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Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto are a couple!

Days after being photographed in full-PDA mode with Pinto in Israel, Patel’s mother confirms that her son, 19, is dating his 24-year-old costar to the Daily Mirror.

“Yes, we knew he was flying to Israel to see her,” she said of her son visiting his girlfriend near the set of her film Miral in Jerusalem.

“Life can’t get any better for him,” she added. “Freida is really beautiful, and I am really happy for them.”

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Freida Pinto and Dev Patel, the stars of Slumdog Millionaire, cover the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, with their EIGHT Academy Awards!

In the issue, the magazine chronicles how the small film from India, helmed by a Brit (Danny Boyle) became an Oscar darling.

“Working on the film has sparked a confidence in me, and a passion for acting,” Patel says. “I feel I can hold my head up high now. I feel like I matured five years in the space of five months. I’m 18 and I was at the Oscars yesterday!”

While Pinto, who can next be seen under the direction of Woody Allen, says of her journey, “Now I think that the fruit of the struggle ends up being the sweetest taste possible. I mean, this is strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, bananas–the sweetest fruits in the world put together. It changed my life!”

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The cast of Slumdog Millionaire was named outstanding cast in a motion picture, hopefully making the little-film-that-could a favorable shoe-in for the Best Picture Academy Award!

Other big winners include Mad Men & 30 Rock for best cast, best actress (Tina Fey) and best actor (Alec Baldwin). Meryl Streep won the best actress award for her role as a determined nun in Doubt and Sean Penn won the lead actor award for Milk.

Click in for complete list of SAG winners and nominees!

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