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Brussels, 23 February 2009

And the Oscar goes to...: Unprecedented success for EU-supported film "Slumdog Millionaire"

8 Oscars were awarded to "Slumdog Millionaire" at last night's 81st Academy Award ceremony in Hollywood. This UK film was co-funded under the EU's film support programme MEDIA. These include the most prestigious prizes: Best Film and Best Director (Danny Boyle).

"I congratulate the makers of Slumdog Millionaire for their success, which is as breathtaking as the film's rags to riches plot. The scale of the triumph, be it the eight Oscars or its popularity with audiences worldwide, shows that the support by the EU's MEDIA programme is paying off", said Viviane Reding, EU Media Commissioner. "The EU's MEDIA programme makes sure films made in the EU gets a chance to meet judge and jury, in the form of audiences worldwide and competing for international prestigious awards. The success of Slumdog Millionaire shows, more than ever, that MEDIA funding is money well spent, as it helps Europe's cinema spread its cultural diversity around the globe."

"Slumdog Millionaire" received €830,000 support from the MEDIA programme for distribution in 2008 and 2009. The total budget of the film is estimated to be € 11 million.

For more on the EU's MEDIA programme, the other Oscar nominees co-funded under MEDIA and previous Oscar winners, see IP/09/284.


Slumdog Millionaire (UK): Best picture/ Best director/ Best adapted screenplay/ Best original score/ Best original song/ Cinematography/ Film editing/ Sound mixing:


In a picaresque tale worthy of a Henry Fielding novel, this Tom Jones is Jamal, a poor, bright-eyed youth mischievously getting in and out of scrapes with his even more rambunctious older brother, Salim. In a horrifying turn of events, the two youngsters' lives change in front of their eyes when their mother is viciously killed during a riot. Alone, they turn to the streets, becoming “slumdogs.” A ray of sunshine comes into their lives when they befriend another orphan, the feisty young girl Latika, and soon the three are inseparable. Adventure follows as the trio learns to survive the cutthroat life of contemporary India – but at least they have each other. Or do they?

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