“Slumdog Millionaire” was the final answer at the Critics Choice Awards last night, as the sweeping drama about an improbable winner of India’s version of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” took the top prizes at the closely watched Oscar barometer.
The movie, set in the terror-hit city of Mumbai, won five awards, including best picture, director (Danny Boyle), best composer (A R Rahman) and writer (Simon Beaufoy). It solidifies its status as an Oscar frontrunner ahead of the Jan. 22 nominations announcement.
The Critics Choice Awards, organized by the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association, are one of the most reliable predictors of Oscar success. In the last 10 years, they have foreshadowed both the best picture and director Oscar winners 70 percent of the time. Their success rate is 60 percent for best actor and actress.
Best Director – Danny Boyle
Best Writer – Simon Beaufoy
Best Composer – A R Rahman
Best Star – Dev Patel
‘Slumdog’ is set to release in India on 23rd January 2009.