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Danny Boyle cleans up to nobody’s surprise
February 23, 2009, 6:05 pm
Filed under: Red Carpet

Ok so MIA didn’t make it. But besides that, the Oscars sure packed a hot show this year! I wasn’t bored once and that’s saying something considering the three hour-long program. Although the musical numbers were a little eccentric for my taste, Hugh Jackman did an exceptional job as host.

To no one’s surprise, Slumdog Millionaire sweeped the awards and took home nearly every category it was nominated for including Best Director, Best Picture and Best original song for “Jai Ho” by A.R. Rahman. To add to the fairy tale Danny Boyle story, Boyle and the crew brought over real life slumdog stars, the cast of children from who actually live in the slums of Mumbai, to attend the Academy Awards and walk down the coveted red carpet. Critics aside, India celebrated right alongside Hollywood elite when news of the win spread over the country the morning after the award show aired. (NY Times)

Apart from the Slumdog hysteria, there were plenty of heart-warming moments during the show, including the charming acceptance speech given by my personal Oscar pick, Kate Winslet who won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her emotional role in the Reader. Not to mention the exceptional acceptance speech by Sean Penn who won Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role for his adaptation of Harvey Milk. I was pleasantly surprised to watch Penelope Cruz’ bilingual acceptance speech when she was awarded for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Vicky Christina Barcelona. And of course, the emotional moment that brought the entire audience of industry royalty to tears when the late Heath Ledger was the Academy’s pick for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role as the Joker in the Dark Knight. His lovely and well groomed family accepted the award on his behalf.

First comes Oscars, then comes the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Industry insiders breathed a sign of relief when hearing that the anticipated event bounced back from financial missteps to take over the iconic Sunset Towers Hotel after being forced to cancel last year’s soiree.

And to add to the crowd pleasing moments mentioned above, the academy fashion was a hit across the board. With the exception of a under-dressed-beanie-wearing-iconic actor, I can not recall one “Oh No” fashion moment all night. (Concerning the infamous skull cap worn by Philip Seymour Hoffman, New York Magazine has an interesting explanation to defiant cap. Apparently he hasn’t been seen in public without a cap since Jan 14 at the The National Board of Reviews award.)

Click here for the slide show for my favorite red carpet looks.


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You forgot Dustin Lance Black’s incredibly grateful and wonderfully eloquent acceptance speech. That’s how it’s done.

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