Monday, February 23, 2009

The 81st Academy Awards Concluded - Oscars 2009 List of Winners

The 81st Academy Awards (Oscars 2009) has just been concluded and Slumdog Millionaire was the run away winner with eight Oscar trophies including the much coveted Best Picture award for producer Christian Colson and the Best Director award for Danny Boyle. The other six awards bagged by Slumdog Millionaire include Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song, and Sound Mixing.

On the other hand my favorite The Curious Case of Benjamin Button got three Oscars for Best Art Direction (Donald Graham Burt and Victor J. Zolfo), Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects.

Hosted by Hugh Jackman, the Academy Awards were presented a little differently this year. Sean Penn took home the Best Actor Oscars for "Milk", and Kate Winslet got the Best Actress Oscars for "The Reader". The audience got emotional when the Best Supporting Actor Oscars was awarded to the late Heath Ledger for the movie "The Dark Knight" as a posthumous award.

I haven't watched Slumdog Millionaire. Now, I guess I have enough reason to. =)

List of the Oscars Winners:

Best Picture
Slumdog Millionaire
Christian Colson

Best Director
Slumdog Millionaire
Danny Boyle

Best Actor
Sean Penn

Best Actress
The Reader
Kate Winslet

Best Supporting Actor
The Dark Knight (posthumous)
Heath Ledger

Best Supporting Actress
Penélope Cruz
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Original Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black

Best Adapted Screenplay
Slumdog Millionaire
Simon Beaufoy

Best Animated Feature
Andrew Stanton

Best Foreign Language Film
Departures in Japanese (Japan)
Yojiro Takita

Best Art Direction
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Donald Graham Burt and Victor J. Zolfo

Best Cinematography
Slumdog Millionaire
Anthony Dod Mantle

Best Costume Design
The Duchess
Michael O'Connor

Best Documentary Feature
Man on Wire

Best Documentary Short
Smile Pinki

Best Animated Short
La Maison En Petits Cubes
Kunio Kato

Best Live Action Short
Toyland (Spielzeugland)

Best Film Editing
Slumdog Millionaire
Chris Dickens

Best Makeup
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Greg Cannom

Best Original Score
Slumdog Millionaire
A.R. Rahman

Best Original Song
Slumdog Millionaire - "Jai Ho"
A. R. Rahman (music) and Gulzar (lyrics)

Best Sound Editing
The Dark Knight
Richard King

Best Sound Mixing
Slumdog Millionaire
Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty

Best Visual Effects
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, and Craig Barron.

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