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International Oscar Winners 'O8

International Oscar Winners 'O8

Date: Mar 26 2008

Themes: News, Pop Culture


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Even if you’ve never seen the Oscars, you’ve probably seen, either on television or in real life, someone accepting an award or pretending to and saying, “I’d like to thank the Academy...”

The Oscars, or the Academy Awards, is the most popular and iconic award show there is. It honors the best films and film industry personnel and is watched by millions of people on TV. It popularized the idea of stars walking down a red carpet in fancy clothes and thanking a long list of people.

Usually most of the Oscars go to Hollywood film stars. But this year something a little bit different happened. Listen to Beren and Marni talk about it.


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Marni:  So, did you watch the Oscars?

Beren:  I did, I watched up to Best Actress which was won by Marion Cotillard from France.

Marni:  Yes, she was amazing in her role as Edith Piaf. So did you see all the acting prizes then?

Beren:  No…Best Supporting Actor...Best Actress is the one where I left off.

Marni:  So the interesting thing is, I realized that all the actors and actresses who won this year are all from foreign countries.

Beren:  That’s pretty cool. Do you have any theories as to why that is?

Marni:  Well, you know, top notch performances. But it is interesting to think that every single, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, they all are literally taking their Oscars over seas.

Beren:  Yeah, it’s pretty cool. And people don’t think about it, but even somebody like Cate Blanchett, she’s not American.

Marni:  But what’s interesting is the Oscars are so Hollywood, it’s just sort of synonymous with Hollywood, your gold statues…And it’s like, it shows how international the film community is and how…

Beren:  Maybe where the best talent has been coming from.

Marni:  Exactly. From France, from Spain, you’ve got Ireland…

Beren:  ...Australia, England.



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Beren watched some of the Oscars, but even she noticed that a lot of people from other countries won awards. Marni thinks it’s cool that a lot of the gold trophies went to people from other countries. She says it shows how global the film community is.

In addition to Cotillard, a French actress who won Best Actress for her roll as singer Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose, Javier Bardem from Spain won Best Supporting Actor, Tilda Swinton from England won best supporting actress, and Daniel Day-Lewis, who is an English/Irish citizen, won Best Actor.

What actor or filmmaker from your country do you think deserves an Academy Award?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of


06:01 AM May 22 2010 |

makkah boy

Saudi Arabia


08:49 AM Sep 28 2008 |



 I am so regret of not see it!!!! 

01:00 PM Apr 04 2008 |



Saudi Arabia

It is good topic

05:41 PM Apr 02 2008 |



you are sweet girl
how are you_?

08:43 PM Apr 01 2008 |




yes,i  agree with you

12:51 AM Apr 01 2008 |



Saudi Arabia

It is very beautifull

04:44 PM Mar 31 2008 |



Russian Federation

did "12" get the Oscar? it's amazing movie. best of all i like the surgeon in thos movie. And how he dance Lezgika with knife )))

08:45 PM Mar 30 2008 |




I think maybe Ang Lee(李安)deserves an Academy Award, Best Director.

01:08 PM Mar 30 2008 |



so i think,that "Mongol" is the movie which must to deserve the oscar in nomination of "foreign movies" or something like that,it's was the first movie from Kazakstan in all Oscar's history

11:47 AM Mar 30 2008 |




waaaw it is very great thank you all for these information …............best regards to you allInnocent

11:07 AM Mar 30 2008 |




I have never seen the Oscar.But i think it must a beautiful thing.It worthes our seeing.It conforms the hard work and capability of actors and actresses.But it doesn't mean that you will surely get the title once you word hard.But it is so important if you are awarded the prize.

11:04 AM Mar 30 2008 |




It is a wonderful award,but this dialogue is not detail.I like to watching movies,and i learn computer in college that i hope i could make a good game or comic.

01:26 AM Mar 30 2008 |

johanna payan



10:19 PM Mar 29 2008 |

kourosh esfandiar

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

This years’ Oscar demonstrated the weakness of hollywood movies in contrast with past. Hollywood movie is not as much good as before

05:10 PM Mar 29 2008 |

Tony z

Tony z


This year, i did not see the Oscar.

I like to watch Hollywood films, but i do not know how to choose, for everyone is best one.

But in China, i choose Jackie Chan and Jet Lee, for they like to do the public welfare establishments very much.

03:53 AM Mar 29 2008 |




taray zameen Par deserve for oscor award.

 great movie.

mind blowing….........

i like amir khan.one of the best actor in bollywood.

12:45 AM Mar 29 2008 |




I don't regard Oscar very much. But know that it always attract many many popular stars and their fans to watch.

Nicolas cage , Brad Pitt and his both wives I like. All they are best actors and actresses in American. 

06:07 AM Mar 28 2008 |



Syrian Arab Republic

i really want to say that my country have many creative people that can win the award if they have their chance..they are good actors but not famous enough…

10:00 PM Mar 27 2008 |



Sri Lanka

my dream to get oscar

02:01 PM Mar 27 2008 |

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