Oscar statuette ©AMPAS

2008 (81st Annual Awards)
Academy Award Overview

Shown below is an overview of the 2008 Academy Awards, comprised of selected items from the WebMaster’s collection. (All of the items for a given category—for example, all Reminder Lists—can be found in the “Gallery” section.)

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The 2008 Preliminaries

2008 (81st) Reminder List of Eligible Releases

2008 (81st) Voting Rules
Eligibility Period:
January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008

Reminder List of Eligible Releases

Text of Voting Rules

The 2008 Ceremony

2008 (81st) Academy Award Ceremony Poster

2008 (81st) Academy Award Ceremony Program
Sunday, February 22, 2009
5:30 PM

Kodak Theatre,
Hollywood & Highland

Ceremony Poster

Ceremony Program

Nominations & Winners
Winners Only
Nominations by Film
Nomination Statistics by Film

See Also:
    Nominations & Winners by Category
    Winners Only by Category

The 2008 Winners

2008 (81st) Best Picture Poster: “Slumdog Millionaire”

2008 (81st) Best Picture Home Page Background: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Picture:
Slumdog Millionaire
Celador Films Production;
Fox Searchlight (United Kingdom)

Christian Colson, Producer

Best Picture Poster

Best Picture Home Page Background

2008 (81st) Best Actor: Sean Penn Best Actor:
Sean Penn
as Harvey Milk
in the film

2008 (81st) Best Actress: Kate Winslet Best Actress:
Kate Winslet
as Hanna Schmitz
in the film
The Reader

2008 (73rd) Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger Best Supporting Actor:
Heath Ledger
as The Joker
in the film
The Dark Knight

2008 (73rd) Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz Best Supporting Actress:
Penélope Cruz
as Maria Elena
in the film
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

2008 (75th) Best Song: “Jai Ho” Best Song:
Jai Ho
from the film
Slumdog Millionaire

Music by A. R. Rahman;
lyric by Gulzar

Best Song Lyrics

The 2008 Academy Board of Governors Ball

2008 (52nd) Governors Ball Program/Menu

2008 (52nd) Governors Ball Attendee Gift
The Grand Ballroom,
Hollywood & Highland

Governors Ball Program/Menu
Governors Ball Attendee Gift
Dinner Menu