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The eight Oscars for British movie hit Slumdog Millionaire, the rags-to-riches tale set in Mumbai, caps an unstoppable run through award ceremonies this year.

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Full roll call of Oscar winners

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Tom Sutcliffe: What to do with the ashes of a loved one?

Walking our dog through Highgate Woods a while ago I pursued him a little way off the path to discover him with his leg cocked over a low conical pile of grey ash. It wasn't, I imagine, how the dearly departed would have wanted to be honoured – or, more to the point, how the relatives who had deposited the remains in this relatively secluded spot would have desired this dust to be watered in – and I'm glad to say I got there in time to prevent desecration. But walking away I found myself thinking about the odd intermediate status of human ashes – and the way in which they both are and aren't a relic of the person they represent.

Tessa Ross: The TV executive who is the mother of British film-making

'Slumdog Millionaire' and countless other films could not have happened if it weren't for Channel 4's Tessa Ross.

And the winner to be announced tomorrow is ...

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Leading article: Dog days

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Danny Boyle: Why the Oscars are finally calling for the maverick director

He made his name directing a cast of unknowns in a squalid urban setting, on a tiny budget; 13 years after 'Trainspotting', Danny Boyle has pulled it off again, and 'Slumdog Millionaire' is already a contender for film of the year. Here, the director talks about his Mumbai miracle

Brightest young things: The next generation of stars recreate famous roles

You may not recognise them now, but these young British actors could be tomorrow's movie superstars. Alice Jones introduces the faces of the future – and they recreate their favourite moments from the silver screen

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