81st Academy Awards

The 81st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2008 and took place on February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and was produced by Bill Condon and Laurence Mark and directed by Roger Goodman. Actor Hugh Jackman hosted the show for the first time.[7] Two weeks earlier in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California held on February 7, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Jessica Biel.[8]

81st Academy Awards
Official poster
DateFebruary 22, 2009 (2009-02-22)
SiteKodak Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Hosted byHugh Jackman[1]
Preshow hosts
Produced byBill Condon
Laurence Mark[3]
Directed byRoger Goodman[4]
Highlights
Best PictureSlumdog Millionaire
Most awardsSlumdog Millionaire (8)
Most nominationsThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button (13)
TV in the United States
NetworkABC
Duration3 hours, 30 minutes[5]
Ratings36.94 million
20.88% (Nielsen ratings)[6]

Slumdog Millionaire won eight awards, including Best Picture.[9][10][11] Other winners included The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with three awards, The Dark Knight and Milk with two, and Departures, The Duchess, La Maison en Petits Cubes, Man on Wire, The Reader, Smile Pinki, Toyland, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and WALL-E with one. The telecast garnered almost 37 million viewers in the United States.


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