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RRR misses a BAFTA nomination as Brits choose child porn accused Corsage from Austria

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulJan 19, 2023 | 19:18

RRR misses a BAFTA nomination as Brits choose child porn accused Corsage from Austria

Following the BAFTA nomination announcement, SS Rajamouli’s RRR was snubbed from Best Foreign Film in favour of Austrian film Corsage, despite an actor in the film being accused of possessing child pornography.

  • The nominees for the 76th annual British Academy of Film and Television Awards were announced by actress Hayley Atwell and actor Toheeb Jimoh during a live press conference in London today. 

India’s representation at the BAFTAs this year was SS Rajamouli’s Telugu epic RRR, which has already been doing its rounds at the awards circuit. 

Despite its rapidly growing popularity in award circles, RRR missed out on a BAFTA nomination under the Best Film Not in the English Language - the only category it was shortlisted for.

Films that made the BAFTA cut include fellow Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominees under the same category: 

  • All Quiet On The Western Front from Germany
  • Argentina, 1985 from Argentina
  • Decision to Leave from South Korea

As well as The Quiet Girl from Ireland and... Corsage from Austria.

Written and directed by Marie Kreutzer, Corsage is an international co-production between Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and France, debuted in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in May 2022.

The historical drama follows Empress Elisabeth of Austria (played by lead star Vicky Krieps), who is semi-estranged from her philandering husband (played by Florian Teichtmeister) as she begins to act oddly, as she nears her 40th birthday. 

However, the Austrian film has drawn immense criticism amid allegations against its supporting actor Florian Teichtmeister for the possession of child pornography. 

Florian Teichtmeister as Emperor Franz Joseph I in Corsage

Teichmeister, who plays Emperor Franz Joseph I in the film, was charged with the possession of over 58,000 images of child porn, depicting minors as young as 14.

According to Variety, Teichtmeister’s lawyer Michael Rami said the actor intends to plead guilty to the charges and faces up to two years in prison.

"I am sad and angry that a feminist film that more than 300 people from all over Europe worked on for years may be tarnished and damaged by the horrific actions of one person. But I am even sadder and angrier at the extent to which videos and photos of sexual violence against children are produced, distributed and consumed."
- Marie Kreutzer, director of Corsage, in an official statement

Corsage has already picked up awards at Cannes and other European film awards, with Vicky Krieps winning the Un Certain Regard Best Performance Prize at Cannes and landing an Indie Spirit Award nomination.

Despite being steeped in controversy, Corsage remains Austria’s official entry for Best International Feature Oscar.

“We do not wish that the serious misconduct of one actor destroys the incredible performance of the entire cast and crew of the film. But no matter what happens now with the film: the love and recognition Corsage has received cannot be taken away.”
- Film AG, the Vienna based production company behind Corsage, in an official statement

However, RRR’s run at the awards is far from over. Rajamouli’s blockbuster stands a strong chance at the Academy Awards in a few months, having already stacked up on a few awards so far.

RRR can be nominated under up to 11 Oscar categories including:

  • Best Original Song
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Actor
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Director
  • Best Picture

To know more about RRR's shot at the Oscar's, take a look at: RRR has superb chances at an Oscars 2023 win now that it has made history with a Golden Globe

Fingers crossed for its performance at the Oscar nomination announcement on January 24.

Last updated: January 19, 2023 | 19:18
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