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February 24, 2009

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This is a picture of genius!

This is a picture of genius!

Oscars: We can not stop watching the Hugh Jackman, Beyonce, Zac Efron, et. al. dance number!  Highlight of the show, if you ask us.  We’re still looking for the lyrics to that and the opening number.

Oscars Pt. 2: The broadcast surged 13 percent in the ratings from last year.  We’ll credit the above for that.

Slumdog Millionaire: This week’s big winner has the (dis)honor of their signature song, Jai Ho, being covered by the Pussycat Dolls.

Rihanna: TMZ swears they obtained the battered pic of RiRi legally but that’s not the issue, in our opinion.  To us, it’s a matter of ethics.  Then again, we always knew TMZ didn’t have any so perhaps it’s all a moot point!

Blink-182: If you’re excited for the reunion but want to know where the hell they’ve been the last few years, check out this detailed timeline.

DVDs: Now that the Everwood season 2 DVD finally has a release date, Newsday is looking in to why some series never make it to the shelves.  And it ain’t pretty.

SIZZLED OUT: Rosie O’Donnell

STILL SIZZLING: This veteran actress is perservering with her new Broadway show despite outside protests for her 1970s  behavior.


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ABC Pre-show: hosted by Robin Roberts (who looks great!), Tim Gunn and Jess Cagle (the editor of Entertainment Weekly, whom we used to work with at PEOPLE!)

Kate Winslet first star to beinterviewed.  Liked the dress but the one from the Globes showed off her body better.

Sarah Jessica Parker wearing gorgeous Dior dress with dirty blonde hair–not a fan of that.  Hubby Broderick has some grey strands!

SJP says they are “working on a story” for Sex and the City 2!

Quote: “Richard Nixon could not be here tonight.”–Cagle

Still cannot believe how skinny Seth Rogen is now!

Leslie Mann’s dress is beautiful.

Love the question: if there was an earthquake tonight, who would you save?

Rogen says Judd Apatow, Apatow says his wife!

Little tribute to Oscar Valentino.

Slumdog Millionaire people brought everyone and their mother.

What’s with Angelina Jolie’s green earrings?!  Totally don’t go.

Zac and Vanessa are such a beautiful couple but Zac would do without the bowtie.

Quote: “Angelina is like my favorite person of all history.”–Miley Cyrus

Always forget what a man-voice Miley has.

Penelope Cruz=first person with beautiful hair, dress, makeup, etc.

First time we’ve ever seen Jack Black’s wife!!

INTENSE bottom/train to Marisa Tomei’s dress.

Show begins in 5 minutes.

Seth Rogen has lost soo much weight.  Still a shock whenever we see him.

Love Leslie Mann’s dress.

Funny question: if there was an earthquake tonight, who would you save? Rogen says Judd Apatow and Apatow says his wife, Leslie.

100,000 crystals in the crystal curtain!

Forgot how short Cagle is!

So excited to see Hugh Jackman’s opening!

And here we go…

The 81st Annual Academy Awards

Sponsored by: Diet Coke, Sprint, Hyundai.  Get ready for a trillion commercials by those folks.

Rounded stage with audience forming a crescent or semi-circle around it.  Interesting.

Will never get tired of Jackman’s Aussie accent.

Quote: I’m an Australian who played an Australian in a movie called Australia.  And I’m hosting.–Jackman

Love the makeshift Slumdog set.

That’s some awesome dancing.

So great that he referenced The Dark Knight getting screwed.

Hysterical Benj. Button sketch.

Is he lip-syncing?  Or does it just look like it on our broadcast?

Anne Hathaway given notice before being carried on stage?  Clearly.

Love that they incorporated a duet!!!!!!

Hey, we saw The Reader!

This is such a clever song.  Can’t wait to get the lyrics!

Phenomenal opening number!  He nailed it!

Always so awkward when a host goes into the audience.

Did Mickey Rourke finally get a haircut?

Quote: We have a 7-second delay but if you win we switch to 20 minutes.-Jackman on Rourke

Yes! Sexiest Man Alive reference!

Quote: I’m contractually obligated to mention them 5 times.–Jackman on Brangelina

Steroids reference.  Better than a direct A-Rod reference.

Streep: 15 wins or nominations?  We’re confuzzled.

Clips of female Oscar winners.

Smart: It led to Whoppi, Goldie, etc. presenting Best Supporting Actress.

Wow, are they going to fill the show with long intros to each nominee?!

Quote: It’s not easy being a nun.–Whoopi

Hope there’s double-sided tape holding up Goldie’s dress!

Is that Logan Marshall Green (Trey from The O.C.) sitting next to Tomei?!

Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona)

Quote: Has anyone ever fainted here? I might be the first one.–Cruz

Funny to hear her say ‘Woody’

Okay, the problem is definitely the feed because sound and lips don’t match up at all.

Cruz is saying something in Spanish.  If she spoke slower we could translate but…eh.

Tina Fey and Steve Martin doing great bit about presenting.  Now have no idea what they’re talking about!

Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black (Milk)

Wow, he seems super young!

First subtle Prop 8 reference.  Actually very moving.

Quote: Don’t fall in love with me!–Steve Martin to Fey

Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)

Slumdog’s first win.  Will they sweep?

And will Benj. Button go 0 for 13?  They haven’t won at any show yet!

Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black is kind of a weird pairing.

Love her dress!  She looks very 90s right now.  What does Brad Pitt think?

Jolie is smiling!  Interesting!

Is John Mayer there?

Very clever way of showing all the animated films from this year.  Love that it’s Wall-E based.

Is Black really presenting an award in which his own film is nominated?  That is not okay, regardless of the outcome.

Best Animated Feature: Wall-E

No surprise.  But should it have been nominated for Best Picture?

Quote: Creative seeds are sewn in the oddest of laces.–Andrew Stanton

Quote: Did you watch anything this year that you weren’t in?–Aniston to Black

Best Animated Short Film: La maison en petits cube

Still don’t like SJP’s hair color.  She pulls off her dress well, though.

Very clever, well-done sets this year, specific to each category.

Best Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjmain Button

The losing streak is over!  1 for 13 and 1 for 929823981 overall.

Interesting to have each pair of presenters do more than one award.  Limits number of presenters you can have but also gives seemless quality, no?

Best Costume Design: The Duchess

So was that the only good thing about this movie?

Wow, SJP and Daniel Craig doing a third award!  This has gotta be a new precedent.

Best Makeup: Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Makes them 2 for 13.  Could tonight be their comeback?

The guy accepting does not seem happy.

What is Amanda Seyfried wearing?!

Robert Pattison as promised.  Looking incredibly hot with his scowl.

Clip reel of “romance in 2008” is very sweet.

Yes! They included HSM! Thrice!

Very cute that they closed on Wall-E.

Like that they’re going through the process of making a film in the way they’re presenting the awards.

That’s some pink on Natalie Portman!  And some beard on Ben Stiller!

Really hate the scripted, rehearsed banter.  Never good in any show no matter who it is.

Just got that he’s making fun of Joaquin Phoenix.

Quote: You look like you work in a Hasidic meth lab.–Portman on Stiller

Portman is trying so hard not to laugh–as everyone else is!

Pitt and Jolie going head-to-head in this next category.

Best Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog now 2 for 2.

That dude’s hair rivals Rourke’s!

Announcer promises more Jackman.  We want more song-and-dance numbers!

Ugh, what is Jessica Biel wearing?!  She and Seyfried must’ve gotten dressed together.

Has ABC really not shown any promos for DWTS or any of its shows? Impressive.

Franco and Rogen filmed a special skit!  That’s great!

Quote: Who do you think is a better actor? Ronald Regan or Barack Obama?–Franco

Franco watching Franco!

Quote: Think I can make this into a pipe?–Rogen on the Oscar statue

Quote: If you liked that piece, I helped write it.  And if you didn’t, it was all Judd Apatow.–Rogen

This DP guy is funny!

Best Short Film: Spielzguland

Franco couldn’t pronounce it!  Funny!

“Once-in-a-lifetime performance coming up.”  What could it be?

Well, there goes the no ABC promos idea.  New show Castle was just advertised.

Quote: The musical is back!–Hugh Jackman

Yay!  Another performance by Jackman!  Classic Broadway throwback.

Brad Pitt throwing the cane would’ve been cooler if we saw his face and not just darkness.

Beyonce performing with Jackman!

Love that they’re doing musical highlights!  Singin’ in the Rain, Grease, Moulin Rouge and more!

Beyonce doing At Last, of course.

Will they include HSM?

OMG! They did!  Zac and Vanessa performing!  That is AMAZING!

Must be really amazing to perform live with your boyfriend.  Sigh.

And Seyfried and Dominic Cooper from Mama Mia.

Baz Lurman made that.  Not surprised.

This will go down in Oscar history.  Calling it right now!

Though we suppose it might’ve been painful if you’re not a fan of musicals.  TOO BAD!

Now it’s time for the actor montage.  Can’t be sexist!

Christopher Walken, Kevin Kline, Alan Arkin, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Joel Grey presenting.

Really like this style of presenting.

John Mayer is there!  Sitting next to Aniston in a tux.

Funny or weird that they have a black guy explaining a white guy nominated for playing a guy in blackface?

Curious to see what they’re going to say about Heath Ledger.

A lot of the guys need haircuts.  See: Walken, Kline, Michael Shannon, etc.

Showing Ledger’s family.  Michelle Williams doesn’t seem to be present.

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

That was a given.  Curious to see what the feedback would’ve been if he hadn’t won.

Standing ovation as mother, father and sister comes to stage.

Matilda supposedly getting his Oscar.  But how long will that take?

Jolie seems to have tears in her eyes.

Documentary reel.

Bill Maher presenting and plugging his own doc.

Quote: You’re all crying and now I have to go on.–Maher

Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire

Crazy foreign dude doing magic and balancing Oscar on his chin.  Wow.

Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki

And here’s a DWTS promo.  Kind of sucks you in, no?

Tom Cruise and Jimmy Kimmel commercial. Who’s more desperate?

Cool but predictable reel of action clips.

Really like that they’re doing reels from all these major genres.

Will Smith looking good as always.  Wearing a diamond-encrusted cross on his lapel.

Outstanding Visual Effects: Curious Case of Benjamin Button

They are doing quite well tonight, especially given the other awards shows this season.

Outstanding Sound Editing: The Dark Knight

Outstanding Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire

What is the difference between those last two categories?

Boyle in shock.  A happy shock.  Slumdog now has its 3rd win, tied with Benj. Button.

Can we get back to the exciting awards now?

Quote: Uh, yes, they still have me here.-Smith

Outstanding Editing: Slumdog Millionaire

And here comes number 4.

If you bet the Slumdog would do the best tonight, you could walk away with a lot of money.

Next ABC promo: In the Motherhood

Eddie Murphey presenting Jerry Lewis with Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Quote: From one Nutty professor to another–Murphey

Very short but respectable speech from Lewis.

They cut to Heidi Klum and her hair looks phenom!

More Zac Efron!  Score!

Medley of the nominated scores.  Audiences never like this part.

Best Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire

Fifth Slumdog win!

Alicia Keyes messes up but covers very smoothly.  Even looked scripted!

Medley of the nominated songs.  Peter Gabriel was pissed that they weren’t performing them individually.

Cool that there are drummers in the audience.

Oooh!  They’re combing songs now!  Very pretty!

Best Original Song: Jai Ho, Slumdog Millionaire

Fair that Slumdog got two nominees in this category?

Fair that there are only 3 nominees all together in this category?

Every time Slumdog wins, they cut to Dev Patel’s huge smile.

That was number 6 for Slumdog, by the way.

Best Foreign Film: The Departures (Japan)

Queen Latifah performing I’ll Be Seeing You, as mentioned last week, for the in memoriam tribute.

Forgot what a beautiful voice she has!

Paul Newman gets loudest applause and longest tribute.

Nice to see Reese Withersppon but not feeling her dress at all.  Lose the sashay crap!

Best Director: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Probably the second-least surprising win of the night.

Danced like Tigger.  His words.  Not ours.

Seventh win for Slumdog.

Three awards left, folks!

Best Actress clip reel.  Lots of tears, laughs and thank yous.

Shirley McClaine, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Halle Berry and the Vie en Rose girl presenting.

They got a standing O!

Berry and Kidman look wonderful, dresses and all.

Hathaway in tears as McClaine gives her nomination.

Yup, it’s 15 noms for Meryl Streep.

Like that Streep and daughter are color-coordinated.

Jolie wearing huge emerald rock.  Matches those ugly earrings.

Best Actress: Kate Winslet (The Reader)

Yes!  She is so deserving!

If only she won the Globe, too!

Winslet breathless but more put together than at SAG awards.

Love that she yelled to her parents in the balcony!

Quote: I’m sorry, Meryl, but you just have to suck that up!-Winslet

Still not feeling her hair.

Time for the Best Actor clip reel.

Ben Kingsley, Robert DiNiro, Adrien Brody, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Douglas presenting.

Must be really nice when both mom (Jolie) and dad (Pitt) are nominated for top honors.  Too bad they’re too young to understand!

Robert Pattison sitting behind Rourke.  Yum.

Best Actor: Sean Penn (Milk)

Love that wife Robin Wright grabbed his face and kissed him.

Love that she’s crying!

Quote: You commie, homo-loving sons of guns!–Penn

Quote: I realize how hard I make it for you to appreciate me.–Penn

Prop 8 reference!

Quote: We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.–Penn

Quote: Mickey Rourke rises again and he is my brother.–Penn

Only fellow nom to get a shotout!

No thanks to Wright?  Shame!

Both Jolie and Pitt coming home empty-handed.  Though they get to go home with each other.  Damn them.

Stephen Spielberg presenting last award!  Very fitting.

Nominees: The Reader, Frost/Nixon, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire andMilk

Past winner clip reel spliced with nominees.  Kind of cool.  Kind of strange.

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog went 8 for 8, sweeping everything it was nominated for!

Short acceptance speech but tons of people on stage.

Jackman closes the show but promises clips of upcoming movies.

February 20, 2009

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Want to see the Material Girl's material?

Want to see the Material Girl's material?

Rihanna: The whole Chris Brown debacle got her the cover of this week’s PEOPLE.  Tired of reading speculative stories, though.  Really just want the truth from them!

Rihanna Pt. 2: Speaking of truthful, no idea if this photo is real but it left us speechless.

Madonna: More than 300 of her personal possessions will be on display in London for the next month.  We’d say so much for privacy but she gave that up long ago. Suggests 1999 was the “best” year for movies.  That is one helluva broad statement!

Oscars: Come back on Sunday evening for our live-blogging of the Academy Awards!

SIZZLED OUT: Bob Barker (The Price Is Right)

STILL SIZZLING: This rapper wants to leave his country grammar behind and host his own variety show in Las Vegas.

February 19, 2009

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Worthy of praise and scholarly study?

Worthy of praise and scholarly study?

Obama: It was only a matter of time before a political cartoon relating to our new president caused outrage.  Freedom of the press?  Low blow? Undecided how we feel.

Solange: Beyonce’s little sis had a little scare yesterday when she passed out and woke up in the hospital.  She took to her Twitter to tell everyone the problem was just dehydration.  So is this the future of PR?

Oprah: Caught part of an episode today and saw she was communicating with guests via Skype.  So is the future of talk shows?

Oscars: If you’re not into the nominated movies (and believe us, it’s possible!), here are three other reasons to watch: Zac Efron, Miley and Robert Pattison.  Still not convinced?  Yeah, we didn’t think so.

The Hills: One of the shows that will be the subject of panels at this year’s Paley Festival.  The Hills?  Seriously?

MC Hammer: Getting his own reality show on A & E.  Didn’t know he had 5 kids!  But also not really surprised…

Katherine McPhee: In addition to appearing on an upcoming episode of Brothers & Sisters, the former American Idol contestant will do a guest stint on CSI.  Looks like someone has a case of the acting bug!

USA Today: We like this headline–‘Lost’ and ’24’: Simple titles, complex, brilliant shows.

Facebook: A recent uproar about Terms of Service changes may have been quelled but it’s still worth reading what happened and who was behind it.

SIZZLED OUT: Justin Guarini

STILL SIZZLING: This popular former game show host admits he’s not one of its “loyal” viewers.  Guess he doesn’t want to come on down to TV set.

February 17, 2009

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Dollhouse: The highly-anticipated new show from Joss Whedon pretty much tanked in the ratings.  Can’t say we’re surprised.  We never understood why people see him as such a god.  Guess it would helped if we actually liked sci-fi.

The Bachelor: Finally!  An article that gives credit to the little boy that is totally responsible for the show’s increase in ratings.  Sad thing is this whole experience will probably scar him for life.  Sigh.

Oscars: As the big night approaches (we’re less than a week away!  hurrah!), more details are being leaked to the press.  But as often is the case with award shows, we all know anything can change at the last-minute.

The Apprentice: We love irony like this.  The show is a mere few weeks from returning and Trump and his casinos will likely be filing for bankruptcy.  Guess that NBC paycheck is more important than ever now.  Does that mean the pressure’s on us or him?

Facebook: This never occurred to us.  The more users a social networking site like FB has, the bigger headache it can be for the execs.  Vallywag explains why.

SIZZLED OUT: Nancy O’Dell (Access Hollywood)

STILL SIZZLING: This actress married her babydaddy on Valentine’s Day–a few months after breaking off their engagement!

February 3, 2009

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Do not date him!

Says Katy Perry: Do not date him!

Jennifer Hudson: Maybe she seemed sad during her Superbowl performance because she was forced to lip synch?

Superbowl: If you were a Comcast subscriber in Tuscan, AZ., your football broadcast was interrupted by a 30-second porn clip.  And here everyone thought Janet Jackson’s Nipplegate was the worst that could happen!

Superbowl Pt. 2: The media industry has serious problems when it can’t even afford to send the editor of Sports Illustrated to the biggest football game of the year!

The View: Heading to LA for a special week of episodes meant to “revitalize” the show.  Among the guests: Miley Cyrus, Jay Leno and…Heidi and Spencer, who show’s producer admits he’s obsessed with.  We feel sorry for him.

Academy Awards: This year’s telecast will be designed to appeal more to a “moviegoing culture.”  We’re not sure what that means but guess we’ll find out on Feb. 22!

Diddy: Came to the profound conclusion that “hip-hop is in a recession.”  ‘Cause, you know, the rest of us are doing so well…

Katy Perry: Seems she has serious beef with ex-boyfriend Travis McCoy.  She’s advising girls to stay away from boys that “just want the milk but don’t want to buy the cow.”

Demi Lovtato: Warning her fans that she may “wear less black” as she matures.  We could’ve told you that!

Twitter: We love micro-blogging and all but this is a little too much: Erykah Badu tweeted while she was in labor!


STILL SIZZLING: This famous singer–and big football fan–got a Superbowl-themed surprise party from his actress girlfriend.

January 22, 2009

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Scrubbing up once more!

Scrubbing up again!

Heath Ledger: On the anniversary of his death (Jan. 22, 2008), he gets a posthumous Oscar nomination, the only one for The Dark Knight.

George Clooney: After months of ‘will he or won’t he?’ debate, Clooney will indeed make the rounds once more on ER, PEOPLE is reporting.

Oscars: Wall-E isn’t up for best picture after all.  Dun dun dunnnnnn.

Oscars, Pt. 2: The Golden Globes nominated Kate Winslet for supporting actress in The Reader.  Now she’s got leading actress but nothing for Revolutionary Road, which–unlike at the Globes–was shut out of the top categories.

American Idol: Can anything take this thing down?  Even with the inaugural festivities broadcast last night, Idol still racked up the highest ratings.  There’s gotta be a fix, right?  Or were people Obama-ed out by nightfall?

Veronica Mars: Fans who felt jilted by the show’s cancellation a few years back can rejoice now that a movie adaptation is finally underway.  Never watched the series but probably could be convinced to go see it.

Fall Out Boy: Recorded a special version of The Simpsons theme song, to be played after this week’s episode.  Our guess is Star Wars is next.

Obama: Gotta love the internet.  You can be in one place and still see practically every Obama front page from yesterday’s papers.

Obama, Pt. 2: He doesn’t have to give up his addiction!  Obama will keep the CrackBerry, now outfitted with special security encryption.  So how long until it’s hacked?

The Daily Show: Time flies!  The little series that could is 10 years old!  And Variety has a bunch of articles to mark the milestone.

No Doubt: Hey baby! Going on tour (with Paramore) this summer for the first time in 5 years!

SIZZLED OUT: Marcia Cross

STILL SIZZLING: This alleged hold-out on a TV-to-movie adaptation said he might “put the script in his shredder.”

Oscar Nominations

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Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
  • Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
  • Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
  • Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)
  • Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Viola Davis in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Best animated feature film of the year

  • Bolt” (Walt Disney), Chris Williams and Byron Howard
  • Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount), John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton

Achievement in art direction

  • Changeling” (Universal), Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
  • The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
  • Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Achievement in cinematography

  • Changeling” (Universal), Tom Stern
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle

Achievement in costume design

  • Australia” (20th Century Fox), Catherine Martin
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Jacqueline West
  • The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O’Connor
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Glicker
  • Revolutionary Road”  (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Albert Wolsky

Achievement in directing

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Fincher
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Ron Howard
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Gus Van Sant
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Stephen Daldry
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle

Best documentary feature

  • The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” (Cinema Guild), A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
  • Encounters at the End of the World” (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment), A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
  • The Garden” A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  • Man on Wire” (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
  • Trouble the Water” (Zeitgeist Films), An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Best documentary short subject

  • The Conscience of Nhem En” A Farallon Films Production, Steven Okazaki
  • The Final Inch” A Vermilion Films Production, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
  • Smile Pinki” A Principe Production, Megan Mylan
  • The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306” A Rock Paper Scissors Production, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

Achievement in film editing

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lee Smith
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Elliot Graham
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens

Best foreign language film of the year

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex” A Constantin Film Production, Germany
  • The Class” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Haut et Court Production, France
  • Departures” (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan
  • Revanche” (Janus Films), A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production, Austria
  • Waltz with Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production, Israel

Achievement in makeup

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (Universal), Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.),Alexandre Desplat
  • Defiance” (Paramount Vantage), James Newton Howard
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Elfman
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
  • Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
  • O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman andMaya Arulpragasam

Best motion picture of the year

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), A Kennedy/Marshall Production, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production,Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
  • Milk” (Focus Features), A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production, Nominees to be determined
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production,Christian Colson, Producer

Best animated short film

  • La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato
  • Lavatory – Lovestory” A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit
  • Oktapodi” (Talantis Films) A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
  • Presto” (Walt Disney) A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland
  • This Way Up”, A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

Best live action short film

  • Auf der Strecke (On the Line)” (Hamburg Shortfilmagency), An Academy of Media Arts Cologne Production, Reto Caffi
  • Manon on the Asphalt” (La Luna Productions), A La Luna Production, Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
  • New Boy” (Network Ireland Television), A Zanzibar Films Production, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
  • The Pig” An M & M Production, Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
  • Spielzeugland (Toyland)” A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank

Achievement in sound editing

  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Richard King
  • Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Tom Sayers
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
  • Wanted” (Universal),Wylie Stateman

Achievement in sound mixing

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney),Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
  • Wanted” (Universal), Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

Achievement in visual effects

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
  • Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

Adapted screenplay

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
  • Doubt” (Miramax), Written by John Patrick Shanley
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Screenplay by Peter Morgan
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Hare
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Original screenplay

  • Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Courtney Hunt
  • Happy-Go-Lucky” (Miramax), Written by Mike Leigh
  • In Bruges” (Focus Features), Written by Martin McDonagh
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

December 12, 2008 Pt. 2

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We want a reunion!

We want a reunion!

Jennifer Aniston: Says her GQ photo spread wasn’t to “make any kind of statement.” She’s lying, and we all know it but it’s okay because the statement was much-needed.

HSM: Disney won’t appreciate this: Zac and Vanessa taking pics with fans in what appears to be a sex shop!

Pete Wentz: Wrote on his blog that he doesn’t “want to go down that road” of selling Bronx’s baby pictures.  We have a feeling that will change eventually.

Hugh Jackman: Having a bittersweet month: deemed Sexiest Man Alive, Australia fails and now named the host of the Oscars.  Still a pretty good life overall, no?

Hugh Jackman Pt. 2: So this pretty much guarantees that Australia won’t get any Oscar nods.  They wouldn’t have a host whose movie is in contention, right?!

Lauren Graham: Our favorite fast talker/Gilmore Girl is coming back to primetime!  An untitled show is in the works on ABC.  Would love to see an Alexis Bledel cameo!

Laurence Fishbourne: Predictions of a rise in black actors on TV (thanks to Obama’s win) will get its first test this week as Fishbourne joins the cast of CSI.

Showtime: We think this will be a disaster but we know they don’t care what we think (but you do!  Thanks, guys!)  The cable channel is launching a show called “Way Out” where cameras film closeted gays telling the truth to their families.

Andy Samberg: Releasing an album with the rest of the Lonely Island boys from SNL.  We just don’t get the appeal.  Who wants to explain it to us?

Obama: Among the stars and musical guests expected at inauguration events:  Anne Hathaway, Sting, Tim Robbins, Ron Howard and Spike Lee.

DreamWorks Animation: Planning Madagascar 3 and movies in 3-D.

Newspapers: Will not be bailed out by the government.  For your First Amendment rights and ours, that is a good thing!

NYT: Would a merger with Google be the answer to their financial problems?  Only if you’re willing to throw away family history.

November 26, 2008 Pt. 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by sizzlemaker
Who needs a fact-checker?

Who needs a fact-checker?

Rosie O’Donnell: We are sooooo excited for Rosie Live tonight!

Kanye West: An investigation is again taking place in the 2007 death of his mother, Shonda.  Californian authorities are focusing their efforts on Kanye’s cousin who was supposed to be taking care of Shonda after her cosmetic surgery.

Mariah Carey: Hmmm.  The singer didn’t exactly diffuse rumors of a pregnancy on Ellen today.  When offered champagne by the clever host, Carey first accepted but then didn’t actually drink it, giving the lame reason that it was too early to drink.  Riiiight.  Like it’s ever too early for any star to drink.

Academy Awards: The key to winning an Oscar could be as simple as having a unique haircut.  We’re off to the salon.

TMZ: The television version will be on air for at least the next two years.  Thanks, TV gods.  (That was sarcasm.)

Ashlee Simpson: Notice how her name is spelt.  Now notice how it is on the cover of OK! Now laugh.

Ann Moore: The Time Inc. CEO and mastermind behind their massive layoffs will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.  Seems fair, doesn’t it?

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