At the 88th Academy Awards – the Desi Touch

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At the 88th Oscars – the Desi Touch 

Are you all Oscar-ed out with the talk of black, white and brown, who said what, and who wore what? It’s been a real blitz on social media with the coverage of the 88th Academy Awards but one thing is certain – desis were really tickled to finally see South Asians at the Oscars. Yes, there was an Oscar for Asif Kapadia’s ‘Amy’ and for Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s ‘Girl in the River’, and Sanjay Patel’s short animated film ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ was nominated for an Oscar.

Priyanka Chopra and Dev Patel were both presenters and there was Mindy Kaling on the red carpet. The truth is every desi yearns for Oscar – after all, Indians – and Pakistanis – have always, always LOVED gold!

At the 88th Academy Awards: Priyanka Chopra

Presenter Priyanka Chopra arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Presenter Priyanka Chopra arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood. Credit: Phil McCarten / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Presenters Priyanka Chopra and Liev Schreiber on stage during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Presenters Priyanka Chopra and Liev Schreiber on stage – credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

James Gay-Reese and Asif Kapadia pose backstage with the Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature, for work on “Amy”, with Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

James Gay-Reese and Asif Kapadia pose backstage with the Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature, for work on “Amy”, with Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel – credit: Phil McCarten / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Oscar®-nominee Asif Kapadia and wife Victoria Harwood

Oscar®-winner Asif Kapadia and wife Victoria Harwood  credit: Sara Wood / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

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Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel present the Oscar® for Best documentary feature during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel present the Oscar® for Best documentary feature credit: Aaron Poole / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy accepts the Oscar® for Best documentary short subject, for work on “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy accepts the Oscar® for Best documentary short subject, for work on “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” – credit: Aaron Poole / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy poses backstage with the Oscar® for Best documentary short subject, for work on “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”

A kiss for Oscar – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy – credit: Phil McCarten / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Actress Mindy Kaling at the Oscars – Credit – Aaron Poole / ©A.M.P.A.S.

(From left) Guest, Oscar®-nominee Nicole Grindle, guest, Oscar®-nominee Sanjay Patel arrive at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

(From left) Guest, Oscar®-nominee Nicole Grindle, guest, Oscar®-nominee Sanjay Patel arrive at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA – credit: Phil McCarten / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Dev Patel at the Governors Ball with the Oscar® for Achievement in directing, for work on “The Revenant” during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Dev Patel at the Governors Ball with the Oscar® for Achievement in directing, for work on “The Revenant” – Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

Priyanka Chopra arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Priyanka Chopra – credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

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