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Kate Winslet & Dustin Lance Black Oscar Speech + Freida Pinto & Dev Patel

Kate Winslet

Instead of making an Oscar speech holding a shampoo bottle, best actress winner Kate Winslet (for The Reader) holds the real thing.

“I'm very lucky to have been given Hanna Schmitz by Bernhard Schlink and David Hare and Stephen [Daldry] and working with you is an experience I will never forget,” Winslet said. “There was no division between the cast and the crew on this film, and that's what made it so special. … And I want to acknowledge my fellow nominees, these goddesses. I think we all can't believe we're in a category with Meryl Streep at all. I'm sorry, Meryl, but you have to just suck that up!"

Marion Cotillard, last year's winner for La Vie en Rose, presented the statuette to Winslet.

Before that, Cotillard and fellow best actress winners of years past Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, and Shirley MacLaine, paid homage to this year's nominees. Loren's lengthy homage to Meryl Streep was the most interesting, if only because of Loren's curious hand-on-hip pose.

Strangely, the former winners were introduced as the orchestra played the theme music from, of all movie titles, Gone with the Wind.

Sean Penn was the Best Actor winner for Gus Van Sant's Milk, while Danny Boyle's Mumbai-set Slumdog Millionaire was the Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto star.

Photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Dustin Lance Black, Tina Fey

Tina Fey and Steve Martin present the best original screenplay award to Dustin Lance Black, whose Milk chronicles the life and murder of openly gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk.

“When I was 13 years old … I heard the story of Harvey Milk,” Black declared, “and that gave me hope, gave me the hope to live my life as who I am and that even I one day could fall in love and get married … If Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he'd want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government, or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value. And that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you, and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally across this great nation of ours.”

Photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Sean Penn - Oscar 2009

Best Actor winner Sean Penn (for Milk) caused an uproar in some quarters because of the actor's pro-gay equality, pro-Obama acceptance speech.

“Thank you. Thank you. You commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns,” Penn said, later adding “And finally, … for those who saw the signs of [anti-gay] hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way of support. We've got to have equal rights for everyone.”

Later on, once again remarking on the anti-gay bigots outside the Kodak Theater, Penn said, “I'd tell 'em to turn in their hate card and find their better self … It's very sad in a way, because it's a demonstration of such cowardice, emotional cowardice, to be so afraid of extending the same rights to your fellow man as you would want for yourself.”

Photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

Photos: © A.M.P.A.S.

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet, Sophia Loren, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Shirley MacLaine

Kate Winslet, Sophia Loren, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Shirley MacLaine

Kate Winslet, Sam Mendes

Kate Winslet, Sam Mendes (in the background, Freida Pinto, Dev Patel, Marisa Tomei, Mickey Rourke)

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

Photos: Jon Didier / © A.M.P.A.S.

Dev Patel, Freida Pinto

Dev Patel, Freida Pinto

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Josh Brolin, Diane Lane

Josh Brolin, Diane Lane

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

 

Photos: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S. (Patel/Pinto) Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S. (all other photos)

Photos: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.

Hugh Jackman - Oscar 2009

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman - Oscar 2009

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway

Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway

Best Supporting Actress - Oscar 2009

Best Supporting Actress presenters Eva Marie Saint, Anjelica Huston, Tilda Swinton, Whoopi Goldberg, and Goldie Hawn

James Franco, Janusz Kaminski, Seth Rogen

James Franco, Janusz Kaminski, Seth Rogen

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Diane Lane, Josh Brolin

Diane Lane, Josh Brolin

Photos: Bryan Crowe / © A.M.P.A.S.

Marion Cotillard, Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle, Marion Cotillard

Dev Patel, Freida Pinto

Dev Patel, Freida Pinto

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

Amy Adams, Queen Latifah

Amy Adams and Queen Latifah

Photos: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S. (Adams/Latifah), Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S. (all other photos)

Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez

Mickey Rooney, Jan Rooney, Robert Osborne

Mickey Rooney, Jan Rooney, Robert Osborne

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Danny Boyle

Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Danny Boyle

Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Osborne

Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Osborne

Photos: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S. (Mickey Rooney); Erik Ovanespour / © A.M.P.A.S. (all other photos)

Ben Kingsley, Robert Osborne

Daniela Lavender, Ben Kingsley, Robert Osborne

Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Robert Osborne

Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Robert Osborne

Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé Knowles

Photos: Erik Ovanespour / © A.M.P.A.S.

Photos: Bryan Crowe / © A.M.P.A.S.

Kevin Kline, Phoebe Cates

Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline

Virginia Madsen

Virginia Madsen

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

Photos: Erik Ovanespour / © A.M.P.A.S.

Meryl Streep, Robert Osborne

Meryl Streep, Robert Osborne

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Penélope Cruz, Robert Osborne

Penélope Cruz, Robert Osborne

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