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Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Sean Penn for Milk
Best Actress: Kate Winslet for The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Foreign Language Film: Departures (Japan)
Best Original Score: A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Song: "Jai Ho" (music by A.R. Rahman, lyric by Gulzar) from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Animated Feature: WALLE
Best Animated Short Film: La maison en petits cubes (The House in Small Cubes)
Best Live Action Short Film: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Documentary Short Film: Smile Pinki
Best Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt (art direction) and Victor J. Zolfo (set direction) for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Costume Design: Michael O'Connor for The Duchess
Best Makeup: Greg Cannom for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Visual Effects: Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, and Craig Barron for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Sound Editing: Richard King for The Dark Knight
Best Sound Mixing: Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, and Resul Pookutty for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Film Editing: Chris Dickens for Slumdog Millionaire

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (honorary Oscar): Jerry Lewis

Multiple award winning films:

Slumdog Millionaire: 8
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: 3
Milk: 2
The Dark Knight: 2



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.85
They can all go to hell for not even nominating Gran Torino. These people don't know good movies.
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I am amused by the number of wrestling fans who have chosen to go the "oscars are gay olympics and of course they voted for sean penn playing a dead gay guy" route to explain Mickey Rourke losing.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.86
    Originally posted by odessasteps

    I am amused by the number of wrestling fans who have chosen to go the "oscars are gay olympics and of course they voted for sean penn playing a dead gay guy" route to explain Mickey Rourke losing.
A totally valid theory endorsed by Sean Penn himself!



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.78
Yes, I concur. Penn wasn't even on my radar. That award was an apology for not rewarding Brokeback. Seriously, if it wasn't going to go to Rourke, who gave hands down the most honest and gut-wrenching performance, it should at least have gone to Langella, who gave the most transformative. Penn is great in everything, but he's already won one, and if they only gave Pacino one, Penn certainly doesn't need two.

Ledger winning was swell. Certainly glad I taped it though, can't believe anyone sits through this whole show.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
I guess I REALLY need to go see Slumdog.

Great for Ledger winning. I know it's a make up win since he got ripped off for Brokeback, but it was a stunning performance regardless.

The show was entertaining, I especially liked the five former winners thing they had. I haven't watched the Oscars in ages, so I don't know if that's new or not. But it was cool.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.20
    Originally posted by odessasteps

    I am amused by the number of wrestling fans who have chosen to go the "oscars are gay olympics and of course they voted for sean penn playing a dead gay guy" route to explain Mickey Rourke losing.


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.25
I turned on the show when Will Smith seemed to bash the Best Picture nominations and then handed the award to Benjamin Buttons for best visual effects over Iron Man and Dark Knight. At that point I realized the Academy has its head shoved up its ass. Ledge winning was really no surprise mainly due to him dying and no one really there to oppose him. Penn really doesn't need another oscar for a movie that seems to be the post child for gay rights. Rourke's story and performance was awesome and deserved the award. As for best picture, the fact that no one has really seen these films prior to their oscar nods proves to me that the Academy needs a shake-up. If Dark Knight and/or Wall-E were nominated there might be some interest in the category. I remember when ET, Star Wars and Jaws were nominated, they lost but at least they made the show worth watching.
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I suspect Penn's victory is going to be one of those that people look back and say "really? He won?" like looking back 1992 or 2000 or 2004.

To Odessa, I don't believe it is that far out of the realm of possibility to think that having Milk come out in the year of an extremely emotional battle about gay rights in the state where almost all the Oscar voters live and work gave it an advantage that went beyond the performance, or at least gave everything surrounding it a resonance it might not otherwise have had. But then I think Penn's gay voice sounds a whole lot like his "I Am Sam" retarded voice, so I'm not particularly impressed.

It is funny though that Rourke supposedly hurt his Oscar chances for being seen with wrestlers, yet Penn has gone to Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba and that simply made him appear a better person. I knew wrestling wasn't popular, but I didn't know Vince placed above Castro, Chavez, and Ahmedinejad on the list of evil people one shouldn't talk to :)



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.68
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    The show was entertaining, I especially liked the five former winners thing they had.


At first I liked this also. But then I was turned off by the fact that the presenters were just reading completely scripted compliments off of the teleprompter that were written for them to say by the Oscar writers. I would of liked it alot more if the presenters had to write their own nominee introduction. Would have made it seem more heartfelt rather than robotic.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.63
This is the first time in about 20 years that I had not seen any of the best Picture nominees. A new baby will do that to you.

I did see Man on Wire, and enjoyed his acceptance speech.

Ledger's win was quite moving.




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Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you...

As they played out, the Oscars left me with only one major gripe this year. (Sure, there are lots of little gripes, but to have only one major one is actually better than usual for them.) And amazingly enough, it doesn't involve one of the major awards - even though like many here, I would have preferred Rourke win, Penn's performance really isn't any less worthy, and I understand why the Academy made that choice.

But here's the rub: Ben Burtt, the sound designer on WALLE, is in many ways the heart and soul of the best movie I saw at the cineplex last year (and don't get me started on how much of a crime it is that the Academy didn't give WALLE more serious consideration for the top prize during the nomination period). Not only does he play the usual role of aurally bringing an entire film together, but in this instance, his work makes him a lead actor and an entire supporting ensemble all in one, because without the voices (and the humanity behind them) that WALLE and all the other robots have, the film doesn't have a prayer of working the way it does. As with Guillermo del Toro and Pan's Labyrinth a few years back, it's incredibly disheartening that the Academy failed to properly recognize someone who's just as important (if not more so) to WALLE as Andrew Stanton and all the Pixar animators.



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#13 Posted on
    Originally posted by kentish
    This is the first time in about 20 years that I had not seen any of the best Picture nominees. A new baby will do that to you.


That means that you will now only see the Best Animated Film nominees. (Not that I am complaining about having seen Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda)



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.29
    Originally posted by spf
    I suspect Penn's victory is going to be one of those that people look back and say "really? He won?" like looking back 1992 or 2000 or 2004.

    To Odessa, I don't believe it is that far out of the realm of possibility to think that having Milk come out in the year of an extremely emotional battle about gay rights in the state where almost all the Oscar voters live and work gave it an advantage that went beyond the performance, or at least gave everything surrounding it a resonance it might not otherwise have had. But then I think Penn's gay voice sounds a whole lot like his "I Am Sam" retarded voice, so I'm not particularly impressed.

    It is funny though that Rourke supposedly hurt his Oscar chances for being seen with wrestlers, yet Penn has gone to Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba and that simply made him appear a better person. I knew wrestling wasn't popular, but I didn't know Vince placed above Castro, Chavez, and Ahmedinejad on the list of evil people one shouldn't talk to :)


I am not disputing the "gay olympics" premise. I just think the hyper-criticism found on message boards last night and today was amusing and probably predictable.



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I saw Milk, and while I am probably biased (I knew both Harvey Milk and Dan White), I found Penn's role pretty darn spot on. They kind of pushed Milk's godhood a little, but not that much. Milk was pretty godlike at Market and Castro, anyway, and down Polk Street.

Of the other top nominees, I have only seen Slumdog (I found it to be pretty standard Bollywood fare (just in English)), and was suprised at the love it received.

and..... I also loved Mama Mia

so judge all my statements from that.



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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    I saw Milk, and while I am probably biased (I knew both Harvey Milk and Dan White), I found Penn's role pretty darn spot on. They kind of pushed Milk's godhood a little, but not that much. Milk was pretty godlike at Market and Castro, anyway, and down Polk Street.

    Of the other top nominees, I have only seen Slumdog (I found it to be pretty standard Bollywood fare (just in English)), and was suprised at the love it received.

    and..... I also loved Mama Mia

    so judge all my statements from that.


Really? How did you know them?



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Watching Kate Winslet winning an Oscar was one of those moments I will never forget. Not only did she deliver an absolutely awesome acceptance speech, but she came over as completely loveable and not the least bit arrogant. That women would have won me over last night if she didn't already 15 years ago! This was probably the most overdue win in the history of those damn Academy Awards, and I don't even want to think about what I'd have done to me if she would've lost again:-)

Oh, and I also agree with everybody who hated Wall-E being nominated for Best Animated Feature instead of....you know....BEST PICTURE!!!
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.63
    Originally posted by PhilRippa
      Originally posted by kentish
      This is the first time in about 20 years that I had not seen any of the best Picture nominees. A new baby will do that to you.


    That means that you will now only see the Best Animated Film nominees. (Not that I am complaining about having seen Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda)


LOL. Mrs. Kentish made a similar joke last night!




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Best Spot of the Night: Winslet's Dad whistling...he had some RANGE!



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