Slumdog tops Oscars

Ayush Mahesh Khedekar in Slumdog Millionaire
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar in Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire, the indie film dedicated to the spirit of hope and survival, was named best picture at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. The film that fought its way to worldwide recognition nabbed an incredible eight statues, including best director honors for Danny Boyle.

Below is the complete list of nominees for the 81st Annual Academy Awards (the winners in bold):

Best picture 
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire” 

Director 
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire” 

Actor 
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn, “Milk” 
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Actress 
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader” 

Supporting actor 
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight” 
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Supporting actress 
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” 
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Original screenplay 
Courtney Hunt, “Frozen River”
Mike Leigh, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges”
Dustin Lance Black, “Milk” 
Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter, “WALL-E”

Adapted screenplay 
Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt”
Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”
David Hare, “The Reader”
Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire” 

Animated feature film 
“Bolt”
“Kung Fu Panda”
“WALL-E” 

Foreign-language film 
“The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Germany
“The Class,” France
“Departures,” Japan 
“Revanche,” Austria
“Waltz With Bashir,” Israel

Documentary feature 
“The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)”
“Encounters at the End of the World”
“The Garden”
“Man on Wire” 
“Trouble the Water”

Documentary (short subject) 
“The Conscience of Nhem En”
“The Final Inch”
“Smile Pinki” 
“The Witness — From the Balcony of Room 306”

Original score 
Alexandre Desplat, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
James Newton Howard, “Defiance”
Danny Elfman, “Milk”
A.R. Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire” 
Thomas Newman, “WALL-E”

Original song 
“Down to Earth” from “WALL-E,” Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
“Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar 
“O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Animated short film 
“La Maison en Petits Cubes” 
“Lavatory — Lovestory”
“Oktapodi”
“Presto”
“This Way Up”

Live-action short film 
“Auf der Strecke (On the Line)”
“Manon on the Asphalt”
“New Boy”
“The Pig”
“Spielzeugland (Toyland)” 

Film editing 
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“Slumdog Millionaire” 

Cinematography 
“Changeling”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“The Reader” 
“Slumdog Millionaire” 

Art direction 
“Changeling”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” 
“The Dark Knight”
“The Duchess”
“Revolutionary Road”

Sound mixing 
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Slumdog Millionaire” 
“WALL-E”
“Wanted”

Sound editing 
“The Dark Knight” 
“Iron Man”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”
“Wanted”

Costume design 
“Australia”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Duchess” 
“Milk”
“Revolutionary Road”

Visual effects 
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” 
“The Dark Knight”
“Iron Man”

Makeup 
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” 
“The Dark Knight”
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”

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