The acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire has swept the 14th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards winning five top prizes including Best Picture of 2008. The Mumbai-set film also won Best Director for Danny Boyle, Best Writer for Simon Beaufoy, Best Composer for A.R. Rahman, and Best Young Actor/Actress for Dev Patel. The awards were given out in Los Angeles by the Broadcast Film Critics Association which represents 200 of the top film critics across the United States.
The Critics’ Choice Awards have been a strong indicator of the Oscar front-runners with 70% of its award winners also going on to win at the Academy Awards. Last year, No Country for Old Men from Joel and Ethan Coen won Best Picture and Best Director from the BFCA and went on to win those same awards at the Oscars.
Starring Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Dev Patel, and Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire is also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards which will be given out this Sunday, January 11, including Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Score.