Oscars 2009: Winners Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Slumdog Millionaire

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The Best Actress nominations were presented by Sophia Loren, Shirley Mclain, Hale Berry, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard and was presented to Kate Winslet for “The Reader.” “That fainting thing Penelope. I’d be lying if I hadn’t made a version of this speech in the bathroom and this would have been a shampoo bottle. Well it’s not a shampoo bottle now. I think we all can’t believe we’re in a category with Meryl Streep at all. I’m sorry Meryl but you have to just suck that up.”

The Best Actor award was presented by Adrian Brody, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Ben Kingsley. De Niro said of Sean Penn, “Tonight it’s great to be an actor, in life it’s great to be good human being and that is Sean Penn.” And it was Penn who won for his performance in “Milk.” “You comy homo sons of guns. I know how hard I make it to appreciate me.  For those who saw the signs of hatred outside, to those people there is great shame in their grandchildrens eyes. We’ve got to have equel rights for everyone. And one last thing, Mickey Rourke rises again and he’s my brother.”

The Best Picture award was presented by Steven Spielberg and went to Christian Colson for Slumdog Millionaire.

Oscars 2009: Slumdog Millionaire wins double for Sound and Score


Will Smith presented the Outstanding Special Effects for Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Outstanding Sound Editing: The Dark Knight.

Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire.

Film Editing: Slum Dog Millionaire.

Jerry Lewis special award Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award presented by Eddie Murphy for his work with sick children. Jerry Lewis received a standing ovation.

Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Song and Best Original Score went to A. R. Rahman for “Slumdog Millionaire.”

“All my life I had a choice of love or hate. I chose love and I’m here.”

Best Foreging Language Film was awarded to Japan’s “Departures.”




Oscars 2009: Heath Ledger Wins Best Supporting Actor


The best Supporting Actor was introduced by five past winners:

Alan Arkin, Joel Grey, Cuba Gooding JR, Christopher Walkin, Kevin Kline. Heath Ledger won for his performance as The Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

Heath Ledger’s parents and sister accepted the award on his behalf. “Tonight we are choosing to celebrate. We proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful Matilda.” 


Oscars 2009: Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Jennifer Anniston and Jack Black introduced the Best Animation Feature to Andrew Stanton forWall E. And the Best Animated Short to Kunio Kato for La Maison En Petits Cubes. “So heavy. Thank you very much. Thank you, my supporters. Thank you, all my staff. Thank you, my producer. Thank you. Thank you, animation. Thank you my company, Robot. Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.”

Sarah Jessica Parket and Daniel Craig introduce the nominees for Best Art Direction which went to Donald Graham Burt and Victor J. Zolfo for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Best Costume Design went to Michael O’Connor for “The Duchess.” And lastly Make-up to Greg Cannom for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller, who in heavy beard and glasses sent up Joaquin Phoenix beautifully, presented the best Cinematographer award to Anthony Dod Mantle for Slumdog Millionaire.

Pineapple Express duo, James Franco and Seth Rogan sent up this years film nominations before introducing on stage the winner for Best Live Action Short film, Jochen Alexander Freydank for Spielzeugland. 


Oscars 2009: Milk and Slumdog Millionaire win for Best Screenplays

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Steve Martin and Tina Fey introduced the nominees for the Best Original Screenplay and read the nominees in script form in what was probably the best intro to nominees in Oscar history.

Original Screenplay winner Dustin Lance Black made a forceful acceptance speech for his win for

“Milk”. Speaking to a gay audience he said, “I want to thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally, across this great nation of ours. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you, God, for giving us Harvey Milk.”

Adapted Screenplay winner, Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire, “There are certain places in the universe you never imagine standing. For me it’s the moon, the South Pole, the Miss World podium and here.”

Oscars 2009: Penelope Cruz wins Best Supporting Actress

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A tearful Penelope Cruz took the Best Supporting Actress award for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. “Has anyone fainted here because I might be the first one. I want to dedicate this to my parents and my friends. I used to stay up to watch the show and I always thought this day was a day of unity for the world because art is our universal language.”


Oscars 2009: Hugh Jackman Presents an Intimate Academy Awards

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Hugh Jackman is charming Kate Winslet and singing with Anne Hathaway, who has a beautiful voice. Hugh is singing his way through the film nominees and the joke is he’s doing it on the cheep because of the economy. Hugh just received a standing ovation and is now working the Hollywood crowd. Mickey Rourke was told he could say what he likes because there will be a 20 minute delay if he wins. Meryl Streep is on her 15th Oscar nomination and here is the segue way to the Best Supporting Actress.

Tilda Swinton and four other past winners present the nominees.