Monday, 23 February 2009

Joker Slumdog Milks Oscar While Vicky Cristina Reads and Walle Makes His Departures

Well it HAS been a fun day. It’s always fun to watch the Oscars, especially if you are lucky enough to sit with one of the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Not that they can tell you who they voted for, that's a big no no. But wining an Oscar does change a person's life, if for no other reason than the fact the trophy is actually quite heavy. Who needs weights when you have an Oscar? (Trust me I have lifted one) God only knows how Philippe Petit balanced his Oscar on his forehead. I suspect this will become an Oscar legend.

If the blogs are anything to go by, it looks like most people: loved Hugh Jackman, especially his opening number, were very pleased Heath Ledger won the posthumous Oscar, and agreed the Slumdog kids were very cute. There was a BBC interview with these young kids over the weekend, and surprisingly they are still living in a slum in Mumbai! Though apparently they are now going to move into bigger homes.

Yet for me, the stand out in many ways was Jerry Lewis winning the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his fund raising on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In the USA, the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon has raised more than USD $2 billion since 1966! Now that is no mean feat.

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