Millionaire' wins Oscar for Best Movie
London Angeles Feb. 22, 2009
"Slumdog Millionaire" wins the best-picture
Academy Award and seven other Oscars on Sunday, including director
for Danny Boyle, whose ghetto-to-glory story paralleled the film's
unlikely rise to Hollywood's summit. It is the most coveted recognitions
in the film industry today, and have been since 1929, when they
were first handed out. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
"Slumdog Millionaire was made for around $14
million and was nearly passed over for cinema release, has so far
grossed approaching $100 million at the box office.
It is nominated for 10 Academy Awards and, were it
to win seven, would equal the record set by Shakespeare in Love,
the last British film to sweep the Oscars 10 years ago.
The very young stars, including Ayush Mahesh Khedekar,
who plays the film's hero as a child, were flown from their homes
in Mumbai to Hollywood for the ceremony. Boyle said they had been
practicing their English in readiness for their red carpet appearance.
Co-stars Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Bollywood legend
Anil Kapoor, all Oscar first timers, struggled to contain their
excitement during red carpet interviews, as did director Danny Boyle.
On-screen lovers Patel and Pinto, clad in a bright blue John Galliano
gown, were asked about rumours - stoked by co-star Kapoor - that
they were dating in real life.
Both brushed off the claims with Pinto, 24, seeming to suggest
Patel, 18, was too young for her.
Patel said: "There must be bigger things in the news."
"Slumdog" composer A.R. Rahman, a dual Oscar winner for
the score and song, said the movie was about "optimism and
the power of hope."
"All my life, I've had a choice of hate and love," Rahman
said. "I chose love, and I'm here.