Two big things happened today. The first one is that the Dark Knight made over 1 billion dollars. Yes, that's right. It finally managed to do it! We all know bats are blind. The question is do they know the smell of cash? The Dark Knight does. Today, The Dark Knight went over the billion dollar mark worldwide, having officially clawed in $1,001,082,160 to date. Do you think our friends at Warner Bros. are doing happy dances and smoking cigars made of thousand-dollar bills? Think that they are going to do everything in their power to ensure Christopher Nolan stays on with the franchise? We do too. The number is relatively small compared to the all-time worldwide box-office leader, The Ship That Sank Bank Accounts … I mean Titanic. It pulled in $1,842,879,955.
The other one was the Oscars and here are the winners!
Best Picture - Slumdog Millionare
-No surprises, I thought the Dark Knight should have won
Best Director - Danny Boyle
-No surprises, I thought Christopher Nolan should have one
Best Actor - Sean Penn
-Surprised! I thought Mickey Rourke would have and should have won!
Best Actress - Kate Winselt
-No surprises, i wanted her to win, she was long overdue!
Best Supporting Actor - Heath Ledger
-Surprised! Not really. This a good tribute to his career.
Best Supporting Actress - Penelope Cruz
-Not surprised, she deserved to be the first Spanish Actress to win
Adapted Screenplay - Slumdog Millionare
-Jonathan Nolan should have been nominated and won!
Original Screenplay - Milk
-Well deserved and not surprised
Animated Feature - Wall-E
-Der! Though i did think it was cruel to get Jack Black to present it
Foreign Film - Betrayals
-I though Waltz with Bashir should have and would have won
Music, Score and song - Slumdog Millionare
-What was the point of making the score for Dark Knight eligible and then not even nominating it?
My thoughts: I thought it was very predictable but i did like Jackman as a host and the singing and dancing was fun. However, what i thought to be the best idea of the evening was to have five previous winners in the acting categories, give the award. Some of the highlights I thought from this were when Michael Douglas was describing Frank Langella's performance and Anthony Hopkins was standing right next to him. Douglas then said 'no other performance of Nixon compares to yours.' Another was Nicole Kidman being one of the presenters for Best Actress because she won her oscar for the Hours. A film by Stephen Daldry. Kate Winslet ended up winning, another film by Stephen Daldry. The other highlight was seeing Ledger's family accept the award on his behalf. Very moving.