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The Oscar

Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Penelope Cruz and the late Heath Ledger along with Slumdog Millionaire were huge winners at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood California. Penn won the Best Actor prize for his role as assassinated gay official Harvey Milk in Milk, ahead of the very hot favorite Mickey Rourke. The star used his acceptance speech to criticize those who outlawed gay marriage in California and called for equal rights. He said, "You commie, homo-loving sons of guns. I did not expect this. I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me. "For those of you 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 on gay marriage to reflect on their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes. "We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone." He also found time to pay tribute to Barack Obama and Mickey Rourke, adding, "I’m very, very proud to live in a country that is willing to elect an elegant man president. Mickey Rourke rises again, and he is my brother." Winslet was named Best Actress for her portrayal of a Nazi guard in The Reader; sixth time lucky for the star who had been a losing nominee five times before. After catching her breath onstage, the British actress said, "I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t made a version of this speech before. I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror and this was a shampoo bottle. Well it’s not a shampoo bottle now." She went on to dedicate her award to her family and The Reader producers Sir Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack, both of whom died in 2008. A stunned Cruz took the Best Supporting Actress award for Vicky Cristina Barcelona and warned the crowd, "Has anybody ever fainted here? I might be the first one," before accepting her award with speeches in English and her native Spanish. Ledger’s Best Supporting Actor award for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight brought Hollywood’s A-list to their feet, as his father, mother and sister took to the stage to collect the statuette on his behalf and pay him a touching tribute. But the night was dominated by the hit British movie Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight of the ten awards it was nominated for, including Best Picture and Best Director for filmmaker Danny Boyle, who bounded onstage and impersonated Winnie the Pooh character Tigger before accepting his award. Australian actor Hugh Jackman was an impressive first-time Oscars host and entertainted guests at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre with a string of song and dance numbers, including duets with Beyonce Knowles and Anne Hathaway.

Chef Wolfgang Puck

Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone And Guest

Ed Begley Jr. And Wife

Angelina Jolie With Brad Pitt

Robin Swicord

Heidi Klum

Robert Pattinson

Robert Downey Jr.

Megan Mylan

Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton And Craig Barron

Penelope Cruz, Anjelica Huston, Tilda Swinton, Goldie Hawn And Whoopi Goldberg

Bill Maher, James Marsh, Phillipe Petit And Simon Chinn

Phoebe Cates And Kevin Kline

Gayle King

Amanda Seyfried

Taraji P. Henson

Queen Latifah

Beyonce Knowles

Vanessa Hudgens

Zac Efron

Virginia Madsen

Miley Cyrus

Mickey Rourke

Kate Ledger With Kim Ledger And Sally Bell

Tina Fey With Simon Beaufoy And Steve Martin

Andrew Stanton

Kunio Kato

Christopher Walken And Cuba Gooding Jr.

Whoopi Goldberg

Penelope Cruz

Anthony Dod Mantle And Natalie Portman

Dustin Lance Black

Daniel Craig

Sarah Jessica Parker

Kate Winslet

Ben Kingsley, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Adrien Brody, And Anthony Hopkins

Michael Douglas

Sean Penn

Complete list of winners at the 81st annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles California

Motion Picture: "Slumdog Millionaire." Actor: Sean Penn, "Milk." Actress: Kate Winslet, "The Reader." Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight." Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Director: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire." Foreign Film: "Departures," Japan. Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire." Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, "Milk." Animated Feature Film: "WALL-E." Art Direction: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Cinematography: "Slumdog Millionaire." Sound Mixing: "Slumdog Millionaire." Sound Editing: "The Dark Knight." Original Score: "Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman. Original Song: "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman and Gulzar. Costume: "The Duchess." Documentary Feature: "Man on Wire." Documentary (short subject): "Smile Pinki." Film Editing: "Slumdog Millionaire." Makeup: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Animated Short Film: "La Maison en Petits Cubes." Live Action Short Film: "Spielzeugland (Toyland)." Visual Effects: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Academy Award winners previously announced this season:

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Oscar statuette): Jerry Lewis Gordon E. Sawyer Award (Oscar statuette): Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull

Evan Rachel Wood

Penelope Cruz

Anne Hathaway

Meryl Streep

Tilda Swinton

Matthew Broderick And Sarah Jessica Parker

Natalie Portman

Alicia Keys


James Edstrom said…
Anonymous said…
she doesnt even look black! what has she done to herself?! wrong shade of foundation maybe????!!