AR Rahman is continuing to rake in the accolades and recognition for his work on Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. So far, the maestro has been nominated at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAS and has won the Best Song for ‘If I Rise’ at the Critics Choice Award. He can now add two more prestigious nominations to that list because this morning he was nominated for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “If I Rise” for the The 83rd Annual Academy Awards, which will be given out on February 27th.
This is the second time that Rahman has been nominated for the Academy Awards, in 2009 he took home the prize for both categories for his work on Slumdog Millionaire, which was also directed by Danny Boyle.
Rahman is up against How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell, Inception – Hans Zimmer, The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat and The Social Network – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, which took home the Golden Globe for Best Original Score in this category earlier this year.
Also nominated in the Original Song category are ‘Coming Home’ from Country Strong – Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey, ‘I See the Light’ from Tangled – Alan Menken and Glenn Slater; and ‘We Belong Together’ from Toy Story 3 – Randy Newman.
About the music for 127 Hours, Rahman said in an earlier interview with IANS, “The music itself is like driving emotions not in a way that is over the top where you feel irritated or you feel drowned but meditative and pushing it forward. It is a balance between trippy and meditative and pushing it forward – all three together.”
He doesn’t think he will win any prizes but says, “I don’t think I’ll get any award, but I’m grateful for the nominations. A lot of other movies are there and other very good talent, but I hope Danny Boyle gets the best director (award) and the film gets best film (trophy). I’ve got enough Oscars already for one lifetime. I don’t think I’ll get an Oscar.”
127 Hours stars James Franco in the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Cl