Slumdog Millionaire for Best Picture?
The Underdog? The Obama of Hollywood cinema? If this film came out even just a year ago I don’t think it would’ve been a contender for the Oscars. We could care less about magic realism back then. Life was good, and we were able to enjoy films like No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Sweeney Todd, and Michael Clayton – all Oscar nominated films with themes of corruption, greed, and violence. Now, in the midst of an economic crisis, fighting in the Gaza strip, and below zero temperatures, we are hoping that things will get better and ultimately, have a happy ending. Right now – it’s not about art imitating life but wanting art to imitate life.
Enter Slumdog Millionaire. In layman’s terms, it’s about a boy who rises from the slums, gets rich, and wins the girl. They live happily ever after. And that’s what we all want right now.
Obama’s inauguration is in a couple days. As Obama represents hope, so does Slumdog Millionaire. And while in deep recession, war, and freezing temperatures, we’re all in dire need of hope.
That is why I think Slumdog Millionaire will win.
P.S. My friend is celebrating his dog’s first birthday today. To commemorate, he designed this for his dog:
Happy Birthday Roanie!