Oscars 2009: Slumdog Millionaire sweeps the board
With eight Oscars in its kitty Danny Boyle's crowdpleaser Slumdog Millionaire had a runaway sucess at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood. British director's Mumbai's poverty ridden melodrama won in all catgories except one.
Slumdog got two consecutive awards for best sound mixing and best editing. Soon afterwards the film's composer, AR Rahman won prize for best soundtrack and best song. He also performed the winning number, Jai Ho. Earlier in the evening, Simon Beaufoy had won the award for best screenplay, while Anthony Dod Mantle took the gong for best cinematography.
Partial list of winners at the 81st annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:
_ Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight."
_ Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."
_ 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."
Academy Award winners previously announced this season:
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Oscar statuette): Jerry Lewis
Gordon E. Sawyer Award (Oscar statuette): Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull