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Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscars Comes To India - Two Oscars for AR Rahman

Twenty seven years ago it was Bhanu Athaiya who created history by being the first Indian to win an Oscar for her Best Costume Design in the film "Gandhi" in 1982. Now it is AR Rahman who has done India proud once again by being the first to win two Oscars for the Best Original Score and the Best song (Jai Ho) in the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in the year 2009 along with Resul Pookutty who won an Oscar for The Best Sound Mixing. The only other Indian to have been honored by an Oscar for a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in the year 1992 was the director “Satyajit Ray”.

Watch AR Rahman getting the Oscars on Youtube Video here:

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“Slumdog Millionaire” won the Best Picture and Best Director Award (Danny Boyle) and all in all bagged eight Oscars. British actress Kate Winslet finally won the Oscar, after her sixth nomination, for the Best Actress in a Leading Role for “The Reader”. Sean Penn came as a big surprise for everyone by winning the Oscar for the Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as gay rights activist Harvey Milk in the movie “Milk”. The Oscar award for the Best Actor in a Supporting role was awarded posthumously to Heath Ledger for his role in "The Dark Night".

The whole cast and crew of “Slumdog Millionaire” came up to the stage to get the Best Picture Award. Among them, standing proudly were also the two children from the slums, looking chic in their new suits with actors Anil Kapoor, Irfaan Khan and Music director AR Rahman. They were all excited to be on the stage and received a standing ovation from the audience.

See all that happened at the 81st Annual Academy Awards 2009 - winners, Pictures, videos, trivia at these links:

Aamir Khan has been struggling to win an Oscar for the Bollywood film Industry by showcasing his films to the Oscars Jury for the past few years but getting nowhere so far. Well, knowing the kind of perfectionist that he is, he may still be able to do the deed...Well, We wish him all the luck next year.

"Jai Ho India, Jai ho"....

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