Oscars 2009: Kate Winslet wins Oscar gold and bites at the British press

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Kate Winslet won the coveted Best Actress Academy Award last night for her role in “The Reader” and joked about the speech she’d made up in her mind from when she was a young girl growing up in Reading. “I’d be lying if I hadn’t made a version of this speech in the bathroom and this would have been the shampoo bottle.” Lifting the heavy statue she said, “Well it’s not a shampoo bottle now.” Kate is recognized as one of the finest actresses of her generation and in generous recognition of another great actress, Meryl Streep, who was up to her 15th nomination, Kate said, “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.” Meryl was nominated for her role as a Catholic nun in“Doubt.”

In the post Oscar press conference, a journalist asked her to comment about the British press focusing on her emotional acceptance speech at the Golden Globes and quickly snapped back, “I really don’t care. And, quite honestly, it makes me very sad that my own country can’t be pleased for the successes of their own kind in the way that America really seems to be able to be.” A British journalist spoke next and reassured her that Britain did love her.

Oscars 2009: Slumdog Millionaire wins for Danny Boyle

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The Brits stole the show last night’s 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood. “Slumdog Millionaire” won 7 Oscars that went to both British and Indian artists, with director Danny Boyle receiving his prize from Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, before jumping up and down like a crazy person. “My kids are too young to remember this now but when they were much younger I swore to them that if this miracle ever happened that I would receive it in the spirit of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh.”

Danny Boyle’s directing credits are an eclectic mix of genre from the thriller and social comedy of “Shallow Grave” and“Trainspotting” to the horror flick and sci-fi of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine.” Danny isn’t afraid to take on anything as long as the script is strong and has a unique story to tell. With “Slumdog Millionaire” as his latest masterpiece there is no news as to what he us up his sleeve for development. Maybe  I live action Winnie the  Pooh.

Oscars 2009: Heath Ledger Wins Best Supporting Actor

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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: 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.