Slumdog Millionaire Producer Christian Colson gets his just
moment in the limelight along with Danny Boyle, with his
outstanding film winning the Academy Award® for Best Motion
Picture of the Year. His speech at the 81st Academy Awards®
was brief, yet poignant. We reflect here back on Christian
Colson, in his own words (abridged). He states;
‘Thank you so much to the Academy. As you can see, our film was a collaboration between hundreds of people. I'm so happy that so many of them could be with us here tonight to share this moment. Together, we've been on an extraordinary, an extraordinary journey. When we started out, we had no stars, we had no power or muscle. We didn't have enough money, really, to do what we wanted to do. But what we had was a script that inspired mad love in everyone who read it. We had a genius for a director. We had a cast and a crew who were unwavering in their commitment and whose talents are up on the screen for all of you to see. … we had a shared love for the extraordinary city of Mumbai, where we made the movie. Most of all, we had passion and we had belief, and our film shows that if you have those two things, truly anything is possible…Thank you.
Later, director extraordinaire Danny Boyle tells us some more intriguing tales about the creation of his film. And as so often, the man who is the creative brilliance that is the real reason behind the films power and success, is as humble as can be.
Q. At what point did you decide to bring them (the young cast) over (from India), and how daunting was it at this late stage in this awards process for you to finally get a turn in the limelight again?
A. Danny Boyle: When we got the nominations, we had been thinking about it, because you want to share it with the people you've made it with and who are responsible with the success of the film, which is primarily the actors really. And what we were very concerned about was distorting their lives, all of them really, you know, because they are young. They should stay at school. They are all in school. You know, we put two of them into school…
But then somebody said to us, look, they will put it in their own memory bank in their own way, whatever their lives are, and they all have different lives, and they will find a place for it in their own memory bank and you should not deny them that. They should get the chance to experience it. And it's impossible to imagine what they think of coming here for tonight. You know, you talk to them, but you can't really imagine what it must feel like. It must be extraordinary really… and it makes tonight deeply special for us, because we tried to make the film as a family unit, (with) everybody. And to have them all here makes tonight feel like family really, rather than individual, so, we are very pleased.
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