The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009 TV Special)
Winners and presenters include Dustin Lance Black, Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, A.R. Rahman, Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Steven Spielberg, Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Penelope Cruz, Anjelica Huston, Tilda Swinton, Goldie Hawn, Eva Marie Saint, Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Andrew Stanton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Adrien Brody, and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
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Winners and presenters include Hugh Jackman, Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Anne Hathaway, Ben Stiller, Natalie Portman, Jessica Biel, Beyonce Knowles, Jerry Lewis, A.R. Rahman, Reese Witherspoon, Zac Efron, Alicia Keys, Robert Pattinson “Twilight” and “The Twilight Saga’s New Moon,” Amanda Seyfried of “Mamma Mia,” Danny Boyle, and Steven Spielberg
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Honestly, I haven't enjoyed an awards show so much ever I think. The only part I was seriously frustrated at was the memorial for the people that died in 2008. And it wasn't Queen Latifah's fault, she sang beautifully, it was the damn Oscar director who kept switching cameras and was so far off the screen you couldn't read the names...very frustrating.
Hugh was fantastic, even Steve Martin was funny, which these days is a feat. Ben Stiller, oh my god, that was hilarious in his pseudo-Joaquin Phoenix beard, priceless! Hugh definitely needs to come back again next year! The ceremony was very old Hollywood but also very entertaining, something this show hasn't been in quite a while.
Jonas Brothers in particular sat down to answer some burning questions from Barbara and let her follow through their daily life. Barbara started the special with the introduction of each of the brothers, and went on with their achievements. She also interviewed the boys' parents, Denise and Kevin Sr., and went to the theater with the trio to watch their latest 3D film "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience".
In the interview session, Barbara asked the boys to describe one another. Kevin Jonas praised Joe Jonas as an incredible stage performer who has a Mick Jagger
Taking the stage in a suit and a top hat, Jackman said, "You're probably wondering why I'm wearing a suit. Well, something truly remarkable happening here. Something we thought never happened in our live times." He then continued with singing and dancing alongside a bunch of hunks and when he shouted, "Wait a minute, something is missing," Knowles appeared and joined him in the song-and-dance routine.
While Efron was paired with Hudgens, Amanda Seyfried was coupled with Dominic Cooper. They sang, "This is our last chance to share the stage before we go separate way." At the end, all of
“Slumdog” was easily the big winner of the night, followed by “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” with three trophies and “Milk” and “The Dark Knight” with two.
Photo credit: Michael Yada/ABC Acting winners started with Penelope Cruz taking the Supporting Actress trophy for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona," beating Amy Adams & Viola Davis for “Doubt,” Taraji P. Henson for “Benjamin Button,” and Marisa Tomei for “The Wrestler”. Cruz joked about possibly fainting and thanked Woody Allen for giving her a great role.
The Supporting Actor trophy went to Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight
The crew and stars of the movie were summoned to the stage by producer Christian Colson and director Danny Boyle. Colson said on the acceptance speech, "As you can see, our film was a collaboration of hundreds of people and I'm glad that so many of them could make it here tonight." The producer also added that "Slumdog" had virtually no money but a story that inspired "mad love" and a genius director.
Other multiple winners included "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "The Dark Knight" and "Milk". While being nominated for thirteen categories, "Benjamin Button" has only managed to take home three kudos on the night.
In addition to Biel, Beyonce Knowles' form-fitting mermaid style black strapless gown with gold graphic detailing was dubbed as disaster too. No record on who designs her dress, but it is widely believed that the dress is of her mother Tina Knowles' collection.
Amy Adams, who wore a Carolina Herrera red dress to the Oscars over the weekend, was considered the other fashion disaster. Hollyscoop described her gown as "boring" and "so matchy-matchy with her ginger locks." The site, moreover, also blamed her
In addition to Best Achievement in Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay, "Slumdog" has collected Best Achievement in Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Whereas Best Achievement in Editing was given to Chris Dickens and Best Sound Mixing to Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty, the Best Visual Effects for "Benjamin Button" was awarded to Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron.
On another Oscar winner, "The Dark Knight" has added one more golden man statuette. After picking up the Best Supporting Actor for its actor Heath Ledger, the blockbuster superhero movie won the Best Sound Editing for Richard King,
The best cinematography award was presented by Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller, the latter lampooned Joaquin Phoenix before the announcement. Earlier, "Slumdog", the movie about a poor Indian boy who gets a shot at winning millions in a television game, has nailed Best Adapted Screenplay for Simon Beaufoy.
Beside "Slumdog", "Spielzeugland (Toyland)" brought home the prize for Best Live Action Short Film. The Jochen Alexander Freydank's film was given the awards by "Pineapple Express" stars, Seth Rogen and James Franco, who were joined by two-time Oscar winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.
Aside from revealing the bests of 2008, the gala ceremony held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood also presented
Cruz received the coveted prize for her performance as the tempestuous ex-wife of Juan Antonio, Maria Elena, in Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona". For the title, she beat fierce competitions, Amy Adams and Viola Davis of "Doubt", Taraji P. Henson of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Marisa Tomei of "The Wrestler".
Other early winners at the prestigious awards event were Gus Van Sant-directed "Milk" and Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire". "Milk", the movie about the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America, has collected the golden man statuette for Dustin Lance Black in the category of Best Original Screenplay, while the
Sporting a Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo, Zac finished off his look with a vintage Rolex watch. Asked about his scheduled performance for the opening of the prestigious awards event, which will see him joining the likes of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway among others, the 21-year-old hunk admitted it was a huge honor for him.
Zac, still from the red carpet, also mentioned his favorite movies, "Milk" and "Slumdog Millionaire". He, additionally, talked about his own movie "17 Again".
Shortly thereafter, Ryan talked to Vanessa. The screen beauty wore a black Marchesa gown. "I'm in love with her," so she said about the fashion designer. "I just feel like the young Audrey Hepburn,
Starting with a scene where the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" actor wears a top hat, singing and doing a couple of moves, the video continues showing all the people on the stage clamping their feet to the stage, rehearsing for the song-and-dance routine reportedly directed by "Australia" helmer Baz Luhrmann.
Previously, Anne Hathaway, Beyonce Knowles, Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper have all been rumored to join Jackman during the opening set of this year's Academy Awards. However, no official statement is available to address the proposed idea.
In addition to Hathaway and Jackman, Beyonce Knowles has previously been rumored to join the opening singing-and-dancing number at the annual event. Furthermore, Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend Zac Efron, who was said to present an award at the event, may also make a contribution to the set.
In anticipation of the awards, Knowles and Jackman are claimed to have their rehearsal at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. As for the entire group, which may include "Mamma Mia!" stars Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper if their scheduling conflicts are settled, rehearsal was reportedly conducted on February 17 in
Papers alleging to be the complete list of Sunday's Oscar winners has been published on the internet.
The list was at first believed to be authentic as it is branded with the signature of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' president Sid Ganis.
The list reports the night's main winners will be Mickey Rourke (Best Actor), Kate Winslet (Best Actress), Heath Ledger (Best Supporting Actor) and Amy Adams (Best Supporting Actress).
The paper also shows British filmmaker Danny Boyle will be handed the Best Director award, and his Slumdog Millionaire named Best Picture trophy at the glitzy Hollywood event at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre.
The document goes on to warn insiders to handle the winning names "with extreme care".
But Oscar bosses have dismissed the list as nothing more than a hoax - insisting the votes are still being counted.
The Academy's spokeswoman Leslie Unger says, "The document is a complete fraud.
"PricewaterhouseCoopers is still counting the ballots and there are only two people there who will know the complete list of winners in advance of the envelopes being opened during the ceremony. The Academy's president is not advised of the winners in advance and no such list is created."
It is not the first time this awards season that a purported winner has been leaked - a star next to Anne Hathaway's name on the Golden Globes' website's list of nominees led to speculation she was to take home the prize for Best Actress. In fact, it was Kate Winslet who went on to win the award.
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Next Showing: The 81st Annual Academy Awards air Feb. 22 at 5 Pm Pt/8 Pm Et
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