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Oscars 2018: Mohanlal’s Pulimurugan and Qutub-E-Kripa only Indian contenders for best original score

The Best Original Score award nominations will be announced on January 23 and the competition is on between 141 films.

regional movies Updated: Dec 19, 2017 16:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Oscars 2018: Mohanlal’s Pulimurugan the only Indian film in contention for best original score award.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the list of 141 films that are contending for the Best Original Score award at the 2018 Oscars. Shortly after Newton was not named in the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, Qutub-E-Kripa’s score for Lake of Fire and composer Gopi Sundar’s score for the hit Malayalam film Pulimurugan, starring Mohanlal, have been featured in the long list.

The Malayalam film Pulimurugan is the only Indian film on the list. The ensemble of young musicians Qutub-E-Kripa is from AR Rahman’s music school, KM Music Conservatory. They have been co-credited with Rahman for the background scores of films such as O Kadhal Kanmani, Tamasha, Kaatru Veliyidai among others, and are now reportedly working on Shankar’s 2.0 as well.

The popular composers who feature in the list include Hans Zimmer for Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049 and The Boss Baby; The Shape of Water’s Alexandre Desplat; Carter Burwell for Goodbye Christopher Robin and Wonderstruck; John Williams for The Post and Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Rupert Gregson-Williams for Wonder Woman.

The voters in the Academy’s music branch will get a reminder with information about all the eligible contenders when the nomination ballots go out on January 5. The Oscar nominations will then be announced on January 23, which will feature only the top five contenders.

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First Published: Dec 19, 2017 16:21 IST