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Slumdog Millionaire enjoyed one of the greatest nights in Academy Awards history, winning a total of eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.

Slumdog Millionaire’s pick as Best Picture came as no surprise. The proverbial (and literal) rags to riches story had already captured top honors at virtually every other awards ceremony leading up to the Oscars.

But not only did Slumdog Millionaire capture the Best Picture Oscar, it also took home Oscars for Director Danny Boyle, Adapted Screenplay for Simon Beaufoy, Cinematography, Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best song and Best Score.

Remarkably none of the brilliant actors in the film were even nominated.

“When we started out, we had no stars, we had no power or muscle,” said Producer Christian Colson. “We didn’t have enough money, really, to do what we wanted to do. But what we had was a script that inspired mad love in everyone who read it. We had a genius for a director. We had a cast and a crew who were unwavering in their commitment and whose talents are up on the screen for all of you to see.”

In the acting categories, Sean Penn was the surprise winner for his role as Harvey Milk in the film Milk. Mickey Rourke was the pre-Oscars favorite for his performance in The Wrestler.

“Thank you,” Penn sais. “You commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns. I did not expect this, but I, and I want it to be very clear, that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me often.”

In what was probably the closest race of all, Kate Winslet earned an Oscar for her performance in The Reader. She had already won a number of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards for her roles in not just The Reader, but in Revolutionary Road as well.

In the most somber moment of the night, Heath Ledger’s father, mother and sister accepted the Best Supporting Oscar on behalf of the late actor. Ledger’s dark and lunatic performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight may have been the single most memorable performance by any actor in 2008.

Penelope Cruz won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a fact that came as no surprise to anyone.

“Has anyone ever fainted here?” Cruz asked. “Because I may be the first. Thank you Woody (allen) for trusting me with this beautiful character.”

As expected, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won a number of technical awards including Best Art Direction, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects.

The Best Documentary went to Man on Wire. Ironically, the award was presented by Bill Maher, whose documentary Religulous wasn’t even nominated.

Host Hugh Jackman may have earned a standing ovation for his opening number, but he made the entire show feel more like the Tonys than the Oscars. He provided plenty of son g and dance, but little of the humor and wit that have been the trademarks of Oscars’ best hosts. It will be a shock if he gets the same gig next year.

NOTES: AwardsandHonors.com visitors did a terrific job of picking the Oscars. Poll winners included Slumdog Millionaire (Best Picture) Kate Winslet (Best Actress), Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress) and Heath Ledger (Best Supporting Actor). The poll for Best Actor ended in a tie between Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn…. For sheer humor, Jack Black’s attack on Pixar, James Franco and Josh Rogen cracking up while watching a scene from The Reader and Steve Martin and Tina Fey’s riff on screenwriting were among the night’s highlights…. Speaking of comedy, Jerry Lewis won the Humanitarian Oscar for his work with Jerry’s Kids.


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With the Academy Awards in the rear view mirror, the 2009 Awards Season has come to a merciful end.

What have we learned?

* Meryl Streep will be nominated for an Academy Award … and lose (15 nominations with just two Oscars on the mantle).

* The Directors Guild of America will make their choice for Best Director (Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle) and that winner will go on to win the Oscar. The DGA has picked the ultimate Oscars winner all but six times since 1948.

* A performance of a lifetime will be the last of a lifetime. It happened with Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) this year. Other fantastic final performances include Peter Finch (Network), James Dean (Giant), Vincent Price (Edward Scissorshands) and Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond).

* There will be inexplicable Oscar snubs. This year had plenty. Bruce Springsteen not even getting a nomination for The Wrestler, no acting nominations for Slumdog Millionaire, no acting nominations for Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) or Colin Farrell (In Bruges) and no Best Picture nomination for Wall-E.

* There will be  dozens of inexplicable Emmy snubs. Let’s start with Friday Night Lights. Snubbed for Best Drama, Best Actress (Connie Britton) and Best Actor (Kyle Chandler). Two huge Best Drama snubs- Big Love and The Wire. Biggest Comedy snub? No nomination for Flight of the Conchords.  Other acting snubs included Jenna Fischer (The Office), Kristin Wiig (Saturday Night Live), January Jones (Mad Men), Mia Wasikowska (In Treatment) and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).

* The Grammys still love the oldies but goodies. This year’s Grammy Winners included Robert Plant, The Eagles, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Al Green, Jose Feliciano, B.B. King, Dr. John, John Williams, George Carlin, Peter Gabriel and Pete Seeger.

* Tina Fey is a comic genius.

* Laura Linney may well be the best actress working today.

* Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sean Penn turn any project they work on into gold.

Richard Jenkins and Melissa Leo are overnight success stories that were decades of brilliant work in the making.

* Don’t let looks fool you. While Brad Pitt and Algenina Jolie may be too beautiful for words, both are remarkable actors as well. This year’s Best Acting nominations were no fluke. Both have a history of turning in extraordinary performances.

* Hugh Jackman is extremely talented…. but his talents are far better suited for hosting the Tonys than the Oscars. Billy Crystal… we miss you!

* Don’t you wish Mickey Rourke had won the Best Actor Oscar? … even if it was just to see his acceptance speech.

* Since the Oscars treat comedies like second-class citizens, shouldn’t they follow the Golden Globes lead and give separate awards for dramas and comedies? Outside of a win for Penelope Cruz and a nomination for Robert Downey Jr., comedic writers, actors and directors were all but ignored.

* The final thing we learned? That in no time, we’ll be going through all of this again.

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AwardsandHonors.com Launches… the Web’s First Comprehensive Awards Portal

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NORTH CALDWELL, N.J., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ — The official launch of AwardsandHonors.com , the Web’s first comprehensive awards portal, was announced today by CEO Jon Gelberg. Featuring over 800 awards and honors and more than 32,000 award winners, AwardsandHonors.com provides news, trivia, polls, a calendar and a fully searchable database.

At AwardsandHonors.com, visitors find everything from the Oscars to the Nobel Prizes, from the latest National Book Awards winners to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating champion. In between, visitors can access major awards and award winners from the worlds of entertainment, art and architecture, sports, science, hospitality, journalism, literature and education.

Award winners on the site date back as far as 1731 and are as up-to-date as last night’s Golden Globe Awards winners.

“People are obsessed with awards and AwardsandHonors.com is the perfect place to feed that obsession,” Gelberg said. “You can’t pick up a newspaper, turn on the TV or go online without being barraged with announcements of award nominees or award winners. With AwardsandHonors.com, you are one click away from everything you want to know about the world of awards and honors.”

AwardsandHonors.com is a great tool for teachers and students, for journalists and for anyone else who happens to be interested in the world’s greatest achievers. Whether you are researching a Nobel physicist or settling a bar bet, AwardsandHonors.com is the perfect destination.

AwardsandHonors.com isn’t just a terrific informational site. It also fosters community engagement, with features like MyAwards (where visitors can create personal pages to share news about awards and honors they have received) and OurAwards (where companies can create an award page heralding awards won by the company itself and by its employees), visitors become key members of the AwardsandHonors.com community.

At AwardsandHonors.com you’ll learn that Barack Obama has more Grammys (two) than The Who, The Kinks and Neil Young combined, that Ben Franklin is in the International Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame, and that George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth II, Adolph Hitler and Pope John Paul II all share the same “honor” (Time Magazine’s Person of the Year).

  Other AwardsandHonors.com features include:    --  Up-to-the-minute Awards news and updates   --  A comprehensive Awards Calendar   --  "Tales of the Tape": where visitors find such unlikely match-ups as       Bing Crosby (Oscar 1944, Grammy 1962) vs. Sidney Crosby (NHL MVP       2007).   --  Awards Forum: a message board where visitors can discuss anything and       everything about awards and honors   --  E-mail newsletter

“They call this time of year awards season,” Gelberg said. “But the truth is, every season is awards season. Major awards are presented every week of the year and AwardsandHonors.com is there to give you all of the information you need.”

  About AwardsandHonors.com    http://www.awardsandhonors.com/  is a Web site of AwardsandHonors.com LLC.

CEO Jon Gelberg comes to AwardsandHonors.com from Marquis Who’s Who LLC, where, as Senior Managing Director, he was responsible for setting the standards for admission for Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and other Who’s Who directories. The technological infrastructure for http://awardsandhonors.com/ was built by 1WebImage, Inc. in conjunction with AwardsandHonors.com LLC.

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