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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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Ga Ga worthy drama Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture, Best Director, and many other Academy Awards at Sunday night’s prestigious ceremony.

Other Blindie faves Kate Winslet (Best Actress in The Reader) and Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona) were also recognized for their superb acting work.

Here’s the short list of winners in the major categories:

Best picture
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
WINNER: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Director
WINNER:
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”

Actor
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
WINNER: Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
WINNER: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Supporting actor
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
WINNER: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Supporting actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
WINNER: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

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After watching director Danny Boyle’s film, Slumdog Millionaire, Blindie believes in the power of filmmaking again.

The awe-inspiring film follows the life of a street kid (Dev Patel) in Mumbai who competes on an Indian version of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” to be seen by his childhood love (Freida Pinto). After he goes further than any other contestant in the show’s history, the “slumdog” contestant is interrogated and rehashes how the adventures in his tough life provided him with the answers to each money-earning question.

What excited Blindie most was the fact that with a holiday drama season filled with overpaid movie stars (Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tom Cruise in Valkyrie and Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road), Slumdog Millionaire didn’t need the fanfare or the paparazzi.

It’s because the film was about the story—and at the end of the day all an audience wants is a heartbreaking, intelligent, and awe-inspiring story that makes them believe in dreams again.

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The latest film from 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle won three prizes at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday and has already been gaining box office prestige in the United States.

Slumdog Millionaire is the exhilarating story of a poor 18 year-old Indian boy, played by Dev Patel, who has a chance of winning on the gameshow Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? and reuniting with his true love.

Slumdog won in the Best British independent film, Best Director and Most Promising Newcomer categories at the festival.

Stateside, the film raked in an impressive $350,434 million during its opening weekend in just 10 theaters, making it the year’s top earner per theater, and continues to perform well as it expands to 75 theaters on Friday and 600 by Dec. 19.

Another added attraction to the film is the soundtrack which features music by A.R. Rahman, who was dubbed the “Mozart of Madras” by Time magazine, and M.I.A.’s hit single Paper Planes.

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