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December 01, 2008

'Slumdog' and Satellite


The deserving "Slumdog Millionaire" is starting to collect awards on the indie circuit, the sinfully overlooked hit man dramedy "In Bruges" finally gets some attention, and "Happy-Go-Lucky" actors -- what, no Sally Hawkins? -- take home prizes.

That's how it went at this weekend's British Independent Film Awards, where Danny ("Trainspotting," "Millions") Boyle won for best director and his latest, the rags-to-riches Mumbai love story, "Slumdog," won best picture. Its star, Dev Patel, was formally named a promising newcomer, something immediately obvious to anyone who's seen the flick.

The shape of things to come for "Slumdog?" All signs point to yes.

"In Bruges," pictured above, took the original screenplay award for its full-of-surprises script.

Full list of winners here.


Some of those same choices cropped up in the Satellite Award nominations, announced this weekend, namely Boyle (pictured at right), "Slumdog" and "In Bruges," along with "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," "Frozen River" and the Kate Winslet duo "The Reader" and "Revolutionary Road." The International Press Academy, givers of these trophies, splits the film category into two, with comedy/musical getting its own designation and thus allowing "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" one of the only awards spots it may see outside the Teen Choice-y arena.

Meryl Streep was nominated twice -- for polar opposite roles in "Mamma Mia" and "Doubt" -- Ricky Gervais got a nod for the completely underrated "Ghost Town," vampires made an appearance in the foreign category with "Let the Right One In," and "Religulous" wasn't shut out.

The group also doles out accolades for TV and had the good taste and twisted humor to include "In Treatment," "Brotherhood," and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" among the nominees.

More, including all the contenders, here. Winners on Dec. 14.



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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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