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The Academy Awards Winners (2009)

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I can not say I watched all of the 81st Academy Awards last night but I watched some of it. I saw both Danny Boyle and Kate Winslet win their Oscars. Winslet acted her rear end off in The Reader. She deserved it. Boyle bouncing on stage like Tigger was unexpected but hilarious at the same time. It was no big surprise that Heath Ledger won for Supporting Actor. He turned in a performance in The Dark Knight that many people did not know he had in him. I also saw Sean Penn win the Oscar for Actor in Milk. He gave a great speech. It was almost like Harvey Milk and his fight for equal rights for gay individuals won as well. Did you see Penn’s hands shaking, wow? I never thought a actor with his talent would be nervous. It was very cool how he gave a shout out to Mickey Rourke at the end of the speech. I will probably watch all of the 2009 Academy Awards highlights later today as I did not see some of the other wins, including Slumdog Millionaire winning Best Picture and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button winning for Visual Effects and Makeup. Once again, no big surprises there if you have seen either of these films. Most of the winners were on Film-Book dot Com’s Top Ten Films of 2008. Below you will find all the Oscar winners and the categories they won for. Update: I posted some of the Acceptance Speeches below. What did you think of the nominees for the 2009 Academy Awards, the Oscar winners and the award show in general?

Picture
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire

Director
Winner: Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
Clint Eastwood – Changeling
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon

Actor
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Winner: Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Actress
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Winner: Kate Winslet – The Reader

Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Winner: Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – Doubt
Winner: Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler

Original Screenplay
Courtney Hunt – Frozen River
Mike Leigh – Happy-Go-Lucky
Martin McDonagh – In Bruges
Winner: Dustin Lance Black – Milk
Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon – Wall-E

Adapted Screenplay
Eric Roth & Robin Swicord – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley – Doubt
Peter Morgan – Frost/Nixon
David Hare – The Reader
Winner: Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire

Animated Feature
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Winner: Wall-E

Foreign Language Film
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
The Class
Winner: Departures
Revanche
Waltz With Bashir

Art Direction
Changeling
Winner: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

Cinematography
Tom Stern – Changeling
Claudio Miranda – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Wally Pfister – The Dark Knight
Chris Menges & Roger Deakins – The Reader
Winner: Anthony Dod Mantle – Slumdog Millionaire

Documentary Feature
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Winner: Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

Documentary Short
The Conscience of Nhem En
The Final Inch
Winner: Smile Pinki
The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306

Animated Short
Winner: La Maison en Petits Cubes
Lavatory – Lovestory
Oktapodi
Presto
This Way Up

Live-Action Short
Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig
Winner: Spielzeugland (Toyland)

Visual Effects
Winner: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

Costume Design
Australia
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Winner: The Duchess
Milk
Revolutionary Road

Makeup
Winner: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Film Editing
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire

Sound Mixing
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
Wanted

Sound Editing
Winner: The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
Wanted

Original Score
Alexandre Desplat – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
James Newton Howard – Defiance
Danny Elfman – Milk
Winner: A.R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire
Thomas Newman – Wall-E

Original Song
“Down to Earth” from Wall-E
Winner: “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire
“O Saya” from Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle – Best Director

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Kate Winslet – Best Actress

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Heath Ledger’s Family – Best Supporting Actor

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Penelope Cruz – Best Supporting Actress

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  • I kind of wanted Robert Downey Jr. to win Supporting Actor, but it was always going to Heath Ledger. Not a bad thing. I just loved Robert’s performance in “Tropic Thunder”.

    Manzs last blog post..WADRICK’S THIRTY SECOND FILM REVIEWS

  • I kind of wanted Robert Downey Jr. to win Supporting Actor, but it was always going to Heath Ledger. Not a bad thing. I just loved Robert’s performance in “Tropic Thunder”.

    Manzs last blog post..WADRICK’S THIRTY SECOND FILM REVIEWS

  • You’re right. It was always going to be Heath. Everyone else nominated you already knew were good actors. Most people had no idea Heath was as good an actor as he was until they saw him as The Joker.

  • You’re right. It was always going to be Heath. Everyone else nominated you already knew were good actors. Most people had no idea Heath was as good an actor as he was until they saw him as The Joker.

  • Not to diminish what Heath did with the Joker role (he was great)… However, do you feel that an acting role that is for an exaggerated character like the Joker, would be easier to play than a character based more in reality? I kind of think it might be… and with this is mind, I think Heath was given the Oscar partly because of what transpired in his life after the roll.

    Want to debate that?

    Manzs last blog post..WADRICK’S THIRTY SECOND FILM REVIEWS

  • Not to diminish what Heath did with the Joker role (he was great)… However, do you feel that an acting role that is for an exaggerated character like the Joker, would be easier to play than a character based more in reality? I kind of think it might be… and with this is mind, I think Heath was given the Oscar partly because of what transpired in his life after the roll.

    Want to debate that?

    Manzs last blog post..WADRICK’S THIRTY SECOND FILM REVIEWS

  • Game on!

    “do you feel that an acting role that is for an exaggerated character like the Joker, would be easier to play than a character based more in reality?”

    From Film-Book dot Com’s Flickr Account:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3319217778/

    A character based on reality is sometimes harder to play but those characters, if there is nothing exceptional about them, tend to blend in with other characters. Look at Jack Sparrow, excuse me, Captain Jack Sparrow. Sparrow was an ordinary character on the page until Depp got his hands on him. All of the eccentricities exhibited by Sparrow Depp added. Because of the character he created and his performance, Depp was nominated for an Oscar. The same is true of Ledger and The Joker. The reason Nicholson didn’t win for his Joker was because people had already seen him play crazy in One Flew and The Shining. They knew that such a performance was well within his means. Who thought the protagonist from A Knight’s Tale could pull such a large rabbit out of his hat? Ledger’s Joker changed how the acting world and the world at large saw him and his abilities. None of the other male performances this year could say that. It was same with Hoffman and Capote.

  • Game on!

    “do you feel that an acting role that is for an exaggerated character like the Joker, would be easier to play than a character based more in reality?”

    From Film-Book dot Com’s Flickr Account:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3319217778/

    A character based on reality is sometimes harder to play but those characters, if there is nothing exceptional about them, tend to blend in with other characters. Look at Jack Sparrow, excuse me, Captain Jack Sparrow. Sparrow was an ordinary character on the page until Depp got his hands on him. All of the eccentricities exhibited by Sparrow Depp added. Because of the character he created and his performance, Depp was nominated for an Oscar. The same is true of Ledger and The Joker. The reason Nicholson didn’t win for his Joker was because people had already seen him play crazy in One Flew and The Shining. They knew that such a performance was well within his means. Who thought the protagonist from A Knight’s Tale could pull such a large rabbit out of his hat? Ledger’s Joker changed how the acting world and the world at large saw him and his abilities. None of the other male performances this year could say that. It was same with Hoffman and Capote.

  • OK… I see why you’re the one who is the author of a film blog and not me! You flattened me with that comment.

    You kind of agreed with me. And I agree with you in that “if there is nothing exceptional about them, tend to blend in with other characters”.

    I’d bow before Depp anyday. You used a great example to put your point across. Gotta say though, I didn’t like any of the films – first was good… but I lost interest after that.

    Subject change…
    Ed Wood was a great character! And a real one at that… how do you feel about that one?

    Manzs last blog post..GritFX Competition Winner… of "Guess the Number of Jelly Beans in the Jar"

  • OK… I see why you’re the one who is the author of a film blog and not me! You flattened me with that comment.

    You kind of agreed with me. And I agree with you in that “if there is nothing exceptional about them, tend to blend in with other characters”.

    I’d bow before Depp anyday. You used a great example to put your point across. Gotta say though, I didn’t like any of the films – first was good… but I lost interest after that.

    Subject change…
    Ed Wood was a great character! And a real one at that… how do you feel about that one?

    Manzs last blog post..GritFX Competition Winner… of "Guess the Number of Jelly Beans in the Jar"

  • 🙂

    I liked parts of the second and third but those films on a whole were a little weak story-wise. Did you see the extra scene after the credits in At World’s End? Very cool.

    I have not seen Ed Wood yet.

  • 🙂

    I liked parts of the second and third but those films on a whole were a little weak story-wise. Did you see the extra scene after the credits in At World’s End? Very cool.

    I have not seen Ed Wood yet.

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