Oscars 2009

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Red Carpet Report Card: Penelope Cruz

Welcome to Red Carpet Report Card, where the stars are put to the test on their red carpet fashion choices. In today’s episode, Scandalist‘s Fashion 101 teacher Libby Keatinge grades Penelope Cruz on her red carpet style. Will Penelope pass with flying colors or will Ms. Keatinge hand out a failing grade?

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10 One-Hit Oscar Wonders

Which is better: to be nominated for Oscars year after year and never win like Kate Winslet, or to win once like Halle Berry and spend the rest of your life making crap like Gothika? For a variety of reasons, from the lack of good roles for talented actors without star power, to the poor choices of a star gone wild, some Oscar winners and nominees have only tasted Academy love once in their life. Here are ten of our favorite one-hit Oscar wonders.

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Scandalist‘s Predictions For The 2009 Oscars

You’d think that the kajillion award ceremonies preceding the Oscars would make it easy to predict who will win, but there have been countless times when the Academy went against the tide. Remember when Crash beat Brokeback Mountain? Or Shakespeare In Love beating Saving Private Ryan? The Oscars are pretty unpredictable compared to the Grammys, but here’s who we think will take home a golden boy on February 22nd.

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2009 Oscars: Vote For Best Picture

With wins at Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the SAG Awards, the sleeper hit Slumdog Millionaire is the odds-on favorite to take Best Picture. Do you think the praise heaped on the Bollywood-esque flick is an accurate indicator of its Oscars potential? Or will another film pull off the upset of the night? Vote now and read our Oscars prediction for Best Picture.

More Academy Award Polls:
Vote For Best Director
Vote For Best Actor
Vote For Best Actress
Vote For Best Supporting Actor
Vote For Best Supporting Actress

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2009 Oscars: Vote For Best Actor

This year’s competition for Best Actor is tight. Sean Penn nailed his performance as Harvey Milk. But Mickey Rourke can’t be counted out. Come to think of it, neither can Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) or Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon). Who will snag the statue for Best Actor? Vote now and read our Oscars predictions.

More Academy Award Polls:
Vote For Best Picture
Vote For Best Director
Vote For Best Actress
Vote For Best Supporting Actor
Vote For Best Supporting Actress

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2009 Oscars: Vote For Best Actress

Melissa Leo‘s performance in Frozen River generated phenomenally strong reviews. But does she have the star power to beat out the competition? Will Kate Winslet finally win an Academy Award after being nominated six times? Does Anne Hathaway have a shot for her excellent performance in the over-hyped Rachel Getting Married despite being a first-time nominee? Will Angelina Jolie upset the critics? (She has yet to win a major award for her work in Changeling.) Or will veteran actor Meryl Streep win her first Oscar since 1983′s Sophie’s Choice? Vote now and read our Oscars predictions.

More Academy Award Polls:
Vote For Best Picture
Vote For Best Director
Vote For Best Actor
Vote For Best Supporting Actor
Vote For Best Supporting Actress

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2009 Oscars: Vote For Best Supporting Actor

Heath Ledger is the favorite to win in this year’s Best Supporting Actor competition — and it’s not just because the Academy feels sad about his untimely death. Still, Heath is up against some amazing actors — all of whom have a legitimate shot. Could Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Philip Seymour Hoffman or Michael Shannon take home the prize? Vote now and read our Oscars predictions.

More Academy Award Polls:
Vote For Best Picture
Vote For Best Director
Vote For Best Actor
Vote For Best Actress
Vote For Best Supporting Actress

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Heath Ledger Gets Oscar Nom One Year After Death

The nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced early this morning by Forest Whitaker, and the nominees included Heath Ledger, who died of an accidental drug overdose exactly a year ago today. It’s bittersweet, but still exciting that he could win for his work in The Dark Knight. Other exciting picks: Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder, and the surely excited Anne Hathaway, for her work in Rachel Getting Married. Milk fans also must be thrilled that the flick was not snubbed as a Best Picture contender, which was the case at the Golden Globes. Hopefully that means Best Actor nom Sean Penn will show up! The full list of nominees is below.

Best Picture

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • The Reader
  • Slumdog Millionaire

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