MUMBAI: Indian music composer AR Rahman and Slumdog Millionaire have done it again! Rahman, who won the Golden Globe Award for Best Musical Score for the movie, has now bagged three nominations for the Oscars: one for Music (Original Score) and two for Music (Songs) namely Jai Ho and O Saaya.
The movie in total has bagged ten nominations!
The film has been nominated in categories including Best Film (Producer Christian Colson), Best Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), Best Director (Danny Boyle), Best Cinematograpahy (Anthony Dod Mantle), Best Film Editing (Chris Dickens), Best Sound Editing (Tom Sayers) and Best Sound Mixing (Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty).
Slumdog Millionaire will be competing with the likes The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk and The Reader that are vying for the Best Film award.
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The cast and crew of Slumdog Millionaire are down in Mumbai for the premiere of the film. They caught the nomination announcement at the premiere venue via a live video feed to LA. On hearing the announcement the cast and crew present including Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy were overjoyed. The nomination of A.R Rahman is one that is being celebrated by the film fraternity as it is an achievement for India.
While Taare Zameen Par lost out from the Oscar race all hopes are pinned on Slumdog Millionaire that is being touted to be an Indian film.
Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and actor Forest Whitaker.
The 81st Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on 22 February, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. Hugh Jackman will be seen hosting the awards and the same will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.