Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Danny Boyle brings Slumdog Oscar home

Oscar winner Danny Boyle

Award winning director Danny Boyle popped into his local club in his hometown yesterday to toast his success at the Oscars.

The 52-year-old director of Slumdog Millionaire was joined by his father Frank, 87, and twin sister Maria at St Mary’s Catholic Social Club in Radcliffe, Bury, Greater Manchester, for a lunchtime lemonade.

Boyle, who bagged an Oscar for best director for the film, said: "You kind of dream about stuff like this. I’m sure everybody in the industry does."

When asked what his top moments were, the father of three said: "My top moments are my kids. They top everything."

Asked what was next for the director, Boyle said: "I have no idea. I’ve been promoting the film since September in America and I haven’t had time to do any planning. But I’m looking forward to planning something."

Boyle said that the best director gong, which was carried in a blue bag to the club, had been kept on a shelf but had picked up a "bit of damage" from "taking it everywhere" and showing it to people.

Maria Boyle said: "It’s been a really emotional time. Certainly when he produced the Oscar and we saw it for the first time a few tears come to your eyes because you can’t quite believe it, it’s such an iconic statue.

"You think, wow, this is Danny holding this."

But Ms Boyle insisted Danny was a "normal person" and she thinks he keeps his "feet firmly on the ground".

Albert Waters, chairman of St Mary’s Social Club, said: "I think it’s superb. He’s done something no-one else around here has ever done.

"I think he deserves some sort of award for his achievements."

Boyle’s film Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars in total including best picture at the 81st Academy Awards held in Los Angeles last Sunday.

The film is a rags-to-riches tale set in the slums of Mumbai and follows a poor slum dweller who competes in the television show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Boyle, whose other films include Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, is also being considered for the civic honour of freedom of the borough of his hometown by Bury Metropolitan Borough Council.

Boyle said it was "nice" and he was proud to be considered for the civic honour.

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