US: The Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire picked up this year's sound awards, writes David Davies. The 81st Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday night (February 22nd) and favoured one film above all - Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, which won a grand total of eight Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture.
The film's other honours included Achievement in Sound Mixing, which went to Ian Tapp (pictured) and Richard Pryke - both from Pinewood Post - along with Resul Pookutty. The award followed Slumdog Millionaire's recent sound category success at the BAFTA Film Awards (read more here).
Slumdog Millionaire also emerged victorious in both of the music categories, picking up Best Original Score (A. R. Rahman) and Best Original Song ('Jai Ho').
However, the film didn't triumph in the Achievement in Sound Editing category, where the honours went to Richard King for his work on the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight.
This year's ceremony was presented by actor Hugh Jackson and incorporated a more fast-paced format, prompted by several years of declining TV ratings.