British filmmaker Danny Boyle received the best director Oscar for his movie Slumdog Millionaire that tells the heartwarming tale of a Mumbai slum boy who goes on to win a multimillion dollar quiz show on TV.
Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire highlights the pain and misery of the impoverished section who lives in the slums of India. He set his story in Mumbai's teeming slums in Nehru Nagar and nearby Dharavi, which is home to more than a million people and is the largest slum in Asia.
The director has woven hope and romance in his otherwise grim narrative based on Indian diplomat Vikas swarup's novel Q & A.
"I want to thank my dad, my sisters and my wife... one person we haven't thanked is the choreographer who directed the last song in the film - Longines. I want to thank him too," said Boyle after receiving the award.
Boyle's film was lauded in the West and grossed more than $100 million. It bagged seven British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards and four Golden Globes.