Slumdog Millionaire took home eight Oscars out of the ten it was nominated for, including Best Picture, and Best Director for Danny Boyle. Not bad for a low budget British movie, which, as Boyle said, had “no stars, no power or muscle.” It was no surprise when Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal as The Joker in The Dark Knight, but the emotion that swept through the audience while his parents and sister accepted the award on behalf of his young daughter Matilda, was sobering. Tears flowed from the eyes of those who’d known and worked with him, such as Anne Hathaway, while others, who didn’t know him as well, still had tears in their eyes. Coincidentally, it was 13 months ago last night that Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose. Penélope Cruz won Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, while Kate Winslet won Best Actress for playing a German woman in The Reader. Sean Penn spoke out for gay rights while accepting his Best Actor Oscar for portaying a gay politician in Milk, calling out, “You commie homo-loving sons of guns!” Hugh Jackman, the first non-comedian to host the Academy Awards in years, did a great job. His first musical number, done tongue-in-cheek “on a shoestring budget due to the recession,” was hilarious, especially when he joked that he hadn’t seen The Reader, and did a generic song-and-dance to represent it. A later musical number with Beyoncé also featured stars from High School Musical 3 and Mamma Mia. The presentation of the acting awards dragged, with each nominee receiving praise from a previous winner instead of just showing clips from their nominated performances, but overall, it was the most entertaining Academy Awards ceremony in years. For a complete list of nominees and winners, click here.