‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Popular at Oscars, Gets Good Reviews at Elon

By Carolyn VanBrocklin

Film National Board Awards

Photo from the Huffington Post website.

The 81st Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, and an informal, convenience survey showed that out of 100 faculty, staff and students at Elon University, over half watched the event.


Sixty-one of those polled knew the outcome of the Best Picture category: “Slumdog Millionaire” took home an Oscar.

“I think it was just something that is really unique and it hasn’t been done before, and I feel like those are the pictures that typically win. And I think it also is very emotionally evocative,” Rachel Cieri said.

The film centers around a young man originally from the slums of Mumbai, who becomes a contestant on the show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” As he continues through the show, suspicions arise and he must tell the story of his life to ease these suspicions.

“It portrayed an era of the world that most Americans don’t know anything about, and while we do know about India from sort of a commercial standpoint we don’t pay a lot of attention to the areas of Mumbai that are less developed. It portrayed a really gritty reality, but it did it in a way that was very visually striking and I think people appreciated the artistic aspect of that portrayal. But above all it had a theme that we as Americans really like which is having hope and overcoming hardship,” Rebecca Wetherbee said.

Despite the high number of those who watched the Academy Awards and knew the outcome, 52 of those polled had not seen the film.

“I haven’t seen it personally yet so I don’t know if its really good, but from what I hear its really good,” said David Wells

Because of the success of the movie at the Oscars, students said that they were now more interested in taking time to see “Slumdog Millionaire.”

The Academy Awards are an important part of Hollywood, and they are popular across the United States.

Hear what Elon students had to say about “Slumdog Millionaire:”


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3 Responses

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