Posted on 23 February 2009.
Slumdog Millionaire is tonight’s big winner at the 81st Oscar Awards, taking home a total of eight awards, including : Best Director for Danny Boyle and Best Picture. It bested The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Milk, Frost/Nixon, and The Reader for the award. Steven Spielberg presented.
The first Oscar to be given out was Supporting Actress which Penelope Cruz won for her performance in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”.
The late Heath Ledger was honored posthumously with the Supporting Actor Award for ” The Dark Knight”. His father, Kim, mother and sister accepted the award on his behalf.
Another big winner was Kate Winslet, who won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in A Lead Role for “The Reader”. It’s Winslet’s first ever win, despite being nominated five times in the past.
Sean Penn took the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role for his portrayal of gay rights activist Harvey Milk in the movie “Milk”.
The acting categories were presented by five previous winners from each category. These included Goldie Hawn, Whoopi Goldberg, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Sophia Loren, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline.
Here is the complete list of winners at the 81st annual Academy awards:
• Motion Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk.”
• Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”
• Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.”
• Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
• Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Foreign Film: “Departures,” Japan.
• Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk.”
• Animated Feature Film: “WALL-E.”
• Art Direction: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
• Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Sound Mixing: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight.”
• Original Score: “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman.
• Original Song: “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar.
• Costume: “The Duchess.”
• Documentary Feature: “Man on Wire.”
• Documentary (short subject): “Smile Pinki.”
• Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Makeup: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
• Animated Short Film: “La Maison en Petits Cubes.”
• Live Action Short Film: “Spielzeugland (Toyland).”
• Visual Effects: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
• Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Oscar statuette): Jerry Lewis
• Gordon E. Sawyer Award (Oscar statuette): Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull
The 81st annual Academy Awards, which aired Sunday, was hosted by Hugh Jackman.