Oscar joy for Slumdog Millionaire

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Film receives 10 nominations

THERE was more joy for the team behind hit-UK film Slumdog Millionaire after it was nominated for 10 Academy Awards today. 

Danny Boyle’s captivating screen drama about a young orphan’s amazing run on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire has already amassed a number of awards, including four Golden Globes.

Nominations for next month’s Oscars were announced today with Brad Pitt’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leading the race with 13 nominations.

Slumdog Millionaire was nominated in 10 categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.

The film was nominated in all four categories at the Golden Globes, eventually walking away with all four awards.

Writer Simon Beaufoy said he was “fantastically happy and honoured” with the nominations.

“Secretly and sometimes not so secretly, this is the nomination that floats in every screenwriter’s dreams. I am fantastically happy and honoured- not just for myself but for Vikas Swarup’s wonderful novel without which I would have never started my journey to the world’s Maximum City, Mumbai,” he said.

Brit-actor Dev Patel was also in joyous mood.

He said: “It’s just amazing. For Slumdog Millionaire to be included in the nominations for the Oscars is a huge honour. When we first began working on the film I don’t think any of us ever imagined that we might end up attending the Oscars ceremony as a result. I’m just so proud to be a part of this project and I have been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the film.”

Before the Slumdog team fly out to America to enjoy the Oscar experience, they have the small matter of finding out if they are triumphant at the BAFTA Awards on 9 February where they have been nominated for 11 awards.

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