Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire makes a sweep at the Oscars

"Slumdog Millionaire", the rags-to-riches story of a Mumbai slum dweller, had a golden run at the Oscars on Monday sweeping eight awards with two going to music maestro A R Rahman, the first Indian to achieve the historic feat.

43-year-old Rahman bagged Oscars for Original Score in the film, named the best at the 81st Academy Awards, and along with veteran lyricist Gulzar also won the Best Song award for the foot-tapping number 'Jai ho'.

Following is the list of winners at the 81st Academy Awards:

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 (posthumously for "The Dark Knight")

Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona")

Best Foreign Film: "Departures" (Japan)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire")

Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black ("Milk")

Best Animated Feature Film: "WALL-E"

Best Art Direction: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Best Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle ("Slumdog Millionaire")

Best Sound Mixing: Resul Pookutty with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke ("Slumdog Millionaire")

Best Sound Editing: "The Dark Knight"

Best Original Score: A R Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire")

Best Original Song: 'Jai ho' ("Slumdog Millionaire", music by A R Rahman and lyrics by Gulzar)

Best Costume: Michael O'Connor ("The Duchess")

Best Documentary Feature: "Man on Wire"

Best Documentary (short subject): "Smile Pinki"

Best Film Editing: "Slumdog Millionaire"

Best Makeup: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Best Animated Short Film: "La Maison en Petits Cubes"

Best Live Action Short Film: "Spielzeugland" (Toyland)

Best Visual Effects: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"