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'Slumdog Millionaire' wins Oscar for Best Movie; the late Heath Ledger is Best Supporting Actor
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Slumdog Millionaire" - the year's
underdog tale - took eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director,
Sunday night at the 81st annual Academy Awards ceremony.
Oscar Nominations: 'Slumdog Millionaire,' big winner
'Benjamin Button,' Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet are in distinguished company.
By Jocelyn Vena and Gil Kaufman found at mtv.com
The Oscars are almost here, and since the nominations came out a month ago, we thought we'd remind you of who is up for the gold Sunday night (February 22).
As expected, Heath Ledger, Kate Winslet and "Doubt" managed to capture the hearts of the Academy. It may be surprising to some, however, that "The Dark Knight" didn't find its way on the Best Picture and Best Director ballots for the 81st annual ceremony. Instead the Best Picture race looked almost identical to the lineup of this year's Golden Globes nominees, with nods for "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," "The Reader," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk" and Slumdog Millionaire
All four leads in the religious drama "Doubt" were nominated for the awards, which will air on ABC. Kate Winslet was not able to repeat her double-dipping in the lead and supporting roles categories at the Globes, earning a Best Actress Oscar nod for her role as a former Nazi in "The Reader," but not for work as a housewife trapped in a drowning marriage in "Revolutionary Road." Her "Revolutionary Road" co-star and good friend Leonardo DiCaprio was shut out from the Best Actor category.
Nominated alongside Winslet are Anne Hathaway ("Rachel Getting Married"), Angelina Jolie ("The Changeling"), Melissa Leo ("Frozen River") and Meryl Streep ("Doubt").
Ledger, who won in the supporting actor category at the Golden Globes, faces another formidable slate of actors, including Josh Brolin ("Milk"), Robert Downey, Jr. ("Tropic Thunder"), and Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Doubt").
The Best Director category will find "Button" director David Fincher going up against such fellow veterans as Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Stephen Daldry ("The Reader") and Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire").
In addition to the DiCaprio snub, the Best Actor group featured at least one surprise: the inclusion of longtime character actor Richard Jenkins for his role in "The Visitor." He will compete against Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon"), Sean Penn ("Milk"), Brad Pitt ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and resurgent Golden Globe winner Mickey Rourke, for his bruising take on the life of a washed-up grappler in "The Wrestler."
Rourke's co-star in that film, Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei, was also honored, earning a Best Supporting Actress nod for her role as a stripper. The category also includes Amy Adams ("Doubt"), Penélope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), Viola Davis ("Doubt") and Taraji P. Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button").
The nominees for Best Animated Feature are "Bolt," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Wall-E." Miley Cyrus' Globe-nominated "Bolt" track, "I Thought I Lost You," didn't receive a nomination for Best Original Song. Instead, "Down to Earth" from "Wall-E" (Peter Gabriel), "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire" (A.R. Rahman) and "O Saya" from "Millionaire" (Rahman and M.I.A.) will be up for the award.
Though it washed out in the directing and best picture nominations, "Knight" racked up seven nominations in addition to Ledger's: Art Direction, Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.
The nominees for Adapted Screenplay are "Button," "Doubt," "Frost/Nixon," "The Reader" and "Slumdog Millionaire." The Original Screenplay category pits "Frozen River" against "Happy-Go-Lucky," "In Bruges," "Milk" and "Wall-E."
While some of the year's biggest and best-loved flicks didn't make it into the major categories, they managed to slip into some of the technical ones. "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" got an Achievement in Makeup bid, for instance, and "Iron Man" was nominated for Sound Editing and Visual Effects.
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