February 23, 2009

Oscars 2009 (Live Update of Results)

Brought to you by Bhargav Saikia

  • Best Supporting Actress - Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
  • Best Animated Feature Film - WALL-E
  • Best Art Direction - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Best Cinematography - Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best Costume Design - The Duchess
  • Best Make Up - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Milk
  • Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Slumdog Milionaire
  • Best Live Action (Short) - Toyland
  • Best Short Film (Animated) - La Maison en Petits Cubes
  • Best Supporting Actor - Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
  • Best Documentary - Man On Wire
  • Best Documentary (Short Subject) - Smile Pinky
  • Best Visual Effects - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Best Sound Editing - The Dark Knight
  • Best Sound Mixing - Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best Film Editing - Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best Original Score - A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire)
  • Best Original Song - "Jai Ho"/Slumdog Millionaire (A.R. Rahman/Gulzar)
  • Best Foreign Language Film - Departures (Japan)
  • Best Director - Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role - Kate Winslet (The Reader)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role - Sean Penn (Milk)
  • Best Motion Picture - Slumdog Millionaire
I hope the live updates of the Oscars 2009 were useful to the readers of The Writers' Lounge. AR Rahman, Gulzar and Resul Pookutty have done India proud. Many congratulations to them! And here's hoping that an "Indian language film" will be honoured with that beautiful Oscar statuette soon enough.


  1. Yay! I was watchin Oscars...
    I'm so happy! India finally bagged one! Nope...not one...but so many!



  2. Hi Aarthi! Yeah, it was a big win for AR Rahman at the Oscars. We can say India has won 3 Oscars this year (2 for Rahman + Gulzar and 1 for Resul). Slumdog Millionaire is essentially a British film, so the remaining awards are strictly for Britain. I hope India can win an Oscar in the Foreign language category soon.

    Thanks for your comment :)

  3. Yays! But I hope next time it's an all Indian movie...

  4. hip hip hurry
    slumdog won 8 oscar awards
    and 3 of them are goes to Indians

  5. hey barghav.....although its a british movie ...but its all indian cast which makes us proud brother.....i am really happy yays ........what a day for India.....jai ho Ar rahman.....u have made india proud with ur musics and thanks to every1 who considered this movie for oscars ...thanks a l ot...i am very happy.....finally my country will do well in future awards
    and yes we will win oscars in future but for indian movie


  6. Stupendous achievement by 'Slumdod Millionaire'.

    Also "Smile Pinky"

    Congrats 2 the whole team who made this posible.

    Great day 4 Indian cinema

  7. Congratulating all the winners, its a great feeling to see indians winning the awards.

    Its not that we are talented just for this film but its been so for ages, only because this was foreign production and a foreign director with international sensibilities, we were able to connect to international audiences across the world.

    Hope one day a pure indian made and directed film reaches that level. But never the less it doesn't mean that we're lacking in quality movies,scripts, acting talent or music or any other department in movie making for the fact. We are a powerhouse and we will always be so. Its high time that we too have an own award ceremony better than the existing ones that matches the Oscars or any other global award functions in quality and international feel. Atleast that way i feel it would be a good advertisement of indian films and showcase it to the world.

    It is sad to see that most of the good films produced(there are numerous) are noticed only when they win awards. Hope the situation changes soon.

    Anyways, a proud moment for us. ARR way to go. Lead on. :)

  8. And also, Smile Pinky , an extra ordinary effort and well documented documentary.

    Which shows how mean we indians can be to our own children treating them as outcastes, this is not new but the problem lies in awareness. And the Oscar it won is truly deserved not only for the documentary but also for the cause.

    :)A proud moment indeed

  9. I am not much into movies though, but I had seen Slumdog, some issues with the movie and i still believe that BLACK was a way better movie (if i rem correct it was also an oscar nominee?)

    but than, that is up to Jury to decide, they must have reasons for it, Congrats guys :)

  10. \m/ Congrats guys..
    Hey Bhargav do you know the guy Amrit Pritam, who got Oscar for the sound mixing is from Jorhat(Assam)!!

  11. @Hashan: Haven't heard of him. Was he in the sound mixing team for Slumdog? This is really very good news :)

    @pink orchit: You're welcome! :)

    @Solitary Writer: Yeah, the Indian cast has made us proud! After all, what's a movie without its actors!

    @.a.: I agree with you about Black being a better movie. It wasn't sent for the Oscars. Paheli was sent from India instead. There was a huge controversy because of this. I feel this year too, India official selection should have been Jodhaa Akbar and not TZP. TZP is a pathbreaking film, no doubt, but western audiences will find it very very difficult to relate to the film' story. It's a completely Indian film at heart.


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