Monday, 23 February 2009

British dominate the Academy’s

“I want to thank the Academy” sounded awfully British throughout most of the 81st Academy Awards award ceremony, which have been held in Los Angeles last night. The event was broadcast live on America’s ABC, the UK’s Sky One and many other television stations around the world with an estimated audience of 1 billion. While it is officially an American price for a typical US industry, 3 out the four main categories went to British filmmakers. Best picture was named the UK production ‘Slum Dog Millionaire’, Reading born and London based Kate Winslet walked away with the ‘Best actress’ Oscar while Manchester resident Danny Boyle picked up the ‘Best director’ award for ‘Slum Dog Millionaire’, which was the overall winner and won in several other creative and artistic categories as well. Sean Penn was crowned ‘best actor’ of 2009 for his role in the gay activist drama ‘Milk’, Heath Ledger was named ‘best supporting actor’ and Penelope Cruz delivered herself an Oscar after a stunning performance in ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’. It was remarkable how the Academy has chosen for the British talent and has made some other remarkable choices. Hollywood legends such as Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie all went home empty-handed.

(picture, international edition, 23 Feb 2009)