Voters at the 24th Annual Spirit Awards christened "The Wrestler" as the Best Picture of the year! Mickey Rourke beat out "Milk's" Sean Penn for the Best Actor trophy!
But "Milk's" screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black took home the trophy for the Best First Screenplay award, and James Franco won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Harvey Milk's lover, Scott Smith.
I am also loving Miss Melissa Leo's win for Best Female Lead for "Frozen River." If you guys haven't seen that film yet, please watch it, I love Leo's performance in it!
Here's the complete list of the 24th Annual Spirit Awards winners:
James Franco "Milk"
Dustin Lance Black, "Milk"
Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York"
Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
John Cassavetes Award given to the best feature made for less than $500,000
Alex Holdridge's "In Search of a Midnight Kiss"
James Marsh's "Man on Wire"
Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"
Acura Someone to Watch Award
Lynn Shelton, "My Effortless Brilliance"
Piaget Producers Award
Heather Rae, "Frozen River"
Lacoste Truer Than Fiction Award
Margaret Brown, "The Order of Myths"
Woody Allen, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Laurent Cantet's "The Class"
Maryse Alberti, "The Wrestler"
Robert Altman Award, given to film's director, casting director and its ensemble cast
"Synecdoche, New York"
Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"
Tom McCarthy, "The Visitor"
"The Wrestler," producers Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin
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"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" wowed voters at the 7th annual Visual Effects Society Awards! The Brad Pitt-starrer won 4 awards including visual effect in a visual-effects driven motion picture, and best single visual effect of the year.
"Button's" director, David Fincher was honored with the VES Lifetime Achievement award.
What about "The Dark Knight" and "Wall-E?" Both films took home awards as well! Click Read More to see the complete list of winners. Read More...
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Before we see the best of the best at the Oscars, we have to endure the worst of the worst at the Razzies. "The Love Guru" was voted the worst picture of the year, with Mike Myers being the worst actor for the 29th Annual Razzie Awards.
Paris Hilton took home the Worst Actress award for "The Hottie and the Nottie," and Worst Supporting Actress for "Repo! The Genetic Opera."
And Uwe Boll? Well, the Razzies finally gave him the Worst Career Achievement award, and he also won the Worst Director with his triple stinkies namely "1968: Tunnel Rats," "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale" and "Uwe Boll's Postal"
The complete list of winners:
"The Love Guru"
Mike Myers, "The Love Guru"
Paris Hilton, "The Hottie & The Nottie"
Worst Supporting Actor
Pierce Brosnan, "Mamma Mia!"
Worst Supporting Actress
Paris Hilton, "Repo! The Genetic Opera"
Worst Screen Couple
Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore, "The Hottie and the Nottie"
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
Uwe Boll, "1968: Tunnel Rats," "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale" and "Uwe Boll's Postal"
"The Love Guru"
Worst Career Achievement
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You're Read It, Now Watch It! My Full, Complete 2009 Oscars Predictions! Oh, and Read About the Oscar Bet I Made!!!Yes, Oscar night is my own personal Super Bowl!
And why not? It's being billed the "biggest movie event of the year!" And it truly is.
Here's my video of my 2009 Oscars predictions, with the top 8 categories namely Best Original and Adapted Screenplays, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Actor and Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture.
So without further adieu, take a look at my predictions of the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
I'm on every Friday morning at MIX 100.5 with the fabulous Bradley Ryan! It's the best radio station in the Palm Springs market!
And this morning, Bradley and I made a bet!
We predicted the Oscars on-air, and this Monday, the loser will be spray-painted gold and will be made to look like an Oscar trophy!
And it's all for a good cause!
Every listener is encouraged to donate $1 for charity. Regal Theaters in Palm Springs is going to use the money to drive children with cancer to their chemotherapy. I support this 100%!
And it's fun, let's just hope and pray that I win, 'cause body paints are bad for your skin
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Your One-Stop 2009 Oscars News! Winners Fraud, Hugh Jackman's Naked Plans, and Mickey Rourke Says He's NOT Going to Win
HUGH JACKMAN NAKED?
Many rumors have been swirling around Hugh Jackman's participation as the host of the 2009 Oscars. Now, the impressive actor, full-time sex symbol, and all around showman joked:
"I haven't told anyone this, but we are going to do most of it naked and we're going to sing through the whole show.
"In fact, all the acceptance speeches are going to be sung. There will be some interpretive dance behind them, and I really think it will be beautiful and touching.
"There will be a strategic leaf placed here or there. We don't want to be distasteful or anything. This is a raw night. This is the Oscars. Raw emotion, that's the quality we're going for."
That will be an Oscar telecast I want to see! But alas, it's just a joke. But this I can guarantee you, producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark made an excellent choice by picking Jackman, and the star will inject high-energy to the show!
ANNE HATHAWAY PERFORMING?
Unconfirmed reports about Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway to open the Academy Awards with a song-and-dance number have been blazing through the world wide web.
Apparently, Hathaway was seen rehearsing at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood yesterday, Thursday. And there are insiders saying she'll kick off the Oscar telecast with Hugh Jackman.
Other stars rumored to be teaming up with Jackman are: Beyonce Knowles, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and the kids from "Slumdog Millionaire." Ooops, that last one was a joke
SPEAKING OF THE "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE" CHILD ACTORS, THEY WILL ATTEND THE OSCARS!!!
First, let's talk about the accusations. Rumor has it that "Slumdog" producers and director Danny Boyle underpaid the child stars, Rubiana Ali (young Latika) and Azharuddin Ismail (young Malik).
According to reports, both kids were paid $725 and $2,465 respectively for their work.
But Boyle and company said, uh uh, the children were "paid three times the average local annual adult salary, were enrolled in school for the first time, and a fund was established for their future welfare."
Okay, I feel much better now!
Oh, and to prove their claims, FOX Searchlight has confirmed the kids will "receive A-list treatment" and will be put up in a five-star hotel for two days!
Aw, that's cute, and cool, and they deserve it darn it!
Fox Searchlight representative James Finn says, "Everybody is really excited about it. It's nice the whole gang will be together."
MICKEY ROURKE SAYS HE'S NOT GOING TO WIN!
Call it reverse optimism, or flash-forward pessimism, but "The Wrestler's" Mickey Rourke says he's not going to win Best Actor this Sunday!
Why? He says because of his past bad behavior towards the industry, and most importantly, towards studio bosses!
Rourke further claims:
"It's voted for by people from the movie business and in the past I've hacked them all off. I was good at that. It came easy to me. I stupidly said acting wasn't a job for a real man. I threatened producers, raged at directors, forgot my agent's name. I really burned my bridges. And a lot of people have long memories."
Aw, come on Mister Mickey, you're the comeback kid! And I think Hollywood can and has forgiven you! Quit feeling sorry for yourself, dust yourself up, and let's hope and pray there will be a Best Actor tie between you and Sean Penn. Wouldn't that be great?
OSCAR FRAUD! HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FAKE LETTER?
Gosh, it's worse than my Oscar predictions
Take a look at this!
Okay, before you guys get excited, THIS IS FAKE!
Someone emailed me this today with the subject line "sh*t." Classy!
But let me stress this again, IT'S FAKE FAKE FAKE!
According to an Oscars spokeswoman, Leslie Unger, "The document is a complete fraud."
"PricewaterhouseCoopers is still counting the ballots and there are only two people there who will know the complete list of winners in advance of the envelopes being opened during the ceremony. The Academy's president is not advised of the winners in advance and no such list is created."
Hhhhmmmm, I wonder who leaked this. Who will gain the most by doing such a thing? Ah, people talking about the Oscars? Ratings? ABC? Perhaps not! Or an overzealous fan? We may never know!
But don't put your money on this list, again, IT'S FAKE!!!!
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