‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Nearly Went Straight to DVD; Instead It Won Best Picture

As much as pundits like to think they can guess what’s going to happen, the Oscars can oftentimes be quite unpredictable. There have been a number of shockers over the last few decades, but one in particular is a true Cinderella story: Slumdog Millionaire. Filmmaker Danny Boyle’s 2008 drama is set entirely in India, made up of a largely unknown cast, and nearly a third of the film is in Hindi. On paper, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. almost skipped a theatrical release entirely, opting instead for a …
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