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81st Academy Awards for Music, Audio Categories

Mix magazine congratulates the winners in the audio categories of the 81st Annual Academy Awards, which were held Sunday, February 22, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ composer A.R. Rahman

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Mix magazine congratulates the winners in the audio categories of the 81st Annual Academy Awards, which were held Sunday, February 22, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Among the eight Oscars claimed by Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight) were two awards for achievement in music written for motion pictures: Original Score and Original Song. Composer A.R. Rahman (pictured) won for Original Score and shared the Original Song award for “Jai Ho” with lyricist Gulzar. Rahman was also nominated in the Original Song category for “O Saya” from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, along with Maya Arulpragasam. According to A.R. Rahman’s official Website, “Rahman is the first Indian to win two Oscars.”

Slumdog Millionaire also won the Academy Award for achievement in sound mixing; the honors went to the team of Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty. In February, the Cinema Audio Society likewise honored this team of sound mixers with its Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing Award. As stated in today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times, “The bold, boisterous sounds of a city teeming with life and the emotional music of Bollywood were brought together by the team of Tapp, Pryke and Pookutty with their sound-mixing work on Slumdog Millionaire. This was the first Academy Award nomination for all three. Backstage after accepting the award, Pookutty expressed pride not only for himself but also for the prolific and immensely popular native film industry in India when he noted, ‘No Indian technician has been nominated. I am the first to win one. It is glory to me and for myself to win for my country.'”

The Academy Award for achievement in sound editing went to veteran sound supervisor Richard King for The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.). “Every film presents unique challenges,” King told Mix senior editor Blair Jackson, “and every filmmaker’s vision is different, so I can’t say there’s anything I’ve done before that really prepared me for The Dark Knight. It’s been a long process. I came on about a year ago and did a month of sound design work without seeing any picture, just based on the script and what I imagined things would look like. This was as they were beginning the shoot in England and the picture editor, Lee Smith, asked me for a library of sounds to cut with. Then in October/November, we prepared and mixed the IMAX trailer, or prologue, which was released in December. Several scenes in the film were shot with IMAX cameras, and there will be a simultaneous IMAX release for which we’ll do a special mix.” Click here to read the complete SFP story about The Dark Knight from Mix‘s January 2008 issue. Jackson also interviewed King about Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, for which King also won an Oscar, for Mix‘s December 2003 issue.

For further in-depth coverage of the 81st Academy Awards, be sure to check out a series of articles on awards nominees and winners, plus news archives and industry award resources, from industry-leading Penton Media publications Digital Content Producer and millimeter on the Digital Content Producer Industry Awards page at

A complete list of nominees and winners for the 81st Academy Awards is posted on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Website