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Place Your Oscar Bets!

 
Despite the valiant efforts of our evening's handsome host, tonight's telecast of the 81st Annual Oscars ceremony does not seem to be garnering much excitement. Still if you're the betting kind, now's the time to put your cards on the table!

VP reader "Allegra" was the first to anti-up with her bets. Here's a re-posting of the nominee list for your use and abuse! Winners tallied live after the jump.

Hell Yeah! Surprise win for Sean Penn who beats comeback kid Mickey Rourke. Penn says 'Shame on those who voted for Prop 8' Let's hope more people watch MILK. Overall, I thought the show was better than expected + LGBT supportive / inclusive. Thanks for watching with me tonight ladies!

Complete list of nominees for the 81st annual Academy Awards.
February 22, 2009

BEST PICTURE
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"Frost/Nixon"
"Milk
"The Reader"
"Slumdog Millionaire" *WINNER*

BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"
Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"
Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"
Meryl Streep, "Doubt"
Kate Winslet, "The Reader" *WINNER*

BEST ACTOR
Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"
Sean Penn, "Milk" *WINNER* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Congrats LBDL! Yay Allegra!)
Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"
Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, "Doubt"
Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"  *WINNER* (Nice call Julia, LBDL and anyone else who called this one!)
Viola Davis, "Doubt"
Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, "Milk"
Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"
Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight" *WINNER*
Michael Shannon, "Revolutionary Road"

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire" *WINNER*
Stephen Daldry, "The Reader"
David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"
Gus Van Sant, "Milk"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Dustin Lance Black, "Milk" *WINNER!!!!!!* Kick ass speech!
Courtney Hunt, "Frozen River"
Mike Leigh, "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Marttin McDonagh, "In Bruges"
Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, "WALL-E"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire" *WINNER*
David Hare, "The Reader"
Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"
John Patrick Shanley, "Doubt"
Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"The Baader-Meinhof Complex" (Germany)
"The Class" (France)
"Departures" (Japan) *WINNER*
"Revanche" (Austria)
"Waltz with Bashir" (Israel)

BEST ANIMATED FILM
"Bolt"
"Kung Fu Panda"
"WALL-E" *WINNER*

BEST ART DIRECTION
"Changeling"
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" *WINNER*
"Dark Knight"
"The Duchess"
"Revolutionary Road"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Changeling" Tom Stern
"Slumdog Millionaire," Anthony Dod Mantle *WINNER*
"The Reader," Chris Menges
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," Claudio Miranda
"The Dark Knight," Wally Pfister,

BEST FILM EDITING
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
"The Dark Knight," Lee Smith
"Frost/Nixon," Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
"Milk," Elliot Graham
"Slumdog Millionaire," Chris Dickens *WINNER*

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"Australia," Catherine Martin
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," Jacqueline West
"The Duchess," Michael O'Conner *WINNER*
"Milk", Danny Glicker
"Revolutionary Road," Albert Wolsky

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (Don't f*ck up in the edit room! lol)

"The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)"
"Encounters at the End of the World"
"The Garden"
"Man on Wire" *WINNER*
"Trouble the Water"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"Slumdog Millionaire," "Jai Ho," A.R. Rahman *WINNER*
"Slumdog Millionaire," "O Saya," A.R. Rahman & M.I.A.
"WALL-E," "Down To Earth," Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," Alexandre Desplat
"Defiance," James Newton Howard
"Milk," Danny Elfman
"Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman *WINNER*
"WALL-E," Thomas Newman

BEST MAKEUP
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Colleen Callaghan, Fionagh Cush *WINNER*
"The Dark Knight," Peter Robb-King, John Caglione Jr.
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army," Mike Elizalde, Thom Floutz

BEST SOUND EDITING
"The Dark Knight," Richard King *WINNER*
"Iron Man," Frank Eulner, Christopher Boyes
"Slumdog Millionaire," Tom Sayers
"WALL-E," Ben Burtt, Matthew Wood
"Wanted," Wylie Stateman

BEST SOUND MIXING
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Mark Weingarten, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce
"The Dark Knight," Ed Novick, Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo
"Slumdog Millionaire," Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty *WINNER*
"WALL-E," Ben Burtt, Tom Myers, Michael Semanick
"Wanted," Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Eric Barba *WINNER*
"The Dark Knight," Chris Corbould, Nick Davis, Paul Franklin, Tim Webber
"Iron Man," John Nelson

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
"Auf der Strecke (On the Line)"
"Manon on the Asphalt"
"New Boy"
"The Pig"
"Spielzeugland (Toyland)" *WINNER*

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
"La Maison en Petits Cubes" *WINNER* "Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto" LOL!
"Lavatory - Lovestory"
"Oktapodi"
"Presto"
"This Way Up"

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
"The Conscience of Nhem En"
"The Final Inch"
"Smile Pinki" *WINNER*
"The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306"



Comments [54]

Steph H's picture

Well done Kate, well done

Well done Kate, well done Danny!

God save the Queen....

peacekitty's picture

If you think Cancers cry a

If you think Cancers cry a lot, you should hang with some Sagittarians. Smile We're an emotional lot for sure.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Julia Watson's picture

I got hecka choked up during

I got hecka choked up during Dustin Lance Black's acceptance speech. Dude made me cry! (Okay, I am a Cancer. It's not that hard to make me cry. Just ask long distance calling plan commercials.)

peacekitty's picture

Boy you were spot on Moon.

Boy you were spot on Moon. Smile

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

peacekitty's picture

Thanks Kent! I missed most of

Thanks Kent!
I missed most of the Oscars last night, but I'm so happy to see that Sean Penn won for Milk. I've seen the film twice and could see it again. I found it just as moving and inspiring the second time.

I'm also delighted that Sean Penn mentioned Obama's stance on gay marriage and that he hoped it was just political posturing. I love how brave and frank Mr. Penn is on social issues. He's one of my new heroes!

I'm also happy to see the Heath Ledger won. I was mesmerized by his performance as the Joker.

Now I need to catch up on the rest of the films. Smile xoxo - PK

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Allegra's picture

I have to admit that Kate

I have to admit that Kate Winslet deserved the Oscar but... Im Meryl's fan !! Smile

Julia Watson's picture

I dunno... I'd have to say

I dunno... I'd have to say that Penelope and Scarlett making out in a darkroom was the best thing about Vicky Christina Barcelona.

minniesota's picture

Hahaha, LBDL, I am blissfully

Hahaha, LBDL, I am blissfully ignorant of the Jonas Brothers.

Congrats to Slumdog. I am going to try to carve out some time to see some other great movies and performances.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

mysticsmb's picture

Oh , I know, in fact I've

Oh , I know, in fact I've seen Viola onstage in Seven Guitars. I meant 'new' to a wider movie audience and the Oscar race (Cruz and Adams have been nominated before and Tomei won). While I'd rather have seen Penelope win for an Almodovar film (she managed to thank him even so tonight), she was great in Vicky. Actually she's great in anything where she is able to speak her native Spanish tongue...

Kent's picture

Seriously! Purity rings?

Seriously! Purity rings? UGH!!!!

xoxo

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Kent.........Thank you for

Kent.........Thank you for hosting our Oscar extravaganza here at VP !! Wink

It was fun... the pop corn was very tasty, and the company was excellent. Good picks & choices everyone!!

I've seen just about every movie, and all of the performances were incredible, each movie...and performance, was definately worthy of recognition.

Major kudos for Sean Penn's heartfelt speech..

Now........shall we all watch the Jonas Brothers on the "Barbara Walters, After the Oscars Special"? I think not. Laughing out loud

LBDL
xxoo

Robin Rigby's picture

Okay, it doesn't look quite

Okay, it doesn't look quite as awkward in that photo as it did onstage.

Robin Rigby's picture

Viola is not exactly a

Viola is not exactly a newbie. She's won a couple of Tonys and has been making movies for years. Penelope was actually the best thing about "Vicky Christina Barcelona". That's not to say that I think she should have won... I haven't seen any of the other nominated movies.

Erin Blackwell's picture

i got hooked into oscar

i got hooked into oscar madness... i went twice in the early 70s, it was so lowkey back then... and this turned out to be THE BEST place to get the winners... go figure... a fag had the answers

minniesota's picture

It is! Good speech, Mr. Sean!

It is! Good speech, Mr. Sean!

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

mysticsmb's picture

Holy crap! It's PENN!!!

Holy crap! It's PENN!!!

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Sean Penn for "Milk".........

Sean Penn for "Milk"......... YES !!

I'm so happy he won !! Excellent speech my brother !!

annemarlen's picture

please please please, not

please please please, not Mickey Rourke. Wink

love is a pebble laughing in the sun

Zara Thustra's picture

ohh laa laa!

ohh laa laa!

mysticsmb's picture

Anyone else think the show

Anyone else think the show started off a bit new and different but by the hour mark it was back to the usual odd, unexplained pairings of presenters, boring montages, etc.

mysticsmb's picture

Danny just won--yay! But I

Danny just won--yay! But I guess newbies Taraji and Viola split the vote and Penelope snuck in there--shoulda seen that one coming!

Kent Martin's picture

Loved Tilda in Female

Loved Tilda in Female Perversions (1996) Ever see it???

There's a posted photo of her full Oscars outfit on IMDB:

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm398560000/nm0842770

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Multi-tasking Minns??

Multi-tasking Minns?? .........Hummm, me too.

Now, if Itty would just move her head, and let me watch the TV, I could see the end of the show... Laughing out loud

lucia_2008's picture

Best Picture: Milk Best

Best Picture: Milk

Best Actor: Brad Pitt

Best Actress: Kate Winslet

Smile...life is good!!!

Robin Rigby's picture

But what was going on with

But what was going on with the bottom half of Tilda's dress? It was dark so I couldn't make it out very well but it looked weird and kind of awkward. Or is it just me?

I find she often looks awkward in her clothes. Possibly due to being tall and thin and having such a unique look. I think the best outfit I've ever seen her in was as the angel Gabriel in "Constantine".

Zara Thustra's picture

ok. why did 25% of the

ok. why did 25% of the romance montage consist of footage of zack effwhatever and his gf from high school musical? really? this was romance in 2008?

Kent Martin's picture

It's about damn time we were

It's about damn time we were in a romance montage! I really want Penn / Van Sant to win so we can get some more air time!

Zara Thustra's picture

the most exciting part of the

the most exciting part of the show thus far: seeing angelica huston and tilda swinton standing merely a handful of feet apart from each other to present the first award. simply scintillating.

Kent Martin's picture

Glad to be watching with you

Glad to be watching with you guys. Almost on the home stretch. Pass that popcorn Minnie!

minniesota's picture

Yeah! I've been multitasking

Yeah! I've been multitasking so missed some of the awards. Thanks, Kent.

Sound editing is up right now. I love sound editing!

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Winner up-dates.........Thank

Winner up-dates.........Thank you Kent, you're awesome dude!!

mysticsmb's picture

Your specs are just fine

Your specs are just fine Minnie--you are so right! Not just his looks, but his body language as well.

Robin Rigby's picture

Watching the broadcast and I

Watching the broadcast and I was keeping my eyes open during the 'romance' montage. There were actually scenes from "Milk", including a kiss between Sean Penn and James Franco. Hooray!

minniesota's picture

Is Brad Pitt starting to look

Is Brad Pitt starting to look kinda like blonde Clark Cable as he gets older or is it just the camera angle? Or maybe I need new specs.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

minniesota's picture

Regular butter, Itty. I'm

Regular butter, Itty. I'm chomping on some right this very minute. Smile

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

itty's picture

With extra butter???

With extra butter???

minniesota's picture

Well, I feel terrible because

Well, I feel terrible because I only had time to see one nominated film this year, "Slumdog Millionaire," which was terrific.

So I'll vote for Slumdog for Best Picture.

I have some popcorn for the show. Smile

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

LongBeachDogLover's picture

These are my choices for whom

These are my choices for whom I think SHOULD win.... The winning, well that is extremely political. Sometimes it's more about marketing, than quality. And quality, well.... that is incredibly subjective.

One thing is for sure.........It's awesome to see so much talent this year.... there were definately some richly textured roles.

And of course, fabulous talent all the way from... Best Cinematography to Best Animated Short Film. Best of luck to all !!

Julia Watson's picture

My picks... (I really suck at

My picks... (I really suck at these because I can't help but vote more for who I want to win rather than who I think will win.)

BEST PICTURE
“Slumdog Millionaire”

BEST ACTRESS
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

BEST ACTOR
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Waltz with Bashir” (Israel)

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“WALL-E”

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Revolutionary Road”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button,” Claudio Miranda

BEST FILM EDITING
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Duchess,” Michael O’Conner

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Man on Wire”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“WALL-E,” “Down To Earth,” Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“WALL-E,” Thomas Newman

Kent's picture

Who you THINK will win!

Who you THINK will win!

mysticsmb's picture

Is this who you WANT to win,

Is this who you WANT to win, or think WILL win?

Kent's picture

Nice, LBDL is in it to win

Nice, LBDL is in it to win it!

Kent's picture

Hmmm....you're making me

Hmmm....you're making me reassess my picks mysticsmb, but I had my chance and we'll see what happens! Smile

Allegra's picture

Meryl Streep and Sean Penn

Meryl Streep and Sean Penn for sure !!!

mysticsmb's picture

Agree with your picks except

Agree with your picks except Best Sup. Actress--my heart says Viola, but I think it will go to Taraji Henson because BUTTON has so many nominations but won't win anything else major. Don't get me wrong, Taraji was great (they all were) but Viola stood tall with Meryl and that ain't easy!

Also, don't think the Academy will give it to Gus, not that they really want to give it to Danny either (foreigner), but they will--unless they cop out and go for Fincher.

Oh, and MAN ON WIRE for documentary.

Robin Rigby's picture

"Slumdog's" a shoe in for

"Slumdog's" a shoe in for best picture, Heath for best supporting actor. Beyond that, it's anybody's guess but Mickey Rourke has picked up plenty of other awards for "The Wrestler" so he's looking like the front runner for actor. "Wall-E" will take best animated and probably best song.

I'd pretty much count on "Slumdog" to sweep everything but song and maybe even that. Much as I would love to see "Milk" take home some awards, I'm not hopeful. I predict it gets shut out.

Then again, I'm terrible at picking these things.

LongBeachDogLover's picture

My tastes are generally a bit

My tastes are generally a bit divergent......but, this is always fun. Laughing out loud

BEST PICTURE:
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
BEST ACTRESS:
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
BEST ACTOR:
Sean Penn, “Milk”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
BEST DIRECTOR:
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
"Waltz with Bashir” (Israel)
BEST ANIMATED FILM:
“Kung Fu Panda”
BEST ART DIRECTION:
“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
“The Dark Knight,” Wally Pfister,
BEST FILM EDITING:
"Milk,” Elliot Graham
BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button,” Jacqueline West
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
“The Garden”
BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
“WALL-E,” “Down To Earth,” Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
“Milk,” Danny Elfman
BEST MAKEUP:
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Colleen Callaghan, Fionagh Cush
BEST SOUND EDITING:
“The Dark Knight,” Richard King
BEST SOUND MIXING:
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Mark Weingarten, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Eric Barba
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:
“Manon on the Asphalt”
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
“This Way Up”
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM:
“The Final Inch”

mysticsmb's picture

Because he was phenomenal?

Because he was phenomenal?

Zara Thustra's picture

I saw the movie and thought

I saw the movie and thought he gave a chilling performance, and I love the fact that someone in a scifi/action flick is being recognized...I just really think his nomination is playing upon some pitiful emotions. I mean, really, the functional value of winning an Oscar is that it's a career booster -- why give it to a dead guy? So Hollywood can applaud itself?

Kent's picture

Best director and orig

Best director and orig screenplay goes to Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black respectively for “Milk” unless Slumdog sweeps!