Monday 17 January 2011

A.R. Rahman wins Critics' Choice Award for '127 Hours'

(Reuters) - Bollywood's A.R. Rahman picked up his first major award of the season on Friday, winning the Critics' Choice Award for best original song in British filmmaker Danny Boyle's "127 Hours".

Rahman, 44, won for "If I Rise" in Boyle's film about a trapped mountaineer resorting to desperate measures to free himself.

Rahman had earlier won the Golden Globe and two Academy Awards for his score in Boyle's film "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008). He is also nominated for "127 Hours" at the Golden Globes which will be handed out on Jan 16 in Beverly Hills.

The Critics Choice honours are given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which includes some 250 TV, radio and online critics and is the largest group of film and TV reviewers in the United States and Canada.

Taken as a whole, critics awards often provide hints about which films, actors, actresses and others will compete for Oscars when they are given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this year on February 27.

Last year's winner of Critics' Choice honors for best film and director, for instance, were war drama "The Hurt Locker" and its maker Kathryn Bigelow. Both went on to win Academy Awards in their respective categories.

(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar)

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