Slumdog Wins Best Picture

Penn, Winslet win for lead roles; Boyle wins Director
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2009 11:03 PM CST

(Newser) – In a fast-moving Oscar ceremony tonight, Slumdog Millionaire led the pack with eight awards including best picture and best directing, the Los Angeles Times reports. Sean Penn beat out Mickey Rourke for best actor in the evening's major upset, and Kate Winslet scored gold for her controversial turn in The Reader. Penélope Cruz won for best supporting role, as did Heath Ledger, whose family accepted the prize for the late actor.

Tonight's other Oscar winners:

  • Adapted Screenplay, Original Song, Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Original Screenplay: Milk
  • Art Direction, Makeup, Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Animated Feature: Wall-E
  • Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
  • Costume Design: The Duchess
  • Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
  • Animated Short Film: La Maison en Petits Cubes
  • Live Action Short Film: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
  • Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
  • Foreign Language Film: Departures (Japan)
  • Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Jerry Lewis