Monday, February 23, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire at the Oscars

The day after Slumdog Millionaire's eight wins at the Academy Awards is a great time to revisit Bollyviewer's hilarious imaginary dialogue between Danny Boyle and 1970s masala-master Manmohan Desai.

And am I correct in noticing that in his acceptance speech for Best Director, Danny Boyle did not thank his cast? And that in his acceptance speech for Best Picture, producer Christian Colson said "This was a film with no stars," while Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan were standing behind him onstage?

Still, it was great to see music director A. R. Rahman, sound mixer Resul Pookutty, and the enthusiastic cast enlivening the proceedings (image © Amy Sancetta/Associated Press).

8 comments:

  1. Slumdog Millionaire is really a great movie, i'm happy for the Oscar !

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  2. I haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire yet--taking classes and working absorbs all too much of my free time. But I do notice that the movie has gotten both positive and mixed responses from some of my fellow bloggers. I'm looking forward to seeing it, but I'm keeping my expectations in check. After all, it has only one dance number!

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  3. I don't usually watch award shows (too boring) but I was riveted to this one, and it was FUN.

    :)

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  4. One of the most enjoyable things for me was that when a Slumdog Millionaire nominee was mentioned the cameras would often cut to Dev Patel and the other cast members urging on their colleagues with chanting and cheering from the back of the hall.

    There's a great photo by Monica Almeida of The New York Times of the cast and crew mobbing each other onstage after the Best Picture award. Anil Kapoor cheers in the foreground while Dev Patel and Danny Boyle hug in the background; the expressions on their faces are priceless.

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  5. Slumdog is definitely a Bollywood(genre) piece, and does it well with style. A good film.

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  6. Thanks for the recommendation--I'm looking forward to seeing it as soon as I have a chance.

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  7. Hey thanks for the plug, Pessimisissimo.

    I meant to watch the Oscars since I was convinced SM would take some awards but got kind of bored 30 min into it and didnt make it to the SM awards! Have to catch the clips on youtube. I've just finished watching the Filmfares though, and the Slumdog kids were there, too!

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  8. Bollyviewer, like Memsaab I'm not a big fan of the Oscars, but the SM cast's sheer excitement at being there was great to see. And Gautam Singh's photo of Mohammed Ismail's entire neighborhood watching the show on a single television sure puts the whole thing into perspective...

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