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Did Oscar Get It Right?


From Kate Winslet’s win for The Reader to Heath Ledger’s family accepting his Best Supporting Actor award for The Dark Knight, this year’s Academy Awards ceremony was full of moving moments. (And endless montages, and lavish musical numbers.) But did Oscar get it right? Best Picture winner Slumdog Millionaire was heavily favored going into the show, and won nearly every category it was nominated for, but the lead acting awards were up in the air until the moment they were announced — neither Winslet nor Sean Penn were considered shoo-ins. Should Meryl Streep have walked off with a statuette? Should Mickey Rourke? How do you feel about the winners? View the complete list below, then let us know how you would have voted in the comments section below.

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk 

Best Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire (Watch a video interview)

Best Foreign Language Film: Okuribito

Best Original Song: A.R. Rahman, “Jai Ho,” Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Score: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Achievement in Sound: Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Achievement in Sound Editing: Richard King, The Dark Knight 

Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, Craig Barron, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 


Best Documentary, Short Subjects
: Megan Mylan, Smile Pinki

Best Documentary, Features: James Marsh, Simon Chinn, Man on Wire 


Best Supporting Actor
: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Short Film – Live Action: Spielzeugland

Best Achievement in Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Achievement in Makeup: Greg Cannom, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Achievement in Costume Design: Michael O’Connor, The Duchess


Best Achievement in Art Direction
: Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Short Film-Animated: Kunio Katô, La Maison en Petits Cubes

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Andrew Stanton, WALL-E

Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk


Best Supporting Actress
: Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Watch a video interview)

To see the winners list by picture, check out the Oscars site.

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