Oscar Night 2009

February 23, 2009

Everything went pretty smoothly at this year's Oscar awards ceremony. Hugh Jackman danced, sang and joked his way through a program with surprisingly few gaffes or awkward moments, despite Ben Stiller's funny attempts to do for the Oscars what Joaquin Phoenix did for the Letterman show. There weren't any upsets, and the Oscars were handed out for the most part to the people and films that were predicted to receive them.

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Slumdog Millionaire, not surprisingly, cleaned up last night, winning 8 -- count 'em 8 -- Oscars. It won for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music for both Original Score and Original Song, Best Sound Mixing, Best Director (to Danny Boyle) and, or course, Best Picture. Whew! That there's a whole lot of gold little men the peeps behind Slumdog had to haul home last night.

Kate Winslet won for Best Actress and Sean Penn stole his second Oscar for Best Actor last night, this time from Mickey Rourke, whom many people expected to win the award.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie smiled and waved magnanimously at the hoi polloi, affirming its (our) existence and warming the world's impoverished soul.

Penelope Cruz took an Oscar home for Best Supporting Actress, and mass rioting in the streets of America was happily avoided when Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Wall-E wasn't left in the cold, as it won for Best Animated Feature Film. Peter Gabriel decided not to sing his part of the Oscar nominated songs medley last night, leaving that duty to John Legend.

Best Original Screenplay went to Dustin Lance Black for Milk, which helped the film win two of the Academy's most prestigious awards.

To see the rest of last night's winners take a look at the Oscar page and feast your eyes upon the victors of cinema.