A new email claims to offer details on the 2009 Oscar winners some time before the results are officially announced –
Dear Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Officers,
This is the final list of winners of the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
As always, please treat this information with extreme care.
Actor in a Leading Role: Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Actress in a Leading Role: Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Actress in a Suppoting Role: Amy Adams (Doubt)
Animated Feature Film: Wall-E
Art Direction: The Dark Knight (Nathan Crowley)
Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire (Anthony Dod Mantle)
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Jacqueline West)
Directing: Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle)
Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Documentary Short: The Conscience of Nhem En
Film Editing: Milk (Elliot Graham)
Foreign Language Film: Departures
Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Greg Cannom)
Music (Score): Defiance (James Newton Howard)
Music (Song): Down to Earth (Wall-E)
Short Film (Animated): Presto
Short Film (Live Action): Auf Der Strecke (On The Line)
Sound Editing: Wall-E (Ben Burrt and Matthew Wood)
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight (Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burrt)
Visual Effects: Iron Man (John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): The Reader (David Hare)
Writing (Original Screenplay): In Bruges (Martin McDonagh)
However, it is a complete fabrication.
The hoax email, purportedly from AMPAS President Sid Ganis, cannot possibly be true as the ballots are still being counted.
Additionally, Sid Ganis does not discover the winners in advance.