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Monday, February 23, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire bags 8 Oscars!


"What the hell can a slumdog possibly know?"

Could he have known that he would be the winner of 8 Oscars?
It would probably have been written... somewhere in the book of destiny.

Best Picture
Best Directing
Best Music (Song)
Best Music (Score)
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Cinematography
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)


Director Danny Boyle jumped up and down like Tigger of Winnie the Pooh.
He says this is his promise to his kids who are now too old to remember it.

"My kids are too old to remember this now, but when they were much younger, I swore to them that if this miracle ever happened that I would receive it in the spirit of Tigger from "Winnie-the-Pooh" and that's what that was. You've been so generous to us this evening and I wanted to thank you for that and also for an extraordinary, what a beautiful show you've done. I don't know what it looks like on television, everybody, but in the room, it's bloody wonderful, really. So, well done, everyone."

- Danny Boyle (Best Directing)


A R Rahman performed his two nominated songs just before he went on stage to pick up his trophy.
It is a deserved win for his song 'Jai Ho' which stirred the emotions of its audience.

"I just want to thank again the whole crew of Slumdog Millionaire, especially Danny Boyle for giving such a great opportunity. And the whole, all the people from Mumbai. The essence of the film which is about optimism and the power of hope in the lives, and all my life I had a choice of hate and love. I chose love and I'm here. God bless."

- A R Rahman (Best Music: Song & Score)


"Hi gang. Thank you very much indeed. There are certain places in the universe you never imagine standing. For me, it's the moon, the South Pole, the Miss World podium and here. It's a tremendous honor, so thank you to the Academy. I certainly wouldn't be standing here tonight without Vikas Swarup, who wrote the book, without which none of Slumdog would ever have happened. So thank you, Vikas."

- Simon Beaufoy (Best Writing: Adapted Screenplay)


The time came for the Best Picture before the curtain falls on the 81st Academy Awards, and of course as it has to be, Slumdog Millionaire, and everyone who has a part gathered on stage with the world listening as producer Christian Colson sums it up nicely.

"Thank you so much to the Academy. As you can see, our film was a collaboration between hundreds of people. I'm so happy that so many of them could be with us here tonight to share this moment. Together, we've been on an extraordinary, an extraordinary journey. When we started out, we had no stars, we had no power or muscle. We didn't have enough money, really, to do what we wanted to do. But what we had was a script that inspired mad love in everyone who read it. We had a genius for a director. We had a cast and a crew who were unwavering in their commitment and whose talents are up on the screen for all of you to see."

- Christian Colson

Here's all the OSCARS WINNERS.