Book Smart: Oscar Reads “Slumdog Millionaire”
Anyone can see the movie — only smarties read the book. This year, all five nominees for Best Picture are
stolen from based on literary sources. We’re giving you a cheat sheet to all of Hollywood’s hippest reads. “Slumdog Millionaire” scored 10 Oscar nods, which means we’re going to get to see M.I.A. wear something insane when she performs her nominated song, “O Saya,” on February 22. The movie focuses on Jamal, a chai-wallah, or tea boy, who wins the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” The story is based on Vikas Swarup’s Indian bestseller Q&A. However, more than the title has been changed. After the jump, how director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufroy fiddled with the original … SETTING
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What does author Swarup think of all these radical departures? “The film is beautiful. The plot is riveting. The child actors are breathtaking.” And paid, like, zero dollars.