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Five facts about Slumdog Millionaire

entertainment Updated: Feb 23, 2009 11:37 IST

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Following are five key facts about

Slumdog Millionaire

, the rags-to-riches romance set in India that on Sunday won the Oscar for best motion picture.

- Released in November by Fox Searchlight, the movie has raked in $98 million at the North American box office so far according to studio estimates, and roughly $150 million worldwide.

- It was nominated for 10 Oscars. Prior to Sunday's award haul of 8, it had scooped up wins at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors' Guild, and the British BAFTA awards.

- Slumdog Millionaire was based partly on the novel "Q&A" by Vikas Swarup, India's deputy high commissioner to South Africa. Swarup penned the novel at the end of a diplomatic posting in London.

- Its filmmakers came under fire in the media for allegedly not properly paying or caring for the child actors who played slum-dwellers in the film. In response, distributors Fox Searchlight flew the children to Sunday's Oscars ceremony in Hollywood.

- After production on the film wrapped in February 2007, the film was left out in the cold when financier Warner Independent Pictures dropped it. The move was eventually picked up by Fox Searchlight Pictures.