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: 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: 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.”