Slumdog top winner at Oscars

Sally Bell, Kim Ledger and Kate Ledger (Heath’s mother, father and sister)Slumdog Millionaire took home eight Oscars out of the ten it was nominated for, including Best Picture, and Best Director for Danny Boyle. Not bad for a low budget British movie, which, as Boyle said, had “no stars, no power or muscle.” It was no surprise when Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal as The Joker in The Dark Knight, but the emotion that swept through the audience while his parents and sister accepted the award on behalf of his young daughter Matilda, was sobering. Tears flowed from the eyes of those who’d known and worked with him, such as Anne Hathaway, while others, who didn’t know him as well, still had tears in their eyes. Coincidentally, it was 13 months ago last night that Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose. Penélope Cruz won Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, while Kate Winslet won Best Actress for playing a German woman in The Reader. Sean Penn spoke out for gay rights while accepting his Best Actor Oscar for portaying a gay politician in Milk, calling out, “You commie homo-loving sons of guns!” Hugh Jackman, the first non-comedian to host the Academy Awards in years, did a great job. His first musical number, done tongue-in-cheek “on a shoestring budget due to the recession,” was hilarious, especially when he joked that he hadn’t seen The Reader, and did a generic song-and-dance to represent it. A later musical number with Beyoncé also featured stars from High School Musical 3 and Mamma Mia. The presentation of the acting awards dragged, with each nominee receiving praise from a previous winner instead of just showing clips from their nominated performances, but overall, it was the most entertaining Academy Awards ceremony in years. For a complete list of nominees and winners, click here.

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  1. wondering • February 23, 2009 @ 11:57 AM

    When was there a non-comedian host in the past? Who was it?

  2. Anonymous • February 23, 2009 @ 3:39 PM

    the last non-comedian host was Jack Lemmon over 20 years ago (I had to google that one, didn’t have a clue!)

    I thought Jackman did a really good job last night.

  3. Jo-Anne • February 23, 2009 @ 3:44 PM

    sorry guys, ladies, me above!!!!

  4. sk8tergirl • February 23, 2009 @ 5:22 PM

    I loved the Ocars! Hugh Jackman did a great job hosting.

  5. Nancy • February 23, 2009 @ 5:27 PM

    Yes, I agree sk8tergirl. I loved Jennifer Aniston’s dress as well as Natalie Portman’s pink gown and Halle Berry’s dress as well. Absolutely HATED Jessica Biels dress and Whoopie Goldberg…whoa…what the heck was with her dress? It was awful! LOL.

  6. Nancy • February 23, 2009 @ 5:35 PM

    Oh, and Ben Stiller’s impersonation of Joaquin Phoenix….HILARIOUS! Distracting but hilarious none the less.

  7. Tribute • February 23, 2009 @ 5:35 PM

    List of non-comedian Oscar hosts:
    1987 Goldie Hawn, Paul Hogan (w/Chevy Chase)
    1986 Alan Alda, Jane Fonda (w/ Robin Williams)
    1985 Jack Lemmon
    1983 Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Walter Matthau (w/ Richard Pryor)
    1977 Warren Beatty, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda (w/ Richard Pryor)
    1976 Goldie Hawn, Gene Kelly, Walter Matthau, George Segal, Robert Shaw
    1975 Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra (w/ Bob Hope)
    1974 John Huston, David Niven, Burt Reynolds, Diana Ross
    1973 Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson
    1972 Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis Jr, Jack Lemmon
    1964 Jack Lemmon, Tom Jones
    1963 Frank Sinatra
    1959 David Niven, Laurence Olivier, Mort Sahl, Tony Randall (w/ Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis)
    1958 James Stewart, David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Rosalind Russell (w/ Bob Hope)
    1957 Celeste Holm
    1956 Claudette Colbert (w/ Jerry Lewis)
    1955 Thelma Ritter (w/ Bob Hope)
    1954 Donald O’Connor, Fredric March
    1953 Conrad Nagel (w/ Bob Hope)
    1951 Fred Astaire
    1950 Paul Douglas
    1949 Robert Montgomery
    1946 James Stewart (w/ Bob Hope)
    1945 John Cromwell (w/ Bob Hope)
    1942 Wendell Willkie
    1941 Walter Wanger
    1939 Frank Capra
    1937 George Jessel
    1936 Frank Capra
    1935 Irvin S Cobb
    1934 Will Rogers
    1932 Conrad Nagel
    1931 Lawrence Grant
    1930 Conrad Nagel
    1930 William C de Mille
    1929 Douglas Fairbanks, William C de Mille

  8. Nancy • February 23, 2009 @ 5:44 PM

    Hahahaha! Good one Tribute! You should have filled it full of spelling errors for them too! LMAO.

  9. ke • February 24, 2009 @ 1:07 AM

    Slumdog Millionaire won!! What I say? Eh?
    Overall, good Oscar night. I think all the right people won and some of the skits/bits were genuinely funny. I was right about all my guesses, except for Best Actor. But Jackman did good, maybe too much singing and dancing but he delivered!

    *another jab, Nancy. things were going fine. people talking to people and Tribute was nice enough to offer information and you just had to.

    *I’d have loved to see Fred Astaire host. Oooh!!

  10. Nancy • February 24, 2009 @ 9:37 AM

    I absolutely couldn’t resist! 😉 My name wouldn’t be Nancy if I let THAT obvious one slide!! Jeeze, “anyone with half a brain” (LMAO) knows the purpose of that list!

  11. Jo-Anne. • February 24, 2009 @ 9:40 AM

    Good show, I agree, ke, I actually got the best actor right (that was the one I really wanted to win too) but went in favour of Milk over Slumdog, although I was not surprised to see the outcome. Jackman was better than I thought he would be but I could have done without the camera’s constant showcasing Brad/Angelina…those two didn’t pick up a single award at any show this year, interesting…

    I am going to watch The Changeling tonight though, I heard from many it is good…we’ll see…saw Benjamin Button and can say I wish I didn’t…overly long, would have perhaps liked it better had they shortened it by like an hour…did you see Slumdog yet?

    are all those named above hosts or some are presenters? curious…

  12. Tribute • February 24, 2009 @ 12:38 PM

    The above named are all hosts. Some years had multiple hosts. And some years had no host at all.

  13. Jo-Anne. • February 24, 2009 @ 2:56 PM

    so, last non-comedian host was over 20 years ago? Good for Jackman!

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