) DiscussingFilm Critics Awards
Best Original SongWon
Best International FeatureRunner up
13) Denver Film Critics Society
Best PictureNominated
Best Visual EffectsNominated
Best Original SongWon
Best Foreign Language FilmWon
14) Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Film7th place
Best Director7th place
Best Cinematography6th place
15) Film Club’s The Lost Weekend
Lost Weekend Audience FavoriteWon
Best FilmWon
16) Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Best Production DesignNominated
17) Georgia Film Critics Association
Best PictureNominated
Best International FilmWon
Best Original SongRunner up
18) Golden Globe Awards
Best Original SongWon
Best Non-English Language FilmNominated
19) Greater Western New York Film Critics Association AwardsBest Foreign FilmNominated
20) Hawaii Film Critics Society
Best Art DirectionNominated
Best SoundNominated
Best SongNominated
Best Visual EffectsNominated
Best Stunt WorkNominated
Best Foreign Language FilmWon
21) Hollywood Critics Association Awards
Best PictureNominated, & Final result is pending
Best DirectorNominated, & Final result is pending
Best Action FilmNominated, & Final result is pending
Best International FilmNominated, & Final result is pending
Spotlight AwardWon
22) Hollywood Critics Association Creative Arts Awards
Best EditingNominated, & Final result is pending
Best Original SongNominated, & Final result is pending
Best StuntsNominated, & Final result is pending
Best Visual EffectsNominated, & Final result is pending
23) Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Film AwardsBest PictureRunner up
24) Hollywood Music in Media Awards
Best Original Score – Independent Film (Foreign Language)Nominated
Song – Onscreen Performance (Film)Nominated
25) Indiana Film Journalists Association
Best Foreign Language FilmWon
Best StuntWon
Best PictureNominated
Best DirectorNominated
Best Lead Performance Nominated (NTR Jr.)
Best Lead Performance Nominated (Ramcharan)
Best Musical ScoreNominated
Best EditingNominated
Best CinematographyNominated
26) Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Best Original SongNominated
Best CinematographyNominated
27) London Critics Circle Film Awards
Foreign Language Film of the YearNominated, & Final result is pending
Technical Achievement AwardNominated, & Final result is pending
28) Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Best DirectorRunner up
Best Musical ScoreWon
29) Music City Film Critics’ Association Awards
Best International FilmWon
Best SongWon
Best FilmNominated
Best DirectorNominated
Best Action FilmNominated
Best Stunt WorkNominated
30) National Board of Review, USATop Ten FilmsWon
31) New York Film Critics CircleBest DirectorWon
32) New York Film Critics OnlineTop Ten FilmsWon
33) North Carolina Film Critics Association
Best Foreign Language FilmWon
Best Stunt CoordinationWon
Best Original SongWon
Best Narrative FilmNominated 
Best DirectorNominated
Best ScoreNominated
34) North Dakota Film SocietyBest Original SongNominated
35) North Texas Film Critics AssociationBest Foreign Language FilmWon
36) Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Film10th place
Best Foreign Language FilmRunner up
37) Online Association of Female Film Critics
Best International FeatureWon
Best StuntsWon
Best Visual EffectsNominated
38) Online Film Critics Society
Best PictureNominated, & Final result is pending
Best Visual EffectsNominated, & Final result is pending
Best Picture (Non English)Nominated, & Final result is pending
39) Pandora International Film Critics’ AwardsSong ComposingWon
40) Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Foreign Language FilmWon
Best CinematographyWon
Best ScoreWon
Cheesesteak AwardNominated
41) Philadelphia Film FestivalNarrative Audience AwardWon
42) Phoenix Critics Circle
Best Foreign Language FilmWon
Best DirectorNominated
Best CinematographyNominated
43) Portland Critics Association Awards
Best DirectorNominated
Best Foreign Language FilmRunner up
Best Original ScoreNominated
Best stuntNominated
44) Puerto Rico Critics AssociationBest International FilmWon
45) San Diego Film Critics SocietyBest International FilmNominated
46) Satellite Awards
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalNominated, & Final result is pending
Best Original SongNominated, & Final result is pending
Best SoundNominated, & Final result is pending
Best Visual EffectsNominated, & Final result is pending
Best Production DesignNominated, & Final result is pending
47) Saturn Awards
Best International FilmWon
Best Action or Adventure FilmNominated
Best DirectorNominated
48) Seattle Film Critics Society
Best Film Not in the English LanguageNominated
Best Action ChoreographyWon
Best Visual EffectsNominated
49) Southeastern Film Critics Association
Best Foreign-Language FilmWon
Best Picture6th place
50) St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association
Best Action FilmNominated
Best International FilmNominated
Best Visual EffectsNominated
Special Merit (Best Scene)Nominated
51) Sunset Circle Awards
Best International FeatureWon
Best DirectorRunner up
Best FilmNominated
Best EditingRunner up
52) Utah Film Critics Association
Best DirectorRunner up
Best Non-English Language FeatureWon
53) Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association
Best International/Foreign Language Film
Nominated

Awards Tally Of 2022 Films

Best Picture

FilmWinsRunner upsNominations
Everything Everywhere All At Once24222
The Banshees of Inisherin11424
TÁR3236
The Fabelmans1230
Top Gun: Maverick1224
Women Talking0123
RRR0116
Aftersun1112
Glass Onion: A Knives out Mystery0016
Nope0013

Best International Feature

FilmsWinsRunner upsNominations
Decision To Leave13419
RRR15215
All Quiet on the Western Front3120
EO4017
Close1217

See more: 80th Golden Globes Awards: Winners And Snubs, Breakdown


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