Sunday, February 1, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire wins DGA honour

LOS ANGELES — Slumdog Millionaire continued its rags-to-riches march through Hollywood's awards season as its filmmaker, Danny Boyle, won the top honour Saturday Jan. 31 from the Directors Guild of America.

The win puts Boyle on the inside track for the same prize at the Academy Awards on Feb. 22, since the guild recipient almost always goes on to win the directing Oscar.

While Slumdog Millionaire started as an underdog that nearly went straight to DVD, it has emerged as the Oscar favourite. Audiences have embraced Boyle's tale of a poor boy rising to fame and fortune from the streets of Mumbai, and the film triumphed at the Golden Globes and Producers Guild of America Awards, while taking the prize for best ensemble cast from the Screen Actors Guild.

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