Slumdog Millionaire, the ultimate up-from-the-streets story, won eight Oscars to dominate a ceremony that emphasized populist films alongside artsy fare.
Kate Winslet scored best actress for The Reader; Sean Penn won best actor for Milk; Penelope Cruz scored best supporting actress for her role in Vicki Christina Barcelona; and in the night's most emotional moment, Heath Ledger's family accepted his best supporting actor award for The Dark Knight.
Heath Ledger's family accepted his best-supporting actor award on his behalf and up-from-the-streets sage Slumdog Millionaire led in early awards at Sunday's Academy Awards, which stressed fun, populist movies alongside artier ones.
Penelope Cruz scored best supporting actress for her role in Vicki Christina Barcelona; Ledger won for The Dark Knight. Slumdog's five early awards included best adapted screenplay for Simon Beaufoy.
Paris Hilton in The Hottie and the Nottie
Paris Hilton was the big "winner" at this year's Razzie Awards celebrating cinema's lowlights.
Hilton single-handedly copped three individual awards — worst actress (for The Hottie and the Nottie), supporting actress (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and on-screen couple (for either of her Hottie pairings) — tying a record set in 2008 by ...
This year's Oscars won't just focus on the arty, high-minded films that are nominated, but also the fun flicks that drew the year's biggest audiences, the show's producers tell TVGuide.com.
The fan-friendly vibe starts with the host of Sunday's 81st Academy Awards — X-Men star Hugh Jackman.
"[The Awards are] celebrating the community of people who make movies and people who go to movies," producer Laurence Mark said. "[And] celebrating the connections between the people behind the scenes."
Asked if Jackman's status as People's Sexiest Man of 2008 helped him land the hosting job, Mark laughed, "It didn't hurt!"
"The truth is, he sings, he dances, he acts — and he looks terrific in a tuxedo," Mark added. "We will manage to use all four of those skills to our advantage, and that includes acting."
Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke
You already know how we feel about the Oscar song category, but how about the other races — particularly the big ones? Well, now you'll find out. Behold, TVGuide.com's predictions for the 81st Academy Awards (Sunday, ABC at 8:30 pm/ET). Don't agree with us? Then check out the nominees here and tell us who you think will and should triumph on Hollywood's biggest night.
To everyone who questions if the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's big Oscar night should be scaled back in light of a tanking economy, Tim Gunn has one word for you all: "No!!!"
The fashion world's Papa Bear didn't mince words when we asked him about the subject while visiting the Project Runway finale show AMEX Skybox on Friday.
"No, don't tone it down! People need an escape. They need something that's over the top and exuberant, and if it can't be the Oscars it can't be anything," Gunn told TVGuide.com. "I feel the same way about Fashion Week, and it has been a real pick-me-up this week. I saw the Milan shows and thought, "Ugh, give me a cyanide capsule." It was so dark and dreary and down."
Gunn, who will be cohosting the red-carpet arrival show during Sunday's Oscars with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, expects to see ...
The child stars of Slumdog Millionaire didn't make it to Los Angeles for the SAG Awards, where the cast won best ensemble, but the young actors will definitely be at the Kodak Theater Sunday for the Oscars.
"Everybody is really excited about it," said James Finn of Fox Searchlight Pictures. "It's nice the whole gang will be together."
All nine actors who portrayed the three main characters in three stages of their lives will be at the ceremony, Finn said. Slumdog, set in the slums of Mumbai, is the heavy favorite to take best picture.
Until now, only ...
This year's Oscar nominees are meditating, reflecting or, in some cases, still in disbelief about their chances to take home the gold on Hollywood's biggest night. TVGuide.com caught up with the nominated actors just ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards (8 pm/ET, ABC) — and they're everything from glib to gushy when asked about their Oscar nods.
Kate Winslet, lead actress for The Reader
"I have been here so many times, and lost so many times, that, quite honestly..."
Christian Bale, The Dark Knight
Hollywood spas must be brimming with celebs as they scurry in preparation for this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. But not all in Tinseltown are excited about the big day — namely those who got the cold shoulder from the Academy. Check out what TV Guide Network's expert panel had to say about the biggest snub of the season, how the Globes aren't necessarily a reliable indicator and reactions to the Dark Knight's nomination denial.
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At the Oscars on Sunday (8 pm/ET, ABC), only three tunes will compete for the Best Song statuette: "Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel from WALL-E and two songs from Slumdog Millionaire, none of which you had ever heard before they were nominated. How the songs are chosen is notoriously complicated, and the results are always a little suspect. While there have been some legitimate musical masterpieces that have won (Hello, "Moon River"!), it's usually much more random (That Phil Collins dreck from the Tarzan movie over Aimee Mann and South Park? Seriously?). Here's our extremely subjective take on the match-ups through the years — who deserved to win, who pulled a fast one on the Academy and which annoying little ditties will be stuck in your head for hours to come. Take a gander at our lists of the most memorable Best Song winners and nominees — and a few that we think should have been nominated — and then tell us which movie songs are your favorites.