He has been nominated in “best original score for a comedy film" category for “Couples Retreat", his first venture into mainstream Hollywood, along with James Newton Howard (Duplicity), Marvin Hamlisch (The Informant!), Alexandre Desplat (Julie & Julia), and Debbie Wiseman (Lesbian Vampire Killers).
IMFCA, which has members from around the world, will announce the winners of its Sixth Annual Awards on February 26. Founded by Mikael Carlsson, it is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music.
Rahman"s “Na Na" song from “Couples Retreat" has also been shortlisted for nomination in Original Song category for the 82nd Academy Awards, where it will be competing with 62 other such songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures for nomination.
Congratulating Rahman for this nomination, Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed commended him for creating a bridge between the music of East and West and for strengthening the worldwide market and stature of Indian film music.