Oscar Nominations: Rahman, Sonu Niigam, Jackky Bhagnani Fail to Score For India

  | January 15, 2015 20:20 IST (New Delhi)

AR Rahman, Sonu and Jackky were overlooked in their categories of Original Score and Original Song, Best Picture and Best Foreign Language

India is entirely absent from the list of nominees for the Oscars this year

India is entirely absent from the list of nominees for the Oscars this year.

A R Rahman, winner of two previous Oscars, was overlooked for Original Score and Original Song. His name appeared thrice on the Original Score longlist, for The Hundred Foot Journey, Million Dollar Arm and Kochadaiiyaan. Four Rahman-composed songs were on the longlist - three from The Hundred Foot Journey and one from Million Dollar Arm.

Sonu Niigam and Bickram Ghosh's score for Jal also failed to make it to the final five. Jal was also on the Best Picture longlist.

Jackky Bhagnani's Youngistaan had made a surprise appearance in the longlists as an independent entry, a fact that excited much comment online. There was no repeat surprise on the final nominees list.

Liar's Dice, India's official entry in the Foreign Language Film category, was out of the race last month, failing to make it to the longlist.

The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman lead the nominees list with nine nods each. The Oscars will be held on the evening of February 22 - that's early morning the next day for India.

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