Tuesday, February 24, 2009

81st Oscar (Winners)

List of Winners at the 81st Annual Oscar!
Article & Pictures from Oscar.com
Oscar Night 2009 is upon us with first-time host Hugh Jackman. Join us as we give almost-live coverage!
To start the awards, Jackman provided viewers with a solid opening that was effective and not too over-the-top. Then we moved right into the ceremony with five previous Best Supporting Actress winners coming on stage to say something nice about of this year’s five nominees. Tilda Swinton who was last year’s winner was the quarterback for this segment and she had the honor of announcing the winner.
Complete list of winners at the 81st annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

BEST PICTURE SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Christian Colson

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH:
Thank you so much to the Academy. As you can see, our film was a collaboration between hundreds of people. I'm so happy that so many of them could be with us here tonight to share this moment. Together, we've been on an extraordinary, an extraordinary journey. When we started out, we had no stars, we had no power or muscle. We didn't have enough money, really, to do what we wanted to do. But what we had was a script that inspired mad love in everyone who read it. We had a genius for a director. We had a cast and a crew who were unwavering in their commitment and whose talents are up on the screen for all of you to see. We had partners in Film4, in Celador, in Pathé and Fox Searchlight, who had the courage to support us. And we had a shared love for the extraordinary city of Mumbai, where we made the movie. Most of all, we had passion and we had belief, and our film shows that if you have those two things, truly anything is possible. I want to thank, on a personal note, my mum and my dad for all their love and support over the years. I want to thank my girl, Saskia Mulder, who is my partner in crime and the light in my life. And I want to thank all of you very much indeed. Thank you.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Sean Penn
MILK

NOMINATED ROLE: Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk, the camera store owner whose decision to campaign for a place on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors becomes a landmark event within the gay rights movement.
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH:
Thank you. Thank you. You commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns. I did not expect this, but I, and I want it to be very clear, that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me often. But I am touched by the appreciation and I hoped for it enough that I did want to scribble down, so I had the names in case you were commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns, and so I want to thank my best friend, Sata Matsuzawa. My circle of long-time support, Mara, Brian, Barry and Bob. The great Cleve Jones. Our wonderful writer, Lance Black. Producers Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks. And particularly, as all, as actors know, our director either has the patience, talent and restraint to grant us a voice or they don't, and it goes from the beginning of the meeting, through the cutting room. And there is no finer hands to be in than Gus Van Sant. And finally, for those, two last finallies, for those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way of support. We've got to have equal rights for everyone. And there are, and there are, these last two things. I'm very, very proud to live in a country that is willing to elect an elegant man president and a country who, for all its toughness, creates courageous artists. And this is in great due respect to all the nominees, but courageous artists, who despite a sensitivity that sometimes has brought enormous challenge, Mickey Rourke rises again and he is my brother. Thank you all very much.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Kate Winslet
THE READER

NOMINATED ROLE: Kate Winslet plays Hanna Schmitz, a German woman in her thirties whose teenage lover is unaware of the dark secret in her past.
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH:
Okay, that fainting thing, Penélope. I'd be lying if I hadn't made a version of this speech before, I think I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror. And this (holding up her statuette) would've been a shampoo bottle. Well, it's not a shampoo bottle now! I feel very fortunate to have made it all the way from there to here. And I'd like to thank some of the people along the way who had faith in me, my friends and my family, especially my mum and dad, who are in this room somewhere. Dad, whistle or something, 'cause then I'll know where you are. (He whistles.) Yeah! (Waving to him.) I love you. I'd also like to thank Hylda Queally, Dallas Smith and the late, much loved, much missed Robert Garlock. And from Peter Jackson and Emma Thompson to my very own Sam and Stephen Daldry. I'm very lucky to have been given Hanna Schmitz by Bernhard Schlink and David Hare and Stephen and working with you is an experience I will never forget. There was no division between the cast and the crew on this film, and that's what made it so special. So, to have been surrounded by a remarkable group of people who provided an unbroken chain of support from David Kross to Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Lena Olin, from hair and makeup to cinematography, from the art department to the ADs, and from New York to Berlin. And I am so lucky to have a wonderful husband and two beautiful children who let me do what I love and who love me just the way that I am. Anthony and Sydney, this is for you. This is for both of you. And I want to acknowledge my fellow nominees, these goddesses. I think we all can't believe we're in a category with Meryl Streep at all. I'm sorry, Meryl, but you have to just suck that up! And, just to the Academy, thank you so much, my God! Thank you!

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Heath Ledger
THE DARK KNIGHT

NOMINATED ROLE: Heath Ledger portrays the Joker, a psychopathic criminal mastermind who will stop at nothing in his scheme to outwit and humiliate Batman.
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH:
Kim Ledger:First of all, I have to say this is ever so humbling. Just being amongst such wonderful people, such a wonderful industry. Firstly, I'd like to thank the Academy for recognizing our son's amazing work, Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan in particular, for allowing Heath the creative license to develop and explore this crazy Joker character. To Steve Alexander, Heath's mentor, special friend and agent for 10 years. We love you, Steve. This award tonight would've humbly validated Heath's quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here, his peers, within an industry he so loved. Thank you.
Sally Bell:Heath was such a compassionate and generous soul who added so much excitement and inspiration to our lives. We have been truly overwhelmed by the honor and respect being bestowed upon him with this award. Tonight, we are choosing to celebrate and be happy for what he has achieved.
Kate Ledger: Heath, we both knew what you had created in the Joker was extraordinarily special and had even talked about being here on this very day. We really wish you were, but we proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful Matilda. Thank you.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Penelope Cruz
VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA

NOMINATED ROLE: Penelope Cruz portrays the fiery Maria Elena, a divorced woman still locked in a complex relationship with her ex-husband.

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH: This is not going to be 45 seconds, I can say that right now. Has anybody ever fainted here? Because I might be the first one. Thank you so much to the Academy. I want to share this with my fellow nominees and with the amazing ensemble of actors that I had the privilege to work with in this movie. Thank you, Woody, for trusting me with this beautiful character. Thank for you having written over all these years some of the greatest characters for women. And I cannot talk about great female characters without thanking my friend Pedro Almodóvar for having made me part of so many of his adventures. Thank you, Bigas Luna, Fernando Trueba, for giving me my first movies. Thank you, Harvey Weinstein. I wanted to dedicate this to my parents and to my brother and sister, to my friend Robert Garlock, who is not with us anymore, and to everyone who has helped me from the beginning and you know who you are and I thank you from my heart. I grew up in a place called Alcobendas, where this was not a very realistic dream. And I, always on the night of the Academy Awards, I stay up to watch the show and I always felt that this was, this ceremony was a moment of unity for the world because art, in any form, is and has been and will always be our universal language and we should do everything we can, everything we can, to protect its survival. So I thank you so much and I have to say something in Spanish, because everyone: Todos los que desde España ahora estén compartiendo este momento conmigo y sientan que esto también es de ellos, se los dedico. Y a todos los actores de mi país. Muchisimas gracias.
DIRECTING
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Danny Boyle

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Departures (Japan)
Directed by Yojiro Takita

MUSIC - SONG
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
"Jai Ho"Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Gulzar

MUSIC - SCORE
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
A.R. Rahman

FILM EDITING
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Chris Dickens

SOUND MIXING
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty

SOUND EDITING
THE DARK KNIGHT
Richard King

VISUAL EFFECTS
HE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
SMILE PINKI
Megan Mylan

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
MAN ON WIRE
James Marsh and Simon Chinn

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
SPIELZEUGLAND (TOYLAND)
Jochen Alexander Freydank

CINEMATOGRAPHY
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Anthony Dod Mantle

MAKE UP
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Greg Cannom

COSTUME DESIGN
THE DUCHESS
Michael O'Connor

ART DIRECTION
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Donald Graham Burt (Art Direction); Victor J. Zolfo (Set Decoration)

WRITING - ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY MILK
Written by Dustin Lance Black

WRITING - ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Wall-E
Andrew Stanton

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
La Maison en Petits Cubes
Kunio Kato

Sound of Music

The Sound Of Music
The hills are alive with the sound of music. This is a true piece of art!!!!Starring:
Julia Andrews as Maria, Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp, Charmian Carr as Liesl, Heather Menzies as Louisa, Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich, Duane Chase as Kurt, Angela Cartwright, as Brigitta, Debbie Turner as Mart, and Kym Karath as Gretl.Screenplay By:Ernest Lehman
Directed By:
Robert Wise



I love the song, story, voice, acting! ...bravo! i have the dvd of this musical film, don't ask me to lend you cause you ain't getting it. Talking about too precious of a movie, what a classic film! It's a cool film. I want to watch this film again and again. My favorite character in the movie is Maria played by Julia andrews. She's a voice that can touch deep of our hearts.
I remember seeing Sound of Music for the first time as a child; what a magical feeling! Since then I've seen it about 100 times (i think); I know all the lines and all the lyrics. I don't know why I love it so much... it was just so beautiful and the cast was perfect, and it leaves me with a "feel good" feeling every single time I watch it! Rating= 10+!


I growed up with this wonderful movie. It's the best movie I've ever seen of my life.
Thanks to this film, for sharing such sweet memories. You cannot imagine what family Von Trapp mean to us, my parents and the whole gang of Calalang Family! All three generations just love this family and that movie. We all miss them as if they were our very dear friends!


Best Parts of the Movie:
-where Maria singing & dancing all the way to the Captain with a 7 children house.
-when the captain introduce the 7 children to Maria.
-when the 7 children & Maria singing "My Favorite Things" inside Maria's bedroom in a rainy & stormy night.
-when Maria and the captain were singing "Something Good".

-When the children were singing My favorite things outside, because Maria left, and then they hear her voice : "snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes..."
-The scenery when Maria sings "The Hills are Alive" - its so beautiful and really helps me appreciate the good things God has made.
-it's right at the end where the Captain, Maria & the children are hiding behind the headstones in the Abbey and Rolf & the other Nazi are looking for them.
-When the children had to go in search of Maria at the convet affter she had left and they had to lie to the captain about wheren they went.


-When the children have been boating on the lake in their play clothes - the captain sees them & sends them inside & tells maria she has to go back to the abby - then he hears the children singing 'the hills are alive' for the baroness. Then the captain joins in.

-Liesl and Rolf singing and dancing under the rain singing "I Am 16 Going On 17"


-"So long, farewell" scene.


-The puppet show!
-When the Captain sing "Edelweiss" for the childrens.
-When Maria and the kids are going for a picnic and they sing DO RE MI while running their bicycle, and in the stairs, and everywhere.

-The festival song at the end of the movie.


-Other best scenes:

Best Movie Quotes:
Captain von Trapp: It's the dress. You'll have to put on another one before you meet the children.
Maria: But I don't have another one. When we entered the abbey our worldly clothes were given to the poor.
Captain von Trapp: What about this one?
Maria: The poor didn't want this one.
Maria: I am not finished yet, Captain!
Captain von Trapp: Oh, yes, you are, Captain! [pauses] Fraulein.
The Baroness: There's nothing more irresistible to a man than a woman who's in love with him.


Maria: I can't seem to stop singing wherever I am. And what's worse, I can't seem to stop saying things - anything and everything I think and feel.
Mother Abbess: Some people would call that honesty.
Maria: Oh, but it's terrible, Reverend Mother.
Sister Margaretta: Reverend Mother, I have sinned.
Sister Berthe: I, too, Reverend Mother.
Mother Abbess: What is this sin, my children? [the nuns look at each other, then reveal from under their robes the distributor and coil they have removed from the Germans' cars]


Max: Hold on, now, what's so funny?
Captain von Trapp: You are, Max. Expensive, but very funny.


Maria: Why didn't you children tell me you could dance?
Kurt: We were afraid you'd make us all dance together. The von Trapp family dancers.


Kurt: I wonder what grass tastes like.


Maria gave a loud whistle that startled Captain Von TrappMaria: I'm sorry Captain, but I don't know your signal.


Gretel: I hurt my finger!


Maria: No, I'm sorry Captain! Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals but not for children, and definitely not for me.


Gretl: Would it help if we sang about our favorite things?


Maria: (as the children are crying at the dinner table): "Oh, it's alright, Captain, they're just happy!""...
Still remember the 7 children of the Trapp family?
The 7 Children In 'The Sound of Music' - After 40 Years
From right to left: Charmian Carr (Liesl), Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Heather Menzies (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl).