After the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards and the SAG Awards, everyone was anxiously waiting for Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, the Oscars, the nominations of which were announced early morning Jan. 23.
And to the delight of many fans, “The Big Sick,” starring Pakistani American actor Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Anupam Kher, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, has found a spot in one of the prime categories of the award ceremony.
The comedy has been nominated for the ‘Best Original Screenplay’ award.
Nanjiani starred in and co-wrote “The Big Sick” with his writer-wife, Emily V. Gordon.
The story of the film, which was born out of the creative duo’s personal experiences, touched the hearts of critics as well as audiences.
Loosely based on the real-life romance between Nanjiani and Gordon, it follows an interracial couple who must deal with cultural differences after Emily (played by Kazan) becomes ill.
In its review, India-West noted that the though at its heart the romantic comedy is about two people – who belong to different religions – and cannot help falling in love, it’s not your typical run-of-the-mill love story. Apart from showcasing how a second-generation immigrant navigates his way in a foreign land, “The Big Sick” also highlights how kids get caught between conservative and modernist worlds. (Read “The Big Sick” review here: http://bit.ly/2tZhKzA)
Acclaimed actor Kher plays Nanjiani’s father in the film, and their scenes together are some of the highlights of the film.
Kher congratulated Nanjiani on Twitter, writing, “Congratulations @emilyvgordon and @kumailn for the #OscarNominations for Best Original Screenplay for @TheBigSickMovie. So proud to be part of this gem of a film. Jai Ho :)”
Visibly excited and overwhelmed with congratulatory messages after the announcement, Nanjiani wrote on Twitter: “I broke a personal record today for “Most Texts Received in a 30 Second Period.”
“The Big Sick” will compete against original screenplays for “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
The announcement, in a first, combined live presentations from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, with pre-taped category introductions, which were featured in the first half of the announcement.
Starring in those introductory videos was Indian actress Priyanka Chopra.
The “Quantico” star, who is one of the newest members of the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts & Sciences, shined bright in a short video, which preceded the ‘Best Cinematography’ nominations. The nominees in that category are “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Darkest Hour,” “Mudbound,” and “Shape of Water.”
Chopra was chosen as one of the few actors to star in these videos. Other formidable Hollywood celebs as special guests included Gal Gadot, Zoe Saldana, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Rebel Wilson, Michelle Yeoh, and Rosario Dawson.
All the nominees were announced by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis.
Even before the nominees were revealed, the Academy shared a behind-the-scenes picture from the nominations promo on their social media handles, writing: “Behind the scenes with @priyankachopra. Tune in to the #OscarNoms announcement on Tuesday at 5:22am PT.”
The sneak peek showed Chopra, looking classy in high-waisted black pants and a shimmery silver blouse, staring right into the camera.
Some reports also suggest that Chopra, who made quite a splash at Hollywood’s most-awaited night in 2017 in a white Zuhair Murad gown, might even take the stage as one of the presenters.
The statues will be handed out on ABC March 4.