February 22nd, 2009
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I have been watching the Oscars for years now and evey year that goes the show looses its touch and for that I am very sorry for whatever reasone it may be.. I mean Hollywood is where all the creativity comes from its where all the stars and movies are born and las t but not least it is where the Oscars are announced. So I dont realy understand where is the missing link.
Now to the Oscars itself. The changes where unexpected so bravo to that. Hugh Jackmans performance was acceptable but it was missing its "traditional" Oscar humor. and did we they not show Heath's image when they were showing all the all the great ones that past away????
One thing that the Academy has either forgoten or lost is the Oscars true value. Am sorry to say this but like I said it has lost its magic touch. Am thinking hosting performance and humor ( jokes, sarcasm )
I trully hope that the avcademy still hs its magic left because it would be a great shame to loose us the viewers.
After reviewing the winners of the 81st Academy Awards (Oscars), I must say I was overwhelmingly relieved that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt did not win in the category of Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Although it received numerous nominations and was victorious in the categories of Visual Effects, Make-Up and Art Direction, the film did not portray an accurate depiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary work.
I was simply marveled at Taraji P. Henson’s mammy role in film and found myself repulsed and perplexed about the implementation of such character. For those who have not read Fitzgerald’s short story, this “Mama” character is no where to be found! It is the extreme and disappointing imagination of the film writer, Eric Roth.
Mama, a stereotyped character, is the relentless effort of many film makers to continue to confine African-American female actresses. Whether the image a stereotype projects is positive or negative, it still serves the purpose of limiting the range of human behaviors and emotions that viewers will ascribe to a stereotyped group; and as result, the creation of “flat” characters. As African-American women appeared in films throughout the 1930s as mammies and maids, Hattie McDaniels emerged with an Oscar for her mammy role in Gone With the Wind (1939). Although this transpired 70 years ago, maybe Roth was aiming to reenact history, as Taraji P. Henson was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Henson’s character as Benjamin’s Mama, and maid to all the other whites in the home, highly fears the Lord and finds pity on bizarre born Benjamin, after his biological father drops him off on the door step of an Elderly Care Center where Henson finds him, and where she and several other blacks work as maids and butlers. Henson rears Benjamin as her son, and like other traditionally stereotyped black female characters, she reverence God in her efforts to make morally just decisions, is extremely loyal to Benjamin, does not hesitate to lie, engages in pre-marital sex and even displays the typical sass of an angry black woman. What a minstrel show!
Roth hit the hammer on the head with the recreation of the mammy figure. Nevertheless, I am still quite baffled at his creation. Fitzgerald writes of a baby who was indeed born bizarre (mother dies while giving birth- born aged becomes younger); however, he also gave this boy a loving father, Mr. Thomas Button – who rears him with superb fairness. Maybe that father-son story would have been too much like the Pursuit of Happiness for Eric Roth, but this revised Curious Case of Benjamin Button is too much like a minstrel Forrest Gump remix to me.
Brad and Angelina will always be the fans favorite couple. You’re just bugged because Angelina does not have to strip and put on a tie to get attention. Jin has been dumped by more than Brad, could it be they’re just not into her. You guys like her so much take her home with you. After all that’s what Brad did when he took Angelina home. Good luck Jenifer! JHTX
Hollywood, How comes the X-FILES movie ,was never nominated in any category, at the OSCAR ? and, could someone please,remind SEAN PENN that, he is just an Actor (a good one) !!!!. thanks
Samosas, Palak Paneer, Chutney, Mala Kofta, Chat – OMG the Devon St. in Chicago is the closest thing I can get ever get to bring in India.
I felt that the oscar was great. My fravorite was the
great winners, Kate winslet if you have heard of her,
she was in the reader and titanic,thats all that i know.
Heath Ledger! He sure will be missed. He has made
awesome movies in life. Before this had happened they
had some pictures of his movie that wore his last, but his
role has been taken over by several other actor.
He will be missed!
I just wanna say...it was alright. I don't know, for some reason, I felt like I was in 6th grade all over again watching the "Nutcracker"...
But overall, the host did went all out or I don't know if it was me, but I think they gave more dancing auditions than that new reality show. I don't know but they tried to mix it up, we did say it a bit too much, to say the least BUT we do like to say that Wolverine probably did better than previous hosts. That's a good sign for the show but for the substance...I don't know, it has some but it didn't sometimes. Wolverine not only went berserk through the whole show(which I give him a B- on overall performance), but also sacrificed, just hopefully it was worth it to him because all we cared were the winners or upsets anyone made, is baout the money baby...
Ohh and did somebody tell Letterman about the bid?? Hey, they should be grateful they are getting a down payment in these times, LOL!! All cash, all cash baby...
This year show was magnificent !
Great winners, Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Penelope and Heath !
Oscar ceremony didn't leave me with a desire to see the movies I missed. The messy video segments were chaotic, and didn't actually give a good link to the film. For instance, the costume design video, didn't really show costumes...just flashed super brief mixed images. Only worked for those people who saw everything. Hated the opening number. Finally turned it off.
I felt the Oscars this year were one of my favorite in many years. Hugh Jackman brought a refreshing spin, his great singing and humor...and the pace seemed better. I enjoyed the design of the theatre-with the orchestra on stage, and the presenters appeared to be so close to the audiance. My most favorite feature of the evening was having 5 former Oscar winners for each actor/actress & supporting actor/actress catagory present a very personalized introduction of each one nominated -so exciting for the audiance to see what "five" were going to be featured, what each were going to say and the emotional reaction of the nominee-thought that was just wonderful and exciting to see.
The Oscars revealed that one way to unite everyone is through an artistic form of art such as the movies. In this season and age, Oscars never fail to rise from the ranks by breaking all International barriers.
Despite the global crisis, it shows that the Oscars is a clear testimony that there is hope in the industry and everyone is given a fair chance through a prestigious award-giving body such as the Academy Awards. And that we can rise above any challenges if we keep the passion in anything that we do and if we strive to do all things with humility and hard work.
Heath Ledger was deserving of a posthumous award. Without a doubt Oscars, as always, is quite clever to add him to the list that defies their standard procedures, making Heath such a rare exception. However, I still think Oscars should have paid him a tribute for his exceptional talent and remarkable contribution in the film industry. It would’ve been a lot better had they added such dramatic moment to the Oscars.
Wish Micky Rourke would have won.....
That was the WORST In Memorium at the Oscars that I have ever seen! I've been watching The Oscars for years & always look forward to that part. I could not even read the names of the people who were being honored. There was NO honor at all. Shame, shame!!! to the Academy!
Why wasn't Heath Ledger in the tribute??
Having five former best supporting actresses and actors not only announce the nominees but acknowledge them for their work is brilliant. Likewise displaying text for the screenplay and adaptation awards. This year's show is much more entertaining and meaningful than past years' shows.
The Ceromony deserves Oscar! Brilliant.
Wow tihs opening number is a dissaster.
Slumdog Millionaire all the way
It seems that some of the dresses, Miley`s, Sara's and now Penelope.......all look like they are wearing wedding gowns..Marisa`s gown is elegant and creative.
What's so great about Slamdog Millionaire? It's a very common story particularly in the Philippines. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button should win the Best Picture and Brad Pitt for Best Actor and Kate Blanchett for Best Supporting Actress. Agnelina Jolie should win the Best Actress of the Year!
they are all so shallow ......
Happy for the kids from Mumbai in "Slumdog Millionaire" which can unite all people in exposing the plight of the poor around the world. Slumdog for Best Picture!
Natalie Portman and Kate Winslet look AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Patrycja, Kate Winslet deserves to win because she gave the best performance. Unfortunatelyl, the Oscar overlooked the great work by her fellow actors David Kross and Ralph Fiennes both deserved to be nominated.
Wow, Danny Boyle has a HUGE family!
I'll be making a movie titled "Bernie Madoff Billionaire" I am sure it will win a lot of Oscars next year!
Slamdog ;it's realy slam on Bollywood.I don't even think it's not a highly rated movie.I support Anil & his daughter acting.
I would like to see these overpaid actors put 50% of their paychecks back into the economy, instead of wasting it on garbage jewelry and clothes.
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE IS SO GOING TO WIN!!!
Sara Jessica Parker is starting to look like Katherine Helmond in "Brazil"
Amy Adams looks goregous!
You see less facial hair on the women candidates this year
who gives a hoot.....
THE PICTURE IN PICTURE FORMAT IS TERRIBLE
Miley cyrus looks pretty but i still dont like her....:P
Slum dog millionaire for best movie
Is that a dress Kate Winslet is wearing??!!
Brad Pitt is hotter than ever!!! GO BENJAMIN BUTTON!!!
I am just worried that the fraud and greed on Wall St. will make our country the biggest SLUM in the world!
Slumdog Millionaire is a wonderful movier and a fabulous cast and lovely Music...Malini Nataraj
I think Benjamin Button is overrated.
SLUMDOG MILLIONNAIRE BEST PIC
Angelina Jolie's look is disappointing. She doesn't look she put an effort for this occasion. I was hoping for something other than a black dress. Pitt looks great though.
Miley cyrus, ugly...ass hell
"Dark Knight" would have been just another in the long line of mediocre "Batman" films had heath Ledger not have given an unusually great performance. The movie itself should not be nominated for Best Picture. "Slumdog" may also get the best editing or directing award because other than the story the editing and directing made this film. Penn gives the same old tired performance in all his movies.
The Oscars happen every year!
Slumdog Millionare should win it. The kids in the suits looked so sharp.
Expect Slumdog to take home the most awards tonight.
Go Slumdog Millionaire...making India proud!!!
I want to wish the best for the people of the Dark Knight
Everyone looks incredible! SLUMDOG ALL THE WAY BABYYY!!!!
Go slumdog!! Anything other than benjamin button for best pic!
AJ is right..America needs a night of not worrying and living a dream
Slumdog is about poor kids
The secret Life of Bees was well worth the tears.
Kate Winslet, A True classic beauty!
I LOVE Miley Cyrus's DRESS!!!! It's BEAUTIFUL!! 🙂
Dead or Alive, Heath gave the best performance of the year.
Slum god millionaore rocks
Too much posing! Back in the day, Bogie, Bacall etc. they were real people!
Slumdog Kids are so adorable!!!
Marvelous Meryl should win.
What happened to Ashvarya – the most beautiful woman in the world from India?
Anjolina looks beautiful
SUSIE! why shouldnt heath win? GOO HEATH!
JOKER ALL THE WAYYY!!!!!!!!! TAYLOR SWIFT SHOULD GET AN AWARD. HER VOCALS ARE DEFINATLY BETTER THAN MOST NEW ARTISTS TODAY. NO OFFENSE TO THEM. SHE JUST HAS THAT KIND OF ENERGY THAT ATTRACTS PPL TO HER VOICE. GO TAYLOR!!!!!!!! WOOT WOOT!
I teach at a community technical college. Graduation nights are my "Academy Awards". Typically under my robe, blue jeans and a tee – shirt. Certainly "People Magazine" would have me on the worst dressed list. I proudly accept!
Slumdog is great! I hope it wins.
Terrible job on coverage of the Oscars. The split screen is not good, picture is too small and the trivia things does not work. I'm going to bed. No wonder people didn't watch last year.
The excitement and wonder on the faces and in the voices of the young actors from India is the perfect reminder that joy is still readily available all around us. It's not in your wallet or your 401K - it's in doing what we can to make each other happy and usually it's free.
go kate winslet!!!
Slumdog will take the GOLD ( FM group)
If Slumdog doesn't win, then it will be Saving Private Ryan all over again.
Slumdog is the winner of the night !!
Slumdog is overated!!! A real sleeper
Lisa Rinna's dress is beautiful, almost as attractive as some of the guys there =p purple is a good color on her.
Kate Winslet deserve an oscar because she looks fabolous and worked hard.
Slumdog Kids Deserve a Win!
Oscar trivia game is fun...nice touch..we are playing in the living room!
GO SLUMDOG BRING IT ALL HOME
Rob Patinson looks beastly.
miley cyrus!? why is she there? doesnt deserve to be there. GO HEATH!!
Slumdog Millionare is really an awesome movie with good storyline. It should definitely take the award at home...
Why are you not expanding the interviews with the celebs? Why are they in a little box in the corner – BAD MOVE, the interviews are the GETS!
Anil Kapoor, you make India proud..
Sadly, Bruce Springsteen was wrongly snubbed
Slumdog is a winner tonight
Anil Kapoor chillin in Oscar, with the Swagger like us.
Egos and denial got us here.. Thanks to the stars tonight that are proving it
I THINK SLUM DOG WILL TAKE IT HOME FOR SURE.
Where are GRAN TORINO's nominations?
Molly Cyrus' dress is hideous!
Zac Efron looks good but shouldn't be at the Oscars
I understand the frustration of many Americans about the Oscars but understand that many people are also working tonight at the Oscars including the media which may stabilize there home. Be optimistic.
I really liked Slumdog a lot and it should take it home. 🙂
Heath Ledger did an amazing job as the Joker and should win best supporting actor.
Slumdog millionare rules! Best of luck to the whole cast!
I hope that the producers of the Oscars use this year as an opportunity to honor films and actors in a non-cliched fashion this year
I feel GRAN TORINO should have been recognized as it teachers a great lesson to avoid judging people before knowing them. It is a loud statement against racism.
and if John Mccain won, . im sure one celebrity would have said something ..suck it up ..time to unite
Secret Life of the Bees was an amazing movie, I cryed, but it was well worth the tears, I have to read the book now, Thank you, especially to Dakota Fanning for making it an amazing movie.
did the celebrirites see the unemployment rate and feel ANY remorse?
Slumdog is a definite win!
I wonder how long it will take before someone makes a pro Obama comment at the Oscars?
Ashton Kutcher, Brad Pitt, Zac Efron, all looking very handsome, hot hot hot
America needs to unite.. Not toast champagne glasses while others cant eat
Dakota Fanning takes the cake in the secret life of bees
I think that "Slumdog" appealed to so many viewers the same way that "Millionaire" appealed to the same viewers; it is easy to understand. Unlike some of the other movies nominated it appeals to the simplest minds.
Sean penn!!! Best actor, has this guy came along way or what! Terrific
Is the how the US unites in a time of need?
LETS SEE ROBERT PATTINSON!!!!
Shame on America. People in Gowns while others lose homes..
i can't wait to see best pic!
Slumdog Rocks, all the way!!!
We do care about the Oscar despite all the current events because this ceremony takes our mind of the stress, atkeast for tonight.
"Slumdog" was a very entertaining movie. "Milk" was just another self-indulgence by Penn that his fawning anti American Hollywood nut friends will nominate him for to try and keep him relevent. Who cares about a Gay city councilman from San Fran. "Frost/Nixon" was a good play but a boring movie version.
JoeB, The Oscars are always politically motivated.
Heath Ledger should win best supporting actor.
In my opinion i think Slumdog Millionaire was one of the best movies ever.
I hope "slumdog" loses maybe for once, the oscars won't be politically motivated
I wish Kal Penn was in Slumdog Millionaire.
Advance Congratulations to SLUMDOG and AR Rahman
What a BIG night. I can't wait!
The Indian actors might have an accent but speaks our English language pretty well.
I think That Slumdog Millionare has a chance of winning a number of awards.
It would seem that the American version of the caste system is alive and well. How generous of the chosen ones to let us watch them.
Couldn't the Academy Awards be a little more modest especially during this time of economic crisis?
I hope that an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire can bring more attention to the cause of street children in India
I believe Slumdog is the best pic of the year!
Slumdog Millionaire should set the standard for other Bollywood Directors if they want to make it to Hollywood.
SLUMDOG all the way, and Heath Ledger will take it home 🙂
It seems to me "Much to do about nothing." All the qlitz at this time in our country's history smacks of a "Let them eat cake." mentality on the part of Hollywood.
Slumdog Millionaire will win.
Heath ledger was nice
hope he receives one
slumdog should win one too!!! anju
Why isnt there any hype about the Dark Night. That was probably one of the best movies of '08 but no talk of it.
"Slumdog Millionaire" was O.K. and it will surely win, but it is far from the best picture of the year.
Adrienne, I think that it is a little sad that some people have to look to the ostentatious narcissists in Hollyweird to find a "bright spot" in their lives.
its slum ALL the way ! BEST of the BEST Bollywood Meets Hollywood.
I see that Hollyweird is flaunting their "Big Baubles" even in this disastrous economy. Don't they have any shame at all?
If Slumdog Millionaire wins it will be Hollywood's much overdue shout-out to Bollywood, the largest film industry in the world...finally!
I usually doo not watch the awards but today my whole family is together watching it!! it is going to be really exiting!
love, love, LOVE the Indian George Michael!!
jewelry is such an amazing trend! So are shoes!!!
Good to see AR Rahman, one of the music legends has been noticed in west atlast!!
GO SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE!!!
With the success of Slumdog Millionaire, I have a feeling more Hollywood films will be made outside of the United States. Hopefully such a movie might be made in my country, Armenia.
Slumdog Millionaire is a must see. I think it should get best picture.
Tariji P. Henson was amazing in the curious case of benjamin button. She truly deserve's to win. I Can't wait to see the secret pereformace of Beyonce. She is sure to please.
SLUMDOG IS THE BEST!!
love you anju 🙂
Anil Kapoor of Slumdog Millionaire may get his biggest success in his film career.
Love to see the actors of slumdog millonaire win most awards
Wow! Lot's of red on the red carpet this year. It would seem it would best not to be wearing it in order to stand out. Beautiful dresses though. Love the jewellery!
SLUM DOG is going to win!!
"I Love this Slum dog"
It is going to win Best picture! .
It's good to see Bollywood meets Hollywood.
SLUM DOG MILLIONAIRE SHOULD TAKE IT HOME
FREIDA IS THE BEST!!!!!
Slumdog Millionaire is absolutely amazing! I hope they win something!
I really do not have any interest in this. Overpaid, overhyped actors that are paid far too much attention. In these tough economic times do we really need to have a show that displays people that have far too much for doing so little? More and more if these "stars" are created. Most actors are "A" type personalities that crave attention, yet complain when people want to take their picture or get an autograph.
They are JUST actors, they add next to nothing to humanity. Maybe it is time to flush Hollywood and start over?
This is really just a huge waste of time and money. I would have some respect for SAG if they just scrapped the whole show and awards ceremony and used the money to help people instead. You know, the moviegoers that are the reason you get paid for doing what you do.
ON THE KIDS IN SLUM DOG MILLIONAIRE
I am very glad to see that the two beautiful children have been invited to see their dreams come true in the movie that changed their lives. Wish they can stay in Hollywood and get more roles. Everyone has a future and hope in all they seek.
I am very glad to see that the two beautiful children have been invited to see their dreams come true in the movie that changed their lives. Wish they can stay in Hollywood and get more roles. Everyone has a future and hope in all they seek.
It is inevitable, but I do hope I do not hear about politics tonight during the acceptance speeches.
Hollywood has ruined our country with their views that do not represent our country's best, just their own ideologies.
Stick to the movies and let our government govern.
Will someone please tell Hollywood that there's a two-front war going on currently with lives lost everyday AND over 200,000 US jobs lost in the past 2 months. I get the sneaking suspicion with no one caring about the Oscars for the last 5 years, this year it will probably even be less of a priority then years past.
CNN instead of dedicating all these resources covering this "waste of time -look at me fest", how about consolidating your media power to assist hard working American's to find work and hold a 2-day career fair in two – four major cities in the US.
But of course I know finding out what designer dress Jennifer Anniston wears is JUST as important!
I feel Heath Ledger gave one of the finest performances ever seen on the silver screen. If he dosen't win its a crime (no pun intended).
Slumdog Millionaire is absolutely amazing. Best Picture.
D. It is written
I like how the interviewers are all for the best dressed and most expensive jewelery. As well as how expensive their whole ensemble is. It already started, and it's like 5 hours before the show begins.
It's a recession, people. It shouldn't be all about the "bling" or expenses right now. It makes people like me, who can't afford much right now, pretty angry.
I think this is a great year for the Oscars-smaller and more thought provoking work is being presented and the actors have given some
of the best performances in years. Thinking out of the box, Hugh
Jackman should be a wonderful host.I am really looking forward
to this year's Academy Awards.
As an Australian it makes me so proud that our very own Hugh Jackman is hosting the show and what a fine job he has done!
Who cares? Most of the movies and actors/actresses are overrated. They pale in comparison to the true Oscar winners of the past. Without the sex, violence, and language allowed now, most of these movies would be shallow and a skeleton of what true cinema used to be.
The Oscar show is losing some shine. Since it's an industry award show, it doesn't reflect what audiences really like. And now they're messing with the production ... not so many stars on the red carpet and an unproven host ... won't be long before ratings slide beyond repair.
I usually don't watch the oscars, because critics usually dont enjoy the films I like, and so I feel like my interests aren't represented at these awards. But, I Intend to watch tonight, because I am waiting for Heath Ledger to win for supporting actor. I know they will pick him, because first, millions of people would very irritated with the Oscars, but second, because it would be very disrespectful. I know that we shouldn't give an award out to every actor that died, but Heath had a long and prosperous career ahead of him, and literally killed himself over this role.
Who Are You Wearing?
'Hollywood does what Bollywood could not' . This is what I feel after watching 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Kudos to Danny Boyle. Many Indians, unlike me, would question the necessity of displaying India's poverty on a global stage. They feel this is the truth about any other metropolitan city in any part of the globe, so why Bombay(Mumbai). Agreed, but unlike the rest, we should stop living in denial.
Are you kidding???? Who really cares about a stupid award like this when OUR country,our people are suffering !! Wake up America !!
The only reason why I am watching the Oscars is because I have seen many of the movies nominated wtih my brother. He has seen Slumdog but I have not, but I still think that THE READER is the best picture due to it being a great story and the most intellectual movie of them all, Kate Winslet did a superb and convincing job in the movie as opposed to Revolutionary Road, a movie that I found to be a peek into suburbia and what goes on behind closed doors; I used to live in suburbia in Texas, so what I saw on the screen was no big deal to me, but the fantastic Kathy Bates and Michael Shannon are great as part of the support cast.
GRAND TERINO RULES
I am hoping The Wrestler and more specifically Mickey Rourke get shut out, I for one am tired of hearing his crude acceptance speeches and am glad that he did not receive his second pillow while in the slammer... I nominate the guy who denied him the pillow...
I am not about dampening the excitement, but...... American people are struggeling and if it wasnt for the American people then there would not be an Oscars night. I would like to see the stars trade in their fashion and passion and wear jeans and t-shirts supporting causes in America. Take that money and help a cause.
okay, can't wait...
I can NOT believe that The Boring Case of Benjamin Button is up for 13
awards!! Brad is pretty but his performance is sedated and lethargic.
Sean Penn FTW!!!!
The wrestler should've been nominated for best picture, and probably would have won, if not for the overhyped slumdog millionaire
Coverage of the Oscars should not be this news worthy. Reporting who won what after the Oscars is over, is, understandably, news. Hyping this assumes that most people really care. I think not, especially considering the state of the economy. Please put your resources to more useful ventures. Seeing this plastered in a "breaking news" section of your website is sickening. -JF
ELITE 3000 is very thrilled with the Oscars! ELITE 3000 is excited with the Oscars! E3K can't wait to see the winners!
I really hope Slum Dog does not win, it is highly over rated. Basically it Its like this..the direction, was good, the concept of answers from real like experiences was smart..but the actual story of the slums and what happens in it – its been done before many times. Nothing new there...
It's Slumdog all the way! The other films have the glitz and glamor, but Slumdog has the soul!
Truthfully I rather have no Television than to watch the oscars tonight!! Why to listen to them brag about how much their dresses cost and who made them etc etc....... Do they not care that at this time there are people who tomorrow (monday) who might be taken from their houses and that there is no food for peole to feed their children? My niece a young widow of 3 boy's surly do not want to hear how much their jewerly cost or who made their dresses!! If I had an eighth of the $$ being spent maybe I would put oil in her almost empty tank or fill her frig with her almost empty frig. hmmm or maybe I would take the boy's to a resturant to get a much deserved meal. Or maybe I'd be able to pay for the school bus for the year instead of them walking miles to and from school!!! This is probably a waste of my time even writing this but maybe just maybe someone will hear me!!
I HAVE WATCHES OSCAR FOR ABOUT 50 YRS. MY WIFE MAKES FUN OF ME BUT I LOVE THE MOVIES. I CALL IT THE GREAT ESCAPE. I CAN HARDLY WAIT .
Gran Torino was the best picture this year and should have been nominated.
In the grand scheme of things does this show even matter anymore? It's sort of irrelevant; by the time the Oscars roll around, I've seen the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes and a few other awards shows... I pretty much know who the best performers and craftsmen were in cinema this past year. The Academy Awards is just an exercise in masturbation.
Take the oscars and all those hollywood jesters and shove it.....
Who are these poeple ??????
If the movie industry is so worried about the economis issues we face today, they would lower the amount of an average movie ticket. They dont seem to be too worried. Seems to me that they are just worried how much money they can make.
With all of the economic problems that we are going through today, we should not be having a celebration for those who are not effected by the economic problems. If celebrities can survive living paycheck to paycheck, and survive, we then can have a celebration.
WE are very happy to see Mickey Rourke get his chance. Long overdue, despite any personal problems he has had with the powers that be in the past ,he is a very fine actor and this is what it is about.
For best picture, I love Slumdug and Benjamin Button, but the omission of Batman as a Best Picture nominee is perplexing. My only explanation is that that the "old Oscar guard" or voters cannot grasp that a movie that is entertaining and mainstream shouldn't automatically be eliminated from Oscar contention. Only a few movies such as Titantic have been able to overcome that bias.
What ever is the most politically correct film is will win. So I imagine Slumdog, Milk or some other typical P.C. movie will be the big winner.
I'm interested to see the effect of the Academy snubbing The Dark Knight of the 3 Major categories including Best Picture on the ratings of the Oscars. I personally will not be watching them because of this though I'm silently rooting for Slumdog Millionaire.
I can't believe everyone thinks Slumdog Millionaire is such a great movie...it was good, but very cliche. Two brothers grow up poor, one goes bad the other good, and they fight over a girl. I actually have never wanted a movie to lose more than I want this one to lose tonight. The best movie last year overall was The Dark Knight and it wasn't because of Heath Ledger's performance. It was because of the directing, the cinematography, the writing, and the entire cast of actors that made that movie the best of the year. I seriously think the Academy needs to wake up and start recognizing movies that actually make some money at the box office.
Slumdog Millionaire succeeds not only as a box-office seller, but as a window into who we all are, as human beings, regardless of nation or fortune of birth. What I like most about this film is that so many people are going to see it, and that by seeing it, may break them out of their sheltered existence. Half of the world's population lives on less than $2/day. How far away does someone have to live not to qualify as your neighbor? And are we living up to the Golden Rule? Do we really love our neighbors? Kudos, Danny Boyle, on finding a way to sneak this message home!
Good Grief. All this hoopla over rich people sucking up to each other and patting themselves and each other on the back. Every year it gets worse. Why don't the actors and actresses go out into the REAL WORLD and find REAL PEOPLE who are doing their REAL JOBS well, and award them with a monetary gift. These women will spend more on one outfit than many wonderful, hardworking REAL PEOPLE make in their jobs in an entire year, and we're supposed to fawn over them and act as though this is the most important thing going on in the world today. GET REAL.
As you can probably guess, I won't be watching, I won't be drooling over who wore what or who chose the most hideous dress, and I don't care who wins. Put on a show that thanks a kind waitress, a decent store clerk, a nice housekeeping attendant, a good teacher, etc – that I'll watch and think highly of.
A leading movie from India, An Australian host, and my favorite, a leading candidate from Israel about the war in Lebanon in the foreign film category, these Oscars sure have an international flafour to them.
What does it say about the American Cinema and all of the Actors, Producers and Big Money in Hollywood if the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" sweeps the Oscars tonight. Aren't we capable of making movies here in the United States that should be recoginized by our own Oscar committee as winners? Or are the Actors and the Moviemakers just out to fleece the American public of as much money as they can get in salaries and royalites? Why don't we just close down Hollywood, put the Actors in the unemployment line and outsource the Moviemaking business over to other countries like we do everything else?
.....Brooke, Kareen, and A.J. do a wonderful job of relaying the excitement of the Oscars. Some people have mentioned that they are tired of the award shows during the current economic climate. Do you feel this is true? Are the numbers and interest still high?
This would have been a great year for the Oscars to tone it down a little. With much of the U.S. scaling back and avoiding conspicuous consumption, wouldn't it be nice if the industry we support, did the same.
Who cares? I mean really in this day and age does anyone under the age of 40 watch this stuff?
"slumbog millionaire" go all the way, win all the nominations. you guys well deserve it
SLUMDOG MILLIONNAIRE BEST PIC
SEAN PENN, BEST ACTOR IN MILK
PENNELOPE CRUZ, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, CHRISTINA BARCELONA
MERYL STREEP, BEST ACTRESS IN DOUBT
DANNY BOYLE, BEST DIRECTOR – SLUMDOG MILLIONNAIRE
KEITH LEDGER, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, THE DARK KNIGHT
A TRIBUTE SHOULD BE MADE TO TWO LEGENDARY AND OUTSTANDING ACTORS – PAUL NEWMAN AND KEITH LEDGER FOR OUTSTANDING CAREERS IN FILM, ACTING AND HUMANITARIAN CAUSES.
THE KINDEST CUT OF ALL – AND THE OSCAR GOES TO.........
Hollywood sux and so does the Oscar show. Very few people even care about those overpaid pigs anymore. Please let us know how the ratings go. Ha! Ha!
There is way too much glitz and glamor during a time when people are struggling to eat and pay rent. Enough already with this display of riches!
Slumdog Millioniore may win couple.
The Oscars are a bright spot in our life right now. It is a truth . the state of the world and its future are portrayed in the arts. In time of crisis we all look forward to the awards.
Our actors and actresses do give us the comic relief, horror, and truth about ourselves. It is a great time to give them support and recognition for their work.