‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Wins Oscar for Best Motion Picture

By Megan Wanner

Deemed “The Biggest Movie Event of the Year,” the 81st annual Academy Awards aired on ABC network television last night.

Picture courtesy of impawards.com
Picture courtesy of impawards.com

Slumdog Millionaire” was awarded not only the Oscar for best motion picture, but seven other awards including achievement in music written for motion pictures, achievement in sound mixing and achivement in film editing.

 The film is the story of a Mumbai teen who is chosen to be on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”  The teen is arrested on alleged charges of cheating, as the police do not believe he can know so much after living in the slums his whole life.  In an attempt to prove his innocence, the teen relays his life story, revealing minute details leading to his knowledge of the answers to each of the questions.

In an informal, convenient survey of nearly 100 faculty, staff and students polled at Elon University, N.C., 56 people had watched the Oscars, while 40 had not.  Of the faculty, staff and students polled, 61 knew that “Slumdog Millionaire,” was awarded the Oscar for the Best Motion Picture however, 35 did not.  When asked if they had seen “Slumdog Millionaire,” 44 people replied they had while 52 replied they had not.

“It was incredibly well-acted,” Catherine McNeela, Head of the Music Theatre Program, said.  “It had such a journey, I just thought it was an excellent movie with a lot to say.”

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