SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won eight of them, the most for any film for that year. It also won five Critics' Choice Awards, four Golden Globes, and seven BAFTA Awards, including Best Film.
A very special congrats to the Indian Film Industry too, with two of its prodigies, Resul Pookutty and AR Rahman, bagging three awards at the ceremony. The awards are the first for the Indian Film Industry.
AR Rahman, the composer of the soundtrack of the movie, took home two golden statuettes, and Resul Pookutty, the Bollywood sound engineer, one, as part of the winning sound mixing team.
The star for India was definitely AR Rahman, known as the Mozart of Madras, who picked up the Oscar for best original score before scooping the best song award moments later.
He was nominated for two songs under the best song category - Oh Saaya and Jai Ho, which he sang during the Oscar ceremony. Jai Ho took home the coverted price. Check out this YOUTUBE clip from a very talented mixer who has combined both of Rahman's songs in his clip.
If you haven't already watched SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, I urge you to catch this movie. You can also check out my review of the movie SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.
A well deserved award too for Heath Ledger for his role as the Joker in the movie DARK KNIGHT. He was the only Australian to win an award tonight and one of two actors, both of which Australians (the other being Peter Finch), to win an award posthumously. You will be remembered.
PS: In my opinion, he should have won the Oscar for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN too.
I should also mention Kate Winslet's win for Best Actress ~ a very worthy recipient. After 6 nominations, the coveted Oscar was finally hers. You go girrrl!