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'Slumdog' collects big, Ledger wins

Motion picture 'Slumdog Millionare' collected eight oscars Sunday Night at the 81st annual Academy Awards, reported CNN.

Heath Ledger won best supporting actor for his role in 'The Dark Knight', becoming only the second actor of all time to win an Academy Award posthumuously for his demented interpretation of the Batman villain, the Joker, reported the Pioneer Press.

Kate Winslet won the Academy Award for best actress for her role in 'The Reader, and Sean Penn earned the same honor for best actor for his work in 'Milk'. Penelope Cruz won best supporting actress from performance in 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'.

As the film's huge cast took up the stage, producer Christian Colson referring to 'Slumdog's' "extraordinary journey."

"Most of all we had passion and we had belief, and our film shows if you have those two things, you have everything," said Colson, reported CNN.

With ten nominations, 'Slumdog Milliionare's' other wins included best director (Danny Boyle), best adapted screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), score (A.R. Rahman), song ("Jai Ho," co-written by Rahman), cinematography (Anthony Dod Mantle), sound mixing and film editing, according to CNN.

Also, in winning his Oscar for best actor, Sean Penn commented on the anti-gay protesters demonstrating outside, and the recent California vote to ban gay marriage, reported the Pioneer Press.

"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."

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/22/oscar.night/index.html
Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/ci_11762420