AR Rahman, who has already bagged a Golden Globe Award for his soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire, earlier this month, is now poised to win his first (and possibly second Oscar). Rahman has received 3 nominations at the Academy Awards under ‘Best Original Score’ (for Slumdog Millionaire) and ‘Best Original Song’ (‘O Saya!’ and ‘Jai ho!’ from Slumdog Millionaire). Rahman, it must be noted holds two of the three nominations under ‘Best Original Song’.
Danny Boyle bagged a nomination for ‘Best Direction‘ as well. All in all Slumdog Millionaire received 10 nominations in all including ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Adapted Screenplay‘, and ‘Best Cinematography’.
Slumdog Millionaire was however upstaged by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button when it came to most nominations this year. The Brad Pitt-starrer bagged 13 nominations in all. Angelina Jolie-starrer Changeling, bagged 3 nominations as well. Surprise hit Iron Man also walked away with 2 nominations.
The mid-year monster, The Dark Knight bagged eight nominations in all including a posthumous ‘Best Supporting Actor’ nomination for Heath Ledger for his role as The Joker.
Amongst animated movies, Wall E stole the show with 6 nominations in all. Kung Fu Panda and Bolt received only one nomination each. Horton Hears a Who, Igor and Madagascar 2 – Escape to Africa, however failed to get any nominations.
The 81st Annual Academy Award Ceremony will be held on 22nd February, 2009 and will be hosted for the first time by Hugh Jackman.
Mike Myers, M. Night Shyamalan, Paris Hilton and Mark Wahlberg are some of the big names that feature on the list of the bizarro Oscars a.k.a. The Razzies.
Mike Myers-starrer The Love Guru, received 7 nominations including ‘Worst Picture’, while Mark Wahlberg received a ‘Worst Actor’ nomination for his constipated performance in Max Payne, a movie this blog already lampooned earlier this year.
M.Night Shymalan featured once again at the Razzies after the disastrous Lady in the Water last year, with multiple nominations for The Happening, which also happens to star Mark Wahlberg.
Paris Hilton received her nomination for her part in The Hottie and the Nottie.
Amongst other names were Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher for Worst On-Screen Couple in What Happens in Vegas.
Sadly though, Will Smith didn’t receive any nomination for Hancock! Guess you can’t have everything!