Four more guild wins for 'Slumdog'

Slumdog Millionaire
is now on a completely unprecedented awards-season streak, as it picked up wins from four guilds over the weekend: the Art Directors Guild (ADG) and Cinema Audio Society (CAS) on Saturday, and the American Cinema Editors (ACE) and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) on Sunday. Add to that its victories at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Writers Guild, Broadcast Critics, and SAG awards and you have a completely unheard-of pre-Oscar sweep. (For example, Chicago and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King both lost the WGA prize; American Beauty didn’t win the ACE, ADG, or CAS; Forrest Gump lost the ASC and BAFTA trophies; and even Schindler’s List couldn’t pick up the ASC or CAS prizes.) With Oscar ballots due tomorrow, it will take nothing short of a miracle for any of the four other Best Picture nominees to close this gap. The full lists of winners are below.

Art Directors Guild
Period Film: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Fantasy Film: The Dark Knight
Contemporary Film: Slumdog Millionaire

Cinema Audio Society
Slumdog Millionaire

American Cinema Editors
Dramatic Film: Slumdog Millionaire
Comedic Film: WALL•E

American Society of Cinematogaphers
Slumdog Millionaire

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  • Stacey

    Just wait. A year or two from now. Everyone will say that Slumdog Millionaire didn’t deserve the wins it will get. Something about the hype for this movie is so off putting. I can’t believe it’s better than some of the other nominees. Sorry, I just can’t.
    The only chance the other people in the field has, if somehow the people who actually voted for the Oscar went another way on mass.
    The award hype for this movie is nausating!

  • bbop

    I love this movie. Stacey, I’m going to respectfully disagree with you. Slumdog Millionaire is a fantastic movie, and years from now, I believe it will be regarded as such. Besides, which of the Best Picture nominees DO deserve to win over Slumdog Millionaire? Please don’t say Milk!

  • jamal

    Everyone I talk to loves this movie. I saw it twice and it got to me even more the second time. I like it when great movies with no overpaid stars or directors can get so much attention and can connect with a global audience. I hope more quality movies like this are made and do well.

  • Sarah El

    Okay, I loved Slumdog Millionaire, don’t get me wrong, but this is getting a little annoying. Do people really not want to award ANY other film? There are so many good ones; Slumdog isn’t the only movie that deserves trophies.

  • mar

    it even won an NAACP award. and it deserves it. though is should have won best picture. loved the secret life of bees. but SDM was better.
    reminds me of Jhud winning all the awards and people started hating. SDM is the best movie i’ve seen all year. and i watched everything…well except HSM3.

  • Danny

    I totally agree, Sarah. The way Slumdog is dominating the award season, you’d think it was a ridiculously weak year in movies. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I can honestly say I’ve seen every movie nominated for the major awards, and most nominated for the smaller ones, and–while I really enjoyed Slumdog and thought it was great–it is actually only number six on my list. Why? Because there were SO many phenomenal movies this year, and it’s a shame that each and every set of voters found it necessary to hop on the Slumdog train instead of spreading the wealth to give other movies this year the credit they deserve. For the record, my top five would be:
    1. Milk
    2. Frozen River
    3. Changeling
    4. Doubt
    5. The Reader

  • c.e.

    SDM is a very good film but it also represents people who make it against all odds, something people want to see now in these times, the Mumbai attacks surely helped bring this film to light and I think its great that the US is showing the world we are not secular.

  • Marvin3O

    When I saw SM I was a little skeptical… I thought it couldn’t be as good as everybody said… after all it’s a movie about a boy on who wants to be a millionaire… oooh man was I wrong… it is one of the best movies I’ve seen in many years! I LOVED IT… LOVED IT… LOVED IT!!! I have seen it three times already! and can’t get tired of it. Danny Boyle is a genius! and this movie is a masterpiece!

  • John

    This award love over Slumdog Millionaire is just getting out of hand. I mean, seriously, there are other movies out there, better photographed, better written, better sounding and better directed than this film. Not to say that I don’t like the film, I really did, but I am just really getting sick and tired of it winning everything and frankly, it’s getting obnoxious. Here’s what it swept:
    National Board of Review
    Broadcast Film Critics
    Golden Globes
    Screen Actors Guild
    Directors Guild
    Writers Guild
    Producers Guild
    American Society of Cinematographers
    Cinema Audio Society
    Art Directors Guild
    American Cinema Editors
    Also, I’m getting tired of the Academy cramming their elitest, predictable nominees down our throats. Personally, I feel The Dark Knight and Wall-E were robbed in favor of “supporting independent films.” Ooo, look at us, we’re edgy & supporting the little guy when they should be encouraging studios to keep making smart movies. This is going to be a boring year.

  • Bustray

    Slumdog Millionaire is a great film, but a great movie called Milk deserves to be sweeping, not this movie. I can understand it winning a fair amount of awards, but not sweeping like it is now.

  • question

    Hadn’t Brokeback Mountain won all these pre-Oscar awards too? That didn’t help when it came to the Oscars. How it lost to Crash, I’ll never understand.

  • Highest

    At this point, I’m inclined to think that they’re just throwing awards at it to make it go away. I haven’t seen it so I won’t bash it, but this press/media blitz is making me sick of it.

  • Mozz

    I love, love Slumdog, I know the cool thing to do now is to bash it. But, i just saw last week after the bashing began and I thought, oh my god, obviously is being bashed by people who have not seen it. It will stay with me forever, because it was so grand, epic, and yet small and truthful, it’s a story for the ages,a timeless film. I can’t speak highly enough about it. It’s a visual experience that will be around for years to come.

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  • Lee

    It would be nice if Doubt would get a little more recognition for its excellence, but if another film had to get the recognition–then I’m glad it’s Slumdog. It’s one of the best films of the year! I really believe it will be remembered just like It’s A Wonderful Life.

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