Sunday, September 14, 2008

'Slumdog Millionaire' Wins Top Prize in Toronto

Slumdog Millionaire, the story of a poor East Indian teen who wins the jackpot on his native country's edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, has won the Cadillac People's Choice Award at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival. The gong was presented yesterday to director Danny Boyle, whose previous films include Trainspotting and 28 Days Later. The Canadian Press has a decent recap here.

The win boosts the likelihood that Millionaire will show up on the Academy's radar. Two previous recipient of TIFF's top prize, Chariots of Fire and American Beauty, went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Eastern Promises, last year's winner, went on to earn Viggo Mortensen an overdue acting nomination.

Slumdog Millionaire opens in limited release on November 28th.

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