Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Articles

Swedish Oscar Winners + Meryl Streep Beats Herself at Golden Globes

At a meeting held Monday, the 2009 Guldbagge (Golden Beetle) jury comprised of Katinka Faragó, Nils Petter Sundgren, Pia Johansson, Jannike Åhlund, Johan Renck, Mikael Marcimain and Guldbagge jury chairman Eva Swartz Grimaldi (not voting) picked Niels Arden Oplev's box office smash The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the […]

European Film Awards: Michael Haneke Rare Triple Win & Tahar Rahim

Michael Haneke at the European Film Awards. The Munich-born screenwriter-director (March 24, 1942) was the big winner at this year's ceremony, as his psychological/political drama The White Ribbon topped the Best European Film, Best European Director, and Best European Screenwriter categories. Only Matteo Garrone's 2008 mafia drama Gomorrah has also […]

Madea Tops Mall Cop & Jonas Brothers + Serial Killer Jason & Clint Eastwood

'Madea Goes to Jail.' March 2, '09, update: Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail topped the North American box office for the second consecutive weekend with $16.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The latest installment in the popular Madea series regained momentum Saturday and Sunday after […]

The Oscars: Predictions Off the Mark

2009 Academy Awards 2009 Academy Award nominations: Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Jan. 22 2009 Academy Award winners: Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles on Feb. 22 (See also: Oscar 2009 Predictions.) Best film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), A […]

BAFTA Awards: Bollywood-ish Hit Tops

2009 Orange British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards 2009 BAFTA award nominations: Jan. 15, 2009. (Foreign-language film and Rising Star nominees are announced separately.) 2009 BAFTA award winners: Feb. 8, 2009 BAFTA Awards 2009 Longlists (“*” denotes the winner in each category)     It's Hollywood on […]

How to Make-Up? Oscars' Artists & Hairstylists Show How + Spanish & London Film Critics' Winners

“How to make-up” at the movies? Make-up artist Conor O'Sullivan shows how it was done in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster The Dark Knight. John Caglione Jr. was Heath Ledger's make-up artist; O'Sullivan was the prosthetic supervisor. Both have been nominated for the 2009 Academy Awards. Conor O'Sullivan photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S. […]

Oscar Luncheon: Amy Adams & Marisa Tomei + Kate Winslet Lead or Supporting + Did Bette Davis Name the Oscars?

Oscar Luncheon: Amy Adams signs autographs. In movies since 1999, Oscar Luncheon attendee Amy Adams has to date been nominated for two Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards: for Phil Morrison's Junebug (2005) and, this year, for John Patrick Shanley's psychological drama Doubt, in which she plays a Catholic nun opposite Meryl […]

Gay Murder & Political Life That Rocked California Tops WGA Awards + Academy Names Holocaust Drama Producers

Gay murder – and political life – that rocked California: Milk. The WGA Awards' Best Original Screenplay pick was Milk, Dustin Lance Black's narrative about openly gay San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member Harvey Milk, murdered in 1978 – along with Mayor George Moscone – by fellow Board member Daniel White, […]

Veteran Jan Troell Film Tops Swedish Oscars + BAFTA Longlist Snubs

Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments, a 2008 Golden Globe nominee and Sweden's entry for the 2009 best foreign-language film Academy Award, received eight Golden Beetle nominations, including best film, director, actor, actress, and screenplay. Set in the early 1900s, Everlasting Moments follows a young working-class woman (Finnish actress Maria Heiskanen) who wins a camera in a lottery, thus gaining a […]

Kate Winslet Beats Penélope Cruz: Golden Globe Winners + Meryl Streep Breaks Record

There were few surprises among the 2009 Golden Globe winners. The biggest one was Kate Winslet's best actress, drama, win for Revolutionary Road. Pundits everywhere – including those in this blog – were predicting either Anne Hathaway or Meryl Streep. Sally Hawkins' best actress, comedy or musical, win may have […]

Bollywood-ish Sleeper Hit Tops DGA & Critics Choice Awards

2009 Directors Guild feature film nominations: January 8, 2009. Documentary and television nominations: January 9, 2009 2009 Directors Guild award winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, January 31, 2009  FEATURE FILMS DANNY BOYLE, Slumdog Millionaire Mr. Boyles Directorial Team: * Unit Production Manager: Sanjay Kumar * First Assistant […]

Ed Catmull Getting Academy's Special Award + Bollywood-ish Hit Wins Best Cinematography

Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, has been chosen by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award “for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the […]

'Slumdog Millionaire' Awards: Critics' Best Film Favorite + Heath Ledger Tops & Best Actress Wide Open

Slumdog Millionaire awards: After winning a number of Best Picture awards from various U.S.-based critics groups while on its way to becoming 2008's most notable sleeper hit, Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired mix of drama, music, and social commentary is the odds-on favorite for the 2009 Best Picture Oscar. Dev Patel (pictured) […]

Academy Award Predictions: Cinderella Tale + Slain Gay Politician & Veteran Jan Troell Returns

Slumdog Millionaire with Freida Pinto. Academy Award Predictions: The cinematic Cinderella story of 2008, Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired entry is the odds-on favorite for the Best Picture Academy Award. In the cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan. Academy Award Predictions: Best Picture shortlist includes sleeper hits, studio […]

Social Inequalities in Superpower-in-the-Making India + Screen Actors Guild Strike Rift

Slumdog Millionaire with Dev Patel and modern-day Mumbai skyline. Toplining Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of former Mumbai slum dweller who may have cheated while a contestant on India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? In South […]

Bollywood-Inspired Drama & Swedish 'Twilight' Top Film Critics Awards + Kate Winslet vs. Anne Hathaway

Slumdog Millionaire with Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor. Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired drama seems to be on its way to becoming this awards season's top Best Film pick among U.S.-based critics groups. Dev Patel stars as a former Mumbai slum dweller who may succeed in becoming a millionaire – see image […]

Box Office: Canine Star Beats Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler & Tom Cruise + Reese Witherspoon Back at the Top

Marley & Me with Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and the dog Clyde. Directed by David Frankel, the canine comedy-drama has once again topped the domestic box office, beating big-name competitors such as Adam Sandler (Bedtime Stories), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Tom Cruise (Valkyrie). Weekend box […]

Hugh Jackman Oscar Host + Surprising Best Actor & Best Picture Ties + Sally Hawkins Academy Award Fave?

Hugh Jackman: Oscar host. Nicole Kidman's co-star in the box office disappointment (in the U.S.) Australia has been selected as the next Oscar host. Hugh Jackman's other screen credits include the X-Men movies, Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, and Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing. Hugh Jackman image: ABC/Brett Ratner. Next Oscar host: […]

Los Angeles & New York Winners: 1st Animated Film & Slain Gay Politician Drama Tops

WALL-E. The Best Film winner at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Disney/Pixar's Andrew Stanton-directed WALL-E became the first animated film to top that particular category. Curiously, the L.A. Film Critics selected Ari Folman's Israeli-made Waltz with Bashir as the year's Best Animated Feature. Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: […]

National Board of Review & Gotham Awards Mix Big & Small Movies + Star-Studded Spirit Award Nominations

Slumdog Millionaire with Dev Patel and Freida Pinto. On its way to becoming 2008's most notable sleeper hit, Slumdog Millionaire has been announced as the National Board of Review's Best Film winner. Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired mix of drama, music, romance, and social commentary is already being touted as a likely […]

Toronto Film Festival Awards: Bollywood-ish Movie Tops

  The fantastic story of a teenager from the slums of Mumbai told in flashback after his arrest on suspicion of cheating at India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire received the People's Choice Award at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival – and is […]