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Say Hello To Oscar

Updated on August 30, 2017

Oscar of the Academy Awards

We picked out some evening wear and broke out the bubbly; the Academy Awards aired on Feb. 22/09. This year's event marked the 81st time that Hollywood's elite had gathered to dole out those iconic gold statues, the Oscars, at Tinsel Town's yearly red carpet affair. In preparation for the big event, we stepped back and looked specifically into the hero, mascot and the point of the whole five star affair, Oscar himself. An award that has become so synonymous with the event that most people now just refer to it by his name.

I hope that I can share with you some of the magic, glamor and nostalgia of the big night.

Why was the statue named OSCAR? - Find the real reason here.

The statue itself is a depiction of a knight, fashioned in Art Deco style and hewn from gold-plated britannia, an alloy similar to pewter. Oscar stands at just over a foot tall and has a bit of heft, weighing in at 8.5 lbs.

Surprisingly Oscar is really Emilio Fernandez- the name of the Mexican actor that the statue was modeled after in 1927. But as to where the name Oscar came from is anyone's guess. Like a lot of Hollywood's past, there are a number of rumors and tales about the origins of "Oscar", but no widely accepted story.

Bette Davis claimed she named the statue after her husband, Harmon Oscar Nelson, but another story suggests it was the Academy's Executive Secretary, Margaret Herrick, who said that the award reminded her of an uncle. In any case the name stuck.

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"and the envelope please"

pop-culture quote for the ages

If you were not able to watch the 81st Annual Academy Awards live on February 22, I hope that you had a chance to record it and watch it at your convenience with a DVD or CD player. It was truly a beautiful event this year!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held their first Awards of Merit in 1929, originally at a private dinner with a small audience in attendance. The event was broadcast on radio, but switched to TV in the 50's. In the early days, newspapers were given the winners' names a bit early, but when the L.A. Times famously leaked the winners' names the modern version of the sealed envelope was adopted, giving us that pop-culture quote for the ages, "and the envelope please."

Movie

Potential

Contenders

For 2009 Oscar

Here's a list of movies made available by our cable company. I haven't seen some of them and quite honestly, some of them don't appeal to me. I'm listing all of them as I know everyone has a different idea as to what makes a "fine" movie.

1. Step Brothers

2. Eagle Eye

3. Burn After Reading

4. Mamma Mia!

5. The Women

6. The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

7. Max Payne (Unrated)

8. Righteous Kill

9. Wanted

10. Ghost Town

2009 Flashback

Step Brothers

Eagle Eye

Burn After Reading

Mumma Mia

Meryl Streep

Did you like Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia?

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The Women

2008 Movies on Sale

These movies were all potential nominees for the 2009 Oscar Award. Some were nominated and others were not.

Step Brothers (Single-Disc Unrated Edition)
Step Brothers (Single-Disc Unrated Edition)

Director: Adam McKay

Starring: John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Will Ferrell

Genre: Comedy Rating: [14A] Over Age 14

Two spoiled guys become competitive stepbrothers after their single parents get hitched.

 
Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye

Director: D. J Caruso

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Ethan Embry, Michael Chiklis, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Shia LaBeouf Genre: Thriller Rating: [14A] Over Age 14

Jerry and Rachel are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move.

 
The Women
The Women

Director: Diane English

Starring: Annette Bening, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, Debra Messing, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Meg Ryan Genre:b> [14A] Over Age 14

A wealthy New Yorker leaves her cheating husband and bonds with other society women at a resort.

 
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Widescreen)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Widescreen)

Director: Rob Cohen

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, John Hannah, Luke Ford, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Rating: [PG] Parental Guidance

When an ancient Chinese emperor is resuscitated along with an army of darkness numbering in the thousands, Rick, Evelyn, and their son take the wraps off a new globe-trotting creature feature smackdown.

 
Max Payne
Max Payne

Director: John Moore Cast: Beau Bridges, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Olga Kurylenko Genre: Action, Thriller Rating: [14A] Over Age 14

A DEA agent whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death come together to solve a series of murders in New York City.

 

Here's a few more.

Righteous Kill
Righteous Kill

Director: John Avnet

Starring: 50 Cent, Al Pacino, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino, Donnie Wahlberg, John Leguizamo, Robert De Niro, Trilby Glover Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller Rating: [14A] Over Age 14

Two veteran New York City detectives work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago.

 
Wanted (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition) [DVD]
Wanted (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition) [DVD]

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Starring: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp Genre: Action Rating: [18A] Parental Discretion

Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones, this thrilling actioner centers on Wesley, a hapless loser who learns that the father he never knew was a member of a secret society of assassins. Recruited into the same organization by the sexy Jolie, he is trained to develop his extraordinary natural abilities as a killer and avenge his father's death.

 
Ghost Town
Ghost Town

Director: David Koepp

Starring: Alan Ruck, Bill Campbell, Greg Kinnear, Kristen Wiig, Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni Genre: Comedy Rating: [14A] Over Age 14

Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited results.

 

Strong Contenders

Watch some of these movies that were strong contenders and favorites from the many award shows this season.

Mamma Mia! The Movie
Mamma Mia! The Movie

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard Genre: Musical Rating: [PG]

A star-studded cast brings the frothy, joyful stage musical to the big screen! On the Greek isle where her single mother (Meryl Streep) runs a hotel, 20-year-old Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) secretly invites the three men (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth) she's learned might be her father to her upcoming wedding, instigating considerable chaos, song, and dance. Parental Guidance

 
The Duchess
The Duchess

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Simon McBurney

"The Duchess" is a wonderful costume drama based on the life of Princess Diana's ancestor Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, who was celebrated and scandalous in her time, which was late 18th century England.

The movie is beautifully filmed. The story tells a compelling story of a woman trapped by her times and circumstances and forced to make terrible choices.

 
Burn After Reading
Burn After Reading

Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt

Burn After Reading is a dark comedy about idiots faced with an intelligent and complex situation. Two Gym instructors Linda Litsky (Frances McDormand) and Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) find a disc containing the memoirs of ex CIA agent Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich). They, being idiots think it's a disc containing top secret information and try to bribe Osbourne.

 
Changeling
Changeling

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, and Gattlin Griffith

Based on a true story, Clint Eastwood's "Changeling" is not easy to watch, but I implore you to give it a try. This is filmmaking at its finest. It's all at once heartbreaking, infuriating, touching, empowering, and immensely compelling, which is to say that it taps into core human emotions without being manipulative. It tells a story so absorbing, it's as if the movie is happening to us instead of just passing before our eyes.

 

The Spotlight is on Oscar - 80 Years of film history

A complete listing of every nominee and every winner in every category since the award ceremony's inception in 1927. There are plenty of photographs of the nominees and images of scenes from the nominated films for each year, so it is not dry in the way many reference books are.

80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards
80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards

I highly recommended this book for Oscar fans. It gives hours of entertainment for film history buffs.

 

Here's the question???

Ever ask yourself why? - Handsome men are not usually chosen.

It's been said before, and I'll say it again, nice men (in this case handsome men) usually come in last. I go along with the theory that many of the academy voters are geezer guys who love the younger fillies but resent the handsome bucks. Their message to these Hollywood heartthrobs: "You already have it all -- fame, fortune and females aplenty. So, sorry pal, no Oscar for you."

I'm interested to know what you think.

Why don't the handsome win oscars?

Oscars Slap the Stud Syndrome? - Will Brad Pitt lose best actor award?

What's really curious about "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is that most Oscar pundits give the lead star of the film with the most nominations virtually no hope of winning best actor. Among the five contenders in that category, Brad Pitt is usually ranked fourth or fifth by prognosticators. Why?

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While a few handsome male stars have managed to win now and then in the past, most have been denied. There's a clear pattern of it.

Consider the case of Tom Cruise, who lost the 1989 best actor Oscar to Daniel Day-Lewis. Both men played wheelchair-bound real-life heroes in "Born on the Fourth of July" and "My Left Foot," respectively. Cruise had won the Golden Globe while Day-Lewis had taken most of the critics prizes. When the British born Day-Lewis prevailed over the all-American Cruise many Oscarologists attributed this to another instance of the Slap the Stud Syndrome.

And while there are the usual exceptions to the rule - both Clark Gable ("It Happened One Night," 1934) and Marlon Brando ("On the Waterfront," 1954) won Oscars at the height of their careers - many more leading men have been slapped through the years, never winning Oscars for acting:

By the time Oscar voters finally rewarded Paul Newman, he didn't care anymore. Even though he was widely favored to win best actor for the 1986 film, "The Color of Money," the 62-year-old actor skipped the ceremony. At that point he'd lost seven times and was tied with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole as Oscar's biggest loser. Disgusted by the whole game, Newman told the Associated Press that his pursuit of the statuette had been "like chasing a beautiful woman for 80 years. Finally, she relents and you say, 'I am terribly sorry. I'm tired.' ">p

Handsome actors who never won an Oscar - wonder why?

Look at many of the top male stars who haven't won Oscars despite working in Hollywood for years. Most likely it's punishment for their good looks. Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Gere. They're all heartthrobs - just like previous matinee stars who got snubbed in years past: James Dean, Steve McQueen, Tyrone Power and Robert Taylor.

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Gold, past and present. - Anne Hathaway, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Penelope Cruz

The 2009 Oscar-nominated actresses ran the gamut in age, experience and past nominations. On one end there was 15-time nominee (two-time winner) Meryl Streep and six-time nominee Kate Winslet, and on the other there was veteran actress Melissa Leo right there with fellow first-time nominees Anne Hathaway, Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson.

Only two women over the age of 50 have nabbed an Oscar over the past 15 years: Judi Dench ("Shakespeare in Love," 1998) and Helen Mirren ("The Queen," 2006).

A Pace University study of the years 1975 to 1999 revealed best actor winners were, on average, five years older than their female equivalents. And seven years separated male and female nominees. Though this age bias is less blatant in the category for supporting actresses, older women still triumph there only now and then. Before Dench won her supporting Oscar in 1998, it had been 11 years since 56-year-old Olympia Dukakis prevailed for "Moonstruck." And the last woman over 50 to win lead actress before Mirren had been Jessica Tandy ("Driving Miss Daisy") in 1989.

Poor Kate Winslet, 33, needed to play it smart this year. After five previous defeats, she could end up tied with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter as Oscar's biggest-losing actresses if she is snubbed one more time. Happily for her, she won!

I'd like your opinion. - An honor or.....

Who really cares anymore? The Oscars are on life support. After the snub of "The Dark Knight" and Wall-E for "The Reader"! (the worst Holocaust movie since woefully wrong-headed "Life is Beautiful") The Oscars just showed what a rusty institution they are, clanking there way to irrelevancy.

OR

An honor.

What do you say?

AND THE WINNER IS....

2009

Award

for

BEST PICTURE

BEST PICTURE - SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

This is the first Academy Award nomination for Christian Colson.

FILM SYNOPSIS

An eighteen-year-old from the slums of Mumbai finds himself competing on the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," where the questions he must answer offer a look back at his earlier life. The show's host, however, insists that he must be cheating and takes steps to force young Jamal to admit that a boy from such an impoverished background could not possibly possess the knowledge necessary to win the show's top prize.

Oscars 2009 - SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Kids

Hollywood glamour comes alive at the 2009 Academy Awards red carpet! TV Guide Network's Lisa Rinna and Joey Fatone interview the kids from the film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

Slumdog Millionaire - Movie Trailer

From Danny Boyle, director of Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, comes the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

Give me your opinion.

Did you think that Slum Dog Millionaire should have won?

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2009

BEST ACTOR

Iin a

LEADING ROLE

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - Sean Penn .... MILK

NOMINATED ROLE

Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk, the camera store owner whose decision to campaign for a place on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors becomes a landmark event within the gay rights movement.

ACADEMY AWARDS HISTORY

This is the fifth Academy Award nomination for Sean Penn. He was previously nominated for:

......MYSTIC RIVER (2003) Winner, Actor in a Leading Role

......I AM SAM (2001) Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role

......SWEET AND LOWDOWN (1999) Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role

......DEAD MAN WALKING (1995) Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role

SEAN PENN - Movie - MILK

Sean Penn Wins for "Milk" Acceptance Speech

Very controversial...have a look at some of the thousands of comments on this video.

MILK - Movie Trailer - 2008

Academy Award nominee Gus Van Sant directs Academy Award winner Sean Penn as gay-rights icon Harvey Milk. Mr. Milk (1930-1978) was an activist and politician, and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America; in 1977, he was voted to the city supervisors' board of San Francisco. The following year, both he and the city's mayor George Moscone were shot to death by another city supervisor, Dan White. Mr. Milk was previously the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary feature "The Times of Harvey Milk," but "Milk" is the first non-documentary feature to explore the man's life and career.

The latest news on Sean Penn

Sean Penn files for legal separation from his wife

Sean Penn and Robin Wright apparently tried to make it work but now, it seems their marriage might be over for good. Penn and his actress wife are separating after 13 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

They attended the Academy Awards together in February. Penn, 48, won an Oscar for his role in the drama "Milk," and neglected to thank his wife in his acceptance speech. (This is probably not the reason for the pending divorce .. but it may indicate marrital discord.)

Penn met Wright on the set of the 1990 Irish mob movie "State of Grace." The famously brooding actor, who previously married and divorced first wife Madonna, seemed to find the yin to his yang in the luminous actress, whose serene demeanor tempered his macho swagger. Wright, who was married once before to former soap star Dane Witherspoon, has said Penn helped her gain confidence and stand up for herself.

Penn launched his acclaimed acting career as the stoned surfer dude Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." His other, much heavier, roles include "Dead Man Walking," "21 Grams," "I Am Sam," "All the King's Men" and "Mystic River," for which he won a best actor Oscar in 2004.

Penn's second trophy came after he showed surprising warmth and humor as slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk. Despite his reputation as a serious actor, he recently agreed to play Larry in the Farrelly brothers' big-screen update of "The Three Stooges."

He has also directed several films, including 2007's "Into the Wild" and 1995's "The Crossing Guard," which co-starred Wright and Jack Nicholson.

Wright, 43, is best known for her role in "The Princess Bride" in 1987 and "Forrest Gump" in 1994 opposite Tom Hanks. Her other credits include "Beowulf," "Breaking and Entering" and the new Russell Crowe drama "State of Play."

2009

BEST ACTOR

in a

SUPPORTING ROLE

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Heath Ledger .... THE DARK KNIGHT

NOMINATED ROLE

Heath Ledger portrays the Joker, a psychopathic criminal mastermind who will stop at nothing in his scheme to outwit and humiliate Batman.

ACADEMY AWARDS HISTORY

This is the second Academy Award nomination for Heath Ledger. He was previously nominated for:

......BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005) Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role

HEATH LEDGER - Best Supporting Actor .. THE DARK KNIGHT

In my humble opinion.....

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger's win was a double victory. His posthumous Oscar punctuated his thespian legacy. It was also a historic win for the sci-fantasy community. Ledger nabbed a nomination for a performance in a summer blockbuster based on a comic book. Usually, the most a film like The Dark Knight (2008) could hope for would be a nomination for visual or sound mixing. But there was Ledger added to the list of Supporting Actor contenders for playing a deranged psychopath with really bad make-up.

The novel based trilogy had so many outstanding performances that the Best Picture award seemed the best way to honor the huge cast of elves, dwarves and hobbits.

My cynical side wonders if the Academy would've still nominated Ledger had he not unexpectedly passed away? It's not a secret that the Oscar judges love honoring the dead or soon-to-be-buried. I guess sentimentality is a potent ratings booster. I would love to believe that Ledger won for playing a great villain but there will always be a part of me that suspects Ledger's untimely death was milked for publicity.

Jack Nicholson was brilliant as the Joker in Batman (1989) and he wasn't nominated. Ian McKellan acted his hiney off as the Master of Magnetism in X-Men (2000) and not even a wink from Oscar. 'sigh' Well, whatever the alterior motives, Ledger won and he won for his role in a sci-fantasy film. I hope and pray that future fantasy films whether based on manga or comic books or video games will take things beyond the bar that The Dark Knight has raised.

THE DARK KNIGHT - Movie Trailer - Batman

If they are going to do another sequel...the result will be:

Harley quinn (Kristin Bell)

Lady Shiva (Bai ling)

The Riddler (Johnny Depp)

Penguin (Seymour hoffman)

Catwoman (Angelina Jolie)

Deadshot (Ray Park)

Poison Ivy (Keira Knightley)

This will trigger the no-mans-land saga for a good final trilogy ... and then in the post credits ... the child who appears at the end of batman, begins as a young lost soul, Robin ... whom Batman adopts!!!

2009

BEST ACTRESS

in a

LEADING ROLE

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - Kate Winslet .... THE READER

NOMINATED ROLE

Kate Winslet plays Hanna Schmitz, a German woman in her thirties whose teenage lover is unaware of the dark secret in her past.

ACADEMY AWARDS HISTORY

This is the sixth Academy Award nomination for Kate Winslet. She was previously nominated for:

......LITTLE CHILDREN (2006) -- Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role

......ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004) -- Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role

......IRIS (2001) -- Nominee, Actress in a Supporting Role

......TITANIC (1997) -- Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role

......SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995) -- Nominee, Actress in a Supporting Role

Kate Winslet's acceptance speech - Best Actress in "The Reader"

Very nice, very genuine speech, really enjoyed it, made me believe that she actually deserved it, which I feel she did. Loved the comment to her dad :D

THE READER - Movie Trailer

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Burk re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

In The Reader, young Michael reads to Hanna (hence the title of the film) the many great pieces of literature because Hannah is illiterate and has a strong thirst for stories. Imagine that feeling of entrapment where there is something you love so much but can't fully be a part of.

The Reader - Review

At The Movies Reviews "The Reader"

Ben and Ben from "At The Movies" reviews one of the Oscar winners, "The Reader."

2009

BEST ACTRESS

in a

SUPPORTING ROLE

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Penelope Cruz .... VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA

NOMINATED ROLE

Penelope Cruz portrays the fiery Maria Elena, a divorced woman still locked in a complex relationship with her ex-husband.

ACADEMY AWARDS HISTORY

This is the second Academy Award nomination for Penelope Cruz. She was previously nominated for:

......VOLVER (2006) -- Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role

What a beautiful acceptance speech.

Penelope made history! She is the first Spanish actress EVER to win an Oscar. She dedicated the Oscar to her people in Spain and all spanish actors.

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA - Movie Trailer

The film was shot in Aviles, Barcelona and Oviedo. The plot centers around two American women, Vicky and Cristina, who are vacationing in Barcelona. Once there, the two women meet an artist, and the three quickly develop a relationship. The artist, however, is still enamored of his mentally unstable ex-wife.

ACADEMY WINNERS - The biggies.

All of these movies are Oscar winners. Please see them described above. You are also treated to the movie trailer. Enjoy!

Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog is a piece of fiction - a fantasy - but it includes real emotions and believable human characters. Slumdog Millionaire deserves a place among the masterpieces of world cinema. Praise is pouring in for this brilliant film, directed by Danny Boyle from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy adapted from a novel by Vikas Swarup.

 
Milk
Milk

We can all depend on Sean Penn. What an amazingly versatile actor, gifted with the ability to transform himself into virtually anyone from virtually any background. Even the God-awful 2006 remake of "All the King's Men" was made better by his portrayal of Willie Stark. He shines once again in Gus Van Sant's "Milk," a film that chronicles the final years of Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay man to be elected into public office in California.

 
The Dark Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition)
The Dark Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Christopher Nolan has opened a new door in cinema: allowing action-flicks to become more serious, capable of intelligence. He has transformed this into a piece of artwork, full of beauty, terror, moral-conundrums.

 
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Dare I say that this is Woody Allen's best work since Hannah and Her Sisters? Unlike that film, however, this is a really good film Allen could have never made in Hollywood, which generally prefers feel-good love stories with happily-ever-after endings.

 

From Oscar Night To Airport Security:

What Stars Wore While Traveling Home

After the acceptance speeches have concluded, the parties and after-parties have ended, and the custom-made designer dresses (and inevitable Spanx) have come off, the stars who attended the Oscars have to head to the airport and get on with their lives. And, the clothes Oscar winners, presenters, and hosts wear to the airport are just as hit or miss as what they wear on the red carpet.

Academy Award winner Kate Winslet wrapped up her Oscar and carried it around the airport. Don't you love that she's wearing Converse sneakers?!

Hugh Jackman knows how to look dapper for any occasion, which is making us question his sexuality even more than his Oscar night dance moves did.

Robert Pattinson never stops smirking. Also, when will stars learn that wearing a hood and sunglasses inside only makes you more recognizable to your rabid fans?

Jennifer Aniston chose a beach-chic braided hairstyle for the Academy Awards. At the airport, her style was totally '90s with a belly-baring shirt, boyfriend jeans, and Uggs. Not our favorite looks (especially the crop-top).

Tilda Swinton never abandons her personal style.

Tina Fey glams up quite nicely, which makes us a little jealous. But after seeing her in a plaid shirt (with ruffles) and a long cardigan, we feel closer to the "30 Rock" star than ever-we wear this combo all the time, too!

It looks like Rachel Weisz just brushed out her updo, threw on some basics, and caught her flight. A scarf and sunglasses add a certain je ne sais quoi to jeans and a T-shirt, don't they?

PENELOPE CRUZ - BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA

Vicky Cristina Barcelona tries to tell us that when anyone starts to create, caios occurs and life gets too complicated. So you have to choose to take the complications or take the simplicity and live a common life.

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Let's face it, all the nominees were winners. I want to know what you think...did you like OSCAR night on TV. I thought there were too many commercials but other than that, I loved the dresses and I thought that the show was well organized, entertaining and very beautiful.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Ajeet: Probably be more fun!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @KimGiancaterino: I'm sure the rehearsals would be fun. I can imagine what tomfoolery some got up to. I'd love to see you write about your experience working on the Oscars.

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      I would probably enjoy winning the Oscars more than winning the Nobel prize :)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      An excellent review of the ceremony. I worked on the Oscars many times and even attended a few rehearsals. Believe it or not, those were even better than the ceremony!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TransplantedSoul: I enjoy watching them. The dresses are lovely to see.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      The Oscars are fun, but taken a bit to seriously.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julieannbrady: Ah Julie, I think you have a good idea there but the Awards Committee probably won't agree. Can you imagine the number of mini-oscars they would have to come up with, especially if they back-dated them. Thank you for the emoting and comment. I'll be back to see you soon.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Laraine, I am emoting ... you have a very emotive page here ... lots of precious memories. Indeed, that these talented peoples are remembered, is a great thing. All nominees are winners ... they should award perhaps mini-oscars to the nominees!! Lest we not forget those who have honestly "moved" us. Inspired us. Been "there" for us! And so on, and so forth ...

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Yes, I guess you would have to stay up all night to see them. I guess you could record them. I have taken to doing that for movies I want to see. In the winter months my family has a movie night once a week.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i always miss the oscar nights because of the time difference between europe and america but i see the replay.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It was a very good year....

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Nice to see you here alteredkat. Thank you for the visit and will be visiting your lenses soon.

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      of all the awards shows...I would say I watch the Oscars the most...not all the time, but def. the most...I LOVED HL in Batman ...he was the best one yet!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JenOfChicago LM: Some of them are unrecognizable, it's true! Others couldn't, or don't want to disquise themselves.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Spook LM: Thanks Spook. I enjoyed building this lens. It is true isn't it! Imagine Cary Grant not winning an Oscar! For shame!!

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      I love your photos of them at the awards and then in the airport!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      As usual with you a great lens. Pity all those handsome studs never win. That would get the female hearts a fluttering I'll bet.

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julieannbrady: I know what you mean. Thanks for the visit Julie .. I'm off to visit you now.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      I don't know Laraine, each year that I watch The Oscars I have ideas of who I think will win and yet there are still surprises!

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Sandra, I just popped over to your lenses .. you have a number of them that should win oscars also. Thanks. [in reply to blue22d]

      Mary Beth, thank you for the lensroll. I'll do the same for your lens. [in reply to mbgphoto]

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      I don't always follow the Oscars but I have to agree with GramaBarb....you should get one for the excellent work you did on this lens. I would give you 6 stars if I could. Five * and a favorite.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Really nice lens! I'm lensrollingit to my Classic Movie Nights lens. 5*

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Funny! He probably enjoyed the film just as much as if he knew english. Thanks for stopping in. [in reply to paperfacets]

      Thanks for the Oscar.. oops I meant to say 5*s. [in reply to GramaBard]

      Thank you for the 5*s and blessing. [in reply to LindaJM]

      Thank you Ulla. I enjoyed your lens on Green Germany. [in reply to ulla_hennig]

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I husband just bought the DVD of the very first movie he viewed in the U.S. "The Crimson Pirate" Burt Lancaster had the biggest row of teeth and he flashed them many times in this movie. He did not know English and He told me he was cheering for the soldiers and not the pirates. ? The scenes looked like Disney used them for Pirates of the Caribbean.

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      GramaBarb 8 years ago from Vancouver

      Wow - what a lot of work you put into this lens - you deserve an Oscar! 5*

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Wonderful... so many things I didn't know about Oscar. 5* and blessed!

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      ulla_hennig 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this very informative lens! There's some information about the OSCAR here in Germany too, but your lens provides more detailed information.

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you Holley. I enjoyed reading your 'Shadow' lens. I left 5 stars there for you. [in reply to 24websurf]

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      I think you are correct. Though some of the roles the handsome men play are obviously for fun, the more serious and truly Oscar worthy roles may be brushed aside. I often wonder myself if these people are really in tune with the audiences and ultimately the customer.

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you my friendly squid angels for the blessings! Thanks also to my other dear friends for leaving comments. You are the best!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Janusz LM 8 years ago

      I love watching the "Oscars" Excellent lens! .. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is an excellent lens.*****

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      GumboWriters123 8 years ago

      Very interesting lens

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'm happy that you dropped by and enjoyed the lens. Thanks for the stars too. I'll be come by for a visit soon. [in reply to MenopauseAdvice]

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      MenopauseAdvice 8 years ago

      This is an excellent lens. I didn’t watch Oscar, but I saw The Reader and really enjoyed it. 5*

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you glowchick. Thanks for coming for a visit. [in reply to glowchick]

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      glowchick 8 years ago

      Thanks for adding me to your lens. And what a great lens it is! Very in depth and I really enjoyed reading it. 5* to you and I am lensrolling and favoriting it.

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thanks for writing. I found the format for the Oscars a lot different and the MC was just terrific.[in reply to lynnasafriend]

      (In reply to Ramkitten)I think you have your priorities straight. I am happy that you were able to see some of what you missed here. I intend to put much more here so come back when you can and have a look.

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      lynnasafriend 8 years ago

      I actually liked the oscars this year, I noticed a lot of people didn't... I don't know why they didn't it was quite entertaining.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      To be honest, I haven't seen ANY of the nominated films and I didn't watch the Oscars either, primarily because I got called out for Search & Rescue that night. I know, my priorities are VERY messed up :) But I would have watched had I been home, because I do love movies and some of the people in them. So this was a fun lens for me to read, seeing some of what I missed. I'll have to rent some of these films on DVD and do some catching up. But then there's this next year's lot, too. Gee, I have my work cut out for me, I guess! Anyway, great lens. Very well done.

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      [in reply to JenniferAkers] Thank you Jennifer . I'm so happy that you came to have a look. I have always enjoyed watching the Oscar Award Show and I think this was the best one for a long time.

      Thanks again.

      [in reply to OhMe] Thank you OhMe. I know others have lenses on Oscar 81 - hopefully what I have missed, they will cover. Thanks again for coming for a visit.

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      Another wonderful lens - great photos, polls, and suggestions. I love your lenses, and this is another favorite. Thanks for putting all the work into your lenses - it shows!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! This was such a clever idea for a lens. I sure enjoyed reading it and am glad to have all these movies listed so I can check them off as I see them. Great work!

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      [in reply to WillBorden] Thank you very much for your kind words.

      [in reply to Mulberry] Thank you my faithful fan.

      [in reply to rbailey83]Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my lens.

      I'll be to visit you all soon.

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      WillBorden 8 years ago

      Another terrific lens- well put together!

      Good research and a lot of effort on your part make your lenses the informative and entertaining success they are!

      Sincerely,

      Will Borden

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Great lens, I guess now I have a list to work from when choosing my movies in the next few months.

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      VERY nicely done, i enjoyed reading through all your information, this was well put together, keep up the good work!

      Squidoo Circle of Friends Group

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group

      Lizzy

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      [in reply to EverythingMouse] I would love to be a Giant some day .. I have tons of ideas.. just not a lot of free time.

      [in reply to lollyj] I agree .. Mickey Rourke will win!

      [in reply to JoanneOtt] Only a few good movies..nothing like "The Quiet Man" (which I so enjoy watching over and over again).

      [in reply to WillBorden] You might be a wee bit prejudiced .. but thank you.

      To all of you thanks for all the stars and encouraging comments.

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      It was interesting to see all of those actors who have not won. Another great lens as always - are you going to go for Giant one day?

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      Laurel Johnson 8 years ago from Washington KS

      Very well done!! I'm not a big follower of movie stars and rarely go to the movies anymore.

      I do expect Mickey Rourke to win. He's not a pretty boy and Tinsel Town loves down and outers who make a comeback.

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      jolou 8 years ago

      Very appropriate I found this lens right before the Oscars! I can't say 2008 was my favorite year for movies, but will be watching! Great lens also.

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      WillBorden 8 years ago

      Another terrific lens, Laraine! Like your others, beautifully thought out and well presented.

      Sincerely,

      Will Borden