2008 Academy Awards (80th Oscar)

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Backgrounder: Academy Awards

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent film award ceremonies in the world. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself was conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer.



Actress Sarah Jessica
Parker and husband

Amy Adamsand and her fiance

Actors Zac Efron and
Vanessa Hudgens

Model Heidi Klum

Danny Boyle

Best Director


Kate Winslet

Best actress


Heath Ledger

Best supporting actor


Penelope Cruz

Best supporting actress


Sean Penn

Best actor


The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button



"The Reader"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
Anne Hathaway
"Rachel Getting Married"

Angelina Jolie

Kate Winslet
" The Reader "
Meryl Streep
" Doubt "
Melissa Leo
" Frozen River "

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