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Best Is Yet to Come for Oscar Winners

23 Feb, 2009 By: John Latchem

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Coming out of the 81st Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 22, only six films, representing eight Oscars, are on the home video radar for film fans.

Five of the films are currently available, with the sixth, Milk, due March 10 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

That leaves the two most-honored films — Slumdog Millionaire (eight Oscars, including best picture) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (three awards) — set to reap the full marketing advantage of their Oscar wins when they are announced for home video over the next few months.

Currently available Oscar winners include best animated feature Wall-E, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment; Vicky Cristina Barcelona, best supporting actress winner for Penelope Cruz, from Genius Products; costume design winner The Duchess, from Paramount Home Entertainment; best documentary Man on Wire, from Magnolia; and The Dark Knight, available from Warner Home Video, which won for best sound editing and a posthumous best supporting actor award for Heath Ledger.

The upcoming Milk won best actor for Sean Penn and best original screenplay.

On a side note, Kate Winslet won for her performance as a Nazi in The Reader, which has not yet been announced for home video. But film fans can check out her 2005 episode of HBO’s “Extras” on the first-season DVD, in which she jokingly plays herself decrying her lack of an Oscar as the only reason she takes on a role in a holocaust movie, believing that’s the best way to win one.

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