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Slumdog Victory!

Forget my predictions, and let's just celebrate a great victory for Slumdog Millionaire.

For those who missed my blow-by-blow account on Plurk, here's a recap on the winners (in the order they were presented):

That's eight (8) awards for Slumdog, against three (3) for Button.

Here are the list of the people who presented the awards (again, in chronological order):

  • Eva Marie Saint, Anjelica Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, Tilda Swinton, and Goldie Hawn presented the Best Supporting Actress award;
  • The beautiful Tina Fey and Steve Martin presented Best Screenplay, both Original and Adapted;
  • The former Mrs. Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, and the funny Jack Black presented Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short;
  • Daniel Craig and Sarah Jessica Parker presented Best Art Direction, Costume Design, and Makeup;
  • Ben Stiller and the gorgeous Natalie Portman presented Best Cinematography;
  • Funny men Seth Rogen and James Franco, together with cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, presented Best Live Action Short;
  • Cuba Gooding, Jr., Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken, Joel Grey, and Kevin Kline presented Best Supporting Actor;
  • Bill Maher presented both Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short;
  • Will Smith presented the post-production awards for Best Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Editing;
  • Alicia Keys and Zac Efron presented Best Original Score and Best Original Song;
  • Liam Neeson and Freida Pinto presented Best Foreign Language Film;
  • Reese Witherspoon presented Best Director;
  • Sophia Loren, Marion Cotillard, Shirley MacLaine, Nicole Kidman, and Halle Berry presented Best Actress;
  • Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hopkins, Robert De Niro, and Adrien Brody presented Best Actor;
  • Steven Spielberg presented Best Picture.

In ye olden days, the presenters varied per category. Now it's slightly different. Can you feel the recession?

Of course, no Oscar show is complete without the production numbers in between. Hugh Jackman's opening salvo was excellent. I never knew Wolverine could sing and dance. There's also his grand number with Beyoncé, the High School Musical couple Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, plus Amanda Seyfried and her partner from Mamma Mia!, all onstage at the same time. And finally, there's that Best Original Song number, featuring John Legend and now-Oscar winner A.R. Rahman.

If you haven't seen the ceremony, try to catch the replay. James Franco and Seth Rogen's comedy sketch, reminiscent of Pineapple Express, is absolutely hilarious.


Anonymous said...

Oh... so that's what you were doing...

Unknown said...

i stayed away from tech all day to watch a delayed telecast and they cut rob pattz out! but i loved hugh and much of the flavour. and im thrilled for slumdog.

tina said...

dude. hugh jackman did this australian musical where he plays a gay man singing and dancing and shaking his stuff. you should see it. XD i should too. :D

the musical's title is the boy from oz ^^ i think. hehe.

tina said...

oh yeah... the awards the benjamin button movie received were kinda...sad. :( well, at least they got some, after getting so many nominations...

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