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Oscar Review and Winners February 23, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Film Awards.
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amyoscarIt was ‘Slum’ enchanted evening, wasn’t it? I have not enjoyed Oscar night as much in a very long time. It is hard to be cranky, clever and snarky when I laughed and smiled so much during the award show. While always long, it even ended the same day that it began – four minutes shy of midnight (on the east coast).

The good news is that I thought Hugh Jackman was terrific. He never fails to put on a terrific heartfelt performance and as he said on the hard to watch, sappier than sap, Barbara Walters special prior to the awards show, he wanted to emphasize a little more ‘show’ and a little less ‘biz’ into the event. It worked for me.

I liked how they attempted to present the awards in the manner in which a film is made – from concept to post production. Perhaps it even helped some people understand the difference between sound editing and sound mixing. Who knows?

So, in no particular order, her are some of the high lights and low lights of last night.

–  The Jocelyn Wildenstein cosmetic nightmare award goes to: both Goldie Hawn and Sophia Loren.

–  The Barbra Streisand Most Earnest Speech Award goes to: Dustin Lance Black after winning best screenplay award for Milk.

–  The Barbra Streisand Best Political Speech Award goes to: Dustin Lance Black after winning best screenplay award for Milk.

–  Most Overdue Award (in the form of an honorarium) goes to: Jerry Lewis (I, like the people of France, am a  BIG fan)

–  For the second year in a row, the actress I missed least was: Sharon Stone (following as close seconds: Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Kirsten Dunst).

–  Award for the palest person in the room: Nicole Kidman (a shocking shade of vampire) with a close second going to Ann Hathaway.

–  The third annual Ben Stiller most annoying presentation skit goes to: Ben Stiller

–  Biggest surprise of the night goes to: Best Foreign Film, Japan’s Departures. I was sure it was going to be Waltz with Bashir, with a close second going to The Class. This is one of those categories where a voter MUST see all of the films in order to vote. I guess it must be a great film and if it is ever released, I will check it out.

–  A tie for FUN acceptance speeches goes to: Philippe Petite’s Oscar nose balancing act and Kate Winslet’s father whistling hello from the audience.

–  Happiest winner of all: Sean Penn. I thought he was gracious, funny, self-deprecating and yes, I am one of those ‘Commie, homo loving’  voters who was hoping he would in.

–  The one moment that made Lobo tear up: seeing Paul Newman at the end of the In Memorium montage. Queen Latifah’s singing was a nice departure from the usual somber music played during this segment each year.

–  Most over-rated, camera hogging star of the night: Ann Hathaway

It’s a wrap. Here’s to a very entertaining 2009 year at the movies.

Final Award Tally: Slumdog = 8. Benjamin Button =  3.  The Dark Knight = 2. Milk = 2.  The Reader = 1.

And the Oscar winners were:

Performance by an actor in a leading role
* Sean Penn in “Milk”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
* Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”

Performance by an actress in a leading role
* Kate Winslet in “The Reader”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
* Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Best animated feature film of the year
* “WALL-E” Andrew Stanton

Achievement in art direction
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo

Achievement in cinematography
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda

Achievement in costume design
* “The Duchess” Michael O’Connor

Achievement in directing
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Danny Boyle

Best documentary feature
* “Man on Wire”  James Marsh and Simon Chinn

Best documentary short subject
* “Smile Pinki”  Megan Mylan

Achievement in film editing
* “Slumdog Millionaire”  Chris Dickens

Best foreign language film of the year
* “Departures”  Japan

Achievement in makeup
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
* “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar

Best motion picture of the year
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Christian Colson

Best animated short film
* “La Maison en Petits Cubes” Kunio Kato

Best live action short film
* “Spielzeugland (Toyland)”  Jochen Alexander Freydank

Achievement in sound editing
* “The Dark Knight”  Richard King

Achievement in sound mixing
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty

Achievement in visual effects
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron

Adapted screenplay
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Original screenplay
* “Milk” (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black



1. Bonnie Luria - February 23, 2009

I know you cracked yourself up ( as you did ME ) with the Slum Enchanted evening.
Think any of the print or news media will be as clever as you?
I read it here first.

Thought Sean Penns words about oppressive bigotry ( my words not his , but his in sentiment ) was right on the mark.

I liked the past winners presenting to the next comers.

Heath Ledger still makes me weepy- not a dry eye last night.

Go Wall-E!

Marisa Tomeis’ dress! The best of the night.

Bollywood is here to stay.

2. STEPHEN FRIEDMAN - February 23, 2009


3. nancy - February 23, 2009

Loved the show, and the big Hollywood dance number. I never lost interest the whole night.
I thilnk Evan Rachel Wood may have topped Nicole as the palest in the room.

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