Music maestro AR Rahman has once again made it to the Oscar contenders list this year, for his work in Pele: Birth of a Legend. After his double victory in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire, it could also be a double win for him at the Academy Awards this year as well.
Rahman has been included in the list of 145 scores in contention for a nomination in the Original Score category and his acclaimed number Ginga from the 2016 biographical film, is in the Oscar race too. It is part of the 91 songs, which are competing for a spot in the final nominations for the Original Song category.
Co-directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist, Pele: Birth of a Legend is based on the early life of legendary Brazilian footballer Pele. The master of soulful melodies, Rahman initially composed scores for documentaries and jingles for advertisements. He got his first movie break with Roja in 1992 and received immense fame globally with Broadway musical Bombay Dreams. He is also known for his famous scores in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se and Pawan Kumar’s Saathiya.
The initial list of contenders for both the categories was released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on its official website on Tuesday and final nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced on 24 January. The grand event will take place on February 26 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.
We really hope that you make India proud this time as well, Rahman!