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Academy Awards : Oscar Winners For 2011

Best Picture: “The King’s Speech”

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”

Best Director: Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale for “The Fighter”

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo for “The Fighter”

Best Art Direction: “Alice”

Best Cinematography: ‘Inception’

Best Animated Short: ‘The Lost Thing’

Best Animated Feature: ‘Toy Story 3′

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for “The Social Network.”

Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler “The King’s Speech.”

Best Foreign Film: ‘In a Better World’ from Denmark

Best Documentary Feature: “Inside Job”

Best Documentary Short: “Strangers No More”

Best Live Action Short: “God of Love”

Best Original Score: “The Social Network”

Best Original Song: Randy Newman – “We Belong Together” for Toy Story 3

Best Sound Mixing: “Inception”

Best Sound Editing: Richard King – “Inception”

Best Film Editing: “The Social Network”

Best Costume: “Alice”

Best Make-up: “The Wolfman”

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in AWARDS, hollywood


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Winners Of Screen Awards 2011

Best Actor: Salman Khan for Dabangg

Best Actress: Vidya Balan for Ishqiya

Best Film: Uddaan

Best Director: Vikramaditya Motwne

Most Promising Newcomer (Male): Ranveer Singh (Band Baaja Baaraat)

Most Promising Newcomer (Female): Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg)

Best performer: Ajay Devgan

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Arshad Warsi (Ishqiya)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Shernaz Patel (Guzaarish)

Best Actor Male Popular Choice: Shahrukh Khan (My Name Is Khan)

Best Actor Popular Choice (Female): Katrina Kaif (Raajneeti and Tees Maar Khan)

Best Actor in a Comic Role (Male/Female): Sanjay Mishra (Phas Gaye Re Obama)

Best Actor in a Negative Role (Male/Female): Ronit Roy (Udaan)

Best Music: Sajid Wajid (Dabangg), Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (My Name Is Khan)

Best Playback Singer (Male): Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, Ishqiya)

Best Playback Singer (Female): Shreya Ghoshal (Bahara, I Hate Luv Storys)

Best New Talent In Music: Mamta Sharma (Munni Badnaam, Dabangg)

Best Lyrics: Gulzar (Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, Ishqiya)

Most Promising Debut Director: Maneesh Sharma (Band Baaja Baaraat)

Best Story: Amit Rai (Road To Sangam)

Best Choreography: Farah Khan (Munni Badnaam, Dabangg)

Most Popular Music: Pritam (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)

Best Ensemble Cast: Peepli Live

Best Art Direction: Mukund Gupta (Do Dooni Chaar)

Best Action: Master Vijayan (Dabangg)

Best Dialogue: Habib Faisal (Band Baaja Baraat)

Best Screenplay: Anjum Rajabali, Prakash Jha (Raajneeti)

Best Child Artiste: Ayaan Barodia (Udaan)

Best Editing: Namrata Rao (Band Baaja Baraat)

Best Background Score: Wayne Sharp (Raajneeti)

Best Special Effects: Srinivas Mohan (Robot)

Best Sound: Vikram Joglekar (Road Movie)

Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterji (Guzaarish)

Ramnath Goenka Memorial Awards: My Name Is Khan

Special Jury Awards For Spectacular Cutting Of Age Technology: Robot

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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in AWARDS, bollywood, movies



mtv awards : nobody going gaga over this lady

MTV Awards - The good, bad and ugly

MTV Awards - The good, bad and ugly

MTV Awards - The good, bad and ugly

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Posted by on September 15, 2010 in AWARDS, hollywood


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iifa awards 2010 : Winners List

Technical Award Winners

Best Screenplay
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra (3 Idiots)

Best Cinematography
C.K. Muraleedharan (3 Idiots)

Best Dialogue
Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi (3 Idiots)

Best Background Score
Sanjay Wandrekar, Atul Raninga, Shantanu Moitra (3 Idiots)

Best Editing
Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots)

Best Sound Recording
Bishwadeep Chatterjee, Nihal Ranjan Samel (3 Idiots)

Best Song Recording
Bishwadeep Chatterjee, Sachi K Sanghvi (3 Idiots)

Best Sound Re-recording
Anup Dev (3 Idiots)

Best Choreography
Bosco Martis, Caesar Gonsalves (Love Aaj Kal)

Best Costume Designing
Anahita Shroff Adajania, Dolly Ahluwalia (Love Aaj Kal)

Best Art Direction
Sabu Cyril (Aladin)

Best Special Effects (Visual)
Charles Darby – Eyecube Labs (Aladin)

Best Action
Shyam Kaushal (Kaminey)

Best Make up Artist
Christien Tinsley, Domini Till (Paa)

Mainstream Award Winners

Best Film
Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots

Best Performance in a Leading Role (Male)
Amitabh Bachchan – Paa

Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female)
Kareena Kapoor – 3 Idiots & Vidya Balan – Paa

Best Direction
Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots

Best Performance in a Comic Role
Sanjay Dutt – All The Best

Best Performance in a Negative Role
Boman Irani – 3 Idiots

Best Performance in Supporting Role (Male)
Sharman Joshi – 3 Idiots

Best Performance in Supporting Role (Female)
Divya Dutta – Delhi 6

Best Debut of the year (Male)
Omi Vaidya & Jackie Bhagnani

Best Debut of the year (Female)
Jacqueline Fernandez & Mahi Gill

Best Playback Singer (Female)
Kavita Seth – Ek Tara (Wake Up Sid)

Best Playback Singer (Male)
Shaan – Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh (3 Idiots)

Best Music Direction
Pritam – Love Aaj Kal

Best Lyrics
Swanand Kirkire – 3 Idiots

Best Story
Abhijat Joshi, Raj Kumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots

Habitat For Humanity Ambassadorship
Salman Khan

IIFA outstanding contribution to Hindi Cinema (Male)
J. Om Prakash

IIFA outstanding contribution to Hindi Cinema (Female)
Zeenat Aman

Outstanding Achievement by an Indian Internationally
Anil Kapoor

IIFA Green Global Award
Vivek Oberoi

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Posted by on June 6, 2010 in AWARDS, bollywood, movies



Oscar Winners’ Acceptance Speeches most interesting aspect of any award ceremony is the acceptance speech. Sometimes the acceptance speech becomes far too political, like what Sean Penn did when he went left-liberal and included the communists along with gays in his  speech, sometimes the winners become far too emotional like Gwyneth Paltrow and Halle Berry, sometimes it brings out the gymnast in them like Roberto Benini, sometimes they are humorous; but thankfully most of the times the winners remain calm and composed. I am compiling a small list of some of the most memorable and best winning acceptance speeches.

Resul Pookutty, Best Sound Mixing-Slumdog Millionaire,2009
I come from a country and a civilization that given the universal word. That word is preceded by silence, followed by more silence. That word is Om. So I dedicate this award to my country.
Thank you, Academy, this is not just a sound award, this is history being handed over to me.

Woody Allen
Thank you very much. That makes up for the strip-search.

Julia Roberts, Best Actress, 2000
[with reference to 45 sec time limit] I’m so happy, thank you. A girl’s got to have her moment. Everybody tries to get me to shut up. It didn’t work with my parents and it didn’t work now.

Cameron Crowe, Best Original Screenplay, Almost Famous
If they say, ‘I don’t like your movie,’ it’s kind of like saying, ‘I didn’t like your life.’ And then they say, ‘By the way, it was a little too long.’

Kate Winslet, Best Actress, 2009
I’d be lying if I haven’t made a version of this speech before I was 8 years old and staring into the bathroom mirror. And this would have been a shampoo bottle. Well, it’s not a shampoo bottle now.

Valli O’Reilly, Best Make-up, Lemony Snickets
I’d like to formally apologize to all the actors for making them look so unfortunate. But it was worth it, wasn’t it?

Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress, The Aviator
I don’t have a sense of entitlement or that I deserve this. You’d be surprised at the lack of competition between nominees – I think a lot of it’s imposed from the outside. Can I have my champagne now?

Pedro Almodovar, Best Foreign Film, All About My Mother
Right now I don’t know if I have dreamt about this or not. But when you are in the ocean you must swim. Being on the race for the Oscars, logically I want to win.

Ben Affleck
Losing would suck and winning would be really scary. And it’s really, really scary.

Hilary Swank, Best Actress, Million Dollar Baby
The truth is, after Boys Don’t Cry, I realized how few and far between the great roles are. I am beyond thankful for finding Million Dollar Baby.

Morgan Freeman, Best Supporting Actor, Million Dollar Baby
Getting a standing ovation was kind of humbling that so many people are so happy that I have been named for this award. A lot of people say you’re due – maybe you are, maybe you aren’t – it’s an accolade.

Kim Basinger, 1998
I just want to thank everybody I’ve ever met in my entire life.

Steven Spielberg, Best Director, Saving Private Ryan
Am I allowed to say I really wanted this? This is fantastic.

Angelina Jolie, Best Supporting Actress, Girl, Interrupted
I’m in shock. And I’m so in love with my brother right now, he just held me and said he loved me.

Sean Connery
You know, the Oscar I was awarded for The Untouchables is a wonderful thing, but I haven’t changed and I can honestly say that I’d rather have won the US Open Golf Tournament

Jack Nicholson
I guess this proves there are as many nuts in the Academy as anywhere else.

Grace Kelly, 1954
This is one night I wish I smoked and drank.

Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting
It’s like winning the golden dude. A great honor. Before I didn’t have the chance of the Jamaican Bobsled team of winning now I do. [After thanking everyone else]Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding

James Cameron, Best Director, Titanic
I am the king of the world!

Penelope Cruz, Best Supporting Actress,2009
Has anybody ever fainted here? Because I might be the first one. Thank you so much to the Academy.

Tan Dun, Best Original Score Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
My music is to dream without boundaries. Tonight, with you, I see boundaries being crossed. As a classic musical composer, I am thrilled to be honored here.

Brad Bird, Best Animated Feature, The Incredibles
Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can’t create it if you don’t have one.

George Clooney, Best Supporting Actor, 2006
I didn’t really work on anything, because I thought there were four others who were going to win, so… strange.

Hilary Swank, Best Actress, Million Dollar Baby

I don’t know what I did in this life to deserve all of this. I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.

Louise Fletcher, 1976
I’d like to thank Jack Nicholson for making being in a mental institution like being in a mental institution. I loved being hated by you.

Bob Dylan, Best Original Song for Things Have Changed, Wonder Boys
I want to thank the members of the Academy who were bold enough to give me this award for this song which, obviously, is a song that doesn’t pussyfoot around or turn a blind eye to human nature. God bless you all with peace, tranquility and good will. Thanks.

Steven Soderbergh, Best Director Academy Award, Traffic
Suddenly, going to work tomorrow doesn’t seem like such a good idea.

Maurice Jarre, Best Score, Passage to India, 1985
I was lucky Mozart was not eligible this year.

Jessica Yu, Best Short Subject Documentary, 1997 Academy Awards
What a thrill. You know you’ve entered new territory when you realize that your outfit cost more than your film.

Michael Caine, Best Supporting Actor, The Cider House Rules
I was watching all the others [nominees] and thinking back when I saw all the performances… thinking how the Academy has changed the phrase from, ‘And the winner is’ to ‘the Oscar goes to.’

Daniel Day-Lewis
My deepest thanks to the members of the Academy for whacking me with the hansomest bludgeon in town

Rick Baker, Best make-up artist, How the Grinch Stole the Christmas
I learned on my own face, that’s why I look like this.

Steve Box, Best Animated Feature Film, 2006
Somebody once said if you make a bad film, you make it alone. If you make a great film, everybody made it with you.

Richard Attenborough, Gandhi, 1983
Gandhi simply asked that we should examine the criteria by which we judge the manner of solving our problems. That surely in the 20th century, we human beings, searching for our human dignity, could find other ways of ultimately solving our problems than blowing the other man’s head off. He begged us to reexamine that criterion.

Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress, The Aviator
Thank you to Martin Scorsese. I hope my son will marry your daughter.

John Dykstra, Best Visual Effects, Spider-Man 2
Boy, am I glad there wasn’t a fourth episode of Lord of the Rings.

Jack Lemmon
I’d rather make the cut in the Crosby than win another Oscar.

Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress
Thank you to the Academy, who know Katharine Hepburn so well and are so intimately acquainted with her work. This is an indescribable surprise.

Chris Rock
[while referring to black actors] It’s always good to see some color in the room that doesn’t have mops.

Reese Witherspoon, Best Actress, 2006
Oh my goodness! I never thought I would be up here in my whole life.

Dianne West, Best Supporting Actress, Hannah and Her Sisters
Gee!, this isn’t like I imagined it would be in the bathtub.

Sally Field, 1985
I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!

Denise Robert, Best Foreign Language Film
We’re so thankful that The Lord of The Rings did not qualify in this category

Dustin Hoffman, 1980
[while looking at the statue] He has no genitalia and he’s holding a sword. I’d like to thank my parents for not practicing birth control. I’m up here with mixed feelings. I’ve been critical of the Academy … and for reason. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to be able to work. I’m greatly honored for being chosen by the producer Stanley Joffe and the director Bob Benton, and to have worked in a family with them. And with Meryl, and with Justin, who if he loses again, we’ll have to give him a lifetime achievement award. And to Jane Alexander, and to Jerry Greenberg, and to Nestor, and to the crew on the film, who was part of that family. And to the crews, and to the directors, like Bob Fosse, and Mike Nichols, and John Schlesinger, that I have worked with before. We are laughed at when we are up here sometimes, for thanking, but when you work on a film, you discover that there are people who are giving that artistic part of themself that goes beyond a paycheck. And they are never up here, and many of them are not members of the Academy, and we never hear of them. But this Oscar is a symbol, I think. And it is given for appreciation from those people who we never see. They are a part of our life. I refuse to believe that I beat Jack Lemmon, that I beat Al Pacino, that I beat Peter Sellers. I refuse to believe that Robert Duvall lost. We are a part of an artistic family. There are 60,000 actors in this Academy, pardon me, in the Screen Actors Guild, and probably 100,000 in Equity. And most actors don’t work, and a few of us are so lucky to have a chance to work with writing and to work with directing. Because when you’re a broke actor, you can’t write, you can’t paint … you have to practice accents while you’re driving a taxi cab. And to that artistic family that strives for excellence, none of you have ever lost. And I am proud to share this with you, and I thank you.

AR Rahman, Best Original Score – Slumdog Millionaire, 2009 Before coming I was excited and terrified. The last I felt like that was doing my marriage… uummm… there is this dialogue from a Hindi film called mere pass ma hai …which means I have nothing but I have my mother…so mother’s here… her blessings are there with me.

By the way, I had done a small write-up on the Oscar winners from India, just in case you are interested.

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Posted by on March 11, 2010 in AWARDS


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Academy Awards : Oscar Winners For 2010

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Best Foreign Language Film: El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Argentina

Best Film Editing: Bob Murawski and Chris Innis, The Hurt Locker

Best Documentary Feature: The Cove

Best Visual Effects: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Beneham and Andrew R. Jones, Avatar

Best Original Score: Michael Giacchino, Up

Best Cinematography: Mauro Fiore, Avatar

Best Sound Mixing: Paul N. J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett, The Hurt Locker

Best Sound Editing: Paul N. J. Ottosson, The Hurt Locker

Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell, The Young Victoria

Best Art Direction: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg and Kim Sinclair, Avatar

Best Supporting Actress: Mo’nique, Precious

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious

Best Makeup: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow, Star Trek

Best Live Action Short Film: Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson, The New Tenants

Best Short Subject Documentary: Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett, Music by Prudence

Best Animated Short Film: Nicolas Schmerkin, Logorama

Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Best Original Song: Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett, ‘The Weary Kind’, Crazy Heart

Best Animated Feature Film: Up

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

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Posted by on March 8, 2010 in AWARDS, hollywood


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55th Filmfare Awards : Winners List For 2009-2010

Best Actor In A Leading Role – Male
Amitabh Bachchan – Paa

Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)
Vidya Balan – Paa

Best Film (Popular)
3 Idiots

Best Director
Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
Boman Irani – 3 Idiots

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
Kalki Koechlin – Dev D

Best Actor (Male) Critics
Ranbir Kapoor

Best Actor (Female) Critics
Mahie Gill – Dev D

Best Film (Critics)

Best Debut Director (Male)
Ayan Mukherjee – Wake Up Sid

Best Debut Director (Female)
Zoya Akhtar – Luck By Chance

Best Music
A R Rahman – Delhi-6

Best Playback Singer (Male)
Mohit Chauhan – Masakalli – Delhi-6

Best Playback Singer (Female)
Rekha Bharadwaj – Genda Phool – Delhi-6
Kavita Seth – Iktara – Wake Up Sid

Best Lyrics
Irshad Kamil – Aaj Din Chadiya – Love Aaj Kal

Best Story
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots

Best Screenplay
Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Abhijat Joshi – 3 Idiots

Best Dialogue
Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 3 idiots

Best Editing
Sreekar Prasad – Firaaq

Best Choreography
Bosco – Caesar – Chor Bazaari – Love Aaj Kal

Best Visual Effect Award

Best Sound Design
Manas Chaudhury – Firaaq

Best Production Design
Helen & Sukant – Dev D

Best Cinematography
Rajeev Rai – Dev D

Best Action
Vijayan Master – Wanted

Best Costume
Vaishali Menon – Firaaq

Best Background Score
Amit Trivedi – Dev D

Special Award
Nandita Das – Firaaq

Lifetime Achievement Award
Shashi Kapoor – Khayyam

R D Burman Music Award
Amit Tivedi

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Posted by on February 28, 2010 in AWARDS, bollywood, movies



55th Filmfare Awards : Nominations For 2009-2010


3 Idiots
Dev D
Love Aaj Kal
Wake Up Sid


Anurag Kashyap Dev D
Ayan Mukerji Wake up Sid
Imtiaz Ali Love Aaj Kal
R Balki Paa
Rajkumar Hirani 3 Idiots
Vishal Bhardwaj Kaminey


Aamir Khan 3 Idiots
Amitabh Bachchan Paa
Ranbir Kapoor Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Ranbir Kapoor Wake up Sid
Saif Ali Khan Love Aaj Kal
Shahid Kapoor Kaminey


Deepika Padukone Love Aaj Kal
Kareena Kapoor 3 Idiots
Kareena Kapoor Kurbaan
Katrina Kaif New York
Priyanka Chopra Kaminey
Vidya Balan Paa


Amole Gupte Kaminey
Boman Irani 3 Idiots
Neil Nitin Mukesh New York
R Madhavan 3 Idiots
Rishi Kapoor Luck by Chance
Sharman Joshi 3 Idiots


Arundhati Nag Paa
Dimple Kapadia Luck By Chance
Divya Dutta Delhi-6
Kalki Koechlin Dev D
Supriya Pathak Wake Up Sid
Shahana Goswami Firaaq


AR Rahman Delhi-6
Amit Trivedi Dev D
Pritam Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Pritam Love Aaj Kal
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Wake Up Sid
Vishal Bhardwaj Kaminey

BEST LYRICS [Lyricist, Song, Movie]

Gulzar Kaminey Kaminey
Gulzar Dhan te nan Kaminey
Irshad Kamil Aaj din chadya Love Aaj Kal
Javed Akhtar Iktara Wake Up Sid
Prasoon Joshi Masakali Delhi 6
Prasoon Joshi Rehna tu Delhi 6


Atif Aslam Tu jaane na Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Javed Ali – Kailash Kher Arziyan Delhi-6
Mohit Chauhan Masakali Delhi-6
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Aaj din chadya Love Aaj Kal
Sukhwinder Singh – Vishal Dadlani Dhan te nan Kaminey
Sonu Niigaam – Salim Merchant Shukran allah Kurbaan


Alisha Chinoy Tera hone laga Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Kavita Seth Iktara Wake Up Sid
Rekha Bhardwaj Genda phool Delhi-6
Shilpa Rao Mudi mudi Paa
Shreya Ghoshal Zoobi doobi 3 idiots
Sunidhi Chauhan Chor bazaari Love Aaj Kal

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Posted by on February 13, 2010 in AWARDS, bollywood, movies



Academy Awards : Oscar Nominations For 2010

Actor in a Leading Role

Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
George Clooney in Up in the Air
Colin Firth in A Single Man
Morgan Freeman in Invictus
Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker

Actor in a Supporting Role

Matt Damon in Invictus
Woody Harrelson in The Messenger
Christopher Plummer in The Last Station
Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

Actress in a Leading Role

Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Helen Mirren in The Last Station
Carey Mulligan in An Education
Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia

Actress in a Supporting Role

Penélope Cruz in Nine
Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air
Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Animated Feature Film

Coraline: Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr Fox: Wes Anderson
The Princess and the Frog: John Musker and Ron Clements
The Secret of Kells: Tomm Moore
Up: Pete Docter

Art Direction

Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith

Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim

Sherlock Holmes
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer

The Young Victoria
Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray


Avatar: Mauro Fiore
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Bruno Delbonnel
The Hurt Locker: Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds: Robert Richardson
The White Ribbon: Christian Berger

Costume Design

Bright Star: Janet Patterson
Coco before Chanel: Catherine Leterrier
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Monique Prudhomme
Nine: Colleen Atwood
The Young Victoria Sandy Powell

Best Director

Avatar: James Cameron
The Hurt Locker: Kathryn Bigelow
Inglourious Basterds: Quentin Tarantino
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire: Lee Daniels
Up in the Air: Jason Reitman

Documentary (Feature)

Burma VJ: Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
The Cove: Nominees to be determined
Food, Inc. Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
Which Way Home: Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province: Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner: Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Music by Prudence: Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
Rabbit à la Berlin: Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

Avatar: Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
District 9: Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker: Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
Inglourious Basterds: Sally Menke
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire: Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

Ajami: Israel
El Secreto de Sus Ojos: Argentina
The Milk of Sorrow: Peru
Un Prophète: France
The White Ribbon: Germany


Il Divo: Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
Star Trek: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
The Young Victoria: Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Music (Original Score)

Avatar: James Horner
Fantastic Mr Fox: Alexandre Desplat
The Hurt Locker: Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
Sherlock Holmes: Hans Zimmer
Up: Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)

Almost There from The Princess and the Frog: Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Down in New Orleans from The Princess and the Frog: Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Loin de Paname from Paris 36: Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
Take It All from Nine: Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) from Crazy Heart: Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best Picture

Avatar: James Cameron and Jon Landau
The Blind Side: Nominees to be determined
District 9: Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham
An Education: Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
The Hurt Locker: Nominees to be determined
Inglourious Basterds: Lawrence Bender
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire: Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness
A Serious Man: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Up: Jonas Rivera
Up in the Air: Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman

Short Film (Animated)

French Roast: Fabrice O Joubert
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty: Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte): Javier Recio Gracia
Logorama: Nicolas Schmerkin
A Matter of Loaf and Death: Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

The Door: Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
Instead of Abracadabra: Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
Kavi: Gregg Helvey
Miracle Fish: Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
The New Tenants: Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

Avatar: Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
The Hurt Locker: Paul N J Ottosson
Inglourious Basterds: Wylie Stateman
Star Trek: Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
Up: Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing

Avatar: Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
The Hurt Locker: Paul N J Ottosson and Ray Beckett
Inglourious Basterds: Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
Star Trek: Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J Devlin
Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen: Greg P Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Visual Effects

Avatar: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R Jones
District 9: Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
Star Trek: Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

District 9: Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
An Education: Screenplay by Nick Hornby
In the Loop: Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire: Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
Up in the Air: Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)

The Hurt Locker: Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds: Quentin Tarantino
The Messenger: Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman
A Serious Man: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Up: Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

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Posted by on February 3, 2010 in AWARDS, hollywood


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slumdog millionaire – a true story

AR Rahman picked up 2 Grammy awards today for Slumdog Millionaire

This is an astounding achievement. Slumdog Millionaire sweeping the Oscars, just as it had done at the GG and Baftas. Its a true story of survival, of destiny and of dreaming big.

I am not talking about Jamaal and Saleem, I am talking about Rahman and Resul and all other Indians involved with this movie. These guys, from a humble background, on the dint of their hardwork, committment and dedication to the art, grit and determination, went on to win international awards and accolades. And unlike Jamaal, who took a wild guess at the last answer to become a millionaire, they have come up the hard way.

AR Rahman – We all know of Rahman’s struggling days, how after death of his father his family had to put musical instruments on hire to make ends meet. Here’s your true story of a boy who starts playing those very instruments to make a living, who converts to another faith to make peace with himself and find solace, who starts off as a musician creating jingles, then gets a big break in Mani Ratnam movie, moves to Hindi film music, then conquers the imagination of west with his Bombay Dreams and finally wins the GG, Bafta and Oscar … there’s your movie. A man with love in his heart, music in his soul, dreams on his mind and destiny on his forehead. AR Rahman, the flagbearer of Indian film music, winning two Oscars, one for Original Score and the other for Original Song, this is a dream come true.

Resul Pookutty– an FTII product, who moved to Mumbai to work in sound-mixing and did some great work in Black, Bluffmaster, Saawariya, Gandhi My Father[his self-confessed best work until now] and finally SDM. From anonymity to stardom, but it has not changed him a wee bit. He won the Oscar for Sound Mixing, shared the honors with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke.

Gulzar – a poet, a wordsmith, a man with some brilliant thoughts and the conviction with which he pens his thoughts, is one of the best writers that Inida has produced. He started his career way back in 1960’s, assissting Bimal Roy, writing dialogues, penning lyrics, then went onto write some fantatsic stories which he directed and brought to light with his wonderful screenplay. His volume of work speaks for itself, ranging from social issues to political battleground to soft and sensitive children’s movie to the subtle romantic moments which we remember long after time has faded all other memories. His command of urdu, phaarsi and hindi is just amazing. From winning a dozen awards back home to winning an Oscar for Original Song, he shared the honors with AR Rahman, he come a long way.

Anil Kapoor – born in a chawl in Tilak Nagar, Bombay in 1958. He was educated in Chembur. His father was a film producer and so was his brother, but they always seemed to be unlucky with their production house becasue they bandked on the wrong movies. After tasting success with Mr.India and other works like Lamhe, Tezaab etc they produced RKRCKR which was a disaster. To make-up for the financial losses he made some really crappy movies like Andaz and Mr.Azad. But he came out of that bad patch with some really good movies like 1942ALS, Virasat, Taal etc. He has seen the ups and downs of the film industry, the dust behind the stars. Though he was neither nominated nor won any award, he danced and celebrated the most whenever SDM picked an award. His enthusiasm was rubbing off on everybody and created really good vibes.

Irfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla – fantastic actors in their own rights. Irfan said in some interview that his role in SDM was chopped for the benefit of the movie, that’s how non-interfering and unselfish he is, just lets his work do the talking. A brilliant actor who has made his mark in the west as well, with movies like The Warrior and Namesake. Saurabh is a terrific writer himself, and his effortless acting is wonderful. Whether he is playing kallu mama of Satya or the chomping-glory boss in Dasvidaniya, he does it with such ease and finesse. Their contribution in the movie might have been small, but was noticeable.

Dev Patel, Freida Pinto – they have just started out and this comes as a shot in the arm for them. From hereon, they can choose their career and movies, as well as their bf’s and gf’s.

And finally, Danny Boyle, the man who made all this possible. Though I have my own issues with the movie, nevertheless, he deserves every bit of the success that has come his way. He made it possible to bring together these talents under one cinematic vision. Although I do believe that, had the movie been from an Indian production house, it would not have been noticed so much, but yet, its the content that matters too. He took his chance, shot the movie in India with total conviction, over-played a few things, but still the end-product was endearing. Its a proof that hardwork always pays off, albeit a little late. The moment his name was associated with the movie, it started going places. His credibility drove the movie, brought-in the audiences, entralled the masses and the critics and made history.

Smile Pinki was another entrant which won the Best Documentary/Short Subject award. They made it to the red carpet all the way from UP, fairytale stuff. Awesome stuff !

Its a red-letter-day for us, we should mark this day in the annals of film history and otherwise…3 oscar winners bring glory to India, make us proud. Jai Ho !!!

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Posted by on February 1, 2010 in AWARDS, bollywood, movies


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