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2009 Academy Awards Winners

Natalie Portman didn’t win an Oscar last night, but she looked damn fine.

Outside of the atrocious “The musical is back!” razzle-dazzle pranceathon, I thought the Oscars were solid this year. It looks like they fired everybody involved with last year’s major failure, showed some restrain in the budget department and got reasonably classy. And the winners were:

BEST PICTURE:

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

BEST DIRECTOR:

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

BEST ACTOR:

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

BEST ACTRESS:

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

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

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

- Happy-Go-Lucky
- Frozen River
- Wall-E
- Milk
- In Bruges

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

- The Reader
- Slumdog Millionaire
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Frost/Nixon
- Doubt

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

- Peter Gabriel/Thomas Newman — Down to Earth, Wall-E
- A.R. Rahman/Maya Arulpragasam — O Saya, Slumdog Millionaire
- A.R. Rahman/Gulzar — Jai Ho, Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

- James Newton Howard, Defiance
- Alexandre Duplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Thomas Newman, Wall-E
- A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
- Danny Elfman, Milk

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

- Bolt
- Wall-E
- Kung Fu Panda

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

- Departures
- The Class
- The Baader Meinhof Complex
- Waltz With Bashir
- Revanche

BEST ART DIRECTION:

- The Duchess
- The Dark Knight
- Changeling
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Revolutionary Road

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

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

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

- Australia
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Revolutionary Road
- Milk
- The Duchess

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY:

- Encounters at the End of the World
- Man on a Wire
- The Betrayal
- Trouble the Water
- The Garden

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY:

- The Final Inch
- The Conscience of Nhem En
- Smile Pinki
- The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306

BEST EDITING:

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

BEST MAKEUP:

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

BEST ANIMATED SHORT:

- Oktapodi
- Presto
- La Maison en Petits Cubes
- This Way Up
- Lavatory — Lovestory

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT:

- Manon on the Asphalt
- The Pig
- New Boy
- Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
- Spielzeugland (Toyland)

BEST SOUND EDITING:

- Iron Man
- Slumdog Millionaire
- Wanted
- Wall-E
- The Dark Knight

BEST SOUND MIXING:

- Wall-E
- Slumdog Millionaire
- Wanted
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Dark Knight

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

- The Dark Knight
- Iron Man
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button