Oscars 2023: Host Jimmy Kimmel on Monday (March 13, 2023) was slammed for calling SS Rajamouli’s film ‘RRR’ a Bollywood movie at the 95th Academy Awards. Kimmel, who is no stranger to Oscars controversy, called RRR a “Bollywood” film in his opening monologue, which is actually a Tollywood movie.
In 2017 as a host at the Oscars, Kimmel had incorrectly announced ‘La La Land’ as the winner of best picture. He was forced to navigate a tricky situation after the `La La Land` producers and cast took the stage to accept the Oscar, only for `Moonlight` to be then announced as the correct winner.
Oscars 2023: Jimmy Kimmel Roasts Will Smith For Slapping Chris Rock
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel started Monday’s 95th Academy Awards with a joke on Will Smith’s infamous slap of Chris Rock during Hollywood’s biggest awards ceremony last year.
“Five Irish actors are nominated tonight, which means the chances of a fight just went way up,” Kimmel joked.
“We want you to have fun, feel safe and, most importantly, we want me feel safe,” he told the audience.
“So, we have strict policies in place. If anyone in this theatre commits an act of violence at any point during the show, you will be awarded the Oscar for best actor and permitted to give a 19-minute long speech.”
“But seriously, the academy has a crisis team in place. If anything unpredictable or violent happens during the show, sit there and do absolutely nothing. Maybe even give the assailant a hug.”
“And if any of you get mad at a joke and decide you want to get jiggy with it — it`s not going to be easy,” Kimmel said while shouting out fighters in the audience like Michael B Jordan`s `Creed` and Michelle Yeoh.
Oscars 2023: ‘RRR’ team, Deepika Padukone Stun At Red Carpet At 95th Academy Awards
The team of “RRR” and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone led the Indian contingent on the red carpet of the 95th Oscars where India is vying for three trophies.
This year, India-made productions have earned three nominations at the Academy Awards — “Naatu Naatu” has been shortlisted for Original Song, “All That Breathes” is in the running for Documentary Feature and “The Elephant Whisperers” for Documentary Short.
“RRR” director SS Rajamouli represented the country at the global stage wearing a traditional dhoti with mauve-coloured silk kurta. His leading men Ram Charan and Jr NTR wore black velvet bandhgalas with statement embroidery reminiscent of their characters in “RRR”.
“The RRR at the #OSCARS!!! #Oscars95 #NaatuNaatu #RRRMovie,” the official Twitter page of “RRR” shared the pictures from the red carpet.
The RRR at the #OSCARS!!! #Oscars95 #NaatuNaatu #RRRMovie pic.twitter.com/QT1LGcRFtU
— RRR Movie (@RRRMovie) March 12, 2023
Charan — whose character Alluri Sitarama Raju was described as a soldier in the British Indian Army — sported a medal-like brooch on his bandhgala. He was accompanied by his wife and entrepreneur Upasana Konidela, who looked resplendent in white. Jr NTR’s sherwani celebrated the majestic tiger with whom his character Komaram Bheem has a face-off in “RRR”.