Slumdog Mil lionaire wins! Hauling a total of eight awards, this movie about a slum dweller turned millionaire dominat es this year's Academy Awards. It took home the best Directing (Danny Boyle), S ong ("Jai Ho"), Musical Score, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Adap ted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy of "Full Monty") and of course, Best Picture. Tha t's eight out of 10 nominations (including two nominations for best Song). Directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan (co-director in India), Slumdog Mil lionaire was shot in Mumbai. Adapted from a novel written by Vikas Swarup,Â th e movie juxtaposes reality and fantasy, pain and suffering with joy and love. Y es, it's a love story but with a twist. Slumdog Millionaire has been hauling awards from other award-giving bodies (inc luding 7 awards from BAFTA and four from the Golden Globes), and has been antic ipated as a big winner in this year's Oscars. If you haven't watched the film, here's a brief summary of the story from Fox S earchlight Pictures:
The story of Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), an 18 year-old orphan from th e slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a stagger ing 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how coul d a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their advent ures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latik a (Freida Pinto), the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Each chapter of Jam al's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the sho w's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is t his young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Ins pector and sixty million viewers are about to find out. At the heart of its sto rytelling lies the question of how anyone comes to know the things they know ab out life and love.Here's another interesting liveblog from the Oscars. Check it out.