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September 14, 2008

Slumdog gaining awards steam

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We never doubted for a minute that Danny Boyle could do heartfelt, but can he do Oscar worthy?

Maybe he already has.

Sure, he's known and revered for "Trainspotting" and "28 Days Later," but there's also the sensitive little gem, "Millions," on his resume. Now, add "Slumdog Millionaire" as a feel-good potential breakout hit that's gaining significant Golden Guy momentum.

Audiences and critics have been digging the movie as it makes its rounds on the festival circuit, and it just picked up the People's Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival, a good indicator that even bigger things are in store for this rags-to-riches tale of a dirt poor Indian kid who wins the Hindi version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

And no, it's not subtitled (much), and yes it does have a Bollywood song-and-dance number. Sold yet? If not, go here, and know that this review calling "Slumdog" Boyle's best movie yet was written before all the Oscar chatter started.

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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

    Watch this blog for updates, ephemera and all manner of postulating.

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