2009 Oscar nominations for "Slumdog Millionaire." From Oscars.org:
- Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire (competing with Frost/Nixon; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Reader and Milk)
- Best Director: Danny Boyle
- Adapted screenplay: Simon Beaufoy
- Original score: A.R. Rahman
- Original song: "Jai Ho" - A.R. Rahman
- Original song: "O Saya" - A.R. Rahman and MIA (only three nominations in this category. "Down to Earth" from "Wall-E" was the third)
- Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle
- Film editing: Chris Dickens
- Sound editing: Tom Sayers
- Sound mixing: Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty
Oscars announced on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, 8 pm ET; 5 pm Hollywood time; 6:30 am Monday Bollywood time.
Instant analysis by Aseem Chhabra, SAJA board member and arts writer, filed 10 minutes after the nominations were announced.:
is the lead singer here). Along with this the film also was nominated in the sound editing and sound mixing categories.
What makes the nominations even more significant is that the film was not recognized in any of the acting categories (I was really hoping Dev Patel would have received a nod along with Heath Ledger). This is a little film with no recognizable actors (at least for Hollywood) and yet the Academy chose to give the film 10 nods, including the major categories -- best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best editing and best score.
We have noted on SAJAforum that "Slumdog" is the best reviewed South Asia-themed movie since "Gandhi" in 1982. That year, "Gandhi" was nominated for 11 and won eight.
I bet they are celebrating in a big way in Mumbai!
Feel free to quote from Chhabra's post - citing SAJAforum. If you'd like him to comment for you: chhabs[at]aol.com (subject line = Slumdog interview)
The movie opens in India this Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. See coverage below.
UPDATE: Jen Chung, editor of Gothamist, tells SAJAforum: The nominations by category are essentially selected by the peer groups (after nominations are announced, everyone gets to vote on the winners). So, the Cinematographers branch nominates the cinematographers, producers branch nominates the best picture nominees, and the actors branch nominates the actors. The Slumdog actors are definitely lesser known and the actors branch tends to enjoy really meaty/super showy roles—this year's example could be the 4 acting nominations for Doubt, which is based on play—and rewarding longtime actors—veteran actors Richard Jenkins and Melissa Leo were this year's surprise nominations for their acting in indie movies The Visitor and Frozen River respectively.
Fun fact: Back in 2000, the surprise hit Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was nominated for 10 awards too (no acting nominations; the film was entirely subtitled). It was, however, nominated in Best Foreign Language FIlm, which it won, perhaps as a consolation prize (Gladiator won best pic).
Earlier on SAJAforum, including SAJA webcasts:
- "Slumdog Millionaire" wows critics and moviegoers
- Slumdog Millionaire wins big-big at the Golden Globes
- Aseem Chhabra's Q&A with Danny Boyle, director of "Slumdog Millionaire"
- Listen to webcast with A.R. Rahman, music maestro
- Listen to webcast with Vikas Swarup, whose novel "Q&A" became "Slumdog Millionaire"
- Slumdog stars go on media blitz
Coverage of India opening: