Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor
Viewed in theaters: 1/20/09
Best Picture (won)
Best Director - Danny Boyle (won)
Best Adapted Screenplay - Simon Beaufoy (won)
Best Cinematography (won)
Best Sound (won)
Best Editing (won)
Best Sound Editing (lost to The Dark Knight)
Best Original Song - Jai Ho (won)
Best Original Score (won)
Remember ten years ago when a little game show hosted by Regis Philbin called Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? invaded our living rooms and was on at least three or four nights a week for the first few months or so it aired? And then remember how we all got sick of it and nobody now watches it during its pre-primetime slot? Well, if there's one good thing to come out of this addicting but quickly tiring game is that it lent the backdrop to one of my favorite movies of '08, hell, one of my favorite movies from the decade.
This movie has no big names (although Patel and Pinto are now pretty well known!), no special effects, and isn't based on a popular or beloved book, so how did it manage to be so popular and win the most coveted prize of all film awards? Well, the story, for one, is quite engaging and it's quite clever how they connect the game of Millionaire with Jamal's upbringing and how all the questions seem to tie in with his life. There are three young actors who play the three main characters of Jama, Latika, and Salim - young children, pre-teens, and teenagers. The young actors who play the children are absolutely adorable.
This movie is depressing and heart-warming; funny and horrifying; romantic and sad; but most of all it is a great movie.