Will ‘Slumdog’ have its day at the Oscars?
Originally posted on CNN
The hero of “Slumdog Millionaire,” a poverty-raised teaboy seeking his lost love, works his way through the questions on the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” knowing that, at any time, he can lose and walk away with nothing.
At this point, the movie appears unlikely to face the same fate.
The crowd-pleasing rags-to-riches story has been the winter’s surprise winner, racking up victories at practically every juncture. The Golden Globes gave “Slumdog” its top award; so did the Producers Guild, the Writers Guild, the Directors Guild and the BAFTAs.
It doesn’t hurt that “Slumdog’s” production history is a rags-to-riches story as well, with the small-budgeted film caught in a downsizing at its initial American studio (the late Warner Independent Pictures, which was folded into parent Warner Bros.) and slated for straight-to-video until Fox Searchlight stepped in as U.S. distributor. From there, the honors started rolling in — and haven’t stopped yet.
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