Slumdog Millionaire wins big at Oscars

February 23, 2009  |  11:33am
What were some of the big surprises in last night's 81st Annual Academy Awards? In short, none, and that's partially because there weren't really any big nomination surprises to begin with. Here's a quick guide to all the major winners:

As expected, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire won big, taking home best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, film editing, sound mixing, song and score. If you're counting, that's eight in all.

Other predictable gimmes included Pixar's Wall-E for best animated feature, and Heath Ledger's posthumous best actor grab for his unforgettable portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight. (Blood would have flooded streets if the snubbed blockbuster didn't at least snatch this obvious award.) One subtle surprise during the three-hour-plus broadcast did involve Sean Penn (Milk) beating out Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) in the best actor category, but that was a hard-fought contest to begin with.

The other notable winners were best-supporting-actress winner Penelope Cruz for her role in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, as well as six-time nominee and best-actress winner Kate Winslet for her performance in The Reader. Read our live blog for a more detailed description of the evening.

Related links:
Ctrl-V: 2009 Oscars Live Blog
Feature: 2009 Oscar Predictions and Proclamations
Complete list of winners on Oscar.com

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