Elon students, staff react to ‘Slumdog Millionaire’s’ success at 2009 Academy Awards


Sarah Beth Costello
February 23, 2009

It’s not often that a low budget, British-made film, with an inexperienced and unknown cast, shot in Mumbai, India wins eight Oscars at the Academy Awards.

This year the unexpected occurred when “Slumdog Millionaire” not only swept the Oscars, but also received the coveted best picture.

“Slumdog Millionaire” is based on the true story of Jamal K. Malik, an 18-year-old Indian from the slums of Mumbai, who wins the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”

Before Malik has the opportunity to answer the winning question, he is taken into custody by the police, beaten, tortured and commanded to confess to what they believe is obvious fraud due to the fact that he’s only ever know the slums.

The movie has been referred to as artistic expression and possesses a measure of reality; good battling evil and the triumph of the underdog.


In an informal convenience sample of nearly 100 Elon University faculty, staff and students, most watched the Academy Awards Sunday night.

When asked which film won best picture, most knew the answer was “Slumdog Millionaire.” Forty-six percent said they had seen the movie though many had different opinions concerning the reasons behind the Oscar results.

“‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was very representative of the shifting of our society,” senior Amy Reitnouer said, “We’re definitely going to such a globalized society and I was really proud of the Academy for recognizing the very global film.”

The majority of Elon students were familiar with the movie. Most had seen the film, others had an idea of the story’s plot. Older faculty and staff, however, were not as familiar with the movie. Some had not even heard of it.

Elon University student, Mackenzie Ames, explains her reasoning for the success of “Slumdog Millionaire”

1 comment
  1. Janna said:

    You will get better at deadline writing after more practice. You will learn to get more done, more facts and direct quotations. 😉

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