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The 81st Oscars (Academy Awards) in 2009

Updated: Jan 14

The 81st Oscars (Academy Awards) celebrated outstanding achievements in film for the year 2008.


Date: February 22, 2009

Host: Hugh Jackman #HughJackman

Location: Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, United States

Nominations announcement: January 22, 2009

Network: ABC #ABC

Presented by: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


Nominations


➱ Best Picture

- Slumdog Millionaire #SlumdogMillionaire

- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button #TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton

- Frost/Nixon #FrostNixon

- Milk #Milk

- The Reader #TheReader


➱ Best Director

- Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire #DannyBoyle

- David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button #DavidFincher

- Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon #RonHoward

- Gus Van Sant, Milk #GusVanSant

- Stephen Daldry, The Reader #StephenDaldry


➱ Best Actor in a Leading Role

- Sean Penn, Milk #SeanPenn

- Richard Jenkins, The Visitor #RichardJenkins

- Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon #FrankLangella

- Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button #BradPitt

- Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler #MickeyRourke


➱ Best Actress in a Leading Role

- Kate Winslet, The Reader #KateWinslet

- Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married #AnneHathaway

- Angelina Jolie, Changeling #AngelinaJolie

- Melissa Leo, Frozen River #MelissaLeo

- Meryl Streep, Doubt #MerylStreep


➱ Best Supporting Actor

- Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight #HeathLedger

- Josh Brolin, Milk #JoshBrolin

- Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder #RobertDowneyJr

- Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt #PhilipSeymourHoffman

- Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road #MichaelShannon


➱ Best Supporting Actress

- Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona #PenelopeCruz

- Amy Adams, Doubt #AmyAdams

- Viola Davis, Doubt #ViolaDavis

- Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button #TarajiPHenson

- Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler #MarisaTomei


(And more categories...)


Highlights

- "Slumdog Millionaire" won Best Picture, and Danny Boyle received the Oscar for Best Director. #BestPicture #BestDirector

- Sean Penn won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Harvey Milk in "Milk." #BestActor

- Kate Winslet received the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in "The Reader." #BestActress

- Heath Ledger won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor posthumously for his role as the Joker in "The Dark Knight." #BestSupportingActor

- Penélope Cruz received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." #BestSupportingActress


 

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