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Best picture: "Slumdog Millionaire"
Best actor: Sean Penn
Best actress: Kate Winslet
Best foreign language film: "Departures"
Best directing: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Best actress in a supporting role: Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Christina Barcelona."
The first award was presented by five past supporting-actress winners, including last year's, Tilda Swinton, plus Eva Marie Saint, Anjelica Huston, Whoopi Goldberg and Goldie Hawn.
The other nominees included: Amy Adams, Marisa Tomei and Taraji P. Henson
Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger "The Dark Knight"
The winner for supporting actor in a film was given to Heath Ledger for his role as Joker in the "The Dark Knight". Heath's family -- his father, mother and sister -- walked up to the stage and accepted the Oscar award. "This has been difficult for me," his father said. "He had ... determination to be truly accepted by you all here and the industry who helped ..." he added. He was a "compassionate and generous soul," his mother said. A still and somber audience was seen. Among the crowd, actor Brad Pitt and wife Angelina Jolie held back tears. Heath died last year from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. He is only the second actor to win an Oscar posthumously.
Best visual effects: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Best sound editing: "The Dark Knight"
Original song: "Slumdog Millionaire"
Best sound mixing: "Slumdog Millionaire"
Best film editing: "Slumdog Millionaire"
Best original score: A.R. Rahman, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Best (Writing) original screenplay: "Milk" by Dustin Lance Black
Steve Martin and Tina Fey presented best original screenplay.
Other nominees included: "Frozen River" by Courtney Hunt, "Happy-go-lucky" by Mike Leigh, "In Bruges" by Martin McDonough, and "WALL-E": Andrew Stanton
Best (Writing) adapted screenplay: "Slumdog Millionaire"
"Curious Case of Benjamin Button", Eric Roth; "Doubt", John Patrick Shanely; "Frost/Nixon", Peter Hogan; "The Reader", David Hare; "Slumdog Millionaire", Simon Beaufoy
Best animated feature: "WALL-E"
Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black walked out on stage to announce the winner for Best Animation.
Other nominees: "Bolt", "Kung Fu Panda"
Best animated short film: "La Maison en Petit Cubes"
Other nominees: "Lavatory - Lovestory", "Oktapodi", "Presto", "This Way Up"
Best art direction: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Best costume design: "The Duchess"
"Revolutionary Road", "Milk", "Australia", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Best makeup: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Makeup artist Greg Cannom has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and has won four times.
Best cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle, "Slumdog Millionaire";
Nominees: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Dark Night", "Changeling," and, "The Reader"
Best live action short: Spielzeugland (Toyland)