Oscar has an Indian-accent tonight with the UK/Indian production Slumdog Millionaire the big winner of the evening - including joining the ranks of the greatest films of all time with the coveted Best Picture award. Foreign-born artists were again richly rewarded for their work at the 81st Academy Awards. Here are some of the winners:
- Simon Beaufoy - UK - best adapted screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire.
- Penelope Cruz - Spain - best supporting actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
- Heath Ledger - Australia - best supporting actor for The Dark Knight
- Danny Boyle - UK - best director for Slumdog Millionaire
- A.R. Rahman - India - best score and best song for Slumdog Millionaire
- Anthony Dod Mantle - UK - best cinematography for Slumdog Millionaire
- Michael O'Connor - UK - best costume design for The Dutchess
- Ian Tapp - UK - best sound mixing for Slumdog Millionaire
- Richard Pryke - UK - best sound mixing for Slumdog Millionaire
- Kate Winslet - UK - best actress for The Reader
- Resul Pookutty - India - best sound mixing for Slumdog Millionaire
- Glenn Freemantle - UK - best sound editing for Slumdog Millionaire
- Tom Sayers - UK - best sound editing for Slumdog Millionaire
- Chris Dickens - UK - best film editing for Slumdog Millionaire
[Note: I know that some of these folks probably don't reside in the US, but I'm going with a technicality here. All were in the US in at least one type of immigrant status last night even if it was a visitor classification. My point was to honor the contributions that international artists make to Hollywood and the American film industry].