Kate Winslet emerged the victorious winner of the Best Actress category for the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
Sean Penn won for Best Actor for "Milk," and "Slumdog Millionaire" won the Best Picture, with its director, Danny Boyle winning the Best Director trophy.
“Slumdog Millionaire” – 8 wins
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – 3 wins
“Milk” – 2 wins
“The Dark Knight” – 2 wins
I scored 20 out of 24, based on my Oscars predictions.
The night’s biggest upset? Japan's "Departures" winning over Israel’s Best Foreign Language frontrunner, “Waltz With Bashir.”
Here's the complete list of winners! And check out my Oscar minute-by-minute, play-by-play account below!
COMPLETE WINNERS OF THE 81ST ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Dustin Lance Black – “Milk”
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Simon Beaufoy – “Slumdog Millionaire”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Wall-E” – Andrew Stanton
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
“La Maison En Petits Cubes” – Kunio Kato
BEST ART DIRECTION
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” -- Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Duchess” – Michael O’Connor
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE UP
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Greg Cannom
“Slumdog Millionaire” – Anthony Dod Mantle
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
“Spielzeugland (Toyland)” -- Jochen Alexander Freydank
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger – “The Dark Knight”
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Man on Wire” – James Marsh and Simon Chinn
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“Smile Pinki” – Megan Mylan
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, and Craig Barron
BEST SOUND EDITING
“The Dark Knight” – Richard King
BEST SOUND MIXING
“Slumdog Millionaire” -- Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
“Slumdog Millionaire” – Chris Dickens
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“Slumdog Millionaire” – A. R. Rahman
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Slumdog Millionaire” – “Jai Ho” – A. R. Rahman; Lyrics by Gulzar
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Departures” (“Okuribito”) – Japan – Yojiro Takita
“Slumdog Millionaire” – Danny Boyle
Kate Winslet – “The Reader”
Sean Penn – “Milk”
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2009 Oscars Blogfest -- Minute-by-Minute Look at the 81st Annual Academy Awards! The Winners!!! The Losers!!! The Show!!! The Excitement!!!!
5:31 pm Hugh Jackman's opening performance, a bit hawkish, corny-ish, but kinda fun, I enjoy the "Benjamin Button" bit, okay, per our report earlier, Anne Hathaway's "supposed to be" surprised performance.
5:35 pm Hathaway still performing, kinda funny with the peace sign ala Nixon.
5:36 pm Hathaway done, now "The Reader" techno performance
5:37 pm "The Wrestler" to I'm Wolverine...funny
I like the "faux intimate" setting
5:42 pm I like the Best Supporting Actress montage
Aw...a gallery of real-life past Best Supporting Actress winners...
Tilda Swinton is very regal...so is Miss Eva Marie Sainte...Viola Davis is fighting back tears...ooooh Miss Anjelica Huston for Penelope Cruz, I'm kinda liking this homage nominations presenters thingie...
Whoopi talking about Amy Adams, and being a nun...bless you Amy indeed! Goldie Hawn talking about Taraji P. Henson...Tilda Swinton honoring Marisa Tomei...
AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS GOES TO PENELOPE CRUZ...YAY I GOT THIS ONE RIGHT!!!!
Penelope looks HOT! Touching speech, who was the heckler?
Much like Javier Bardem before her, Penelope thanked her motherland -- Spain!
5:53 pm funny opening script montage with Steve Martin and Tina Fey...I think this is the Best Screenwriting Award
Very creative, very fitting Best Original Screenplay nominations announcement...
It's all about the writing craft...
AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY GOES TO DUSTIN LANCE BLACK FOR "MILK" -- ANOTHER YAY! I GOT THIS ONE RIGHT TOO!
I love Black's passion...I LOVE IT I LOVE IT LOVE IT!
YES, THANK GOD FOR HARVEY MILK!!!!
Have I told you I'm loving the 2009 Oscar telecast..so far?
Time for drink re-fill....
Okay I just felt shivers watching "Slumdog" clip...
AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY GOES TO SIMON BEAUFOY FOR "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"...ANOTHER YAY FOR ME!
6:01 pm Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black introduces Best Animation category...funny as Angelina Jolie laughs at Black's jokes...
Lots of dancing animated animals...I'm confused
AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE GOES TO "WALL-E" -- BIG SURPRISE THERE!!!
6:07 pm Director Andrew Stanton accepts the award...I love him!!!
Best Animated Short will Pixar's "Presto" win?
6:10 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ANIMATED SHORT GOES TO "LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES"...SORRY PIXAR...THE ACADEMY SAID, YOU WON THE BEST FEATURE ALREADY, SPREAD THE LOVE....
Director Kunio Katao accepts award...
COMMERCIAL BREAK -- MORE DRINK REFILLS!!!
Okay, sorry I got sidetracked. James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) presents the ART DIRECTION.
6:15 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ART DIRECTION GOES TO "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON"
Acceptance speech, blah blah blah
6:21 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN GOES TO "THE DUCHESS"
For the record, I've gotten 6 out of 7 correct, so far...
6:23 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST MAKE UP GOES TO "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON"
Yay, 7 out of 8!!!
Okay, I'm really loving this telecast, or is it just my drink working its mojo?
6:24 pm Twi-hards rejoice! Robert Pattinson shows up with Amanda Seyfried ("Mamma Mia!") for "a special look at love in the movies in 2008"
They're using Coldplay's "Lovers in Japan" for soundtrack...
6:29 pm Oh I get it, Ben Stiller as Joaquin Phoenix...with Natalie Portman for Best Cinematography
6:35 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"
Anthony Dod Mantle accepts the award!
Yay, 8 out of 9 for me!!!!
6:37 pm Jessica Biel talking about something...potty break
Oh, the scientific and technical awards...I see...
6:42 pm James Franco and Seth Rogen reenacting their roles in "Pineapple Express" talking about the nominated films...my favorite bit is when Franco's watching himself in "Milk" kissing Sean Penn...funny!!!
Franco, Rogen, and Janusz Kaminski presenting the Best Live Action Short Film
6:47 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM GOES TO "SPIELZEUGLAND (TOYLAND)" -- YAY, I GOT THIS ONE RIGHT!!!
Jochen Alexander Freydank accepts the award...
6:52 pm another song and dance number from Hugh Jackman...
Oh, Beyonce shows up!!!
Shake them booties Beyonce!!!
All of a sudden, I'm asking...is this the Tony Awards?
Oh look, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens show up too! Singing their "HSM3" song...
Okay, I'm kinda enjoying the Mamma Mia! part...
Hugh Jackman is such a showtunes-lover!
I got it! The secret of producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark? As their numbers start getting cloying, they pull back harder...as a result? Just perfect production numbers!
7pm Best Supporting Actor presentation...
Past winners descend like gods from Mt. Olympus...
Alan Arkin honors Philip Seymour Hoffman...aw....
Joel Grey introduces "Milk's" Josh Brolin
Brolin + Diane Lane = HOT!!!
Cuba Gooding Jr. honors Robert Downey Jr., sidenote: Are you feeling that Downey Jr. is slowly feeling self-important? I miss the good, old days of the drugging, down-in-the-dumps actor...okay, maybe not!
Christopher Walken's fitting tribute to Michael Shannon!
Oh, and Kevin Kline honors Heath Ledger..sob
7:07 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR GOES TO HEATH LEDGER IN "THE DARK KNIGHT" YAY YAY YAY YAY
Ledger's dad, mom, and sister accept the award! More sobbing...
A tear in director Christopher Nolan's eye...Kleenex...
7:10 pm Best Documentary...you know? This is actually one of my favorite categories! I love documentaries!
Oooooh will "Man on Wire" win?
7:13 pm "Religuolous'" Bill Maher presents the winner!
Yes, it's a tear-inducing documentary open...more Kleenex!!!!
More yes, documentarians present "windows to the world."
And more, more yes, you should go see their movies more!
7:15 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE GOES TO "MAN ON WIRE" -- YES! I'VE LOOOOOOOOOVED THIS FILM SINCE LAST SUMMER!!! SPEAKING OF CRYING...THIS FILM WILL BREAK YOUR HEART!!!!
Aw...Philippe Petit showed up, the "Man on Wire" himself!!! Yes, I believe in magic, and it's a cute act, balancing the Oscar gold on his chin!
7:17 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT GOES TO "SMILE PINKI"
Megan Mylan accepts her award.
So far, I've lost only two categories, Best Animated Short and Best Documentary Short.
Did they say Will Smith is showing up? For what?
Was that Tom Cruise in the Jimmy Kimmel Show promo?
7:23 pm Action Montage
Cool montage by the way...
7:25 pm Will Smith enters for...action movies?
Oh I get it...the Best Visual Effects...will it be "The Dark Knight?"
7:26 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST VISUAL EFFECTS GOES TO "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON"...DANG IT, I CHOSE "THE DARK KNIGHT"
Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, and Craig Barron accept the award...
7:28 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SOUND EDITING GOES TO "THE DARK KNIGHT"
Richard King accepts his award
7:31 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SOUND MIXING GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"
Oooops, I voted for "The Dark Knight." But if the film won Best Sound Editing, logic says, it will also win Best Sound Mixing, no?
Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty accept their award.
Director Danny Boyle looks proudly!
More post production categories...
7:35 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"
Chris Dickens accepts his award! It seems like the "Slumdog" folks really had fun making this film! Note to self: watch "Slumdog Millionaire" again!!!
Danny Boyle looks happy!!!
Now, I've lost three categories -- animated short, documentary short, and sound mixing...
7:44 pm The contemporary "Nutty Professor" honors the original "Nutty Professor" with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award...they're honoring the guy who uttered "faggot" on live TV...but he apologized for it, and apparently the Academy forgave him too!
Oh, and the Academy loves Coldplay too, they're using a second song from the fantastic group, "Vida La Vida"...
14 awards given, 7 to go...I'm halfway, mildly drunk!
Quick, the telecast is fast losing steam!
7:50 pm We're now in the music categories...ahhhh, lovely music...
7:53 pm Zac Efron and Alicia Keys show up for Best Original Score
7:54 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCORE GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"
A.R. Rahman accepts his award! Congratulations!!!!
7:56 pm I'M LOVING THE BOLLYFICATION OF HOLLYWOOD!!!
I love the production number...GO GO GO!!!!
John Legend channels the great Peter Gabriel singing the "Wall-E" song "Down to Earth." And he's doing a great job!!!!
I love "Jai Ho." I'm dancing now!!!!
8:01 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ORIGINAL SONG GOES TO "JAI HO"
Congratulations again Mister Rahman, and Gulzar!!!!
19 categories given, 5 more to go!!!
COMMERCIAL BREAK -- Coming up, the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Actor, Best Actress, supposedly...
8:05 pm Liam Neeson and "Slumdog's" Freida Pinto present the Best Foreign Language film
Ooooops an upset!!!
8:07 pm THE OSCAR FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM GOES TO JAPAN'S "DEPARTURES" (OKURUBITO)
Director Yojiro Takita is very, very happy, he says! And why not? He beats the frontrunner "Waltz With Bashir."
8:10 pm Queen Latifah serenades Hollywood players that are no longer with us..a sweet Memoriam, if you asked me...I'm crying again...sobbing...Kleenex!!!!
Aw...the dear Paul Newman
Oh for the record, I've lost four categories now, animated short, documentary short, sound mixing, and foreign language film...
Sid Ganis didn't make his annual speech! Hugh Jackman introduced him, and said that Ganis is stepping down...
8:19 pm Reese Witherspoon enters...for Best Director...
Could it be, will it be Danny Boyle for "Slumdog Millionaire?"
8:20 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DIRECTING GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"
Danny Boyle accepts his award....oh, cute bit about Tigger...
Boyle thanks the previously unnamed choreographer of the film....
8:25 pm The Best Actress Award!!!
Once again, past winners, goddesses, descend from Mt. Hollywood...
Shirley MacLaine offers love to Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard honors Kate Winslet...
Halle Berry gives love to Melissa Leo...Sophia Loren for Meryl Streep...
Loren puts a smile on my face
Nicole Kidman gives love to Angelina Jolie...aw....
8:32 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ACTRESS GOES TO "THE READER'S" KATE WINSLET!!!!
Finally, Miss Winslet wins!!!
Aw...she's soooo sweet....I'm still not sure about the hair though...but it's very clean!
Her dad whistles
Her fellow nominees, the goddesses...Winslet is GREAT!!!!
8:37 pm The Best Actor Award
Yes, the dudes, the gods of Mt. Hollywood descend...
Michael Douglas honors Frank Langella, Robert DeNiro, fittingly gives tribute to Sean Penn...
Adrien Brody gives love to Richard Jenkins...a tear in Mister Jenkins' eye...touching!
Oooooh Hannibal Lectre, Sir Anthony Hopkins himself, gives love to Brad Pitt! Ben Kingsley honors "the returning champ," Mickey Rourke!!!
8:42 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR GOES TO SEAN PENN, "MILK." YAY, YAY, MILLION-TIMES YAY!!!!
You commie, homo-loving, sons of guns, says Penn! Funny!
Penn talks about gay-marriage...I HEART PENN!!!!!
Mickey Rourke rises again, and he's my brother!
8:47 pm Steven Spielberg presents BEST PICTURE AWARD!!!
Another heart-breaking montage...aw....I LOVE THE WORLD OF THE MOVIES!!!!!!
8:52 pm AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST PICTURE GOES TO "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"
Yay! Finally, the "Slumdog" love arrives at the biggest awards show of the season, the 81st Annual Academy Awards!!!
Wow, a movie with no stars, no studio backing, no budget triumphs over the Oscars!
It's love, it's hope, it's the biggest movie event of the year!
So, I enjoyed the telecast, and Hugh Jackman was a great host and showman!!!
It truly is all about love this year!!!!
Now, I'm drunk, I'm full, I'm ready to go night night
I have to wake up early for our morning show tomorrow!!!
The topic? The Oscars of course!!!
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Okay here it is. I'm gay (breaking news there), but I could care less about the Oscars fashion, who wore whom crap!
I care more about who won, and for what film!
So, does that make me straight?
Talk amongst yourselves!
And honestly, when it comes to fashion? I care more about the funny outfits, like Cher's peacock costume, and Bjork's swan outfit!
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June 30, 2010!
Summit Entertainment officially announced that it's releasing the third film in the vampire franchise, "Eclipse," mid-summer of next year!
The second film, "New Moon" will be seen November of this year!
Director Chris Weitz is helming the second movie, replacing Catherine Hardwicke.
No word yet on the director for "Eclipse" although writer Melissa Rosenberg is working on the script already. She also wrote the scripts for "Twilight" and "New Moon."
So, if "Twilight" is about Bella and Edward, and "New Moon" is about Bella and Jacob, "Eclipse" is where Bella is forced to choose between Edward and Jacob.
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Tyler Perry is truly blessed, and Oscar-weekend be damned, "Madea Goes to Jail" reigned supreme at the box-office, taking in $41.1 million, the highest grossing film ever for both Perry and the film's studio, Lionsgate!
Moviegoers truly love Perry's creation, the feisty Madea!
Steve Rothenberg, president of distribution at Lionsgate said, "You could argue that Madea is now the top female box office star in Hollywood."
HA! Madea is bigger than Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie!
Previous No. 1 winner, "Friday the 13th" dropped tremendously! Having opened with $43.6 million last weekend, now, the Jason Voorhees-lovefest fell to No. 6 with only $7.8 million in earnings.
Meanwhile, "Taken" and "Coraline" held their box-office positions at No. 2 and 3 respectively.
Here's the Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Feb. 20th:
1. "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail," $41.1 million.
2. "Taken," $11.4 million.
3. "Coraline," $11 million.
4. "He's Just Not That Into You," $8.5 million.
5. "Slumdog Millionaire," $8.1 million.
6. "Friday the 13th," $7.8 million.
7. "Confessions of a Shopaholic," $7 million.
8. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $7 million.
9. "Fired Up," $6 million.
10. "The International," $4.5 million.
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