It's the ultimate underdog film, Danny Boyle's improbable dream to recreate Vikas Swarup's novel Q&A on a $15 million budget, choc full of Hindi and with a cast unknown to Hollywood.
And yet today Slumdog Millionaire is widely considered the favourite to win Best Film at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony next month. It's expected to clean up in other categories, too, like it did at this month's Golden Globes, where its cast and crew were called to the podium four times for Best Film (Drama), Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.
Whatever your opinion of Boyle's so-called 'Ode to Mumbai', to call it anything less than a monumental commercial and critical success would be disingenuous.
Here, a look back at the film's meteoric rise.
Text: Matthew Schneeberger
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