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Monthly Archives January 2009

Taraji P. Henson Says Oscar Nomination for Benjamin Button ‘Changes Everything’

Taraji P. Henson recalls the moment she found out about her Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. "I was sound asleep thanks to Pinot Noir, and the phone rings at 5:30 a.m." she recalls to People.com. "I knew why it was ringing, so I woke up screaming and it wasn't a nightmare!" "I wasn't expecting anything. All I expect is for my work to touch people, to move and inspire people. That's all I expect," she added. "I don't get into the award stuff so this is just icing on the cake!" "This is the highest honor for what I do in this industry," Henson said. "Think about it, for the rest of my career I will be known as 'Academy Award nominated Taraji P. Henson.' That changes everything!"
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Slumdog Millionaire Earns 10 Academy Award Nominations

Ga Ga worthy drama Slumdog Millionaire nabbed 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Other Blindie faves Kate Winslet (Best Actress in The Reader), Taraji P. Henson (Best Supporting Actress in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona) were also recognized for their acting work. Click in for full list of nominees:
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President Obama Retakes The Oath Of Office A Day After The Inauguration

After kicking off his first day as U.S. President with a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral, Barack Obama took two meetings, one with economic advisers and another with the defense secretary, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and others to discuss national security and the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, then retook the presidential oath of office. The do-over was prompted by Tuesday's gaffe when Chief Justice John Roberts stumbled over the oath mixing up the words and causing Obama to also mess up. Roberts once again delivered the oath to the President but this time only in the presence of a few aides and reporters in the Map Room of the White House at 7:35pm on Wednesday evening. When President Obama was asked by Roberts "Are you ready to take the oath?" He answered "Yes, I am. And we're going to do it very slowly."
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The Bush Twins’ Advice For Malia & Sasha Obama: ‘Remember Who Your Dad Really Is’

the-bush-twins-barbara-jenna In an open letter to Sasha, 7, and Malia Obama, 10, President Bush's twin daughters Jenna and Barbara offer their own advice to the new First Daughters. While the Bush twins tell the girls to "absorb it all, enjoy it all" when it comes to the White House and the culture that D.C. has to offer, from sliding "down the banister of the solarium" to attending the "Kennedy Center for theater," they have one piece of advice that holds above anything else: "Here is our most important piece of advice," they write. "Remember who your dad really is." You can read the entire letter here. the-obamas-malia-sasha-obama
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Michelle Obama Chooses Designers Isabel Toledo, Jason Wu And J.Crew For The Inauguration

First Lady Michelle Obama donned a shimmering yellow wool sheath dress and matching coat by Cuban American designer Isabel Toledo to the inauguration of her husband Barack Obama. Michelle discovered the work of 47 year-old Toledo through Ikram Goldman, a Chicago-based boutique shop that carries her other favored designers -Thakoon and Narciso Rodriguez. Toledo says Michelle chose the lemongrass-colored dress for the optimism it represents. Topping off her outfit, Michelle sported a pair of green leather gloves from J.Crew and green Jimmy Choo kitten heel pumps. Daughters Malia and Sasha also wore pieces from J.Crew's children's line Crewcuts. Ten year-old Malia wore a double-breasted periwinkle-blue coat with a blue-ribbon bow at the waist and her sister Sashs,7, wore a pink coat with orange scarf and matching satin belt. The evening's inaugural balls saw Michelle in a white one-shoulder floor length gown by 26 year-old Taiwanese-born designer Jason Wu. A young designer who has only been showing collections since 2006, Wu found out his dress had been selected like everyone else did when the First-Lady walked out in it. President Obama showed off his wife to a cheering crowd saying, "First of all, how good-looking is my wife?" The First Couple danced to the song "At Last," a 1940s song made famous by blues singer Etta James.
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Monthly Archives January 2009

Taraji P. Henson Says Oscar Nomination for Benjamin Button ‘Changes Everything’

Taraji P. Henson recalls the moment she found out about her Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. "I was sound asleep thanks to Pinot Noir, and the phone rings at 5:30 a.m." she recalls to People.com. "I knew why it was ringing, so I woke up screaming and it wasn't a nightmare!" "I wasn't expecting anything. All I expect is for my work to touch people, to move and inspire people. That's all I expect," she added. "I don't get into the award stuff so this is just icing on the cake!" "This is the highest honor for what I do in this industry," Henson said. "Think about it, for the rest of my career I will be known as 'Academy Award nominated Taraji P. Henson.' That changes everything!"
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Slumdog Millionaire Earns 10 Academy Award Nominations

Ga Ga worthy drama Slumdog Millionaire nabbed 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Other Blindie faves Kate Winslet (Best Actress in The Reader), Taraji P. Henson (Best Supporting Actress in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona) were also recognized for their acting work. Click in for full list of nominees:
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President Obama Retakes The Oath Of Office A Day After The Inauguration

After kicking off his first day as U.S. President with a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral, Barack Obama took two meetings, one with economic advisers and another with the defense secretary, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and others to discuss national security and the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, then retook the presidential oath of office. The do-over was prompted by Tuesday's gaffe when Chief Justice John Roberts stumbled over the oath mixing up the words and causing Obama to also mess up. Roberts once again delivered the oath to the President but this time only in the presence of a few aides and reporters in the Map Room of the White House at 7:35pm on Wednesday evening. When President Obama was asked by Roberts "Are you ready to take the oath?" He answered "Yes, I am. And we're going to do it very slowly."
Read More

The Bush Twins’ Advice For Malia & Sasha Obama: ‘Remember Who Your Dad Really Is’

the-bush-twins-barbara-jenna In an open letter to Sasha, 7, and Malia Obama, 10, President Bush's twin daughters Jenna and Barbara offer their own advice to the new First Daughters. While the Bush twins tell the girls to "absorb it all, enjoy it all" when it comes to the White House and the culture that D.C. has to offer, from sliding "down the banister of the solarium" to attending the "Kennedy Center for theater," they have one piece of advice that holds above anything else: "Here is our most important piece of advice," they write. "Remember who your dad really is." You can read the entire letter here. the-obamas-malia-sasha-obama
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Michelle Obama Chooses Designers Isabel Toledo, Jason Wu And J.Crew For The Inauguration

First Lady Michelle Obama donned a shimmering yellow wool sheath dress and matching coat by Cuban American designer Isabel Toledo to the inauguration of her husband Barack Obama. Michelle discovered the work of 47 year-old Toledo through Ikram Goldman, a Chicago-based boutique shop that carries her other favored designers -Thakoon and Narciso Rodriguez. Toledo says Michelle chose the lemongrass-colored dress for the optimism it represents. Topping off her outfit, Michelle sported a pair of green leather gloves from J.Crew and green Jimmy Choo kitten heel pumps. Daughters Malia and Sasha also wore pieces from J.Crew's children's line Crewcuts. Ten year-old Malia wore a double-breasted periwinkle-blue coat with a blue-ribbon bow at the waist and her sister Sashs,7, wore a pink coat with orange scarf and matching satin belt. The evening's inaugural balls saw Michelle in a white one-shoulder floor length gown by 26 year-old Taiwanese-born designer Jason Wu. A young designer who has only been showing collections since 2006, Wu found out his dress had been selected like everyone else did when the First-Lady walked out in it. President Obama showed off his wife to a cheering crowd saying, "First of all, how good-looking is my wife?" The First Couple danced to the song "At Last," a 1940s song made famous by blues singer Etta James.
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