It’s afternoon, my bad. Got distracted helping a friend with an election campaign and then I was being a spare pair of hands for someone else, maybe I shuld say no more….
Here’s the winners from last night, I didn’t actually do too bad with my predictions…
Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Well guessing this right wasn’t exactly hard. Brilliant to have a British film top the Oscars.
Best Director: Danny Boyle
I changed my prediction, stupidly. But after the BAFTAs it was clear Boyle had it.
Best Actor: Sean Penn
Didn’t predict this one but Milk is turning out to be a must see. Penn’s second statue after Mystic River in ’03, somehow it always seemed unlikely the Academy would follow BAFTA and give it to Rourke.
Best Actress: Kate Winslet
Fantastic news that Kate finally gets her Oscar. Another hit for the Brits.
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger
This one was never in doubt. The second actor to win a posthumous Oscar after Peter Finch in ’77. I still maintain he should have had one for Brokeback Mountain.
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz
Mirroring the BAFTAs, I hadn’t heard much about Vicky Cristina Barcelona when the nominations came in but the buzz is growing.
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
I had it as Wall-E, many others had it down as In Bruges, but that’s the Oscars for you!
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Animated Feature: Wall-E
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Beating Benjamin, yet again.
Visual Effects: Benjamin Button
Well, Slumdog couldn’t take them all.
Original Score and Orignal Song: Slumdog Millionaire
I was wrong it got both.
So there you are, Slumdog got 8 in the end to add to its 7 BAFTAs, while poor Benjamin only came away with 3. So no one has yet beaten the joint record of Lord of the Rings, Titanic and Ben Hur for 11 in one night. No huge shocks, I haven’t yet seen the footage to see if Kate cried, but I’m guessing she did. A great year for British cinema.