And the Oscar goes to: The Witness -- From the Balcony of Room 306
Those in the Academy have hearts, and The Witness is a heart-warming documentary. Eddie Lama fears animals until he finds a kitten that causes him to rescue abandoned animals in New York, an uncommon and inspiring theme.


Short film (animated):
La Maison de Petits Cubes
Lavatory -- Lovestory
Oktapodi
Presto
This Way Up
And the Oscar goes to: Presto
It's not juvenile, it's clever. The short animation created by the geniuses at Pixar involves a negligent magician and his fed-up bunny. The furry animal twists his magician's magic around in order to get some attention -- and a carrot.


Sound mixing:
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, Mark Weingarten for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick for The Dark Knight
Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty for Slumdog Millionaire
Tom Myers, Michael Semanick, Ben Burtt for Wall-E
Chris Jenkins, Frank A. MontaƱo, Petr Forejt for Wanted
And the Oscar goes to: The Dark Knight
Everything about Dark Knight, even the sound mixing, is mind-blowing. The mixing team did a phenomenal job in creating a fast-paced and chaotic atmosphere throughout the film.


Best Foreign Language:
The Baader Meinhof Complex