"Slumdog" sweeps to Golden Globe victory

Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:47am EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - Low-budget movies blew by their major studio rivals at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday as romance "Slumdog Millionaire" won a leading four honors, including best drama to give it a push in the race for Oscars.

"Slumdog," which tells of a young Indian man looking for love and competing for money on a television game show, also earned awards for director Danny Boyle, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and composer A.R. Rahman for best musical score.

Boyle thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives out the Golden Globe Awards, for supporting his movie that captures the frenetic pace of life in Mumbai.

"Your mad, pulsating affection for our film is much appreciated, really deeply appreciated," Boyle said. "The film was made from the heart, really. We never expected to be here."

In other major honors, director Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" was named best film musical or comedy but Allen was not on hand to accept the award.

A big surprise of the night came when Kate Winslet grabbed two Golden Globes, only the third time in the history of the awards that one performer has won two acting awards.

She claimed the trophy for best actress in a drama for her role as a frustrated housewife in "Revolutionary Road" and the second for best supporting actress for playing a German woman with a hidden past in "The Reader."

"It's just unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable. It's not supposed to happen," Winslet said backstage about her wins.   Continued...

<p>The cast of "Slumdog Millionaire'' pose backstage after the show won four awards at the 66th annual Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2009. Pictured are (L-R) Danny Boyle, who won for Best Director- Motion Picture, A.R. Rahman who won for Best Original Score, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto, Dev Patel, producer Christian Colson for Best Motion Picture- Drama, and writer Simon Beaufoy for Best Screenplay. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>