Slumdog Nominated for 10 Oscars A R Rahman for 3


Beverly Hills, Jan 22: Continuing his spectacular run, A R Rahman on Thursday became the first Indian to get three Oscar nominations for his score in British-Indian movie Slumdog Millionaire, which was also was nominated for seven other categories including best film and best director.

Rahman was nominated for best original score and the numbers Jai Ho and O Saya were shortlisted for the best original song.

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 shortlisted for best director and best adapted screenplay categories.

The film also won nominations in cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing and film editing.

The nominations were announced at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre by Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker. The awards will be announced on February 22 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

This is the first time that an Indian has won more than one nomination in Oscar history.

Reacting to the nominations, Rahman said: "I did not think it will get there. God has been really kind. And I have to really thank the prayers of all the people and their good wishes.

"Something good is happening and I am really happy about it," he said, adding there is a kind of optimism in the film and so much of positive vibes as you leave the movie hall."

Co-director Loveelyn Tandon said "We have proved everyone wrong. It's a crazy feeling beyond words. Ten nominations is something unbelievable."

She said all Rahman's work has been awarded and the "world has finally woken up to his talent".

In the original score category, Rahman will compete with Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), James Newton Howard (Defiance), Danny Elfman (Milk) and Thomas Newman (WALL-E).

Rahman will compete with Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman (Down to earth from WALL-E) in the original song category. Gulzar has penned the lyrics of Jai Ho and Maya Arulpragasam O Saya.

The romantic periodical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, topped this years Oscar race with a whopping 13 nominations.

The films for the best picture race are Milk, Frost/Nixon, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Reader.

Those nominated in the best director category along with Boyle are David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Stephen Daldry (The Reader), Gus Van Sant (Milk) and Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon).


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  • Dhivya Darshini, Maskeliya/Sri Lanka

    Tue, Feb 24 2009

    Dear Mr. A R Rahman I Enjoyed Your Music I Slept With Your Music And Also I Loved Your Music But Now I Proud of Me Because I Think I am a Grate Fan of Your Music But Till Now I Am a Sincere Lover to Your Innocent Mind Because You Saved Our Country’s Arts Field and Our Mother Language Thanks and Best Regards From Earlier Dhivya Now Fatima Risna

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  • Dusty R., India

    Fri, Jan 23 2009

    I think a greater part of India dont know what slums are.? On one my return to India from a gulf country, a well to do gents tailor whom I knew, asked me to deliver a packet to his house. On reading the address, I was bewildered to learn that was in one of the slums of Mumbai. The tailor was not at all shy or embarrased tell others that he was living in one of the slums. However taking courage to enter the slum, I was shocked to see it was like a township of its own, with well organised living system. Important thing is nobody looked starving or short of money. I could evaluate that the people living in these slums were better organised and had better living facilities than those living in huts and side of railway tracks. This being the case, the inamtes of these slums naturally must have got offended to be called slum dogs, when in fact they were not, and in their thought the ones who came to use them get awards were.

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  • Westor, Kallianpur

    Sat, Jan 24 2009

    Congrats A R. Better late than never. If you could be nominated for a song like "Jai Ho," I think there are better songs of yours in the past like Roja, dil se etc. Sadly They went unnoticed during that time

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  • bharath shetty, Kateel-USA

    Thu, Jan 22 2009

    Congrats AR Rahaman. But I feel very sad that LAGAAN could not get Oscar despite being much better in quality than Slumdog. Looks like issue of perception in western countries.

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  • R.Pai, Mangalore/USA

    Fri, Jan 23 2009

    On the one hand, I am happy for Rahman. On the other hand, it goes onto prove that Oscar / Golden Globe are essentially for wester-style movies/music. They never understand anything other than western style. Let's get it right - Rahman has composed much better music to other Indian movies which never made to Oscar. All these things are happening because the movie 'Slum-dog' is directed by a westerner, targeting western audience.

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  • Daryl Furtado, Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 22 2009

    Kudos Mr.Rahman...

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  • Lancelot N. Tauro, Manglore - Doha qatar

    Thu, Jan 22 2009

    Congratulations to Movie Director, Music director and stars. Its great news to India,

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  • William Lopez, Coorg/ Israel

    Thu, Jan 22 2009

    Congrats Mr. A.R Rahman,, Good going,,, Fantastic,, History,,Mind Blowing, Mumtaz!!!!

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