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Last Updated: Monday February 23 2009 16:51 GMT

Oscar success for British stars

Kate Winslet and stars of Slumdog Millionaire ur Mittal, left, and Dev Patel

It was a great night for British talent at the Oscars as some of the world's biggest film stars gathered in Hollywood for the glitzy ceremony.

After six nominations, Kate Winslet finally won her first Oscar as best actress for her part in The Reader.

But the big winner of the night was the British-made film Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight awards, including best film and best director for Danny Boyle.

Meanwhile, WALL-E waltzed off with the Oscar for best animated feature.

WALL-E
Wall-E won best animated feature
The story of the rubbish-picking robot beat Bolt and Kung Fu Panda to win the prize, but missed out on the five other awards it was nominated for.

The story of an eight-year-old Indian girl called Pinki, who was born with something called a cleft lip, won the award for the best short documentary.

Pinki flew to Los Angeles for the glamorous ceremony, but fell asleep before the award was announced!

Supporting actor

Elsewhere, Heath Ledger's family accepted the award for best supporting actor on his behalf, for his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight, more than a year after he died of an accidental drug overdose.

He's only the second actor ever to have been awarded an Oscar after their death.