Rahman Wins Two Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire Essay

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Hollywood: India’s ace musician A R Rehman won two Oscars - for best original score and the song Jai Ho in the Bollywood-inspired movie Slumdog Millionaire on Sunday at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater. The build-up to this year’s ceremony has been dominated by the Slumdog, which has swept other awards and is considered the overwhelming favorite for the best picture statuette. Spanish siren Penelope Cruz and Slumdog Millionaire won early Oscars as a revamped Academy Awards got off to an electric start at Kodak Theater. Cruz won the best supporting actress prize for her part in the steamy Woody Allen comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona while best picture favorite Slumdog picked up its first award of the night for best adapted screenplay. Soon awards in other categories followed for Slumdog - it won Oscars for best film editing, best sound mixing and best cinematography. Heath Ledger won the Oscar best supporting actor posthumously for the joker’s role in Dark Knight. In other early honors, Disney-Pixar’s hit film Wall-E won the best animated movie award while gay rights biopic Milk earned a best original screenplay statuette for its writer Dustin Lance Black. Period romance The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which began the night with 13 nominations, won two early Oscars in the technical categories of art direction and makeup. The new-look awards extravaganza had got off to a flying start with Australian actor host Hugh Jackman wasting no time in launching into a medley of musical numbers that referenced this year’s nominees. Earlier, the stars of Slumdog Millionaire delighted onlookers on the red carpet with director Danny Boyle accompanying several of the child actors who were flown to Hollywood for the ceremony - a world away from their lives in Mumbai’s shantytowns. “It’s unbelievable. I never thought I’d be at the Oscars,” said a beaming Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, one

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