LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a big Oscar night for "Slumdog
Millionaire." The ghetto-to-glory story wins the best-picture
Academy Award and seven other Oscars.
Danny Boyle wins best director for "Slumdog Millionaire" and
he thanked the people of Mumbai, India, saying they even dwarf
Kate Winslet wins best actress for the Holocaust-themed drama
"The Reader." Sean Penn takes best actor for the title role of
"Milk." The late Heath Ledger wins supporting actor for "The
Dark Knight," while Penelope Cruz was honored as best supporting
actress for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."
Penn used his acceptance speech to urge an end to the ban on gay
marriage. He played the slain gay-rights pioneer Harvey Milk.
The crowd gave a standing ovation to Heath Ledger's family as
they accepted his best supporting actor Oscar. Ledger died 13
months ago. His father, Kim, thanked the academy for recognizing
his son's "amazing work."