It was a historic moment, which every Indian should be proud of when AR Rahman said, yella puzhalum Iraivannukke( all praise to God) after winning his oscar for Best Original Score. Rahman hit a double wammy at the oscars by winning both the award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.
Winning the award for Best Original Score, Rahman thanked his mom with the words, “Mere paas maa hai”(I have mom with me) and then ended his speech with words of dedication to God in Tamil – Yella Puzhalum Iraivanukke( all praise to God). In this second award, he thanked the crew of slum dog millionare and said he had choice between love and hate and he choose love.
The nominations were as follows:
Best Original Score
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button-Alexandre Desplat,Defiance- James Newton Howard,Milk- Danny Elfman, Slumdog Millionaire-A.R. Rahman, WALL-E- Thomas Newman
Best Original Song
Down to Earth from WALL-E – Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel, Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire- Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar, O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire- Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam