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Slumdog sweeps Oscar nominations


With not one, not two, but 10 Oscar nominations for Slumdog Millionaire — and with composer AR Rahman accounting for three of them — India’s arrival at the mecca of film awards was nothing short of spectacular. The bonanza also belatedly made up for years of lacklustre performance in this most coveted cinema competition.
Although the announcements were made a little after daybreak in Los Angeles, the news broke here at a providential moment — when the film’s Indian premiere in Mumbai was under way and several of the film’s crew assembled on stage, with television cameras ready to capture the whoops of joy. “I’m so honoured and humbled to be a part of this film,” said an overjoyed Anil Kapoor.
Lode star Rahman, who’s in London, was overwhelmed. “I was like a nervous school boy biting my nails,” he told TOI. “I feel the whole world is watching me. I’m at the top of the world. Honestly, I am not even thinking about the Oscars now. Everything is a blur... It’ll be a great energy booster for creative people in India.” Lyricist Gulzar, who’s a co-nominee for ‘Jai Ho’, described his colleague as “a dashing young and talented composer”. About his own nomination, he said, “I’m very happy and it’s a great honour.”
Directed and scripted though it is by Britons — Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy (they’ve also got Oscar nominations) — Slumdog Millionaire’s cast is weighted with Indian names and is unabashedly desi in spirit, with bursts of song, formulaic nods to Bollywood, and the audacity to believe that love conquers all.
INDIA STRIKES THE RIGHT CHORD
Slumdog Millionaire has got 10 Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Direction, Film Editing, Original Score, Cinematography, Original Song (2 nominations), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Adapted Screenplay

A R Rahman gets 3 nominations. Veteran lyricist
Gulzar gets first
Oscar nomination for Jai Ho. FTII grad Resul Pookutty nominated for Sound Mixing

2 of the 3 nominations for Best Original Song are from Slumdog (Jai Ho & O Saya), which means Rahman has a very strong chance in this category. The third is from Wall-E

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