MUMBAI: The awards and nominations are coming in such rapid succession that it’s a tad difficult to keep track! Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire is wowing audiences worldwide and how. Indian music director AR Rahman has won the 14th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Composer for Slumdog Millionaire.
Singer Katy Perry presented Rahman with the Best Composer award.
Slumdog Millionaire won five top prizes including Best Picture of 2008. The Mumbai-set film also won Best Director for Danny Boyle, Best Writer for Simon Beaufoy and Best Young Actor/Actress for Dev Patel. The awards were given out in Los Angeles by the Broadcast Film Critics Association which represents 200 of the top film critics across the United States.
The Critics’ Choice Awards have been a strong indicator of the Oscar front-runners with 70 per cent of its award winners also going on to win at the Academy Awards. Last year, No Country for Old Men from Joel and Ethan Coen won Best Picture and Best Director from the BFCA and went on to win those same awards at the Oscars.
Starring Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire is also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, which will be given out on 11 January, including Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Score. As was already reported by Businessofcinema.com Rahman will be attending the Golden Globe Awards in LA.
Slumdog Millionaire has also had five nominations singled out by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for the year 2008. The DGA will pick its winner on 31 January.
Slumdog Millionaire has now been honored with nominations for the top award by all five of the US film industry’s major artistic guilds – Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, and American Society of Cinematographers. Members of these groups represent a substantial block of the 5,810 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which will award the Oscars on 22 February. The movie also won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle.
In India, Fox Star Studios will release the movie on 23 January in English and Hindi.
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