Musician A.R. Rahman is out of this year’s Oscar race after his song ‘Na Na’ from his Hollywood debut movie ‘Couple’s Retreat’ failed to earn a nomination in the ‘Best Original Song’ category.
The 44-year-old singer-composer had won the award last year for his superhit composition “Jai Ho” and created history by becoming the first Indian to win two Oscars.
The ‘Mozart of Madras’ had struck gold at the 52nd Grammy Awards on Monday, bagging two gramophones for his music in the Danny Boyle film Slumdog Millionaire which won eight Academy Awards last year.
The nominees in the ‘Original Song Category’ are “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog, by Randy Newman; “Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog, by Randy Newman; “Loin de Paname” from Paris 36, by Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas; “Take It All” from Nine, by Maury Yeston; “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from Crazy Heart, by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.
The nominees were announced by actress Anne Hathaway in a ceremony in Beverly Hills.
The ceremony will take place on March 7, hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.