When Indians talk about music and the enormous amount of musical talent that has been produced by the country, perhaps the most noted name among a host of very talented artists is A.R. Rahman. The Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer is by far one of the most successful musicians spanning the globe and has garnered an enormous amount of praise from a worldwide audience. Rahman’s works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements, and the 49-year-old is best and most widely known for winning the two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Original Song) for Slumdog Millionaire back in 2009. And it seems that the music sensation is inching closer towards a third.
This time, his name features in a long list of 145 scores in contention for a nomination in the Original Score category for the 89th Academy Awards owing to his musical score in the biographical film ‘Pele: Birth of a Legend‘ which has already made him a premium contender for the much-coveted award. ‘Ginga’, his acclaimed number from the 2016 biographical film, is in the Oscar race too. It is part of the long list of 91 songs, which are competing for a spot in the final nominations for the Original Song category.
The long lists of both the categories were released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on its official website on Tuesday. Final nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced on January 24, ahead of the presentation ceremony, which will take place on February 26 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. In 2014, Rahman’s work in Hollywood movies like “Million Dollar Arm” and “The Hundred-Foot Journey”, and Indian film “Kochadaiiyaan” was also among the contender but the Indian failed to bag the award.
Directed and written by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist, Pele: Birth of a Legend is an American biographical film bout the early life of Brazilian footballer Pelé starring Kevin de Paula, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta and Colm Meaney.