Continuing his spectacular run, A R Rahman has become the first Indian to get three Oscar nominations for his score in British-Indian movie Slumdog Millionaire, which was also was nominated for seven other categories including 'Best Film' and 'Best Director'.Rahman was nominated for Best Original Score and the numbers Jai Ho and O Saya were shortlisted for the 'Best Original Song'.
Close on the heels of the dual-language film winning four Golden Globes, including one for Rahman, earlier this month, Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy were shortlisted for best director and best adapted screenplay categories.
The film also won nominations in cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing and film editing.
The nominations were announced at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre by Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker. The awards will be announced on February 22 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.
This is the first time that an Indian has won more than one nomination in Oscar history.
Reacting to the nominations, Rahman said: "I did not think it will get there. God has been really kind. And I have to really thank the prayers of all the people and their good wishes.
"Something good is happening and I am really happy about it," he said, adding there is a kind of optimism in the film and so much of positive vibes as you leave the movie hall."
Co-director Loveelyn Tandon said "We have proved everyone wrong. It's a crazy feeling beyond words. Ten nominations is something unbelievable."
She said all Rahman's work has been awarded and the "world has finally woken up to his talent".
In the original score category, Rahman will compete with Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), James Newton Howard (Defiance), Danny Elfman (Milk) and Thomas Newman (WALL-E).
Rahman will compete with Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman (Down to earth from WALL-E) in the original song category. Gulzar has penned the lyrics of Jai Ho and Maya Arulpragasam O Saya.
No Hindi movie has ever won an Oscar. There have been entries from time to time though.
The three Indian movies nominated for an Oscar in the foreign language category were: Mother India (1957), Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Lagaan (2001).
Shwaas (2004) was submitted by India with 49 other movies from different countries but did not make the final cut.
The romantic periodical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring
Brad Pitt, topped this years Oscar race with a whopping 13 nominations.
The films for the best picture race are Milk, Frost/Nixon, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Reader.
Those nominated in the best director category along with Boyle are David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Stephen Daldry (The Reader), Gus Van Sant (Milk) and Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon).
Following is a list of the 81st Annual Academy Awards nominations for 2009:
Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader.
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), Gus Van Sant (Milk), Stephen Daldry (The Reader).
Best Original Score:
Slumdog Millionaire (A R Rahman), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Alexandre Desplat), Defiance (James Newton Howard), Milk (Danny Elfman), WALL-E (Thomas Newman).
Best Original Song:
Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire (A R Rahman and Gulzar), O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire (A R Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam), Down to Earth from WALL-E (Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman).
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), Eric Roth and Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), John Patrick Shanley (Doubt), Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), David Hare (The Reader).
Slumdog Millionaire, Changeling, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, The Reader.
Best Sound Mixing:
Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, WALL-E, Wanted.
Best Sound Editing:
Slumdog Millionaire, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, WALL-E, Wanted.
Best Film Editing:
Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Frost/Nixon, Milk.
Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler).
Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Melissa Leo (Frozen River), Meryl Streep (Doubt), Kate Winslet (The Reader).
Best Supporting Actor:
Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt), Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road).
Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams (Doubt), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Viola Davis (Doubt), Taraji P Henson, (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler).
Best Foreign Film:
'The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany), The Class (France), Departures (Japan), Revanche (Austria), Waltz With Bashir (Israel).
Best Original Screenplay:
Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky), Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), Dustin Lance Black (Milk), Andrew Stanton (Jim Reardon), Pete Docter (WALL-E).
Best Animated Feature Film:
Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, WALL-E.
Best Art Direction:
Changeling, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, The Duchess, Revolutionary Road.
Australia, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Duchess, Milk, Revolutionary Road.'
Best Documentary Feature:
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), Encounters at the End of the World, The Garden, Man on Wire, Trouble the Water.
Best Documentary (short subject):
The Conscience of Nhem En, The Final Inch, Smile Pinki, The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
Best Animated Short Film:
La Maison en Petits Cubes, Lavatory - Lovestory, Oktapodi, Presto, This Way Up.
Best Live Action Short Film:
Auf der Strecke (On the Line), Manon on the Asphalt, New Boy, The Pig, Spielzeugland (Toyland).
Best Visual Effects:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Iron Man.
Oscar winners announced previously this year are Jerry Lewis, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Oscar statuette); and Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull, Gordon E Sawyer Award (Oscar statuette).