Oscar 2008: Reaction to Nomination–Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

I’m at the Indian premiere and we just got the word of the Oscar nominations. You have no idea what an explosive combination that is. It’s going crazy out here. The red carpet was everybody singing and dancing their way down it. The Indians are so proud to have made a film that’s recognized in America this way. At the time, I thought the film was going straight to DVD. From that to this is kind of unimaginable, really. It was a film with subtitles and no stars and a cast that no one has heard of. You come to Mumbai and you learn the people here have this extraordinary generosity of spirit. We tried to get that in the film. For once in my life, I think we achieved what we set out to do.”
–Simon Beaufoy, adapted screenplay, “Slumdog Millionaire”