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Oscar nominations: Danny Boyle says he owes it all to 'Slumdog Millionaire'

January 25, 2011 | 11:37 am


Danny Boyle heard the news that he'd been nominated for a best adapted screenplay Oscar with Simon Beaufoy for "127 Hours," which also earned a best picture nomination and a best actor nomination for its star James Franco, while he was in the middle of the first run-through of his new London staging of “Frankenstein.” “It’s the most bizarre thing to hear news like that,” Boyle said.

He said “127 Hours” would not have been possible without “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Oscar sweep two years ago. “That’s the reason we got to make the film, so it’s all linked by the same DNA.”

He also singled out Franco. “If you didn’t have such a great performance in it, the film would never have made it into a single theater.”

As for Franco hosting the show, Boyle laughed. “I’m really looking forward to his introducing me as an adapted screenplay nominee.”  

-- John Horn


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Photo: Danny Boyle.  Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press