Oscar nominees: Best Picture

Why it’ll win: Auds and critics have feted Danny Boyle’s lush fairy-tale account of poverty in India with more fanfare than a traditional Hindu wedding. So far, “Slumdog” has snapped up four Golden Globes, including top drama, plus a bevy of other high-profile prizes such as top pic from the National Board of Review.

Maybe not: Some critics contend that it’s all style over substance. For while “Slumdog” is a brilliant spectacle of cinematography in the way of sights, sounds and color, the somewhat fantastical romantic subplot between Dev Patel and Freida Pinto requires a significant suspension of disbelief.

Critical quote: “A gaudy, gorgeous rush of color, sound and motion, the latest from the British shape-shifter Danny Boyle, doesn’t travel through the lower depths, it giddily bounces from one horror to the next,” says Manohla Dargis of the New York Times.

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