Oscar Winners!

Well, well, well…That was certainly an…um, interesting awards ceremony. I love the fact that the winners were all spread out, but that presentation…urggggghhToo see who won and my observations, check it out…. —————————————Man, that was looooooong! The red carpet (which is actually pink) arrivals are getting to be LONGER then the actual ceremony. How ridiculous is that? I was also kind of disapointed no one showed up wearing a dead animal carcass. C’mon people, where is your sense of adventure?When things started…well, to put it honestly – CHRIS ROCK SUCKED! I don’t think he’ll be coming back. I normally like the guy, but he claimed recently on “Ellen” that he had taken months to prepare his opening monologue. Well damn! I’d hate to know how long it takes him to do a funny stand up act. I actually thought he didn’t do as bad as rock bottom (no pun intended) until Robin Williams came on stage to present an award. Robin did a minute long schtick, that blew anything Chris Rock did away. Later, Sean Penn embarassed Rock with a quip about his opening monologue and the house of cards crumbled. Goodbye and goodnight!I think it will be very interesting to get the viewership numbers for the whole broadcast. It was VERY boring overall. More so then usual. It could be because they changed into that ridiculous practice of bringing entire categories of nominees on stage or going to their seats. At least they all got a mic. They weren’t even originally supposed to get that. Ashame really, those are the people responsible for 99% of a typical movie.Maybe the most telling sign on viewership came in the form of a skit Chris Rock did. He took a camera crew to the local movie theater and asked the regular joe’s what their favourite movies of the last year were. All the answers were blockbusters like Chronicles of Riddick. That’s what the average person wants to see get an award. I would love the academy to recognize this and let in some outstanding bigger movies, but I don’t think that will happen.Oh and one more thing – Is it really necessary to preform all of the songs nominated for best song? Most of the songs that get the honor are usually average anyhow, and it takes so long. Beyonce wasn’t exactly at her best last night either. Having her sing that French song was a big misteak. To people who don’t even speak the language she sounded like a slurry drunk. I hope next time they just get rid of that completely. Otherwise, they should show the short films and subjects that take the same amount of time to make it fair.Anyhow, that’s my little report:Here is the complete list of winners –Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Don Cheadle in “Hotel Rwanda” (United Artists in association with Lions Gate Entertainment through MGM Distribution Co.)
  • Johnny Depp in “Finding Neverland” (Miramax)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)
  • Clint Eastwood in “Million Dollar Baby” (Warner Bros.)
  • Jamie Foxx in “Ray” (Universal) JON’S PICK – Jamie FoxxPerformance by an actor in a supporting role
  • Alan Alda in “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)
  • Thomas Haden Church in “Sideways” (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox)
  • Jamie Foxx in “Collateral” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
  • Morgan Freeman in “Million Dollar Baby” (Warner Bros.)
  • Clive Owen in “Closer” (Sony Pictures Releasing)JON’S PICK – Clive OwenPerformance by an actress in a leading role
  • Annette Bening in “Being Julia” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Catalina Sandino Moreno in “Maria Full of Grace” (HBO Films in association with Fine Line Features)
  • Imelda Staunton in “Vera Drake” (Fine Line Features, Alain Sarde and UK Film Council in association with Inside Track Films)
  • Hilary Swank in “Million Dollar Baby” (Warner Bros.)
  • Kate Winslet in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (Focus Features)JON’S PICK – Hilary SwankPerformance by an actress in a supporting role
  • Cate Blanchett in “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)
  • Laura Linney in “Kinsey” (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox)
  • Virginia Madsen in “Sideways” (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox)
  • Sophie Okonedo in “Hotel Rwanda” (United Artists in association with Lions Gate Entertainment through MGM Distribution Co.)
  • Natalie Portman in “Closer” (Sony Pictures Releasing)JON’S PICK – Natalie PortmanBest animated feature film of the year
  • “The Incredibles” ( Buena Vista ) Brad Bird
  • “Shark Tale” (DreamWorks) Bill Damaschka
  • “Shrek 2” (DreamWorks) Andrew AdamsonJON’S PICK – The IncrediblesAchievement in art direction
  • “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)Art Direction: Dante FerrettiSet Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • “Finding Neverland” (Miramax)Art Direction: Gemma JacksonSet Decoration: Trisha Edwards
  • “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Paramount and DreamWorks)Art Direction: Rick HeinrichsSet Decoration: Cheryl A. Carasik
  • “The Phantom of the Opera” (Warner Bros.)Art Direction: Anthony PrattSet Decoration: Celia Bobak
  • “A Very Long Engagement” (Warner Independent Pictures)Art Direction: Aline BonettoJON’S PICK – The AviatorAchievement in cinematography
  • “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)Robert Richardson
  • “House of Flying Daggers” (Sony Pictures Classics)Zhao Xiaoding
  • “The Passion of the Christ” (Icon and Newmarket )Caleb Deschanel
  • “The Phantom of the Opera” (Warner Bros.)John Mathieson
  • “A Very Long Engagement” (Warner Independent Pictures)Bruno DelbonnelJON’S PICK – The AviatorAchievement in costume design
  • “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)Sandy Powell
  • “Finding Neverland” (Miramax)Alexandra Byrne
  • “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Paramount and DreamWorks)Colleen Atwood
  • “Ray” (Universal)Sharen Davis
  • “Troy” (Warner Bros.)Bob RingwoodJON’S PICK – The AviatorAchievement in directing
  • “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)Martin Scorsese
  • “Million Dollar Baby” (Warner Bros.) Clint Eastwood
  • “Ray” (Universal) Taylor Hackford
  • “Sideways” (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox) Alexander Payne
  • “Vera Drake” (Fine Line Features, Alain Sarde and UK Film Council in association with Inside Track Films) Mike LeighJON’S PICK – Clint EastwoodBest documentary feature
  • “Born into Brothels” (THINKFilm)A Red Light Films, Inc. ProductionRoss Kauffman and Zana Briski
  • “The Story of the Weeping Camel” (THINKFilm)A Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München ProductionLuigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa
  • “Super Size Me” (Roadside Attractions/Samuel Goldwyn Films)A Kathbur Productions/The Con ProductionMorgan Spurlock
  • “Tupac: Resurrection” ( Paramount )An MTV – Amaru Entertainment, Inc. ProductionLauren Lazin and Karolyn Ali
  • “Twist of Faith” A Chain Camera Pictures ProductionKirby Dick and Eddie SchmidtJON’S PICK – Super Size MeBest documentary short subject
  • “Autism Is a World” A State of the Art ProductionGerardine Wurzburg
  • “The Children of Leningradsky”A Hanna Polak ProductionHanna Polak and Andrzej Celinski
  • “Hardwood”A Hardwood Pictures and National Film Board of Canada ProductionHubert Davis and Erin Faith Young
  • “Mighty Times: The Children’s March”A Tell the Truth Pictures ProductionRobert Hudson and Bobby Houston
  • “Sister Rose’s Passion” A New Jersey Studios ProductionOren Jacoby and Steve KalaferJON’S PICK – Autism Is a WorldAchievement in film editing
  • “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)Thelma Schoonmaker
  • “Collateral” (DreamWorks and Paramount )Jim Miller and Paul Rubell
  • “Finding Neverland” (Miramax)Matt Chesse
  • “Million Dollar Baby” (Warner Bros.)Joel Cox
  • “Ray” (Universal)Paul HirschJON’S PICK – The AviatorBest foreign language film of the year
  • “As It Is in Heaven”A GF Studios ProductionSweden
  • “The Chorus (Les Choristes)” A Galatée Films/Pathé Renn/France 2 Cinema/Novo Arturo Films/Vega Film AG ProductionFrance
  • “Downfall” A Constantin Film ProductionGermany
  • “The Sea Inside”A Sogecine and Himenóptero ProductionSpain
  • “Yesterday” A Videovision Entertainment ProductionSouth AfricaJON’S PICK – The Sea InsideAchievement in makeup
  • “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”( Paramount and DreamWorks)Valli O’Reilly and Bill Corso
  • “The Passion of the Christ” (Icon and Newmarket )Keith Vanderlaan and Christien Tinsley
  • “The Sea Inside”(Fine Line Features and Sogepaq)Jo Allen and Manuel GarcíaJON’S PICK – Lemony SnicketAchievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
  • “Finding Neverland” (Miramax) Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
  • “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (Warner Bros.) John Williams
  • “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Paramount and DreamWorks) Thomas Newman
  • “The Passion of the Christ” (Icon and Newmarket ) John Debney
  • “The Village” ( Buena Vista ) James Newton HowardJON’S PICK – Finding NeverlandAchievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  • “Accidentally In Love” from “Shrek 2” (DreamWorks)Music by Adam Duritz, Charles Gillingham, Jim Bogios, David Immergluck, Matthew Mallery and David BrysonLyric by Adam Duritz and Daniel Vickrey
  • “Al Otro Lado Del Río” from “The Motorcycle Diaries” (Focus Features and Film Four)Music and Lyric by Jorge Drexler
  • “Believe” from “The Polar Express” (Warner Bros.)Music and Lyric by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri
  • “Learn To Be Lonely” from “The Phantom of the Opera” (Warner Bros.)Music by Andrew Lloyd WebberLyric by Charles Hart
  • “Look To Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin)” from “The Chorus (Les Choristes)” (Miramax)Music by Bruno CoulaisLyric by Christophe BarratierJON’S PICK – Learn To Be LonelyBest motion picture of the year
  • “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)A Forward Pass/Appian Way /IMF ProductionNominees are still to be determined.
  • “Finding Neverland” (Miramax)A FilmColony ProductionRichard N. Gladstein and Nellie Bellflower, Producers
  • “Million Dollar Baby” (Warner Bros.)A Warner Bros. Pictures ProductionNominees are still to be determined.
  • “Ray” (Universal)A Universal Pictures/Bristol Bay ProductionNominees are still to be determined.
  • “Sideways” (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox)A Sideways Productions, Inc. ProductionMichael London, ProducerJON’S PICK – The AviatorBest animated short film
  • “Birthday Boy” An Australian Film, TV and Radio School ProductionSejong Park and Andrew Gregory
  • “Gopher Broke” A Blur Studio ProductionJeff Fowler and Tim Miller
  • “Guard Dog” A Bill Plympton ProductionBill Plympton
  • “Lorenzo”A Walt Disney Pictures ProductionMike Gabriel and Baker Bloodworth
  • “Ryan”A Copper Heart Entertainment & National Film Board of Canada ProductionChris LandrethJON’S PICK – Gopher BrokeBest live action short film
  • “Everything in This Country Must”A Six Mile LLC ProductionGary McKendry
  • “Little Terrorist”An Alipur Films ProductionAshvin Kumar
  • “7:35 in the Morning ( 7:35 de la Mañana)”An Ibarretxe & Co. ProductionNacho Vigalondo
  • “Two Cars, One Night”A Defender Films Limited ProductionTaika Waititi and Ainsley Gardiner
  • “Wasp” A Cowboy Films ProductionAndrea ArnoldJON’S PICK – Two Cars, One NightAchievement in sound editing
  • “The Incredibles” ( Buena Vista ) Michael Silvers and Randy Thom
  • “The Polar Express” (Warner Bros.) Randy Thom and Dennis Leonard
  • “Spider-Man 2” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Paul N.J. OttossonJON’S PICK – Spider-Man 2Achievement in sound mixing
  • “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)Tom Fleischman and Petur Hliddal
  • “The Incredibles” ( Buena Vista )Randy Thom, Gary A. Rizzo and Doc Kane
  • “The Polar Express” (Warner Bros.)Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis Sands and William B. Kaplan
  • “Ray” (Universal)Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer and Steve Cantamessa
  • “Spider-Man 2” (Sony Pictures Releasing)Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Joseph GeisingerJON’S PICK – The AviatorAchievement in visual effects
  • “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (Warner Bros.)Roger Guyett, Tim Burke, John Richardson and Bill George
  • “I, Robot” (20th Century Fox)John Nelson, Andrew R. Jones, Erik Nash and Joe Letteri
  • “Spider-Man 2” (Sony Pictures Releasing) John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara and John Frazier JON’S PICK – Spider-Man 2Adapted screenplay
  • “Before Sunset” (Warner Independent Pictures)Screenplay by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan HawkeStory by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan
  • “Finding Neverland” (Miramax)Screenplay by David Magee
  • “Million Dollar Baby” (Warner Bros.)Screenplay by Paul Haggis
  • “The Motorcycle Diaries” (Focus Features and Film Four)Screenplay by José Rivera
  • “Sideways” (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox)Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor JON’S PICK – SidewaysOriginal screenplay
  • “The Aviator” (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group and Warner Bros.)Written by John Logan
  • “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (Focus Features)Screenplay by Charlie KaufmanStory by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth
  • “Hotel Rwanda” (United Artists in association with Lions Gate Entertainment through MGM Distribution Co.)Written by Keir Pearson & Terry George
  • “The Incredibles” ( Buena Vista )Written by Brad Bird
  • “Vera Drake” (Fine Line Features, Alain Sarde and UK Film Council in association with Inside Track Films)Written by Mike LeighJON’S PICK – Hotel RwandaSo there you have it. I was 13 for 24, the worst I’ve done in years – but I’m glad because the actual winners weren’t as predictable as I was fearing. It’s just too bad the whole presentation of the show was so blah! and uninspired. To catch up with the results of our forums Oscar Contestclick here.Ah well, see you all next year for more! 😉

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