Slumdog vies for Oscar nod
British director Danny Boyle, speaks with a verve and exuberance that echoes the feel-good factor of his latest film, Slumdog Millionaire.
The movie - which tells the story of a Mumbai teenager's attempt to win Who Wants To Be a Millionaire - has been getting rave reviews in the US, despite almost failing to get distribution there.
The independent division of Warner Brothers, which was going to release the film, was closed down, and at one stage it looked as though the project would go straight to DVD.
When I asked Boyle if making the film had changed him, he recounted this moment, and said that in the past he may have looked to blame someone. But filming in Mumbai, he said, had changed his view of the world.
He knew he could either fight or go with the flow; he chose the latter and said the city paid him back with great rewards. So he remained calm and things worked out. I was worried he was going to get all mystical on me. Clearly the city and the film made a huge impact on him, and it continues to do so.
Talk in the US and here suggests that the film is a shoe-in for the Oscars. Boyle was sweetly self- deprecating about his chances: "I think we might be in the room, but we'll be waving from the back."
I have always thought that the film award season - which has already begun in earnest - was frothy nonsense, feeding into our obsession with celebrity culture, with the actual art of film taking a back seat.
However, if awards result in more people seeing this film, then roll out the red carpet.