‘Slumdog Millionaire’ sweeps eight Oscars at the 81 st Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song, Direction and Motion Picture. Indian music maestro A R Rahman brings home two awards with his Jai Ho… composition.
THE OSCAR WINNERS…
Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire. “It has been collaboration between hundreds of people. All of us are here to share this moment. This was an extraordinary journey,” says the Slumdog… team.
Best Direction: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Song: A R Rahman for ‘Jai Ho…’ (Slumdog Millionarie)
The Indian music maestro, Rahman wooed the audience with ‘O Saya’ and ‘Jai Ho…’ the nominated songs from ‘Slumdog…’, as the nominees for Best Original Song were being announced.
Best Original Score: A R Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire . “I have nothing but my mother and she is there with me. I thank her for making me coming all this way with her blessings,” said a proud Rahman.
Best Film Editing: Chris Dickens for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Sound Mixing: Ian Tapp, Resul Pookutty for Slumdog Millionaire. “This is just not a sound award, but a history being handed over,” said Indian receiver Pookutty.
Best Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire. “The cast and crew of the film told me so much about India and writing,” said a proud Beaufoy.
Best Documentary Short Subject: Megan Mylan for Smile Pinki
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Sean Penn for Milk.
Best Actressin a Leading Role: Kate Winslet for The Reader. Breathless Kate confessed experiencing the fainting feeling just like Penelope Cruz. She shouted onstage and waved at her father. She said, “I want to thank my family as they love me the way I am and lets me do what I want to.” By the time she finished her speech she was already in tears.
Best Foreign Language Film: Departures (Japan)
Best Sound Editing: Richard King for The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: Eric Barba for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Documentary Feature Film: James Marsh for Man on Wire
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight . It was a special moment for actor’s family – mother Sally, father Kim and sister Kate who came to receive the trophy on Ledger’s behalf.
Best Live action short film: Jochen Alexander for Spielzeugland Toyland
Best Make-up: Greg Cannom for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Costume Design: Michael O’Connor for The Duchess
Best Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Short Film: Kunio Kato for La Maison En Petits Cubes
Best Animated Feature: Andrew Stanton for Wall-E
Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. “Has anyone fainted here, may be I will be the first one,” exclaimed Penelope immediately after receiving the award.