Slumdog Millionaire Bags 10 Oscar Nominations at the 81st Annual Academy Awards

Slumdog Millionaire bagged 10 Oscar nominations at the 81st annual Academy Awards, getting nods for Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), Best Director (Danny Boyle [Images]), Best Original Score (A R Rahman), Best Song (Jai Ho and O Saya), Best Sound Editing (Tom Sayers), Best Sound Mixing (Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty), Best Cinematography (Anthony Dod Mantle) and Best Film Editing (Chris Dickens).

The Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starrer has been getting a lot of raves ever since it made its turns at leading film festivals across the world. It bagged four Golden Globe awards in the same categories as its Oscar nods (and one for A R Rahman for Best Original Score). The film will release in India on January 23.

The film has been nominated in the following categories:

>> Achievement in Cinematography - Anthony Dod Mantle
>> Achievement in Direction - Danny Boyle
>> Achievement in Film Editing - Chris Dickens
>> Achievement in Music (Original Score) - A R Rahman
>> Achievement in Music (Original Song) (Two Nominations) - A R Rahman
>> Best Motion Picture - Christian Colson
>> Achievement in Sound Editing - Tom Sayers
>> Achievement in Sound Mixing - Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty
>> Adapted Screenplay - Simon Beaufoy

Indian music composer AR Rahman has bagged three nominations for the Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire; one for Best Original Score and two for Best Song.

Slumdog Millionaire will be competing with the likes The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk and The Reader that are vying for the Best Motion Picture award.

The cast and crew of Slumdog Millionaire were in Mumbai for the premiere of the film. They caught the nomination announcement at the premiere venue via a live video feed to LA. On hearing the announcement the cast and crew present including Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy were overjoyed.

The film tells the story of a slum kid who participates in popular reality game show Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who Wants to be a Millionaire?) and wins Rs two crore in a bid to win his love interest back.

Slumdog... is based on a novel by Indian diplomat Vikash Swarup and stars Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan in lead among others.

Recently, the film's protagonist Dev Patel won the most promising newcomer award at the British Independent Film Awards as well as the Best Young Actor Award at the Critics' Choice Awards.

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and actor Forest Whitaker.

The 81st Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on 22 February, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.

Hugh Jackman will be seen hosting the awards and the same will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Complete List of 81st Annual Academy Awards Nomination

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