Its History: Resul & Rahman (2) wins the First set of Oscars for India

The List of Awards for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Picture
Best Director – Danny Boyle
Best Music – Song – A. R. Rahman
Best Music – Score – A. R. Rahman
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Mixing – Resul Pookutty, Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke
Best Cinematography
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Slumdog Millionaire does a clean sweep at the Academy Awards where it won in all the categories it was selected. 8 Awards out of 9 nomiations (2 nominations in Song category – for Jai Ho and O Saye).

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor in Leading Role: Sean Penn for Milk

Best Actress in Leading Role: Kate Winslet for The Reader

Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire. He really deserves it. He is the Man of the Moment.

Best Foreign Language Film: Departures

The Award tally at the moment.

Slumdog Millionaire: 6
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: 3
The Dark Knight: 2

Best Music (Song): Rahman Scores again for Jai Ho

Best Music (Score): A. R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire

A. R. Rahman at the Oscar
A. R. Rahman at the Oscar

Its so unfortunate to be living in this part of country. The Power is gone. I can’t see the Oscars. :(:(:(:(:(:(

Live Report: I am online watching for Slumdog’s achievement… 🙂

Best Video Editing: Slumdog Millionaire

History Made: First Indian, Resul Pookutty to win an Oscar.

Best Sound Mixing: Resul Pookutty, Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke for Slumdog Millionaire

Resul Pookutty
Resul Pookutty

Resul after handed over the Oscar: “History has been handed over to me”

Best Sound Editing: The Dark Knight

Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Documentry Short Subject: Smile Pinki

Best Documentry: Man on Wire

Best Actor in Supporting Role: Heath Ledger for Batman: The Dark Knight

Best Short Film: Spielzeugland (Toyland)

Best Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Make up: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Costume Design: The Duchess

Best Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Short Animated Movie: La Maison en Petitis Cubes

Best Animation Movie: Wall – E

Andrew Stanton takes the award for Wall.E
Andrew Stanton takes the award for Wall.E

Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy wins Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire.

Adapted Screenplay - Simon Beaufoy
Adapted Screenplay - Simon Beaufoy

Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk

Dustin Lance Black at Academy Awards
Dustin Lance Black at Academy Awards

Best Actress in supporting role: Penelope Cruz for Vicky Christina Barcelona.

Penelope Cruz at the Academy Awards
Penelope Cruz at the Academy Awards

Ghajini Effect

When I watched Ghajini for the first time in Tamil, I was amazed by the story and the performance of the cast. The beautiful lady she is, Asin made her mark well in the movie. While it was Surya Shivkumar who steals the show. The story is also laid perfectly. There is cretainly a difference from the original move it was adaped from, the Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan.

What surprises me the reception Aamir Khan’s version. Well it is his might behind the success of Ghajini. I am wondering how the film is received in Tamil Nadu where it is people have already had first hand experience of watching it earlier.

A few people had forwarded me SMSes which said that the movie’s suspense is out and that Aamir is the killer of his Asin in the movie. I knew that it is wrong and it is not the actual ending, since I had already watched it twice. I called up those and instructed them that not to spread the rumours and it may not be correct.Some also had decided that they do not wish to see the movie because they do not want to find out Aamir is the killer. They simply can’t see Aamir as the Killer.

This is acceptable, thinking that people don’t have seen it, or the tamil version. I wonder, is it a try by Aamir’s not-so-good-thinkers lobby spreading a wrong message and try to salvage Ghajini’s success.

The hype that had created by Ghajini Effect has proved very usefull. According to report published in the DNA Newspaper in Mumbai, Ghajini has attracted News coverage for different reasons amounting to 32 hours of Prime Time news and Lunch news advertisment slots for Free. As far as I remember, he is the only celebrity to have publicly promoted his movie, by setting up a hair cutting saloon for the event. I saw him shaving hairs on the news. Even Surya would not have thought off.

The Hair Cut, Abs, the Ghajini look, Samsung Ads all added up to create the Hype around the movie and it seems that the movie has really lived up to the hype.

Very good Aamir. He has proved that he is the real King Khan. He has only one or two movies a year. And they are so phenomenal, people love them. Exclusive and very low television pressence has added up to his value as an actor.