Two-time academy award winner AR Rahman is in the Oscar race again for his work in the American biographical film ‘Pele: Birth of a Legend’.
The film directed and written by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist is based on the early life of the legendary Brazilian footballer Pele. The film’s score is entirely composed by the Indian music maestro Rahman.
According to the initial list of Oscar nominations released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the singer is in contention for the Academy Award nomination in two categories- Best Original Score and Original Song category. The list was released on the body’s official website on 13 December 2016.
While there are 145 original scores competing to win a nomination spot in the Best Original Score Category, the initial list of nominations in the Original Song category comprises 91 songs.
Rahman’s acclaimed number from the film, Ginga, is among the 91 songs. The song was initially shot as a promotional track and wasn’t supposed to be a part of the screenplay, but since Rahman used the word ‘Ginga’, which is a style of playing football that Pele had mastered, it got included gradually.
If selected, Rahman stands the chance of winning double awards once again. His last double Oscar win was for his music in Slumdog Millionaire in the year 2009. The movie’s title track ‘Jai Ho’ had picked up the Oscar for Best Original Score.
The final nominations for the upcoming 89th annual Academy Awards will be announced on 24 January 2017, much ahead of the actual presentation, which is scheduled to take place on 26 February 2017 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre in Hollywood.