Indian composer A.R. Rahman bagged two Oscar nominations for his music in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours on Tuesday, raising hopes of a repeat of his double triumph at the Academy Awards in 2009.
Rahman, 45, was nominated for Best Original Song for the track If I Rise and for Best Original Score for the film. He won the same trophies in 2009 for his score in Boyle's much-acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire, a film that introduced him to Hollywood.
He has since composed songs for Hollywood films like Couples Retreat and 127 Hours and won the Critics Choice award for his score in the latter. He however, lost out in the Golden Globes race to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won for their score in The Social Network.
Nicknamed The Mozart of Madras by the Indian media, Rahman will be up against Reznor and Ross at the Academy Awards, along with Alexandre Desplat for The King's Speech and Hans Zimmer for Inception in the Original Score category.
In the Original Song category, he will be competing against Alan Menken for I See the Light from Tangled and Randy Newman for We Belong Together from Toy Story 3, among others.
Colin Firth starrer The King's Speech led nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards with twelve nods.