For those of you not paying attention, there appears to be one little film that is tearing its way through awards season — and it isn’t that big Batman movie or that curious case. It is this little rags-to-riches tale from the slums of Mumbai in India, envisioned by a brilliant British director and adapted by a now red hot screenwriter. That, and if you’ve seen it you know that it is just one of those special movies. It is called Slumdog Millionaire, and earlier today it was recognized in overwhelming fashion at the 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) with seven awards, including Best Film, Best Director (Danny Boyle), Best Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), Best Sound and Best Editing.
To his credit, Simon Beaufoy was also honored at the 2009 Writers Guild of America (WGA) awards for Best Adapted Screenplay yesterday. Also bringing in a WGA award was Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black for his original screenplay.
These two wins continue to put momentum behind Slumdog’s Oscar chances, making it the odds-on favorite to win the Best Picture award. The film cleaned house at the Golden Globe awards, and has had strong showings with each of the industry’s Guilds. Danny Boyle took home the top prize at the DGA awards, the ensemble cast took home the ensemble award at the SAG awards and the film took home the top prize at the Producer’s Guild Awards. There isn’t a much more definitive path to Oscar than that. Of course, there is always room for surprises. But as anyone who has seen Slumdog Millionaire can tell you, there is a chance that its fate is written.
Do you think that Slumdog Millionaire will take home Best Picture on Oscar night?