Slumdog sweeps Baftas with 7 awards

MUMBAI: Pacing up to set new records for itself, Academy Award winner Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire has bagged seven top honours at the British Film Academy Awards (Bafta) after being nominated in 11 categories.

At the Bafta, the rags-to-riches story not only won Boyle the best director award, but also brought India’s coveted musician A R Rehman the award for best music. The other Indian to sweep a Bafta Award this year for Slumdog was Resul Pookutty for sound mixing.

Also, apart from winning the best film title, the Mumbai-based story further notched top honours screenplay (by Simon Beufoy), editing and cinematography.

Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a young, uneducated man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati- Hindi version) and exceeds people‘s expectations, arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials.

Meanwhile, Dev Patel, the lead protagonist in the film who was also nominated in the best actor category for Slumdog, lost the prize to Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler.

British actor Kate Winslet pocketed the best actress award for her role as a Nazi concentration camp guard in The Reader.

While Spain‘s Penelope Cruz won the best supporting actress award for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, late Heath Ledger of Australia was named the best supporting actor for his outstanding role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Meanwhile, Slumdog will be eyeing more honours at the Oscars where it has got 10 nominations including for best picture. The film already won the Golden Globe award for best drama.

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