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Editor: popularity of "Slumdog Millionaire" unexpected

2009-02-23 05:29:03 GMT2009-02-23 13:29:03 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chris Dickens, who won the Oscar for film editing for "Slumdog Millionaire", said Sunday night that he did not foresee the film's popularity.

"It wouldn't have even occurred to us," he said backstage at the Kodak Theatre where the Award Ceremony was held. "I'd never imagined that we'd have so many of us getting these awards."

He said the challenge of editing "Slumdog Millionaire" was in paring the complex story down to a reasonable length.

"There were big challenges to sort of make it work cohesively," Dickens said of the tale of a young man recalling his life in a series of flashbacks. "So many different images, so many different storylines going on. The challenge was to get it to fit together really neatly."

"Slumdog Millionaire" ended the night with eight awards, including best picture for producer Christian Colson and best director for Danny Boyle.

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