Thursday, January 22, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire gets 10 Oscar Nominations - AR Rahman for 3

Slumdog Millionaire bagged 10 and A R Rahman for 3 Oscar nomination
Los Angeles: A R Rahman has bagged Oscar nomination for original score for the Slumdog Millionaire at the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

The nominations included in the category of Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay for Simon Beaufoy, Best director for Danny Boyle, Best Original Score for A R Rahman, Best Song for 'Jai Ho', Best Sound Editing for Tom Sayers, Best Sound Mixing for Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty.

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a drama in which Brad Pitt plays a man who ages backward, led the field of Oscar contenders with 13 nominations, organizers said on Thursday.

ONTO THE BIG STAGE: From left, A.R. Rahman, Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy. Slumdog Millionaire has got 10 Oscar nominations.

Beverly Hills: A.R. Rahman on Thursday became the first Indian to get three Oscar nominations, even as the British-Indian movie Slumdog Millionaire which brought him these was nominated for seven other categories including best picture and best director. The film, with its rags-to-riches theme, came second in terms of number of nominations after The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with 13 scores.

Rahman was nominated for Best Original Score. The numbers ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘O Saya’ were short-listed for Best Original Song, Rahman sharing the honour with Gulzar in the case of the former and with Maya Arulpragasam in the latter.

Close on the heels of the dual-language film winning four Golden Globes, including one for Rahman, earlier this month, Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy were short-listed for best director and best adapted screenplay.

On the eve of its official premiere in India on Friday, the film also won nominations in cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing and film editing. Along with the two tunes from Slumdog Millionaire, the third song nominated was one co-written by Peter Gabriel for the animated WALL-E. The film had dominated the Golden Globes, sweeping all four of its categories, including best drama and best director.

Among the 13 nominations that the romantic fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button grabbed were those for best picture and acting honours for Brad Pitt and Taraji P. Henson, and a directing slot for David Fincher.

Other best-picture nominees are Frost/Nixon, Milk, and The Reader. Kate Winslet was nominated for lead actress for The Reader and shut out for Revolutionary Road.

Actors considered longshots also sneaked in, among them lead-actor nominee Richard Jenkins for The Visitor, and best-actress contender Melissa Leo for Frozen River.

Slumdog Millionaire bagged 10 Oscar nominations at the 81st annual Academy Awards, getting nods for Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), Best Director (Danny Boyle [Images]), Best Original Score (A R Rahman), Best Song (Jai Ho and O Saya), Best Sound Editing (Tom Sayers), Best Sound Mixing (Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty), Best Cinematography (Anthony Dod Mantle) and Best Film Editing (Chris Dickens).

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