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  • The 81st Academy Awards

    By | February 23, 2009

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    Well the film that almost went straight to DVD had the biggest night of all. Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire took a grand total of eight Oscars including Best Film, Best Director, Best Song, Best Score and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 81st Academy Awards. Benjamin Button only received three technical awards, including the prized Visual Effects Oscar.

    Milk captured the award for Best Original Screenplay and Sean Penn’s second Oscar for Best Actor. Best Actress went to the well deserved Kate Winslet for The Reader. Best Supporting Actor went to the unmatched and highly missed Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight which was emotionally accepted on his behalf by his father, mother, and sister. The Best Supporting Actress went to Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

    Please see the full list of winners below:

    Best Film
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Frost/Nixon
    Milk
    The Reader
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Director
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – David Fincher
    Frost/Nixon – Ron Howard
    Milk – Gus Van Sant
    The Reader – Stephen Daldry
    Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle

    Actor In A Leading Role

    The Visitor – Richard Jenkins
    Frost/Nixon – Frank Langella
    Milk – Sean Penn
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Brad Pitt
    The Wrestler – Mickey Rourke

    Actor In A Supporting Role
    Milk – Josh Brolin
    Tropic Thunder – Robert Downey Jr.
    Doubt – Philip Seymour Hoffman
    The Dark Knight – Heath Ledger
    Revolutionary Road – Michael Shannon

    Actress In A Leading Role
    Rachel Getting Married – Anne Hathaway
    Changeling – Angelina Jolie
    Frozen River – Melissa Leo
    Doubt – Meryl Streep
    The Reader – Kate Winslet

    Actress In A Supporting Role
    Doubt – Amy Adams
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Penélope Cruz
    Doubt – Viola Davis
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Taraji P. Henson
    The Wrestler – Marisa Tomei

    Adapted Screenplay
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Eric Roth, Robin Swicord
    Doubt – John Patrick Shanley
    Frost/Nixon – Peter Morgan
    The Reader – David Hare
    Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy

    Original Screenplay
    Frozen River – Courtney Hunt
    Happy-Go-Lucky – Mike Leigh
    In Bruges – Martin McDonagh
    Milk – Dustin Lance Black
    WALL-E – Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter

    Animated Feature
    Bolt
    Kung Fu Panda
    WALL-E

    Art Direction
    Changeling
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Dark Knight
    The Duchess
    Revolutionary Road

    Cinematography
    Changeling
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Dark Knight
    The Reader
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Costume Design
    Australia
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Duchess
    Milk
    Revolutionary Road

    Documentary Feature
    The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
    Encounters at the End of the World
    The Garden
    Man on Wire
    Trouble the Water

    Documentary Short
    The Conscience of Nhem En
    The Final Inch
    Smile Pinki
    The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306

    Editing
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Dark Knight
    Frost/Nixon
    Milk
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Best Foreign Language Film
    The Baader Meinhof Complex
    The Class
    Departures
    Revanche
    Waltz with Bashir

    Makeup
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Dark Knight
    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Original Score
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Alexandre Desplat
    Defiance – James Newton Howard
    Milk – Danny Elfman
    Slumdog Millionaire – A.R. Rahman
    WALL-E – Thomas Newman

    Original Song
    WALL-E – “Down to Earth”
    Slumdog Millionaire – “Jai Ho”
    Slumdog Millionaire – “O Saya”

    Sound Editing
    The Dark Knight
    Iron Man
    Slumdog Millionaire
    WALL-E
    Wanted

    Sound Mixing
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Dark Knight
    Slumdog Millionaire
    WALL-E
    Wanted

    Visual Effects
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Dark Knight
    Iron Man

    Animated Short
    La Maison de Petits Cubes
    Lavatory – Lovestory
    Oktapodi
    Presto
    This Way Up

    Live Action Short
    Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
    Manon on the Asphalt
    New Boy
    The Pig
    Spielzeugland (Toyland)

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