Oscar Watch 2009: Penelope Cruz, Slumdog Millionaire Win Academy Awards

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Ga Ga worthy drama Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture, Best Director, and many other Academy Awards at Sunday night’s prestigious ceremony.

Other Blindie faves Kate Winslet (Best Actress in The Reader) and Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona) were also recognized for their superb acting work.

Here’s the short list of winners in the major categories:

Best picture
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
WINNER: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Director
WINNER:
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”

Actor
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
WINNER: Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
WINNER: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Supporting actor
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
WINNER: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Supporting actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
WINNER: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Slumdog Millionaire‘s Freida Pinto Becomes One of Vanity Fair‘s ‘Vanities Girls’

Blindie went berserk after seeing Slumdog Millionaire beauty Freida Pinto featured in the coveted up-and-comers section, “Vanities,” in the March issue ofVanity Fair.

The 24-year-old Mumbai native, who made her mark as Latika in Danny Boyle’s award-darling Slumdog Millionaire, told the magazine of her hometown, “Bombay is literally the third character in the film, and a very important one.”

Of nabbing her star-making role, Pinto says, “I started getting obsessed with the role. Every time I met my friends I would read lines from the script!”

Pregnant M.I.A. May Not Attend Grammy Awards Because Baby is Due on Same Day

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Singer M.I.A. (born Maya Arulpragasam) is up for two Grammys: Record of the Year for “Paper Planes” and Best Rap Song for “Swagga Like Us.” But the pregnant star may not attend the Grammy Awards this Sunday because her baby is due on that day.

“They say that you’re often late the first time, so I’m planning to go,” the 31-year-old mom-to-be told USA Today. “We’ll see. People are trying to get me to relax and focus on the baby. It’s like being in parallel universes.”

M.I.A., who is also up for an Oscar for the song “O … Saya” from award darling Slumdog Millionaire, adds, “Having a baby is the most creative thing you can do. It makes you re-learn the world through a child’s eyes.”

Slumdog Millinonaire Wins Again at Screen Actors Guild Awards

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The cast of Slumdog Millionaire was named outstanding cast in a motion picture, hopefully making the little-film-that-could a favorable shoe-in for the Best Picture Academy Award!

Other big winners include Mad Men & 30 Rock for best cast, best actress (Tina Fey) and best actor (Alec Baldwin). Meryl Streep won the best actress award for her role as a determined nun in Doubt and Sean Penn won the lead actor award for Milk.

Click in for complete list of SAG winners and nominees!

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.

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Slumdog Millionaire‘s Freida Pinto Meets Angelina Jolie With Mouth Full of Pastry

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto recalls meeting Angelina Jolie for the first time–and being completely embarrassed because her mouth was full!

“I had a funny experience with Angelina Jolie,” Pinto says of meeting Jolie a the Critic’s Choice Awards. “I really wanted to go up to her and tell her how much I admire her and what a big fan I am but I didn’t want to sound like a big creepy girl.”

While waiting for the right moment, Jolie eventually approaches Pinto as the Indian beauty’s mouth is stuffed with a pastry.

“Talk about bad timing!” Pinto says of her embarrassing moment, before adding, “They’re so supportive of the film: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie—all three of them loved the film and that means so much to me!”

Slumdog Millionaire Wins Best Picture & Best Director at Critics Choice Awards

Slumdog Millionaire came out on top at the 14th annual Critics Choice Awards, taking home five awards, including the prestigious Best Picture and Best Director categories.

Nominated for six awards, the Mumbai-based film directed by Danny Boyle also took home awards for Best Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), Best Composer (A.R. Rahman), and Best Young Actor (Dev Patel).

A complete list of winners is available at VH1.com.