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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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 I haven't seen the awarding,if it is judged by me i would give the best actor to longchen and lianjieli,oh my god i think there are a lot of people have the value,i have not know how to choose…..

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12:08 PM Mar 26 2008 |



It seems that Oscar is the most authoritative reward of movie in the world,and the Academy definitely has been infuencing our judgement of films,but whether it's a bad film which did not win Oscars,of course not,sometimes the Academy just choose the movie they like even if it's not really good.

11:55 AM Mar 26 2008 |



hi every oneKiss

yahhhh i think thats was a great awarding night

my sister watch about that and she told me

11:39 AM Mar 26 2008 |





11:23 AM Mar 26 2008 |



to be honest never been so interested in this

10:26 AM Mar 26 2008 |



More actors or actresses from the outside of hollyhood or America get Oscars helps Oscars to become more international. This situation does good to the influence of Oscar growth. As more actors or actresses from overseas get this prize, more people outside of America will pay attention to it. 

09:20 AM Mar 26 2008 |


Sri Lanka

This time i watched all the Oscar nominated movies and i believe that Denzil washington and movie “Great debators” should have given more recognition. Overall this time not much excitement created at Oscars

08:43 AM Mar 26 2008 |


Sri Lanka

This time i watched all the Oscar nominated movies and i believe that Denzil washington and movie “Great debators” should have given more recognition. Overall this time not much excitement created at Oscars

08:42 AM Mar 26 2008 |




Hope the chinese actors or actresses can win some awards of Oscar someday.

07:07 AM Mar 26 2008 |



it is not important that which country can win that.cause we all  know which is good .and which is bad .the most factor  of winning it is not just your ability or your excellent action.the other thing is that the different idea for different culture .for example chinese people like the realistic thing .and always people from academy like the science fiction.

05:59 AM Mar 26 2008 |




the film "12" by Nikita Mikhalkov from Russia deserve Oscar prize

04:17 AM Mar 26 2008 |

snow flower


I think the actor who names Youbin Li deserves the Academy Award,because he create many different character roles in serise of TV,for example, <liangjian><chuangguandong><chaoqichaoluo>and etc.I think he is a actor who has a position of strength forperformance.besides, I like the roles who possess individuality in the movie .

03:03 AM Mar 26 2008 |




02:35 AM Mar 26 2008 |



i like Oscar movies .most of them are so amazing and terrific .

01:52 AM Mar 26 2008 |


Viet Nam

i watched the oscar 2008. It’s very interested in.The actor Marion Cotillard from france is very beautyful but I haven’t known her until I watched Oscar. I like Angelia Joice, Jessicar Allba,... They are the actor good but they didn’t give the award. And I thinks Oscar have to some change.
My english isn’t good . I thinks it will have some mistake. Thanks

01:41 AM Mar 26 2008 |




Ang Lee, John Woo, Bruce Lee…. all of them are chinese movie director or actor. I am so proud of them not only becase they are active in Hallywood, but also the expression of their films. They are both brilliant, talent and wise.

01:06 AM Mar 26 2008 |




It’s my dream~~

01:04 AM Mar 26 2008 |




it's a wonderful awad!Tongue out

12:57 AM Mar 26 2008 |

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