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Two Oscar nods for A R Rahman

music Updated: Feb 23, 2011 15:14 IST

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After his double win at the 2009 Academy Awards, music maestro A R Rahman has a chance to repeat the feat this year winning two Oscar nominations for his music in Danny Boyle's film 127 Hours.

If I Rise, the 45-year-old singer-composer's collaboration with British pop star Dido, has been nominated in the Best Song category.

Rahman will also be competing for the Best Original Score trophy with John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon), Hans Zimmer (Inception), Alexandre Desplat (The King's Speech) and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network).

The nominees in the Best Song category are Coming Home from Country Strong, I See the Light from Tangled and We Belong Together from Toy Story 3.

The Mozart of Madras first won the award for his music in Boyle's Mumbai-based potboiler Slumdog Millionaire in 2009.

He had lost out on the golden trophy last year, after his song Na Na (from Couple's Retreat) failed to get a nomination despite being in the long list for the Best Song category.

Rahman has already won a Critics Choice award this year for the film, which has received good reviews for it's "haunting tracks" and "wonderful crescendos", and is in the running for a Best Original Music BAFTA for the same.

Earlier, the Jai Ho hitmaker had lost out on a Golden Globe in the same category to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won for their music in The Social Network.

Rahman, who was honoured with a Padma Bhushan last year, had enjoyed a golden run at the 52nd Grammy Awards, where he had again bagged two gramophones for his music in the Slumdog Millionaire.

127 Hours, starring James Franco as real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston who cut off his arm to escape from beneath a boulder after being trapped for more than five days, has won six nominations including best film.