‘Slumdog Millionaire’ gets 10 Oscar nominations

January 22nd, 2009 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, Jan 22 (IANS) British director Danny Boyle’s hit film “Slumdog Millionaire” has won 10 Oscar nominations, three of them for Indian musician maestro A.R. Rahman for his original score and two songs composed by him.He got the nomination for two songs composed by him “O Saya” and “Jai Ho”.

The film also was nominated in the sound editing and sound mixing categories.

Other nominations are:
* Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire”
* Best Director: Danny Boyle
* Adapted screenplay: Simon Beaufoy
* Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle
* Film editing: Chris Dickens
* Sound editing: Tom Sayers
* Sound mixing: Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty

The 81st annual Academy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb 22, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and will be broadcast live in over 200 countries around the world.

This past weekend, the film climbed to number 10 on the North American box office chart and has grossed $44.2 million to date. It is currently the number one movie in Britain and releases in India Jan 23.

After it swept the Golden Globes, including one for original score for Rahman, the Oscar nominations for the heart warming story of an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who goes on to win a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” game show, were not a surprise.

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