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81st Annual Academy Awards Winners

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The 81st Annual Academy Awards was broadcast this evening and the winners are in. The actresses were dressed beautifully and all the men looked like penguins. I saw many of the movies nominated this year and it was hard to pick my favorites.

There were some interesting and entertaining pictures released this past year. The Visitor was an intense drama that shows the depth of human compansion when exasperated by profound loneliness and disappointment. Slumdog Millionaire was a good film as much for the underlying love story as the primary adventure as the top prize winner of India's Who Want to be a Millionaire recounts how he knew the answers to police officials. Angelina Jolie shows she's not just a pretty face in the tear-jerking Changeling. I do believe I wiped away a tear to two watching The Reader as well. And the most unusual love story of them all - Wall-E.

Jerry Lewis made an appearance to accept his Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for all his work in fighting muscular dystrophy.

Slumdog and Benjamin Button seemed to be the big winners taking many of the lesser acclaimed categories such as make-up, sound mixing, editing or cinematography. But here are this year's nominees and winners:

Best Leading Actor:

  • Richard Jenkins in THE VISITOR

  • Frank Langella in FROST/NIXON
  • Sean Penn in MILK - Winner
  • Brad Pitt in THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
  • Mickey Rourke in THE WRESTLER

Best Leading Actress:

  • Anne Hathaway in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

  • Angelina Jolie in CHANGELING
  • Melissa Leo in FROZEN RIVER
  • Meryl Streep in DOUBT
  • Kate Winslet in THE READER - Winner

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Josh Brolin in MILK

  • Robert Downey Jr. in TROPIC THUNDER
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in DOUBT
  • Heath Ledger in THE DARK KNIGHT - Winner
  • Michael Shannon in REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Amy Adams in DOUBT

  • Penélope Cruz in VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA - Winner
  • Viola Davis in DOUBT
  • Taraji P. Henson in THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
  • Marisa Tomei in THE WRESTLER

Best Director:

  • David Fincher for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

  • Ron Howard for FROST/NIXON
  • Gus Van Sant for MILK
  • Stephen Daldry for THE READER
  • Danny Boyle for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - Winner

Best Script

  • Courtney Hunt for FROZEN RIVER

  • Mike Leigh for HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
  • Martin McDonagh for IN BRUGESIN BRUGES
  • Dustin Lance Black for MILK - Winner
  • Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, and Pete Docter for WALL-E

Best Animated Feature

  • Chris Williams and Byron Howard for BOLT

  • John Stevenson and Mark Osborne for KUNG FU PANDA
  • Andrew Stanton for WALL-E - Winner

Best Special Effects

  • THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Winner

  • THE DARK KNIGHT
  • IRON MAN

Best Picture of the Year:

  • THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

  • FROST/NIXON
  • MILK
  • THE READER
  • SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - Winner

See all the winners in all the categories at oscar.com




I haven't seen a single one of these...

I'm not a huge movie buff, but I admit it's a little embarrasing that I haven't seen a single one of these listed here... not even The Dark Knight (I realize I'm one of the absolute few). It's cool that Heath Ledger won the supporting role award though. I've heard enough opinions from people who've seen and loved the movie to realize that he well deserved the win.

re: single one

Yeah, he did pretty good in that one, but he's always been good. I liked him in most everything he did. I kinda felt sorry for his fellow nominees tho - everybody knew Ledger was gonna get it.

re: single one

Yeah, I've missed them all too. I like movies - I hate movie theatres - so we always wait until they come out on DVD.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

I watched that one this weekend and it was pretty good.

Brainwashing the masses

That's what celebrities are partly about.

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