Winners of the 2009 British Academy Film Awards, presented on Sunday

February 9, 2009

Film: Slumdog Millionaire
British Film: Man on Wire

Actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona
Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
First-time Director: Steve McQueen, Hunger
Rising Star: Noel Clarke
Original Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Film Not in the English Language: I’ve Loved You So Long
Music: A R Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Editing: Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire
Production Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Duchess
Sound: Slumdog Millionaire
Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Makeup and Hair: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Animated Feature: WALL-E
Short Animation: Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
Short Film: September
Academy Fellowship: Terry Gilliam

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What’s wrong with slumdog?

January 28, 2009

Shah Rukh Khan has said that the poverty highlighted in the movie is a reality and wondered why people in India tend to become cynical when something good is happening.”Isn’t that poverty and slums a reality ? If you (critics) have a problem with the word slumdog, why don’t you look positively and see that there is a word millionaire or ‘crorepati’ also,” Khan, who returned from Los Angeles yesterday. Critics felt that the movie sells India’s poverty to West and some others had raised objections to the word ‘slumdog’ on grounds that people living in Indian slums were being referred to as ‘dogs’.


Slumdog bags Producers Guild Award

January 26, 2009

Christian Colson was awarded with the Darryl F Zanuck producer of the year award at the ceremony, which was held at the Hollywood Palladium. Slumdog Millionaire has won the top award from the Producers Guild of America, giving further momentum to its race for the Oscars next month.


Slumdog Millionaire bags 10 Oscar nominations

January 22, 2009

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, has received 10 nominations for Oscars this year.

The film has been nominated in the following categories:

Achievement in Cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle
Achievement in Direction – Danny Boyle
Achievement in Film Editing – Chris Dickens
Achievement in Music (Original Score) – A R Rahman
Achievement in Music (Original Song) (Two Nominations) – A R Rahman
Best Motion Picture – Christian Colson
Achievement in Sound Editing – Tom Sayers
Achievement in Sound Mixing – Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty
Adapted Screenplay – Simon Beaufoy


Slumdog is favourite to win Oscars

January 13, 2009

With a successful run at the Golden Globe Awards, British director Danny Boyle’s Mumbai-based story of an underdog, Slumdog Millionaire, has emerged as a clear favourite with bookies to win the next month’s Oscars.


Slumdog Millionaire has Indian co-director

January 11, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire is not directed by Danny Boyle alone. Loveleen Tandon is the film’s co-director and she says she isn’t perturbed by Boyle stealing. Tandon, who has earlier served as casting director for films by Mira Nair and Steven Spielberg, had a lot of arguments over the socio-cultural nuances of Boyle’s cinema.


Slumdog Millionaire back in American Top 10

January 5, 2009

British director Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire has jumped back into the North American Top 10 with an 11 per cent increase in weekend sales despite no increase in the number of theatres showing it.

Its per-theatre average of $7,794 over the January 2-4 weekend was the best among all films in the Top 10. Now in its eighth weekend of release, the award-winning film has seen its weekend gross increase every single week.

Running in 612 theatres across US, the film registered a weekend gross of $4,770,000 taking its total gross to $28.78 million.

Shot in Mumbai, the film tells the heart-warming story of an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who goes on to win a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? game show. Dev Patel plays the protagonist Jamal as a teenager.

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor plays the host of the game show.

Slumdog Millionaire has been nominated for The Golden Globe. Indian music director A.R Rehman has been nominated for Best Original Score for this film.