'RRR' emerges as runner-up at Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards
There's no stopping SS Rajamouli's global blockbuster RRR. After taking the world by storm with its jaw-dropping cinematic visuals and power-packed performances, RRR has been declared the runner-up at the prestigious Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) Midseason Awards 2022. To earn this coveted honor, RRR has beaten other phenomenally successful films like Top Gun: Maverick, The Batman, Elvis, and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
- Starring Ram Charan and Jr. NTR, RRR opened to rave reviews both in and outside of India.
- Distributed as a pan-India project, it also starred Bollywood actors Ajay Devgn and Alia Bhatt in special appearances.
- It earned $5M on its opening day in the US!
- RRR also has the distinction of being only the second Hindi film to gross Rs. 200cr post the pandemic.
Mind-bending comedy-drama Everything Everywhere All At Once, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, bagged the Best Film Award. The HCA took to Twitter to make the announcement. "And the winner of the HCA Midseason Award for Best Picture goes to...Everything Everywhere All At Once...Runner up: RRR," it tweeted. RRR has set the box office ablaze and reportedly minted a whopping Rs. 1,200cr worldwide.
And the winner of the HCA Midseason Award for Best Picture goes to…— Hollywood Critics Association (@HCAcritics) July 1, 2022
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Runner up: RRR #HCAMidseasonAwards #A24 #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce @A24 @EEAAOA24 pic.twitter.com/PMrxkgWVQ1
The Hollywood Critics Association Awards is a biannual event (February and July). While the jury comprises US critics, films screened all over America are considered for the honors, which explains RRR's nomination and subsequent astounding acclaim. RRR also happens to be the first Indian film ever to have been nominated and awarded in the Best Picture Category of a prestigious Hollywood award ceremony.
RRR focuses on the fictionalized lives of legendary Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem. It also "shattered the all-time global record" for a non-English movie and emerged as the most-watched such film on Netflix. Its worldwide opening collection was reportedly Rs. 467cr, helping it gain the top spot on the global box office charts on its opening weekend, ahead of The Batman.
Meanwhile, Austin Butler was adjudged the Best Actor (Elvis), while Tom Cruise was the runner-up (Top Gun: Maverick) by the HCA. Michelle Yeoh—who headlined Everything Everywhere All At Once—bagged the Best Actress Award. EEAAO was clearly the dominant title—grabbing other honors like Best Indie Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Actress (Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu respectively), and Best Director (The Daniels).