81st Academy Awards and the Winners

Slumdog Millionaire

"Slumdog Millionaire," a rags-to-riches tale set in Mumbai, India, took away eight Oscars at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony which took place at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday. "Slumdog Millionaire" won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

Kate Winslet

Sean Penn 

Hollywood actor Sean Penn won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of a the first openly gay politician in the US in the movie "Milk," while Kate Winslet won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in "The Reader".

Heath Ledger

The Dark Knight star Heath Ledger today became the second person to win an Oscar posthumously after he was named the Best Supporting Actor. The 28-year-old Australian actor died in January last year of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Heath Ledger's mother Sally Bell, father Kim Ledger and sister Kate accepted the award.

Here is the complete list of 2009 Oscar Winners:

BEST PICTURE: Slumdog Millionaire

LEAD ACTOR: Sean Penn in Milk

LEAD ACTRESS: Kate Winslet in The Reader

DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire


SUPPORTING ACTOR: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Dustin Lance Black for Milk

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire


ANIMATED SHORT FILM: Kunio Kato for La Maison en Petits Cubes

ART DIRECTION: Donald Graham Burt for art direction and Victor J. Zolfo for set decoration on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

COSTUME DESIGN: Michael O'Connor for The Duchess

MAKEUP: Greg Cannom for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Anthony Dod Mantle for Slumdog Millionaire

LIVE ACTION SHORT FIRM: Jochen Alexander Freydank for Spielzeugland (Toyland)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: James Marsh and Simon Chinn for Man on Wire

DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Megan Mylan for Smile Pinki

VISUAL EFFECTS: Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

SOUND EDITING: Richard King for The Dark Knight

SOUND MIXING: Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty for Slumdog Millionaire

FILM EDITING: Chris Dickens for Slumdog Millionaire

ORIGINAL SCORE: A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire

ORIGINAL SONG: "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire