Oscar Award Nominees and Winners 2009

An Oscar award is made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base standing 13.5 in tall and weighing in at 8.5 lb. The official name of it is the Academy Award of Meri and it depicts a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film that has five spokes. On Wikipedia.org I learned that these five spokes have a special meaning. Each represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Producers, Directors, and technicians. We’ve got a list of all those itching to win one of these little Oscar statuettes and those who plan on adding to their collection.

The Academy Awards also known as the Oscars, will be aired in the Philippines too! Yes, we will be able to watch one of the most prestigious awards in the Hollywood this year. It will be held on February 22 at the Kodak Theatre were it was broadcasted since 2002.

Aside from the announcement of winners, one of the most anticipated events is the walk down the red carpet of the beautiful and handsome actors in the Hollywood wearing their beautiful gowns and tuxedos.

The each Oscar winner will receive an Oscar award made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base standing 13.5 in tall and weighing in at 8.5 lb. The statuettes depicts a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film that has five spokes each representing the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Producers, Directors, and technicians.

And the nominees are:

BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

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

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

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, Milk
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Frozen River, Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky, Mike Leigh
In Bruges, Martin McDonagh
Milk, Dustin Lance Black
WALL-E, Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Eric Roth
Doubt, John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon, Peter Morgan
The Reader, David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL-E

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
La Maison en Petits Cubes
Lavatory — Lovestory
Oktapodi
Presto
This Way Up

BEST ART DIRECTION
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Australia
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Duchess
Milk
Revolutionary Road

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
The Conscience of Nhem En
The Final Inch
Smile Pinki
The Witness — From the Balcony of Room 306

BEST EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
The Class (France)
Departures (Japan)
Revanche (Austria)
Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig
Spielzeugland (Toyland)

BEST MAKEUP
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Alexandre Desplat
Defiance, James Newton Howard
Milk, Danny Elfman
Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman
WALL-E, Thomas Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
”Down to Earth,” WALL-E
”Jai Ho,” Slumdog Millionaire
”O Saya,” Slumdog Millionaire

BEST SOUND EDITING
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL-E
Wanted

BEST SOUND MIXING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL-E
Wanted

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

And the winner goes to:

Complete list of winners at the 81st annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:
• Motion Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk.”
• Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”
• Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.”
• Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
• Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Foreign Film: “Departures,” Japan.
• Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk.”
• Animated Feature Film: “WALL-E.”
• Art Direction: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
• Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Sound Mixing: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight.”
• Original Score: “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman.
• Original Song: “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar.
• Costume: “The Duchess.”
• Documentary Feature: “Man on Wire.”
• Documentary (short subject): “Smile Pinki.”
• Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
• Makeup: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
• Animated Short Film: “La Maison en Petits Cubes.”
• Live Action Short Film: “Spielzeugland (Toyland).”
• Visual Effects: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
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Academy Award winners previously announced this season:
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Oscar statuette): Jerry Lewis
Gordon E. Sawyer Award (Oscar statuette): Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull


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