British scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy fetched the first Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for for Slumdog Millionaire, based on Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup's novel Q and A.
"It is a tremendous honour. I thank Vikas Swarup, without him Slumdog would not have happened, thanks Vikas Swarup," said Beaufoy while accepting the golden statuette.
"Thank you Dev, thank you Latika and the entire cast and crew of Slumdog," Beaufoy said.
The scriptwriter has already bagged the Golden Globe and BAFTA for Slumdog Millionaire.
"I learnt a lot about life," said Beaufoy about his India experience.
This is a first Oscar for Beaufoy, who was earlier nominated in 1997 in the Original Screenplay Category for the film Full Monty.