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'Slumdog Millionaire' wins Oscar for best picture

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-03-01

'Slumdog Millionaire' has won the Oscar for best picture at the 81st Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 'Slumdog' director Danny Boyle won the best director award, Sean Penn took the prize for best actor and Kate Winslet won best actress.

'Slumdog Millionaire' has won the Oscar for best picture at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California. The rags-to-riches tale of a young boy in Mumbai was widely favoured to win the top prize.

'Slumdog' director Danny Boyle has spent most of his career proving that small is often beautiful, whether he's filming drug addicts in Edinburgh or virus-crazed zombies rampaging through London.

The 52-year-old Briton forged his reputation with a string of acclaimed low-budget movies, from 'Shallow Grave' to

'Trainspotting'. 

Indian composer A.R. Rahman won two Oscars for best song and best score for 'Slumdog', which also took the Oscars for best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best sound mixing and best film editing.


Sean Penn won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of a trailblazing gay politician in the biopic 'Milk'.

It was the 48-year-old's second best actor Academy Award following his win for 2003 drama 'Mystic River'.

Other nominees included Mickey Rourke for 'The Wrestler,' Richard Jenkins for 'The Visitor,' Frank Langella for 'Frost/Nixon' and Brad Pitt for 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'.

British star Kate Winslet made it sixth time lucky at the Oscars, capping her childhood dreams of winning the best actress statuette after five previous Academy nominations ended in defeat.

Winslet, 33, won for her haunting performance in 'The Reader' as a former Nazi death camp guard who starts a love affair with a teenage boy in post-war Germany who is later put on trial for war crimes.

Winslet admitted she had been dreaming of Oscars gold for a very long time.

"I'd be lying if I said I haven't made a version of this speech before. I think I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror and this would have been a shampoo bottle," she told the glittering audience at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony.
 

Date created : 2009-02-22