Double Oscar joy for Indian music maestro Rahman

HOLLYWOOD - Indian composer A.R. Rahman was celebrating a double Oscars triumph here Sunday after winning two Academy Awards for his work in the hit film “Slumdog Millionaire.”

By (AFP)

Published: Mon 23 Feb 2009, 10:23 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:52 AM

The talented music maestro picked up the best original score statuette before scooping the best song Oscar moments later after a medley performance featuring all three nominated tunes.

“I just want to thank again, the whole crew of “Slumdog Millionaire’ especially Danny Boyle for giving me such a great opportunity,” said the delighted Rahman.

He hailed “all the people from Mumbai and the essence of the film, which is about optimism and the power of hope and our lives. All my life I’ve had a choice of hate and love. I chose love, and I’m here. God bless.”

The awards took “Slumdog’s” tally to six for the evening, with the honors for best picture and best director still to come.

Here are the winners as they are announced:

  • Best Movie: Slumdog Millionaire

  • Best Actress: Kate Winslet - The Reader

  • Best Actor: Sean Penn - Milk

  • Best director: Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire

  • Best supporting actress: Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Best original screenplay: Milk
  • Best adapted screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best animated feature film: Wall-E
  • Best animated short film: La Maison en Petits Cubes
  • Art direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Costume design: The Duchess
  • Make-up: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best live action short film: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
  • Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
  • Best documentary feature: Man on Wire
  • Best documentary short subject: Smile Pinki
  • Visual effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Sound editing: The Dark Knight
  • Sound mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Film editing: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best original score: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best original song: Jai Ho - Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best foreign language film: Departures - Japan

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