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The 2009 Oscars Winners List

By Garth Franklin Sunday February 22nd 2009 09:45PM
The 2009 Oscars Winners List

The 81st Annual Academy Awards have just wrapped with a classy take on the annual soiree thanks to new producers Bill Condon and Larry Mark.

Armed with a beautiful new stage, punchier pace and Hugh Jackman classing up the proceedings with his self-deprecating song and dance routine, it was the most interesting ceremony setup in years (even if the speeches themselves proved a bit dull).

All the musical numbers were surprisingly strong, the incorporation of five previous winners in the big awards categories to present the acting awards was a great touch, and the compression of tech awards into pre and post-production categories worked well.

Not so great were the comedy routines with Ben Stiller's Joaquin Phoenix bit and the "Pineapple Express" comedy montage falling flat. While there was no cringe-inducing awards banter, a couple of the team-ups like Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black flopped. Tina Fey & Steve Martin proved the best presenters, while Kate Winslet and Sean Penn had the best speeches.

"Slumdog Millionaire" easily dominated the ceremony with eight wins, way above nearest rival "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" which took in three. Mild surprises came in the form of Sean Penn beating Mickey Rourke and "Departures" beating "Waltz with Bashir", but it was otherwise a very predictable ceremony.

Here's the complete list of this year's winners:

BEST PICTURE
Slumdog Millionaire

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Sean Penn ("Milk")

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Kate Winslet ("The Reader")

DIRECTING
Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight")

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona")

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Departures

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Wall-E"

SCREENPLAY (Adapted)
"Slumdog Millionaire"

SCREENPLAY (Original)
"Milk"

ART DIRECTION
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Slumdog Millionaire"

COSTUME DESIGN
''The Duchess"

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
''Man on Wire"

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
''Smile Pinki"

FILM EDITING
"Slumdog Millionaire"

MAKEUP
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

MUSIC (SCORE)
"Slumdog Millionaire" A.R. Rahman

MUSIC (SONG)
"Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire"

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
"La Maison en Petits Cubes"

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
''Spielzeugland (Toyland)"

SOUND EDITING
"The Dark Knight"

SOUND MIXING
"Slumdog Millionaire"

VISUAL EFFECTS
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

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