Slum Dog was a Slam Dunk
The light has shined on Danny Boyle this evening as his Front-Runner, Slum Dog Millionaire, has taken top Oscar honors along with 7 other golden treasures from the Academy.
This film was a nonstop adventure. You felt the pulse of two young boys from the slums of Mumbai. Viewers were with them along their journey that would lead them to their individual destinies.
I was less then impressed with the adult actors but their performance was secondary to the music, the editing, the storyline, and directing. It was a fantastic film. I don't believe I talked to a dissenting opinion out there.
From the Washington Post's interview with Danny Boyle:
It's almost unheard of for Bollywood filmmakers to shoot in the labyrinthine poverty of the Mumbai's slums. India's film industry is better known for its rollicking, four-hour, song-and-dance extravaganzas, which are escapist, melodramatic fairy tales that are typically filmed in Switzerland, Australia or New Jersey.
"In India, filmmakers are known as dream merchants," said Boyle, 52, in an interview at a five-star hotel just minutes from the Juhu slum. "I think it's wonderful that a film like this can be about ordinary people. It deserves to be in cinema.The rest of it
The golden statues might be heavy, but Hugh Jackman kept things light- hearted this year.
There was comedy woven throughout the evening, and many of the winners themselves kept their speeches short, sweet, and sort of funny.
Here are a few memorable quotes throughout the night
Ar Rahman ( Original song "Slumdog Millionaire")
"All my life, I had a choice of hate or love, I chose love."
Kate Winslet (Lead Actress "the Reader")
"I had a version of this speech when I think I was probably 8 years old and staring into the bathroom mirror, and this would have been a shampoo bottle," she said gesturing to her golden statuette. "Well, it's not a shampoo bottle now!"
Danny Boyle (Best Director "Slumdog millionaire)
Upon reaching the podium and getting his Oscar, Boyle jumps up and down, then says
"I told my kids that if I ever won an Oscar, I would receive it in the spirit of Tigger."
Robert Dinero on praising Sean Penn
“How did he do it? How for so many years did Sean Penn get all those jobs playing straight men?”
Sean Penn (Lead Actor "Milk)
"“You commie homo-loving sons of guns”
"“I did not expect this and I wanted to be very clear I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me often"
*Note: Penn also spoke to the support of Gay Marriage, refers to President Obama as "an elegant man" and honors Mickey Rourkes comeback and calls him "his brother."
*White ribbons were also spotted on many lapels throughout the evening showing support for gay marriage.
Fashionistas (this is as far as I can get from chatting beer, isn't it?)
Ivory, cream, gray and white seemed to be understated
yet elegant choices of many of the ladies (and mickey rourke) this year.
A few walked the red carpet in varying shades of blue, which were all lovely as well.
All in all, I was tired as heck, but it was a nice way to spend a Sunday evening.