Hollywood’s biggest night of the year was a memorable occasion for many but Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” was the toast of Tinseltown.
The British film scooped an incredible eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director and child actors from the slums of Mumbai were among those taking a bow. The red carpet couldn’t be further removed from the setting of the rags-to-riches story in which a poor Indian boy competes for love and money on a TV game show. Another British success story, Kate Winslet, finally got her hands on an Oscar after five failed attempts. She took the Best Actress prize for her portrayal of a German woman with a secret Nazi past in the romantic drama “The Reader.” Best Supporting Actress was Penelope Cruz for her role in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Heath Ledger won a posthumous Best Supporting Actor award for playing The Joker in Batman movie “The Dark Knight.” And picking up the second Oscar of his career was Best Actor Sean Penn, rewarded for his performance as slain San Francisco gay rights activist Harvey Milk in “Milk.”