The 81st Academy Awards

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The winners of the 81st Academy Awards:

Best Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona


Best Original Screenplay

Dustin Lance Black, Milk


Best Adapted Screenplay

Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire


Best Animated Feature



Best Animated Short

La Maison en Petit Cubes


Best Art Direction

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Best Costume Design

The Duchess, Michael O’Connor


Best Makeup

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Greg Cannom


Best Cinematography

Slumdog Millionaire


Best Live Action Short



Best Supporting Actor

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight


Best Documentary Feature

Man on Wire, James Marsh and Simon Chinn


Best Documentary Short

Smile Pinki, Megan Mylan


Best Visual Effects

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Best Sound Editing

The Dark Knight, Richard King


Best Sound Mixing

Slumdog Millionaire


Best Film Editing

Slumdog Millionaire,


Best Original Score

Slumdog Millionaire, A. R. Rahman


Best Original Song

“Jai-Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire, A. R. Rahman and Gulzar


Best Foreign Language Film

Departures, Japan


Best Director

Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire


Best Actress

Kate Winslet, The Reader


Best Actor

Sean Penn, Milk


Best Picture

Slumdog Millionaire

The Under”dog” Will Win: My Oscar Predictions

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Tonight is the night many people have been waiting for. We’ve had to go through the slums of Mumbai to get here. It’s Oscar night. Who will win? What will be the biggest upset? I’ve got the predictions for all of the major categories.

Best Picture

Should Win: Milk has a very, pardon the pun, skim chance of winning. But it’s powerful political story serves up nice and fresh in this time of the unknown.

Will Win: Slumdog Millionairehas got it before you can say “Mumbai”. The critics have fawned over it, with its accolades building steadily higher and higher.

Upset?: Frost/Nixon is a fantastic film, but out of the five may be the weakest, unless it can pull a strong vote for Best Actor (which it won’t) or Director.


Best Actor

Should Win: Richard jenkins’ moving role in The Visitor is the most worthym though the least seen this year.

Will Win: It may be a hard choice for people to choose between Rourke and Sean Penn for Milk. But I think Rourke will win.

Upset?: A great actor and playing the role of a polarizing President, Frank Langella’s performance as Richard Nixon (for which he won a Tony award in 2007) may be an upset winner.


Best Actress

Should Win: Anne Hathaway’s Kym in Rachel Getting Married is a gem among the performances this year. Her dinner toast alone would make an entertaining short film.

Will Win: It’s either 15 time nominee Meryl Streep in John Patrick Shanley’s adaptation of his play Doubt or Kate Winslet’s Nazi in The Reader. I’m going with Streep, who won last for Kramer vs. Kramer.

Upset?: Though she’s young and has plenty of time, Anne Hathaway may be able to pull of an upset.


Best Supporting Actor

Should Win: Robert Downey Jr. should definitely win the Oscar for his hilarious Kirk Lazurus in Tropic Thunder. He pulled off freaking black face! C’mon!

Will Win: Who do you think, the Pope? Heath Ledger will win because of pity votes this year. He was a riveting Joker, though he doesn’t deserve it just because he’s dead.

Upset?: Surely, if there is an upset, which there won’t be, it would be Downey Jr. claiming the statue he deserves.


Best Supporting Actress

Should Win: Viola Davis may have only been on the screen for barely 20 minutes, but she’s made quite a something out of a small role in Doubt.

Will Win: Vicky Christina Barcelona‘s Penelope Cruz may take it or Viola Davis may win.

Upset?: Amy Adams is great actress and she deserves to win…just not this year. Will she? I Doubt it.


Best Animated Feature

Should Win: WALL-E is going to win and should win and if it doesn’t, I’ll sue!

Will Win: Is there any contest? At all? The heart warming Wall-E should take the prize.

Upset?: There won’t be, but if there were, Kung Fu Panda may end up winning.


Best Director

Should Win: David Finscher pulled off a beautifully designed and wonderfully written adaptation of a ten page story, turning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button into a near masterpiece.

Will Win: There is no contest in this category. Danny Boyle will surely win for Slumdog Millionaire.

Upset?: David Fincher may pull the carpet under Doyle’s feet for the trophy.

Mock the Vote: Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

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For the past few weeks, people have been laughing their butts off at Tina Fey’s hillarious impression of Alaska governor and Vice-Prseidential candidate Sarah Palin. Even before Fey began performing the skits on Saturday Night Live, people have been sommenting on the uncanny resemblance between the two. The impression is dead on: the accent, the gestures, the hair. It has to be one of the best impressions on SNL in a long time. Here are some links to these hysterical videos:

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer

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It is finally here! The long awaited teaser trailer:

“Bond. James Bond.”: The New Teaser Trailer

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Here is the brand new teaser trailer fo rthe new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, opening in theaters on November 7. The title is taken from a short story in the anthology For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007. His first appearence as the secret agent garnered him some bad press, but once Casino Royale was released in films, almost everyone atew their words. He is called “the best Bond since Sean Connery”.