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Spectacular Oscar Moments

The 81st Annual Academy Awards had quite a few moments of glory, as it played out on February 22. We take a look:

Mozart of Madras on the world's stage

If ever India truly stepped on stage and delivered, it was at the 81st Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. One of Bharat's favourite sons -- music maestro A R Rahman -- shone doubly bright, winning twice, for Best Original Score and Best Song (Jai Ho!).

"Ella pughalum iraivanuke (All glory and fame is to god)" is what he had to say, regarding his victory. In addition to the Almighty, he also thanked his mother, Kareema Begum, who was on hand for the festivities.

Rahman then performed both his Oscar-nominated songs, O Saya and Jai Ho, with American soul singer John Legend. Legend sang WALL-E's Oscar nominated song, Down To Earth, as its original singer Peter Gabriel refused to perform. M I A, who sang O Saya with Rahman in Slumdog Millionaire, could not perform on Oscar night, as she has just had a baby.

Photographs: REUTERS

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