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Academy Awards Entertainment News    

81st Annual Academy Awards
(Televised February 22, 2009)

Oscar

The nominations only include films released during the Eligibility Year of January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008. Additionally, to be eligible a film must be feature length (defined as over 40 minutes), publicly exhibited on either 35mm or 70mm film, be available for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County, run for at least seven consecutive days, and be advertised and exploited during its Los Angeles run in a manner considered normal and customary to the industry. Documentary, Foreign Language, Music, and Short Films Awards have their own rules governing length and theater play.

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Best Motion PictureAcademy Award    
 
Best DirectorAcademy Award    
  • Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
  • Stephen Daldry for The Reader
  • David Fincher for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
  • Gus Van Sant for Milk

    The Oscar Went To: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire

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    Best ActorLeading Role    
  • Richard Jenkins for The Visitor
  • Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon
  • Sean Penn for Milk
  • Brad Pitt for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler

    The Oscar Went To: Sean Penn for Milk

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    Best ActressLeading Role    
  • Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married
  • Angelina Jolie for Changeling
  • Melissa Leo for Frozen River
  • Meryl Streep for Doubt
  • Kate Winslet for The Reader

    The Oscar Went To: Kate Winslet for The Reader

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    Best ActorSupporting Role    
  • Josh Brolin for Milk
  • Robert Downey, Jr. for Tropic Thunder
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt
  • Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
  • Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road

    The Oscar Went To: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight

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    Best ActressSupporting Role    
  • Amy Adams for Doubt
  • Penelope Cruz for Vicky Christina Barcelona
  • Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Viola Davis for Doubt
  • Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler

    The Oscar Went To: Penelope Cruz for Vicky Christina Barcelona

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    Best Animated FeatureAcademy Award    
  • Bolt
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Wall-E

    The Oscar Went To: Wall-E

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    Best Foreign Language FilmAcademy Award    
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex (from Germany)
  • The Class (from France)
  • Departures (from Japan)
  • Revanche (from Austria)
  • Waltz With Bashir (from Israel)

    The Oscar Went To: Departures (from Japan)

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    Best ScreenplayAdapted    
  • Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire
  • David Hare for The Reader
  • Peter Morgan for Frost/Nixon
  • Eric Roth And Robin Swicord for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • John Patrick Shanley for Doubt

    The Oscar Went To: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire

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    Best ScreenplayOriginal    
  • Dustin Lance Black for Milk
  • Courtney Hunt for Frozen River
  • Mike Leigh for Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
  • Jim Reardon And Pete Docter for Wall-E

    The Oscar Went To: Dustin Lance Black for Milk

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    Best Art DirectionAcademy Award    
     
    Best CinematographyAcademy Award    
     
    Best Sound MixingAcademy Award    
     
    Best Sound EditingAcademy Award    
     
    Best Original ScoreAcademy Award    
  • Alexandre Desplat for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Danny Elfman for Milk
  • James Newton Howard for Defiance
  • Thomas Newman for WALL-E
  • A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire

    The Oscar Went To: A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire

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    Best Original SongAcademy Award    
     
    Best CostumeAcademy Award    
     
    Best MakeupAcademy Award    
     
    Best Film EditingAcademy Award    
     
    Best Visual EffectsAcademy Award    
     
    Best Documentary FeatureAcademy Award    
     
    Best Documentary ShortAcademy Award    
  • The Conscience Of Nhem En
  • The Final Inch
  • Smile Pinki
  • The Witness - From The Balcony Of Room 306

    The Oscar Went To: Smile Pinki

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    Best Animated ShortAcademy Award    
  • La Maison En Petits Cubes
  • Lavatory - Lovestory
  • Oktapodi
  • Presto
  • This Way Up

    The Oscar Went To: La Maison En Petits Cubes

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    Best Live Action ShortAcademy Award    
  • Auf Der Strecke (On The Line)
  • Manon On The Asphalt
  • New Boy
  • The Pig
  • Spielzeugland (Toyland)

    The Oscar Went To: Spielzeugland (Toyland)

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    Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardAcademy Award    

    The Oscar Went To: Jerry Lewis

     
    Gordon E. Sawyer AwardAcademy Award    

    The Oscar Went To: Ed Catmull

     
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