Monday, February 23, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire Rocked the Oscars and I Loved Every Minute

I saw the movie Slumdog Millionaire about two weeks ago. It blew me away. Everything about it slayed me, the little boys playing the brothers, the older actors playing the brothers, Latika's character, the story--the writing--the villains and heroes, its visual appeal, and oh yeah, the music.

As much as I wanted to throw all kudos to the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which was made down here in New Orleans, the primary setting, I couldn't do it. Had to give it up to Slumdog, and I knew if that movie didn't take a way a lot of Oscars, then something was surely wrong.

Slumdog won for best picture, best adapted script, best director, best song, best score, and some other stuff I'm forgetting as I write, 8 Oscars total. The evening was Hollywood embraces Bollywood. And I don't know why, but each time Slumdog won and someone from the movie went on stage to accept an Oscar, I smiled from ear to ear.

"Jai Ho" won for best song, and video of the Bollywood dance number that was featured at the end of the movie is later in this post. Yeah, most Bollywood movies must have a dance number, a good thing for viewers because Bollywood dance numbers flood you with joy. When I lived in New Jersey, sometimes I'd pull up to gas stations and the attendants would be blasting Bollywood music through the speakers. I'd roll down the windows to hear better.

The man behind Slumdog's music is A. R. Rahman. Read a feature on him at The Washington Post.

If you haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire, make it your business to do so. See more at and even more at Slumdog Millionaire's official site. Furthermore, The Huffington Post has a story about the kids from Slumdog Millionaire, who attended the Oscars.

The movie made history at the 81st Annual Oscars. You can read about its sweet victories and other winners at CNN. Also, Megan live-blogged the awards show at BlogHer, where I chimed in plenty.

Below is a video recap of the evening, which references Heath Ledger's posthumous win and has a clip of Sean Penn's speech for winning Best Actor. As I said at BlogHer, following Kate Winslet's Best Actress win, I liked how she hugged the five former winners on stage who commended all the nominees, and then her speech was beautiful.

Finally, Hugh Jackman did a great job hosting, and I got a kick out of his opening, especially the Frost Nixon bit with Anne Hathaway.

The picture at the top of this post is from the Bollywood dance number at the end of the movie with the movies romantic stars Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Verite,

I am 150 percent with you non this one. I saw the movie too, and I don't think I've seen another movie to match it in I don't know how many years. And I see a LOT of movies. But this? This was simply extraordinary. It was beautiful, it was painful, it was dramatic, it was just all that. No other movie this year came close.