Kate Winslet was overcome by emotion, Sean Penn gave an impassioned speech for civil rights, Penelope Cruz spoke beautifully in English and Spanish, and Heath Ledger's family left the audience teary-eyed -- you heard their acceptance speeches, now "Extra" gives you a look at the talented men and women who took home the Oscars!
From the slums of Mumbai to the hills of Hollywood -- "Slumdog Millionaire" went from almost being released straight to DVD -- to winning eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director Danny Boyle.
"We've been on an extraordinary journey," producer Christian Colson said when accepting the film's award. Colson, onstage with many involved in creating "Slumdog," thanked the people who believed in the sleeper flick that became an international sensation.
Six-time Oscar nominee Kate Winslet took home the Best Actress statuette for her work in the WWII epic, "The Reader." The actress, shaking with emotion, was humble and humorous in her acceptance speech. "I'd be lying if I said I hadn't made a version of this speech when I was eight years old speaking into the bathroom mirror, holding a shampoo bottle," Winslet joked, before thanking her family, co-workers and fellow nominees.
"Milk" star Sean Penn took home the Best Actor award for his portrayal of gay politician and activist Harvey Milk. "I know how hard I make it to appreciate me" Penn said while accepting his Oscar, laughing. Sean's speech turned serious when he expressed gratitude for his win -- and drove home the message of equality that "Milk" represented, saying, "We've got to have equal rights for everyone."
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The Academy Awards are this Sunday, February 22, and as "Extra" gears up to hit the red carpet with the stars, we want to know who you think should take home statuettes on Hollywood's biggest night!
The leading stars of the big screen wowed us with stellar performances -- from an inspiring politician to a down-and-out wrestler, to a recently rehabbed sister-of-the-bride to a desperate '50s housewife and more.
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Awards season is a global event! Power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are among the nominees expected to attend the British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday.
"Doubt" star Meryl Streep and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona's" Penelope Cruz are also nominated for their performances and are expected on the Royal Opera House red carpet.
The nominees almost mirror those of this year's Academy Awards. Jolie and Kate Winslet go head to head in the Leading Actress category. Pitt and Mickey Rourke are both nominated for Leading Actor.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosts the annual awards show that some consider to be the British equivalent to the Oscars.
The Bafta awards ceremony will be broadcast on BBC.
Robert Downey Jr. shares a candid laugh with "Extra," and Marisa Tomei gets personal about her Oscar return. "Extra" has eight Oscar-nominated megastars at the Oscar Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton, uncensored, laughing and joking as our cameras rolled!
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