Slumdog Millionaire hit the real jackpot tonight.
Controversy not being able to upset the momentum, the uplifting little film set in the slums of Mumbai that almost went straight to DVD was named Best Picture at the 81st Annual Academy Awards, one of eight wins for the surprise box-office hit.
"As you can see, our film was a collaboration between hundreds of people, and I'm so happy that some of them could be with us here tonight to share this moment," said producer Christian Colson, surrounded by director Danny Boyle and the film's stars, including six children from India who played Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Madhur Mittal at younger ages.
"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," Colson said. "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."