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.