Sean Penn won his second Oscar in five nominations for "Milk" and Kate Winslet took home her first in six for "The Reader" at Sunday's Academy Awards.
"Slumdog Millionaire" capped its winning streak with Hollywood's top prize.
Best picture winner "Slumdog Millionaire" is the ultimate independent film, proving a bonanza for foreign distributors who gambled on the project even when "Slumdog's" domestic release was in doubt.
Among those less than enthused with the changes to this year's Oscarcast were the red carpet photographers.
Kate Winslet: "It's just dawning on me now that I've won an Oscar," said the actress winner, nearly hyperventilating. "It's just starting to sink in. Oh my God."
Penelope Cruz became the first Spanish actress to win an Oscar, copping the trophy for her performance in Woody Allen comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."
Fox Searchlight's "Slumdog Millionaire" is this year's big winner -- nabbing trophies for picture, director (Danny Boyle) and adapted screenplay (Simon Beaufoy). Top acting trophies went to Kate…
Japan's "Departures" won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in one of the few surprises at Sunday's Academy Awards.
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" took top honors at the 7th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, taking four awards including kudos for visual effects in a visual-effects-driven motion picture…
After much soul-searching, producers have apparently discovered the root problem of award shows: an inconvenient surplus of awards.