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Those wanting to see Oscar-winning documentary 'Smile Pinki', the touching story of an Indian village girl born with a cleft lip, can tune in to national broadcaster Doordarshan this Sunday.American filmmaker Megan Mylan's documentary, to be telecast at 9.30 p.m, is the heartwarming tale of Pinki, whose cleft lip made her a social outcast till her life changed after a meeting with a social worker.Pinki, who is from a remote village in eastern Uttar Pradesh, is a mascot for millions of children across the world who are waiting to smile. »
The 1st Mumbai International Children`s Film Festival (Micff) began here Saturday with a special screening of Megan Mylan`s Oscar winning documentary "Smile Pinki"."I am one of the jury members of Micff and it is wonderful to see my film getting screened as well," Megan told Ians.The special screening of "Smile Pinki" was attended by 350 students.Another film "Aansoo Bane Moti" which has been made by the children of Pali Chimbai Municipal School and Santa Cruz School where writer Amol Gupte teaches will also be screened at the festival."Our society typically slots the financially challenged for menial or vocational jobs. My interaction with the children of Pali Chimbai Municipal School and Santa Cruz School made me realize the immense talent they possess. They therefore must be given opportunities for careers that will exercise their latent talent. This »
The 1st Mumbai International Children's Film Festival (Micff) began here Saturday with a special screening of Megan Mylan's Oscar winning documentary 'Smile Pinki'.'I am one of the jury members of Micff and it is wonderful to see my film getting screened as well,' Megan told Ians.The special screening of 'Smile Pinki' was attended by 350 students.Another film 'Aansoo Bane Moti' which has been made by the children of Pali Chimbai Municipal School and Santa Cruz School where writer Amol Gupte teaches will also be screened at the festival.'Our society typically slots the financially challenged for menial or vocational jobs. My interaction with the children of Pali Chimbai Municipal School and Santa Cruz School made me realize the immense talent they possess. They therefore must be given opportunities for careers that will exercise their latent talent. This film is the result of their effort, »
Steven Okazaki’s Oscar®-nominated documentary short The Conscience of Nhem En is profoundly distressing for reminding that Hannah Arendt’s conception of the “banality of evil” is as global a phenomenon as it is a human one and no less a threat in the machinations of warfare today as yesterday. Our’s is the constant task to remember and resist such inhumanity. Arendt’s understanding of the complicity that supports man’s officious inhumanity to man aligns with filmmaker Okazaki’s thematic concerns with the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. When he and I spoke on the occasion of his Emmy®-award winning White Light, Black Rain, Okazaki expressed his upset with a historicity that excludes the testimonials of survivors of horrific events; an exclusion he deemed “disturbing” if not “racist.” Such exclusions avoid the fascinating and tragic human story and—for his part—talking about survivors and allowing »
- Michael Guillen
Yesterday came the yearly announcement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as it extended 134 invitations to several artists and executives "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures" read the press release. Of course all of them can decline, but I wouldn't necessarily expect that to happen as all who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2009 to the Academy's roster of voting members. "These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world," said Academy President Sid Ganis. "It's this kind of talent and creativity that make up the Academy, and I welcome each of them to our ranks." The list follows below and reading around the best analysis I saw of it came from Nathaniel Rogers at The Film Experience who, among other things, pointed out the addition of longtime Darren Aronofsky's »
- Brad Brevet
On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued invitations to 134 members of the film community to join the group. There were a maximum of 166 open slots to fill this year, but the various branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them.
Hugh Jackman, who hosted the most recent Oscar show, has been invited to join. So have Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, James Franco and Michelle Williams. The list even includes a number of comic performers like Michael Cera, Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd.
Voting membership in the organization has held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.
New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Academy's Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.
"These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world," Academy president Sid Ganis. Said. "It's »
- By Gregg Kilday
If you could use some good news -- and who couldn’t? -- then you’ll want to see “Smile Pinki,” this year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short debuting tonight on HBO at 7pm Eastern. It’s all good news, of the simple, honest, hardworking, getting-things-accomplished, helping-people-who-need-it type. Social worker Pankaj travels around rural India passing out flyers for the extraordinary service provided by the G.S. Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital in the city of Banaras: free surgery -- completely free -- for children born with cleft lips and palates, a common birth defect, and one easily repaired, but beyond the reach of the very poor (who, ironically, are more prone to have children with clefts, which may be caused by prenatal malnutrition -- some of the children we see here have multiple clefts, far more disfiguring problems than I was even previously aware of). Megan Mylan (Lost »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Some might remember earlier this year when ComingSoon.net talked to a couple of the filmmakers behind the Oscar-nominated animated and live action shorts, and others might be aware that neither of our favorites won in their respective categories. Around the same time, we were offered an interview with Megan ( Lost Boys of Sudan ) Mylan, director of one of the four Oscar-nominated doc shorts "Smile Pinki." Instead of potentially jinxing another one, we decided to hold off, and sure enough, "Smile Pinki" won! For the short film, which will be airing on HBO starting on June 3, Mylan took her crew to India to follow two poor Indian kids with disfiguring cleft palates who, through the graces of the non-profit organization The Smile Train were able to get free »
It was Slumdog Millionaire all the way at the Oscar Awards Ceremony held at the Kodak Theatre L.A. on Sunday night but amidst all the 'Slumdog' mania was one more Indian based saga Smile Pinki that won the hearts of the Oscars' jury members. The film, directed by American filmmaker Megan Mylan, won the Best Short Documentary Award at the Oscars. Smile Pinki is a tale of a poor Indian village girl who has been left out from the social circle because of her cleft. How her life changes for the good after undergoing a lip surgery forms the crux of the film. The young protagonist Pinki was present at the gala event along with her father and post the event, the father-daughter duo were seen grinning from ear to ear. Must say..this Pinki did smile at the Oscars »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Slumdog Millionaire" has almost completely swept the Oscars® with awards including Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture and both original song and score music categories. Other notable wins included: - Sean Penn who took home the Best Actor award, his second after 2004's "Mystic River."- Heath Ledger for his astounding performance in Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Dark Knight"- Kate Winslet - Once again for her work in "The Reader" after a two Golden Globe's earned for "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader"- Penelope Cruz - In Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" comedy As announced, here are the winners (noted in bold) of the 2009 Academy Awards which were announced on Sunday, February 22nd. Performance by an actor in a leading role Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films) Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal) Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features) Brad Pitt in »
The actor used his acceptance speech to criticise those who outlawed gay marriage in California and call for equal rights.
He said, "You commie, homo-loving sons of guns. I did not expect this. I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me.
"For those of you who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban on gay marriage to reflect on their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes.
"We've got to have equal rights for everyone."
He also found time to pay tribute to Barack Obama and Mickey Rourke, adding, "I'm very, very proud to live in a country that is willing to elect an elegant man president. Mickey Rourke rises again, and he is my brother."
Winslet was named Best Actress for her portrayal of a Nazi guard in The Reader; sixth time lucky for the star who had been a losing nominee five times before.
After catching her breath onstage, the British actress said, "I'd be lying if I said I hadn't made a version of this speech before. I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror and this was a shampoo bottle. Well it's not a shampoo bottle now."
A stunned Cruz took the Best Supporting Actress award for Vicky Cristina Barcelona and warned the crowd, "Has anybody ever fainted here? I might be the first one," before accepting her award with speeches in English and her native Spanish.
Ledger's Best Supporting Actor award for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight brought Hollywood's A-list to their feet, as his father, mother and sister took to the stage to collect the statuette on his behalf and pay him a touching tribute.
But the night was dominated by British movie Slumdog Millionaire, which scooped eight of the ten awards it was nominated for, including Best Picture and Best Director for filmmaker Danny Boyle, who bounded onstage and impersonated Winnie the Pooh character Tigger before accepting his award.
Australian actor Hugh Jackman was an impressive first-time Oscars host and entertainted guests at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre with a string of song and dance numbers, including duets with Beyonce Knowles and Anne Hathaway.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Animated Feature Film - Wall-e
Best Animated Short Film - La Maison en Petit Cubes
Best Foreign Language Film - Departures (Japan)
Best Picture - Slumdog Millionaire. »
Photo: AMPAS There are several places you can get the 2009 Oscar winners on RopeofSilicon including my live blog and our official Oscar history pages, but if you weren't able to find your way to those pages here are the winners once again along with win tallies at the bottom. Best motion picture of the year Slumdog Millionaire Performance by an actor in a leading role Sean Penn (Milk) Performance by an actor in a supporting role Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) Performance by an actress in a leading role Kate Winslet (The Reader) Performance by an actress in a supporting role Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) Best animated feature film of the year Wall-e Best Documentary Short Subject Smile Pinki Best Short Film (Animated) La Maison de Petits Cubes Best Short Film (Live Action) Spielzeugland (Toyland) Achievement in art direction The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Achievement in cinematography Slumdog Millionaire, »
- Brad Brevet
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire Sound Editing: The Dark Knight Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Documentary Short Subject: Smile Pinki Documentary Feature: Man on Wire Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight Live Action Short Film: Spielzeugland (Toyland) Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Costume Design: The Duchess Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Animated Short Film: La Maison en Petits Cubes Animated Feature Film: Wall-e Adapted Screenplay: Simon »
Did your favorite movies and stars win? Read on to find out! Performance by an actor in a leading role: Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal) Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features) Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight) Performance by an actor in a supporting role: Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features) Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount) Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax) Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage) Performance by an actress in a leading role: Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics) Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal) Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics) Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax) Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) Performance by an actress in a »
Looks like I predicted all the winners yesterday, except for “Best Foreign Language.” Maybe I should have seen one of those before guessing in that category. What did you think? Did they get it right? Who should have won? Post below!
Here are the winners from one of the best Academy Awards ceremonies I can remember:
Best Motion Picture
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Achievement in directing
- Jeff Leins
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
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...
And The Oscar »
22 February 2009 2:52 PM, PST | IMDb News
Slumdog Millionaire capped its winning season at this year's Academy Awards by taking home eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Director. »
In the poor rural village of Mirzapur, India, a 6-year-old girl spent her days sitting in the corner of her house ashamed because of her mouth. "People stared and teased all the time," she told People in her native Indian dialect through a translator. "They would call me 'hothkati' – meaning cut lip or the girl with the cut lip. I was never known by my real name," she said. But her name was Pinki Sonkar. Pinki, now 8, is the unlikely star of Smile Pinki, a 39-minute documentary that chronicles her story from being hopelessly unhappy to being helped by plastic surgeon Dr. »
- Paul Chi
"Slumdog Millionaire," a rags-to-riches tale both on screen and off, was named best picture at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. The indie movie that fought an uphill battle to worldwide recogntion took home eight awards, including best director honors for filmmaker Danny Boyle.
Accepting the award, surrounded by the movie's cast and crew, many of whom had flown in from India for the awards, producer Christian Colson said, "together we have been on an extraordinary journey." Noting that the film had no stars, he cited a script that engendered "mad love »
- By Gregg Kilday
Click here for the 2009 Academy Award winners! This year I opted not to break down every category and discuss the merits of each individual nominee. Mostly because it takes a ridiculous amount of time, but also because there doesn’t seem to be as much excitement as in previous years. Maybe it’s the fact that the populist picks of the year (Dark Knight, for example) were snubbed in the major categories and replaced with little seen films like The Reader. Or maybe because many of the categories are foregone conclusions.
Either way, I wanted to post my favorites/predictions and hopefully get some discussion going on what you think will win and why. I’m posting my picks here, but included the full list of nominations below.
Slumdog Millionaire - It’s clearly the favorite going into the ballot counting having swept every major awards ceremony leading up to the Oscars. »
- Jeff Leins
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