I loved this movie the first time I saw it and upon further viewings that love only grew. While “the feel-good movie of the decade” may make it sound a bit cheesy, it actually is a great description of how this film makes you feel. The story is definitely heartwarming, but doesn’t have a chance to get cheesy because of how incredible and visceral the story is. I only list the actors who play the adult versions of the characters, but each has two younger actors who portray different ages and all of these virtually inexperienced actors give amazing performances.
Best Director – Danny Boyle
Best Adapted Screenplay – Simon Beaufoy
Best Cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle
Best Original Score – A. R. Rahman,
Best Original Song – “Jai Ho”, A. R. Rahman and Gulzar (lyricist)
Best Film Editing – Chris Dickens
Best Sound Mixing – Resul Pookutty, Richard Pyke, and Ian Tapp
Best Original Song – “O…Saya”
Best Sound Editing – Tom Sayers
- The celebrity in the film, Amitabh Bachchan, is actually a famous Indian actor playing himself. He was also the original host of India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
- Slumdog was the first Best Picture Oscar winner since 1928 not to be shot on Kodak film. The majority of the film was shot digitally.
- There has been controversy surrounding the fact that many of the child actors are living in poverty even after this film’s huge success, and may have been very underpaid. Boyle counters that they have received significant compensation, including trust funds and housing.
- Slumdog has two things in common with the 1993 movie Schindler’s List: they both are the only films to have taken home best picture, director & screenplay at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, & BAFTAS; and they both feature a scene where a child falls into the waste under a toilet.
- Danny Boyle claims that the word “slumdog” is meant to be a combination of “slum” and “underdog” to explain Jamal’s status.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Drama about a man with an incurable condition that causes him to age backwards – Won Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Nominated for 9 other awards
- Frost/Nixon – Dramatic rendition of the infamous interview – Nominated for 4 other awards
- Milk – Biopic about the first elected gay politician, Harvey Milk – Won Best Leading Actor-Sean Penn, Best Original Screenplay, Nominated for 6 other awards
- The Reader – Drama about a relationship from the past becoming a pivotal part of war crimes trial years later after the occupation of Nazi Germany – Won Best Lead Actress-Kate Winslet, Nominated for 3 other awards