Academy Award Winners 2009
- Best Picture
- Director (Danny Boyle)
- Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy)
- Cinematography (Anthony Dod Mantle)
- Editing (Chris Dickens)
- Original Score (A.R. Rahman)
- Original Song (“Jai Ho”, music by A.R. Rahman, lyrics by Gulzar)
- Sound Mixing (Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty)
The film also won the Golden Globes, Writers Guild, Directors Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.
“Most of all we had passion and we had belief, and our film shows if you have those two things, you have everything,” said producer Christian Colson, surrounded by members of the film’s huge cast and crew.
Sean Penn won best actor for playing Harvey Milk. Dustin Lance Black won original screenplay: the story of the first openly gay man elected to major public office.
“For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think it’s a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect on their great shame and their shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that support,” Penn said. “We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”
Heath Ledger won best supporting actor for his performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” His parents and sister accepted the award for the actor, who died in January 2008.
Japanese filmmakers won two important awards 🙂
Best Foreign Language Film: “Departures” (directed by Yojiro Takita)
Animated Short: “La Maison en Petits Cubes” (directed by Kunio Katō)