I think Dorothee has a valid argument…I bow down to thee in abject humiliation.
Humiliation? Nonsense. It would be fascinating to have a Bollywood film in contention though. I mostly find it amazing that a film could have so many nomination and yet it’s not nominated in the acting categories. Not that I think it should be nominated in the acting categories, none of the roles seemed very challenging or impressive to me, but it’s interesting to think about. I’m going to guess 6 wins.
I saw SLUMDOG a couple of days ago.Could wait to see what all the talks was about!!! Well I still don’t know ! The film was to long & frankly except for the to young brothers in the begining,the actors were dreadful! I just don’t know!I ITS another “LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE”".So MANY wonderful films out this year ,this waas not one of them. I hope BUTTONS wins or READER
And now I must eat my words. I am surprised by the academy. They gave Slumdog more than I thought they would based on their previous conservatism. I don’t think Slumdog deserved best picture, but none of the others I’d seen did either (I haven’t yet seen “Milk”). The academy is growing up and making bolder choices. This is great. I stand corrected.
MILK and THE WRESTLER are much better films.
This was the first time I was right about anything since I predicted the sun would rise in the east.
>>I mostly find it amazing that a film could have so many nomination and yet it’s not nominated in the acting categories.<<
Interesting, isn’t it?
But then, the romantic leads (do they really have more camera time than anyone else?) have no charisma with the camera or each other. Hell, the male lead can’t even breathe through his nose, apparently, judging by his constant slack-jawed visage.
The only posible acting nom that could have come out of this film would have been a “supporting” for the emcree … or maybe for the policeman.
I have yet to see Slumdog, or indeed any of the pictures nominated. I generally wait for DVD release, so I am not disappointed at the movie theatre. I felt that the buzz was definitely going Slumdog’s way, and was not at all surprised at it taking so many awards. Since it was set in Mumbai, with the recent attacks there still fresh on people’s mind, I thought that factor alone would make it a shoe-in. The Oscars often award a film or actor who is topical. Brad Pitt being awarded over Rourke we could see coming, too, as a reaction to the gay marriage proposition being voted down. The Academy always wants to appear on the ‘right’ (ie, politically correct) side of any social issue. From what I have heard about Milk, it was also a way of rewarding a deserving film snubbed in other categories – like best picture.
What I think is really interesting is the fact a film that had no nominations for best actor/actress in any category could win so many awards. This has been pointed out above, but can anyone give me any other examples of a film winning the big prize and so many others that had no nominations in any acting category??? As a person who loves Bollywood films, like Dorothee says, even if weak in storyline, it is too bad Slumdog really is just a Bollywood rip-off from the sound of it. I will see Slumdog at some point, but not because of the Oscar buzz.
@Stutsman, Perhaps I’m naive in thinking so, but SLUMDOG didn’t at all come off as a Bollywood ripoff to me. If it attempted to do so, it sort of failed. Boyle’s interp. of the storyline was incredibly UK in nature: lilting, loving, sometimes hard to stomach but quite earnest.
I thought it pretty much got the awards it deserved.
Honey Bunny-I agree with you. Having had to sit thru some Bollywood films Slumdog has nothing in common with them except the dance number at the closing credits. I loved Slumdog but so far Bollywood has not impressed me. Characters breaking out into song and dance in the middle of a crime film for example just doesn’t do it for me.
The Economist has an interesting article about how they believer the Academy is making itself more and more irrelevant:
From the article: “The danger is that Hollywood’s taste in its own products is becoming as removed from public opinion as its political views are outside the American mainstream. What viewers will see on Sunday night is an industry talking to itself.”
Definitely related to this thread since it is concerned with a wide range of opinions about its recent choices.
HB & Steve: I should know better than to comment on a film I haven’t seen. I’ll wait until I do see it (maybe even in the theatre, who knows) before I make any more grand generalizations. If it has anything in common with some of the best Bollywood, even if just at the end, that would be a good thing, in my opinion. It sounds like it really doesn’t. When I saw the lively music from the film at the awards, I was hoping that energy translated into the film. I’ll wait and see.
VELLAEM — “…an industry talking to itself.” well put. thanks for that link.
I never rooted for Slumdog Millionaire, but isn’t it something that a film immediately referred to as the Oscar-underdog a few months ago after its Toronto and Telluride screenings went on to become the front-runner, and consequently won eight Oscars including Best Picture.
And to think, this film was actually headed for a straight-to-video release.
I love the movies!
Has anyone been following the story of two of the child actors in the film who still actually live in a slum? At least the girl who plays the young Latika has a roof of corregated metal over her head. The boy who plays the young Salim lives with his family under a piece of plastic tarp in order to keep out of the rain despite the fact that the film had grossed over $150,000,000. Who wants to be a millionaire? Everyone at Fox Searchlight.