Indian Documentary The Elephant Whisperers Wins Oscar 2023 (Full List)
The Elephant Whisperers became the first Indian film to win an Oscar. The short documentary received ‘Best Documentary Short Prize’ at the 95th Academy Award.
The short documentary The Elephant Whisperers is the first movie from India to ever win an Oscar. The Kartiki Gonsalves-directed film explores the relationship that forms between a couple and a young elephant who has been abandoned.
The movie ended Indian films’ long Oscar drought. Throughout the course of five decades, a number of Indian movies, including Mother India and Lagaan as well as documentaries and animated features, were nominated for the prestigious Oscars but were unsuccessful at the very end.
The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles hosted the 95th Academy Awards ceremony. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) awards are widely regarded as some of the most prestigious in the world for cinema.
The Oscars honor other films from throughout the world even though they are mostly focused on American movies.
In the Best Documentary Short Subject category, The Elephant Whisperers triumphed over Haulout, How Do You Measure A Year, The Martha Mitchell Effect, and Stranger At The Gate.
Given the Academy’s preference for animal-based films and the recognition the Indian short film had previously achieved, many experts and trackers had anticipated it would win the Oscar.
Director Kartiki Gonsalves dedicates the prize to “my motherland India” as she accepts it.
The Elephant Whisperers follows an indigenous couple named Bomman and Belli who are tasked with caring for an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu in the Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu.
The narrative follows the couple’s efforts to nurse the injured baby elephant back to health and the profound attachment that forms between them and the elephant. It addresses themes of how Indian tribal people coexist peacefully with nature.
The movie, which was made by Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, had its international premiere on November 9, 2022, at the US documentary film festival DOC NYC Film Festival. On December 8, it eventually had a global premiere on Netflix.
Full List of Oscars 2023 Winners (95th Academy Awards 2023)
List of Films of Oscars 2023 Winners
- Best Documentary Short Subject: The Elephant Whisperers
- Best Live Action Short Film: An Irish Goodbye
- Best Animated Short Film: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
- Best Animated Feature Film: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinnochio
- Best International Feature Film: All Quiet on the Western Front
- Best Documentary Feature: Navalny
List of Artists of Oscars 2023 Winners
- Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once)
- Best Supporting Actress: Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All At Once)
- Best Cinematography: James Friend (All Quiet on the Western Front)
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Annemarie Bradley (The Whale)
- Best Costume Design: Ruth Carter (Black Panther Wakanda Forever)