Seven months after winning two Oscar titles, A R Rahman will take on
a new role as a voting member for the Academy Awards — from next
The music composer is one of the 134 artistes to have received an
invitation to join the Oscar roster of voting members for 2009, says
According to the ExpressBuzz report,
Rahman received the invitation from the Board of Governors,
considering his contribution to music — in recognition of his score
in the films Slumdog Millionaire and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
The 43-year-old ‘Mozart of Madras’ was unavailable for comment, but
sources close to him confirmed that Rahman would join the 6000-plus
voters of the elite list for the Oscars from next year.
With this, Rahman will be in the company of Will Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Jack
Nicholson and Mira Nair to choose the winners of the most famous
Membership for the academy voters roster is limited, and open only
by invitation. Those who have been nominated for the Oscars are
eligible to be on the voters list. Joining Rahman this year are
Casey Affleck, Hugh Jackson, apart from Peter Gabriel, who was
Rahman’s contender in the Best Original Song category.
Rahman, who won an Oscar each for Best Musical Score and Best Song
this year for Slumdog Millionaire, has now signed on a complete
Hollywood project, Couples Retreat, apart from working on an
international short film with Shekar Kapur, A Night of Passage. He
is said to be eyeing more Hollywood projects.