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Annual Academy Awards


Format: DVD-R (VHS-Transfer)

Date: February 22, 2009

Total Time: 2 h 44 m

Venue: Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland

Host: Hugh Jackman

John Williams
not nominated

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Hugh Jackman

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The host and his...

...self-made tribute...

...to the films nominated for...

...Best Picture.

Jackman's duet with Anne Hathaway.

Whoopi Goldberg
Goldie Hawn
Anjelica Huston
Eva Marie Saint
Tilda Swinton

Tina Fey and Steve Martin

Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black

Daniel Craig and Sarah Jessica Parker

Ben Stiller and Natalie Portman

James Franco, Janusz Kaminski, Seth Rogen

Hugh Jackman sings, dances...

...and is happy that:

"The Musical is back!"

Alan Arkin
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Joel Grey
Kevin Kline
Christopher Walken

Eddie Murphy presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award...

...to Jerry Lewis.

Steven Spielberg

Michael Giacchino

Alicia Keys and Zac Efron

MUSIC (Original Score)
* Slumdog Millionaire -- A.R. Rahman
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Alexandre Desplat
Defiance -- James Newton Howard
Milk -- Danny Elfman
WALL-E -- Thomas Newman

A.R. Rahman performs "O Saya" and "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire.

John Legend performs "Down to Earth" from Wall-E.

MUSIC (Original Song)
* "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire -- Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Gulzar
"Down to Earth" from WALL-E -- Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; Lyric by Peter Gabriel
"O Saya" from Slumdog Millionaire -- Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Liam Neeson and Freida Pinto

Queen Latifah performs "I'll Be Seeing You" during the In Memoriam tribute.

Reese Witherspoon

Halle Berry
Marion Cotillard
Nicole Kidman
Sophia Loren
Shirley MacLaine

Adrien Brody
Michael Douglas
Robert De Niro
Anthony Hopkins
Ben Kingsley

Steven Spielberg

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
Frost/Nixon -- Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
Milk -- Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
The Reader -- Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti and Redmond Morris, Producers
* Slumdog Millionaire -- Christian Colson, Producer

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

Anne Hathaway -- Rachel Getting Married {"Kym"}
Angelina Jolie -- Changeling {"Christine Collins"}
Melissa Leo -- Frozen River {"Ray Eddy"}
Meryl Streep -- Doubt {"Sister Aloysius Beauvier"}
* Kate Winslet -- The Reader {"Hanna Schmitz"}

Amy Adams -- Doubt {"Sister James"}
* Penélope Cruz -- Vicky Cristina Barcelona {"Maria Elena"}
Viola Davis -- Doubt {"Mrs. Miller"}
Taraji P. Henson -- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button {"Queenie"}
Marisa Tomei -- The Wrestler {"Cassidy"}

Richard Jenkins -- The Visitor {"Walter"}
Frank Langella -- Frost/Nixon {"Richard Nixon"}
* Sean Penn -- Milk {"Harvey Milk"}
Brad Pitt -- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button {"Benjamin Button"}
Mickey Rourke -- The Wrestler {"Randy"}

Josh Brolin -- Milk {"Dan White"}
Robert Downey Jr. -- Tropic Thunder {"Kirk Lazarus"}
Philip Seymour Hoffman -- Doubt {"Father Brendan Flynn"}
* Heath Ledger -- The Dark Knight {"Joker"}
Michael Shannon -- Revolutionary Road {"John Givings"}

Bolt -- Chris Williams and Byron Howard
Kung Fu Panda -- John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
* WALL-E -- Andrew Stanton

Changeling -- Art Direction: James J. Murakami; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
* The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
The Dark Knight -- Art Direction: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Peter Lando
The Duchess -- Art Direction: Michael Carlin; Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road -- Art Direction: Kristi Zea; Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Changeling -- Tom Stern
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight -- Wally Pfister
The Reader -- Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
* Slumdog Millionaire -- Anthony Dod Mantle

Australia -- Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Jacqueline West
* The Duchess -- Michael O’Connor
Milk -- Danny Glicker
Revolutionary Road -- Albert Wolsky

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) -- Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Encounters at the End of the World -- Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
The Garden -- Scott Hamilton Kennedy
* Man on Wire -- James Marsh and Simon Chinn
Trouble the Water -- Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

DOCUMENTARY (Short Subject)
The Conscience of Nhem En -- Steven Okazaki
The Final Inch -- Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
* Smile Pinki -- Megan Mylan
The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306 -- Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
The Dark Knight -- Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon -- Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
Milk -- Elliot Graham
* Slumdog Millionaire -- Chris Dickens

The Baader Meinhof Complex -- Germany
The Class -- France
* Departures -- Japan
Revanche -- Austria
Waltz with Bashir -- Israel

* The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Greg Cannom
The Dark Knight -- John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
Hellboy II: The Golden Army -- Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

MUSIC (Original Score)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Alexandre Desplat
Defiance -- James Newton Howard
Milk -- Danny Elfman
* Slumdog Millionaire -- A.R. Rahman
WALL-E -- Thomas Newman

MUSIC (Original Song)
"Down to Earth" from WALL-E -- Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; Lyric by Peter Gabriel
* "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire -- Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Gulzar
"O Saya" from Slumdog Millionaire -- Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

SHORT FILM (Animated)
* La Maison en Petits Cubes -- Kunio Kato
Lavatory - Lovestory -- Konstantin Bronzit
Oktapodi -- Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
Presto -- Doug Sweetland
This Way Up -- Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

SHORT FILM (Live Action)
Auf der Strecke (On the Line) -- Reto Caffi
Manon on the Asphalt -- Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
New Boy -- Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
The Pig -- Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
* Spielzeugland (Toyland) -- Jochen Alexander Freydank

* The Dark Knight -- Richard King
Iron Man -- Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
Slumdog Millionaire -- Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers
WALL-E -- Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
Wanted -- Wylie Stateman

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
The Dark Knight -- Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
* Slumdog Millionaire -- Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
WALL-E -- Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
Wanted -- Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

* The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
The Dark Knight -- Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
Iron Man -- John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

WRITING (Adapted Screenplay)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Screenplay by Eric Roth; Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
Doubt -- Written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon -- Screenplay by Peter Morgan
The Reader -- Screenplay by David Hare
* Slumdog Millionaire -- Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

WRITING (Original Screenplay)
Frozen River -- Written by Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky -- Written by Mike Leigh
In Bruges -- Written by Martin McDonagh
* Milk -- Written by Dustin Lance Black
WALL-E -- Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon; Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

* Jerry Lewis

* Ed Catmull

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Scientific and Engineering Award)
* To ERWIN MELZNER for the overall concept including the optical and cooling systems, VOLKER SCHUMACHER for the optical design, and TIMO MÜLLER for the mechanical design, of the Arrimax 18/12 lighting fixture for use in motion picture production. With its choice of vari-focus and specular reflectors, the superior optical and mechanical design of this lighting fixture allows it to operate at 18,000 watts, producing unsurpassed light quality while its innovative cooling system keeps the housing safe to touch. [Lighting]
* To JACQUES DELACOUX for the concept and electronic design, and ALEXANDRE LEUCHTER for the software and electronic design, of the Transvideo video-assist monitors for the motion picture industry. Using color LCD screens, the Transvideo monitors provide flicker-free video assist bright enough for use in sunlight and have become a ubiquitous tool in both spherical and anamorphic cinematography. [Systems]
* To BRUNO COUMERT and JACQUES DEBIZE for the optical design, and DOMINIQUE CHERVIN and CHRISTOPHE REBOULET for the mechanical design, of the compact and lightweight Angenieux 15-40 and 28-76 zoom lenses for handheld motion picture photography. With focus and zoom functions that can be easily controlled by either the operator or focus puller while filming handheld, these lightweight zoom lenses demonstrate a very high degree of engineering, supporting both ease of use and quick interchange. [Lenses and Filters]

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Technical Achievement Award)
* To STEVE HYLÉN for the concept and his continued leadership in the further development of the Hylén Lens System for motion picture effects photography. When attached to a film or digital production camera, this versatile aerial image device can produce a wide variety of optical effects interactively, on set and in real time without post-production image manipulation. [Lenses and Filters]

* To Mark Kimball in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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