Oscars 2009

Oscars 2009: The Winners List

Danny Boyle's ''Slumdog Millionaire'' wins eight Oscars total, including Best Picture; Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Penelope Cruz, and Heath Ledger win acting awards

Slumdog Millionaire, Dev Patel | LOVERS' MOMENT Slumdog Millionaire costars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto get close at a Mumbai railway station
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LOVERS' MOMENT Slumdog Millionaire costars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto get close at a Mumbai railway station

If you like upsets on Oscar night, 2009 wasn't your year. Slumdog Millionaire met most analysts' pre-show expectations, completing the final chapter of its storybook rise from the little movie with festival buzz to biggest winner at the Academy Awards.

Slumdog ended up with eight Oscars in all, including Best Picture and Best Director for Danny Boyle. In the acting categories, Kate Winslet won Best Actress for The Reader, her first win after six nominations, while Sean Penn's performance in Milk netted him his second Best Actor statue. As expected, Heath Ledger was honored posthumously as Best Supporting Actor for his iconic role as the Joker in The Dark Knight; Penelope Cruz won her first Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, her second nomination.

The one curve of the night: Japan's Departures winning Best Foreign Language Film over perceived favorites Waltz with Bashir (Israel) and The Class (France).

Below, see the complete list of winners at the 81st annual Academy Awards. See the transcript of our live blog, and leave your comments throughout the night. Check back at EW.com for more Oscar coverage overnight and throughout Monday, including our picks for the night's best and worst fashion and the broadcast's highs and lows; news from backstage and the post-show parties; and next-day reactions to the results from Oscar expert Dave Karger and to the broadcast from TV critic Ken Tucker.

The 2009 Academy Award Winners:

BEST PICTURE
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ACTOR
Sean Penn, Milk

BEST ACTRESS
Kate Winslet, The Reader

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Milk, Dustin Lance Black

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
WALL-E

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
La Maison en Petits Cubes

BEST ART DIRECTION
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Duchess

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Man on Wire

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Smile Pinki

BEST EDITING
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Departures (Japan)

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Spielzeugland (Toyland)

BEST MAKEUP
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
''Jai Ho,'' Slumdog Millionaire

BEST SOUND EDITING
The Dark Knight

BEST SOUND MIXING
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Originally posted Feb 22, 2009