AR Rahman wins BAFTA; Slumdog Millionaire bags 7 awards


MUMBAI: After becoming the first Indian to win the Golden Globe and getting three Oscar nominations for Slumdog Millionaire, music director A R Rahman has made India proud yet again by being the first Indian musician to win the BAFTA Award.

Rahman bagged the BAFTA Award for the best music score for Slumdog Millionaire held in London on 8 February, adding yet another feather in his cap.

Slumdog Millionaire won seven BAFTA Awards out of the 11 nominations that it had received. The movie won awards for the Best Film, Best Director, Original Screenplay, Music, Cinematography, Editing and Sound.

Apart from Rahman, the other Indian to win the BAFTA award was Resul Pookutty for best sound editing for Slumdog Millionaire.

The award ceremony was held at London’s Royal Opera House and the winners for the other categories are:

Outstanding British Film: Man on Wire – Simon Chinn, James Marsh

The Carl Foreman Award (for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film): Steve Mcqueen (Director/Writer) – Hunger
Original Screenplay: In Bruges – Martin Mcdonagh
Film Not In The English Language: I’ve Loved You So Long – Yves Marmion, Philippe Claudel
Animated Film: Wall•E – Andrew Stanton
Leading Actor: Mickey Rourke For The Wrestler
Leading Actress: Kate Winslet For The Reader
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger For The Dark Knight
Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Production Design: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Donald Graham Burt, Victor J.
Costume Design: The Duchess – Michael O’connor
Special Visual Effects: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Eric Barba, Craig Barron, – Nathan Mcguinness, Edson Williams
Make Up & Hair: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Jean Black, Colleen Callaghan
Short Animation: Wallace And Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf And Death – Steve Pegram, Nick Park, Bob Baker
Short Film: September – Stewart Le Maréchal, Esther May Campbell
Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema: Pinewood Studios And Shepperton Studios

Besides winning the BAFTA award, Rahman has been nominated in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories for two of his compositions — Jai Ho and O Saya at the Oscars. With 10 nominations, hopes are high for the success of Slumdog Millionaire’s Oscar success to be held on 22 February.