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"Slumdog" dominates Oscars with best-picture win

2009-02-23 05:03:22 GMT2009-02-23 13:03:22 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Madhur Mittel, Freida Pinto and Dev Patel co-stars in the Oscar-nominated best film 'Slumdog Millionaire,' arrives for the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel co-stars in the Oscar-nominated best film 'Slumdog Millionaire,' arrives for the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

Actor Sir Ben Kingsley, right watches as cast members of the film 'Slumdog Millionaire' arrive for the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

Director Danny Boyle celebrates with actors Azharuddin Ismail (L) and Ayush Mahesh (R) after "Slumdog Millionaire" won the Oscar for best picture during the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009.

Director Danny Boyle celebrates with actors after "Slumdog Millionaire" won the Oscar for best picture during the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009.

"Slumdog Millionaire" is the Academy Awards champion, wrapping up its ghetto-to-glory story by winning best picture and seven other Oscars, including the directing honor for Danny Boyle.

A story of hope amid squalor in Mumbai, India, "Slumdog Millionaire" also had wins that include adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing and both music Oscars, score and song.

Director Boyle offered warm gratitude to the people of Mumbai, saying they "dwarf even this guy" as he held up his Oscar statue.

The other top winners: Kate Winslet, best actress for the Holocaust-themed drama "The Reader"; Sean Penn, best actor for the title role of "Milk"; Heath Ledger, supporting actor for "The Dark Knight"; and Penelope Cruz, supporting actress for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean Penn has his second best-actor Academy Award with his win in the title role of "Milk."

Penn's first words upon taking the stage to accept his prize for playing the slain gay-rights pioneer were: "You commie, homo-loving sons of guns."

Kate Winslet, meantime, has taken best actress for the Holocaust-themed saga "The Reader," while best-picture favorite "Slumdog Millionaire" has cruised to seven Oscars, including best director for Danny Boyle.

Heath Ledger is the supporting-actor winner for his demented reinvention of Batman villain the Joker in "The Dark Knight," becoming only the second actor ever to win an Oscar posthumously.

The supporting-actress trophy has gone to Penelope Cruz as a tempestuous artist in Woody Allen's Spanish romance "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

(Agencies)

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