Nominations were announced on Tuesday, January 24, at 8:30am EST (7.00 pm IST) from the academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. When ‘Kantara’ got qualified for the Oscars’ open entry from India on January 11th, fans and audience joy knew no limits to see their wishes and dreams come true and expecting a Kannada cinema to win an Oscar award and make the industry very proud but in the end, the disappointment to see the film not making to nomination list will be hurting for a long time to miss it in close call going this far from zero expectations.
‘Kantara’s glory was just unstoppable with people lapping the film instantly and netizens on social media started a hashtag trend to send the film to the Oscars which got new attention as people felt the content of the film would appeal to Hollywood and world cinema stalwarts too.
‘Kantara’ written and directed by Rishab Shetty besides portraying the protagonist role of Shiva, was released on Sept 30th, 2022. The film was released only in Kannada as the team felt the film is done only for the Kannada audience, but due to the tremendous response, the film impressed non-Kannada audiences hugely across India prompting the makers to dub the film in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi in successive weeks.
The film went on to become a smashing phenomenon everywhere taking Rishab Shetty’s name and fame to all the corners of the world and getting appreciated by the legends of Indian cinema also.