Monday, January 12, 2009
We're All Slumdogs Today
Readers are well aware of how I normally feel about award-shows. But there was something encouraging about last night's Golden Globes, where Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle's unflinching look at the poverty, racism of slum life in the heart of "the world's largest democracy," swept nearly every major category it was nominated in. Boyle, the director behind such varied and consummately human films as Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Millions, has long been underrated. It's good to see his films get their deserving recognition. The film took home best director, best screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), and best motion picture.
Particularly exciting for this writer is the Golden Globe awarded to A.R. Rahman, composer of Slumdog's Bollywood-influenced soundtrack--with notable help from a certain Maya Arulpragasam, better known to the world as M.I.A. Boyle insisted that that "Paper Planes" be part of the film from the very beginning.
Also, it was great to see Springsteen win for his song "The Wrestler." Sure, he has plenty of awards already. But when you're talking about the Boss, "less is more" doesn't really apply.