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The Academy Awards, with a focus on the acting categories and performance contenders. Oscar Nominees and Winners: for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress___By Dana Kaminski___
Oscar Winners Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Melissa Leo 83rd Academy AwardsOscar Winners Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Melissa Leo 83rd Academy Awards

The Academy’s Actor Oscar® Winners Group Portrait Photo ©A.M.P.A.S.®

83RD ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEES TO BE HONORED AT ACADEMY LUNCHEON Beverly Hills, CA – Nineteen of the 20 nominees in the acting categories will be among more than 140 Oscar® nominees who will gather at noon on Monday, February 7, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this [...]

Sandra Bullock And Sean Penn with oscar and envelopeSandra Bullock  And  Sean Penn with oscar and envelope

…For making me practice every day when I got home. Piano, ballet, whatever it is I wanted to be. She said to be an artist, you had to practice every day, and for reminding her daughters…


I will put a photograph for now, to represent what I considered to be exceptional about this Oscar year.

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I Tweeted A Day-Before-Oscars Question:
‘What Oscar Nominated Acting Performance Knocked Your Socks Off?’
Here are some of the tweets that I got back:

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I Have Been Watching As Many Nominated Performances As I Can
And I will post my reviews, and my choices for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress…In the week before the Academy Awards…

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Best Supporting Actress Film
Mo’Nique (“Precious”),
Penelope Cruz (“Nine”),
Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air”),
Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air”),
Julianne Moore (“A Single Man”)

All other Golden Globe categories and nominees are here in a printable list.


The 2009 Oscar Winners. Well, we may all know exactly who won, on this day-after the Oscars; but in a year or so, a reference sheet may be desired…So, here they are, all in list that’s printable…

Movie Title Card:: 'The Star'A Star Is Born

Subtitle of this post could be: “I’m MRS. Norman Maine”… See the film clip, at end of this Oscar Prep post.

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Isn’t this the most memorable Academy Awards movie? I still love it, I do. (This is the “A Star Is Born with Judy Garland.)
I love the first one, even more. (With Janet Gaynor.) It was made shortly before this one, 2-3 years, if my trivia-memory serves me…

Tiny little moments, that strung together, make up the years in movies…pieces of nearly all of the very best films of this past year! On YouTube…Didn’t this guy put together a wonderful Oscar nomination show-piece?

Best Actress Audrey Hepburn, "Roman Holiday"Best Actress Audrey Hepburn, "Roman Holiday"

Best Actress Winner, Audrey Hepburn, gives a thank-you speech. Lithe, with unchallenged grace. Eternally epitomizing the term…gamine.

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    PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE   Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” Meryl Streep in “Doubt” PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Amy Adams in “Doubt” Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” Viola Davis in “Doubt” Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case [...]

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The following actors never won an Academy Award: Joseph Cotton, Dana Andrews, Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Margaret Sullavan, Deborah Kerr, Ida Lupino, Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre…Anthony Perkins, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Orson Welles…

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