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81st Oscars 8:47 p.m.

Posted by Wesley Morris  February 22, 2009 08:47 PM

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But somebody has to win and it's Penélope Cruz, deservingly for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." She thanks Pedro Almodovar, and shares the award with her fellow Spanish actors and Hispanics all over the world. Kate Winslet is in tears. So am I. Could they keep this up for four more hours? These salutes really emphasize that at the end of the day the Oscar is not just a peer-to-peer award or a commercial for Hollywood, it's about a kind of very exclusive, highly visible fandom.

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2 comments so far...
  1. except Penelope Cruz is not Hispanic.

    Posted by bjray451 February 22, 09 08:57 PM
  1. I guess Nate Silver was wrong.

    Posted by Gloria February 22, 09 08:58 PM
 

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