Monday, 23 February 2009

Oscar Wins for 4 Borderlines Films

With the Oscar for Leading Actress for her role as an ex-concentration camp guard, Hanna Schmitz, in The Reader Kate Winslet mopped up her 3rd major award this season last night. View her (reasonably dry) acceptance speech.

A surprise win for Sean Penn in the Leading Actor category; the award was expected to go the way of the BAFTA and Golden Globe and land in the fist of Mickey Rourke for his thumping comeback in The Wrestler. Sean Penn's performance as gay rights campaigner, Harvey Milk, in Milk was faultless (presenting Penn's nomination, Robert De Niro gagged "How, for so many years, did Sean Penn get all those straight roles?"). The actor has since said that he hopes to get the film screened in front of President Barack Obama at the White House at a crucial time for gay rights; single-sex marriages have been outlawed in California after a voter referendum.

Meanwhile Penelope Cruz walked away with the Oscar for Best Supporting Acress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona and a well-deserved Best Documentary Feature accolade for the truly outstanding Man on Wire.

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