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Emmy for Main Title Design: 'American Horror Story' could finally win for creepy 'Freak Show'

Emmy for Main Title Design: 'American Horror Story' could finally win for creepy 'Freak Show'
A good opening credits sequence can make or break a program's success. This year's nominees for Best Main Title Design display visionary work across series and miniseries. The winner will be announced at the Creative Arts ceremony on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the contenders. -Break- Will 'Daredevil' bring a trio of Emmys to the Marvel Universe? "American Horror Story" has received its third nomination in this category for its latest installment, "Freak Show." Creator Ryan Murphy once again teamed up with veteran credits designer Kyle Cooper — a previous Emmy-winner for Best Short-Form Picture Editing for "The 81st Annual Academy Awards" — to create a creepy and haunting mix of stop motion and CGI. They are joined by first-time nominees Lee Nelson (art director/3D supervisor) and Nadia Tzou (art director/2D supervisor). (Click here to watch our exclusive video interview with Cooper.) --Widg...
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Slideshow: 20-Image Gallery From Back Stage at 81st Annual Academy Awards

Chicago – This 20-image slideshow contains a selection of the award-winners and presenters back backstage at “The 81st Annual Academy Awards,” which aired on ABC on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009.

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.

You can click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through this slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are credited to Adam Larkey and courtesy of ABC. All Rights Reserved.

oscars2009_backstage_01: Dustin Lance Black

oscars2009_backstage_02: Kate Winslet

oscars2009_backstage_03: Kate Winslet

oscars2009_backstage_04: Sean Penn

oscars2009_backstage_05: Sean Penn

oscars2009_backstage_06: A.R. Rahman
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And the Winner Is: Oscars 2009

With sparkly new sets (designed by New York's own David Rockwell) and an overarching conceit ('How to Make a Movie,' in somewhat chronological order), The 81st Annual Academy Awards tried to reinvent the Oscar wheel, to varying degrees of success. There were highs and lows and in betweens, and Tribeca has culled some of the best (and worst) for your viewing pleasure. Slumdog Millionaire has been winning awards all over the world for months, and the focus has all been on Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, and young stars Dev and Freida. The Oscars were destined to turn out the same way, until some last minute scrambling allowed the rest of the cast to partake in the celebration. Even before any statues were handed out Sunday night, the six younger versions of Jamal, Salim and Latika were melting hearts on the red carpet. Their excitement was infectious and pure, and
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Slideshow: 27-Image Oscar Gallery From on Stage at 81st Annual Academy Awards

Chicago – This 27-image slideshow contains a selection of the award-winners and presenters at “The 81st Annual Academy Awards,” which aired on ABC on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009.

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

You can click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through this slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are credited to Michael Yada and courtesy of ABC. All Rights Reserved.

oscars2009_stage_01: Host Hugh Jackman

oscars2009_stage_02: Host Hugh Jackman and Performer/Nominee Anne Hathaway

oscars2009_stage_03: Host Hugh Jackman

oscars2009_stage_04: Penelope Cruz Wins Best Supporting Actress

oscars2009_stage_05: Kate Winslet
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81st Academy Awards Winners and Video Wrap Up

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 The 81st Annual Academy Awards was probably the best in years! Hugh Jackman did an excellent job as host, he was entertaining, funny, and just everything a host should be.

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.
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Video: Jonas Brothers on Barbara Walters Oscars Special

As the official network to air the 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony, ABC have also done extensive programs related to the biggest movie event. Correspondent Barbara Walters did what she does best, investigating and interrogating several stars in a one hour special that airs before the actual ceremony took place at 8.30 P.M. Et.

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
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Video: Performances at 2009 Oscars

Star-studded performances at this year's Academy Awards taking place on February 22 in Hollywood, California have been made available to watch through a newly-found video footage. The show's host Hugh Jackman brought Beyonce Knowles, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and many others to the stage of Kodak Theatre for a musical set.

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
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‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger, Sean Penn Win 2009 Academy Awards

Chicago – Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire” was the huge winner at The 81st Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 taking home an amazing eight Oscars, including the trophies for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film also won Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Song, and Best Sound Mixing.

“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.

Penelope Cruz

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
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Slumdog Cleans Up At The Oscars

It was a film that nearly went straight to DVD, based on the Indian version of a Chris Tarrant TV show, but last night Slumdog Millionaire was a wholesale triumph at the 81st Academy Awards. Danny Boyle’s Mumbai tale took a grand total of eight Oscars including Best Film, Best Director, Best Song, Best Score and Best Adapted Screenplay. A good evening for Boyle and for the entire cast of the film (almost all of whom seemed to find their way on stage for the final win), leaving David Fincher’s Benjamin Button with just three technical awards, including a well-deserved win for Visual effects.Milk managed to scoop not only the award for Best Original Screenplay but also bestow upon Sean Penn his second Oscar for Best Actor. Best Actress went to Kate Winslet for her outstanding role as former Auschwitz guard Hanna Schmitz in Stephen Daldry’s The Reader.
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Full Winners List of 2009 Oscars

And the Oscars coveted award of Best Motion Picture of the Year goes to "Slumdog Millionaire". This announcement consequently brings a total of eight nods for the film and a conclusion for this year's Academy Awards which was held at Los Angeles' Kodak Theater on Sunday, February 22.

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.
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Jessica Biel, Beyonce Knowles, and Amy Adams Among 2009 Oscars' Worst Dressed

Walking the red carpet of the 81st Annual Academy Awards wearing a white strapless Prada satin gown, combined with purposely-arranged messy hair and black shoes, Jessica Biel has been considered as one of the worst dressed actresses at the awards gala. Stopping to strike a pose for the camera, she was seen finishing off her look with a pair of long earrings and a black clutch.

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
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2009 Oscars: 'Benjamin Button' Gets Third, 'Slumdog Millionaire' Nabs Its Fourth

Having collected the most nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Slumdog Millionaire" have answered the Academy's expectation by showing early leads. While the traveler-tale "Benjamin Button" landed its third prize with Best Visual Effects, the rag-to-riches drama "Slumdog" brought in two additional kudos.

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,
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2009 Oscars: 'Slumdog Millionaire' Grabs Second Oscar Statuette

Following the footsteps of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" in collecting two Oscars, "Slumdog Millionaire" scored another kudo at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. The rag-to-riches drama by Danny Boyle took Best Achievement in Cinematography for cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.

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
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2009 Oscars: Penelope Cruz Steals First Academy Statuette

An Oscar has gone to Penelope Cruz. On Sunday, February 22 at the gala ceremony of the 81st Annual Academy Awards, the 34-year-old actress has earned her first Academy Awards kudo as she was named the Best Supporting Actress.

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
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Video: Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens' Oscars Red Carpet Appearance

Young stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were among the Hollywood A-list celebrities who rocked the red carpet of this year's Oscars. Seen walking separately, Zac was the first who got approached by E! Online's Ryan Seacrest for a brief interview.

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,
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Video: Hugh Jackman Rehearsing for 2009 Oscars

Gearing up for 2009 Academy Awards, Hugh Jackman has been rehearsing in New York on a temporary stage in Hollywood. Through a video footage taken by an assistant working on a short for Jackman's production partner John Palermo, he is seen mostly practicing his vocals and dancing moves in addition to sharing his thought about his upcoming appearance in the annual event.

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.
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Anne Hathaway Rumored to Open 2009 Oscars With Hugh Jackman

Anne Hathaway is believed to have been recruited as one of the artists singing and dancing with Hugh Jackman at the opening set of this year's Academy Awards. Breaking the news for the first time, Life & Style quotes a source, "Anne is rehearsing at the Kodak Theatre [site of the Oscars] in Hollywood today."

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
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Oscars Rep: 'Leaked Winners List A Fraud'

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Oscars Rep: 'Leaked Winners List A Fraud'
A leaked document listing the winners of the 81st Annual Academy Awards is a fake, according to an Oscars spokeswoman.

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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