India can now lay some claim of the Oscar pie. At the Academy Awards held at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, the Ang Lee directed Life of Pi picked up four awards.
The film, based on Yann Martel’s Booker prize winning novel, helped Lee pick up the Best Director award. An emotional Lee ‘thanked rising Indian star Suraj Sharma and his Indian crew on stage’ and ended his speech with a namaste.
Apart from Best Director, Life of Pi also picked up awards for Best Cinematography (Claudio Miranda), Best Music, original score (Mychael Danna) and Visual Effects (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott).
The 3D film, which released last November, is the visually stunning tale of a boy (Suraj Sharma) who is adrift at sea in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger after his family is drowned in a shipwreck. Parts of the film was shot in Pondicherry, south India and Munnar in Kerala.