Zac Efron & Robert Pattinson + Sophia Loren & Vanessa Hudgens: The Oscars + Kate Winslet Breaks Bette Davis Record?

Zac Efron

Zac Efron

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog

A.R. Rahman Sairaa Rahman

Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman, Sairaa Rahman

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson, Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie franchise.

Michael Shannon Kate Arrington

Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington

Photos: Bryan Crowe / © A.M.P.A.S.

James Franco Ahna O'Reilly

James Franco, Ahna O'Reilly

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Jochen Alexander Freydank

Jochen Alexander Freydank

Gus Van Sant

Milk filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Anne Kronenberg

Photos: Jon Didier / © A.M.P.A.S.

Photos: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Danny Boyle Reese Witherspoon

Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker Danny Boyle & 2005 Best Actress Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line).

Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard

Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard

Robert Pattinson Amanda Seyfried

Robert Pattinson, Amanda Seyfried

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Sean Penn

Best Actor Oscar winner Sean Penn (Kate Winslet was the year's Best Actress)

Steven Spielberg Slumdog Millionaire talent

Steven Spielberg and the Slumdog Millionaire talent

Photos: Jon Didier / © A.M.P.A.S.

Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto

Frank Langella

Frank Langella

Diane Lane

Diane Lane

Photos: © A.M.P.A.S.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Robert Pattinson Amanda Seyfried

Robert Pattinson, Amanda Seyfried

Jennifer Aniston, Jack Black

Jennifer Anniston and Jack Black

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis

Heath Ledger's family - Oscar 2009

Heath Ledger's family: Sally Bell, Kim Ledger, and Kate Ledger. In the background, Christopher Walken, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Photos: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Hugh Jackman, Beyoncé Knowles

Hugh Jackman, Beyoncé Knowles

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon, Taraji P. Henson

Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Melissa Leo

Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Melissa Leo

Sam Mendes, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Marisa Tomei, Robert Pattinson

Sam Mendes, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Marisa Tomei, Robert Pattinson

Zac Efron, Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys and Zac Efron

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Photos: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S (Viola Davis); Jon Didier / © A.M.P.A.S. (all other photos)

Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis

Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis

Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel

Photos: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S. (Craig/Parker); Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S. (all other photos)

Penélope Cruz, Goldie Hawn

Penélope Cruz, Goldie Hawn

Jennifer Aniston, Jack Black

Jennifer Aniston, Jack Black

Daniel Craig, Sarah Jessica Parker

Daniel Craig, Sarah Jessica Parker

Bill Maher

Bill Maher

Photos: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S. (Cotillard/Winslet); Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S. (all other photos)

Hugh Jackman, Beyoncé

Hugh Jackman, Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé

Beyoncé Knowles

Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron, Beyoncé Knowles, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, and Dominic Cooper

Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron, Beyoncé Knowles, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, and Dominic Cooper

Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet

Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman (in background)

Photos: Bryan Crowe / © A.M.P.A.S.

Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens

Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens

Emile Hirsch

Emile Hirsch

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Jennifer Grey, Joel Grey

Jennifer Grey, Joel Grey

Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh

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Hugh Jackman, Beyoncé Knowles, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper perform songs from West Side Story, Grease, and Mamma Mia!, among others, in a post-camp number that makes the musical finale from Hello, Dolly! look subdued in comparison.

“The musical is back!” Jackman shouts at the end. Sure, but instead of On the Town, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Cabaret, or Hair, you have High School Musical 3.

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.

Penn's three other previous Best Actor nominations were for Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking (1995), Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown (1999), and Jessie Nelson's I Am Sam (2001). Also in the Milk cast: likely Best Supporting Actor nominee Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Diego Luna, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Joseph Cross, Denis O'Hare, Stephen Spinella, Lucas Grabeel, Brandon Boyce, Howard Rosenman, and Boyd Holbrook.

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

Emily Oberman and Bonnie Siegler in the New York Times (by way of David Hudson's The Daily)

“There's an Oscar for pretty much every aspect of filmmaking, except one: the title sequences. Titles, though, have always played a significant part in motion pictures. They may have started out as simple black-and-white cards. But in the days before sound, they already did more than identify key players: they communicated dialogue and advanced plot. And as filmmaking evolved, so did title design. Titles have become wonderful bridges from reality into the cinematic world and back out again. At their very best, they are themselves innovative, emotional experiences, microcosms of their movies.”

*** Oberman and Siegler then list a series of film title sequences, including the one in The Palm Beach Story (designer unkown, 1942), Stephen Frankfurt's To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), and Pablo Ferro's Dr. Strangelove (1964). Now, what about Saul Bass' Advise & Consent (1962)? (Bass is listed instead for Psycho [1960], above.)

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Via the Omaha Herald World, “Facts to impress your fellow Oscar watchers.” Among the impressive facts are those two quoted below:

  • At 33, Kate Winslet is the youngest actress ever to get six nominations. She beat Bette Davis' old record, set in 1942, by a year. Winslet has yet to win an Oscar. Davis had won two by the time she was 30.
  • Oscar's weird ranking system only nominates songs that scored higher than 8.25 out of 10 with its members. So, only three songs were nominated this year. Bruce Springsteen (“The Wrestler”) and Clint Eastwood (“Gran Torino”) were passed over.

*** For the record, Bette Davis (above, with John Loder in the 1942 melodrama Now, Voyager, for which she got her sixth Oscar nod) went on to receive 10 Academy Award nominations in a period of 27 years (1935-1962).

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“We think we might have created the perfect Oscar-winning film,” says The [London] Independent, “a three-hanky historical epic with [Kate] Winslet, [Daniel] Day-Lewis and [Steven] Spielberg all on board. But ‘The Tango Instructor' is missing one vital element: your creative input, dear reader…"

“The formula for success: Only three films have won all of the 'big five' categories (Best Picture, Actress, Actor, Director, and Original Screenplay): It Happened One Night (a 1934 Frank Capra screwball comedy); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman's 1975 adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel); and The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme's 1991 adaptation of Thomas Harriss' novel). If there is a common thread joining these three films, it's that each features a combative male-female lead pair. None, though, is among the biggest Oscar winners … And to do that, it helps if the film is: long (the average running time of the Best Picture is 2hrs 20mins); sombre (the Academy is sniffy about comedies); epic (the broader the canvas, the happier the director of photography); set 'historically' or in a coherent fantasy world (give the production and costume designer something to work with); and able to fit in a battle (keep those visual-effects geeks happy), with some tasteful gore (ditto the make-up artists).”

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