2009 Academy Award Speeches

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Did you miss any of the important Oscar speeches from last night’s Academy Awards? Well you have a second chance to catch them now on YouTube. After the jump we’ve embedded the speeches from Danny Boyle (Best Director), Kate Winslet (Best Actress), Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress), AR Rahman (Best Sound, Best Score), Heath Ledger‘s Family (Best Supporting Actor), and Sean Penn (Best Actor).
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Bored? Frustrated? Desperate for something a bit more filling than the typical bot-crunching blockbuster? If you want something to really get excited about, try The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the next sly and subversive fantasy from Terry Gilliam. It certainly works for me.

Below the break is our very first look at most of the main cast in character and costume. This is the first time we’ve seen Johnny Depp, Jude Law or Colin Farrell in their shared role of Tony, and there’s another – cheeky- shot of Heath Ledger as Tony too.

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BBC has put a bunch of the acceptance speeches from the 2009 British Academy Film Awards on YouTube. I’ve included some of the highlights after the jump.
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009, will mark the one-year anniversary of actor Heath Ledger’s passing. That same day, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the Academy Award nominations for 2008 (a posthumous nomination for Ledger is considered a virtual certainty). To honor his memory, Entertainment Weekly has published a 28-page retrospective of Ledger’s career featuring heartfelt interviews with a variety of Ledger’s friends and colleagues. It’s a fitting tribute and well-worth the read. You can hit the jump for just a few highlights, and some of the interesting information revealed within the piece.
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As you all know by now, Heath Ledger won the Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role Award at last night’s Golden Globes. Does this mean that Ledger is a shoe in for an Academy Award? Actually, that’s actually a misconception. While Heath’s win probably solidifies the fact that he will be nominated and in contention, history has shown that Academy members tend to disagree with the Hollywood foreign press.

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We have found some of the highlight speeches from tonight’s Golden Globe Awards. After the jump you will find Tracy Morgan and Tina Fey’s hilarious 30 Rock acceptance speeches, Christopher Nolan’s acceptance speech for Heath Ledger’s Dark Knight best performance win, and Mickey Rourke’s Best Dramatic Actor speech where The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky flips Mickey “the bird”. Classic. And after you watch the Tina Fey video, head on over here to find out the truth behind the harsh “internet critics” that Fey tells to “suck it”.
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There has been no movement on a third Batman film, and there won’t likely be anything for a while. But MTV caught up with Dark Knight producer Charles Roven at the People’s Choice Awards and asked him a few questions. When asked if Rovan would have changed the fate of The Joker knowing now that the actor could never reprise the role, Rovan responded that “We have to separate the actors from the role.”

Which I think means, that with all due respect, The Joker and Heath are two completely separate entities. The Joker could return for the sequel if the story called for it. It’s a possibility that we’ve danced around this whole time, because we all assumed it would never happen. That said, I doubt that it will, but I wanted to get your opinion on the possibility.

Discuss: Would you be okay with The Joker being recast so that the character could return for the third film?

For Your Consideration: Fan Created

These two fan-created “For Your Consideration” advertisements have been making their way around the Internet in support for Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight.

Yesterday Hollywood was a buzz with news that the Los Angeles Film Critics had awarded WALL-E “Best Picture of the Year”, a first for an animated film. Today the New York Film Critics Circle announced their yearly award winners, and the list is just as shocking – Josh Brolin (Milk) edged out Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) for the Best Supporting Actor award. One could argue that Brolin’s performance was a lot more subtle and understated, while the natural instinct is to award the “theatrical”. I liked Brolin in Milk, but any other year he wouldn’t have even been in the running for nominations. What do you think? Comment below!

NYFCC also named Milk “Best Picture” and Mike Leigh “Best Director”… What?! Many insiders look towards the big city film critics awards as a sign of what may happen come Oscar time. You can read the full New York Film Critics Circle Awards results below:

Best Picture: Milk
Best Director: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk
Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Screenplay: Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
Best Cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Animated Film: Wall-E
Best First Film: Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Best Foreign Film: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Best Documentary: Man on Wire

Warner Bros has publicly begun its push with this Variety advertisement for Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Academy Award ballots are mailed on December 26th, polls close on January 12th, and the nominations are announced on January 22nd.

Discuss: Should Heath Ledger be nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award?

He will have to contend with Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt, John Malkovich in Changeling, Ralph Fiennes in Duchess, John Malkovich and Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading and Robert Downey, Jr. in Tropic Thunder. Will the Academy recognize an outstanding performance in a “comic book movie”?

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