The 54th National Film Awards ceremony, the nation's most prestigious awards, was held on June 10, 2008, in New Delhi. Tollywood had a prominent presence with three Telugu movies bagging awards.
The Telugu movie Hope received the award for Best Feature Film on social issues. The Telugu film industry, famed for larger-than-life movies has come up with the Telugu animation film, Kittu that bagged the Best Animation Film Award. The award for Best Feature Film in Telugu went to Kamli.
Priyamani, who is rising fast in Tollywood with her glam doll act, bagged the Best Actor Award (female) for her outstanding role in Ameer Sulthan's Tamil movie Paruthiveeran, in which she has acted as very simple village girl in love with the village rogue.
The members of three juries for Feature and Non Feature Films, namely Buddhadeb Dasgupta, K. Bikram Singh and Ms. Madhu Jain selected the recipients of the 54th National Film Awards by submitting their recommendations to the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, P.R. Dasmunsi.