81st Academy Award Winners

Posted on February 23, 2009

Oscar Winners 2009

Slumdog Millionaire took home eight Oscars last night including Best Picture and Best Director but no acting awards. Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Sean Penn upset favorite Mickey Rourke to win Best Actor. The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Heath Ledger for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Heath's parents and sister accepted the Oscar on his behalf. One of the most unique highlights of the evening was when Philippe Petit balanced on Oscar on his chin. Here's a list of the winners:

  • Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
  • Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
  • Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
  • Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk
  • Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Original Score: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Animated Film: WALL-E
  • Short Animated Film: La Maison En Petite Cubes
  • Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Costume Design: The Duchess
  • Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Live Action Short Film: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
  • Original Song: A.R. Rahman and Gulzar, Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
  • Documentary: Man on Wire
  • Documentary, Short Subjects: Smile Pinki
  • Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
  • Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Foreign Film: Departures (Japan)
You can see a list of the nominees here.

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