No Country Wins Big at Oscars
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RACHEL MARTIN, host:
Hey, I'm Rachel Martin.
It's Monday, February 25th, 2008. And I watched the Oscars last night.
STEWART: Did you sit through the whole thing?
MARTIN: No, I didn't.
MARTIN: But I watched a little bit of it. It was fun.
STEWART: I actually had a very bizarre Oscar experience. I watched the very beginning, and I said, I have to go to bed. And then I couldn't sleep, and I got up at the end. And we'd been TiVo-ing it because "Batman" was on. The old "Batman" is kind of thing - for the old "Batman." So we just go fast-forward to the parts we didn't like and then watch little parts. And then fast-forward then go back to "Batman." It was sort of a surreal to watch "Batman" and the Oscars at the same time. But did any of your favorites win?
MARTIN: Yeah, my - I mean, kind of the obvious stuff one that I - you I was a big fan of "No Country for Old Men." I was happy about that one. But I was really happy about the best song from "Once," this little film that was kind of under the radar. Glen Hansard, the lead singer of The Frames, wrote this little song. And he stared in the movie, along with this really amazing Czech musician. It was a little great. So that was my little unsung hero of the night.
STEWART: Well, we'll here more about the Oscars in a little bit. Also in today's hour of the show, this hour I should say, what lengths advertisers will go to get your eyeballs, your ear holes, your taste buds to: lickable advertisements - not in the future. They are here now.
MARTIN: Also, Bob Powers. He writes a short story on his blog every day, every single day. Monday through Friday, we should say. He does takes the weekends off. These are really fun, sometimes dark little stories. How and why does he do this - he's going to come in to the studio to explain.
STEWART: And we'll round up this weekend in politics, and what a weekend it was. Senator Clinton laying it down on Barack Obama.
Senator HILLARY CLINTON (Democrat, New York; Democratic Presidential Candidate): Shame on you Barack Obama.
STEWART: We'll tell you what she says he should be shameful for. Politico.com's Jim VandeHei is here to round it up for us. We'll also get today's headlines in just a minute. But first, here's the BPP's Big Story.
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MARTIN: Put down the nachos and step away from the bean dip. The Oscars are over. Let's rundown the results. The big winner was the beautifully bleak and violent Western chase film "No Country for Old Me." It won best picture, and the Coen brothers won best directors and best adapted screenplay honors as well. Here's Joel Coen last night as he accepted an Oscar, along with his brother Ethan. He says the brothers have been making movies together since they were kids.
Mr. JOEL COEN (Writer, Director): We're very thankful to all of you out there for letting us continue to play in our corner of the sandbox. So thank you very much.
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STEWART: "No Country for Old Men" won in four of the eight categories it was nominated in, including best supporting actor win for Javier Bardem. He played the film's brutal bad guy - a creepy killer with a creepy way of killing. The Spanish actor's victory early in the night turned into a trend for foreign-born actors.
MARTIN: Brit Tilda Swinton won best supporting actress for her role as a corrupt corporate attorney in "Michael Clayton." Irishman Daniel Day-Lewis for playing a ruthless oil man in "There Will Be Blood," and Marion Cotillard of France was named for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose."
STEWART: It's the first time since 1965 that all for acting Oscars have gone to performers from outside the states. So that's what happened inside the Kodak theater. Outside, it was theater of a different sort on the red carpet -discussions of designers and air kissing were the norm. What was not? One of the stars of the best picture nominee "Juno," actress Jennifer Garner, met with the erratic actor Gary Busey on the red carpet. And when I say met, I mean was somewhat accosted.
When Ryan Seacrest, one of them there TV hosts, introduced them, Busey gave Garner a big hug and kiss, and then things were a bit awkward.
Mr. RYAN SEACREST (Host, E!): Sorry. Yes, tell me. Supermom, I was going to ask you about balancing everything, being supermom. Tell me how that goes for you?
Ms. JENNIFER GARNER (Actress): Ask me about getting kissed on the neck on the red carpet by this man. That was nice. Yeah, everything's really balanced.
Mr. SEACREST: You look very nervous.
Ms. GARNER: Yeah, I am. Aren't you?
Mr. SEACREST: Where's Ben right now?
Ms. GARNER: Funny, where is Ben?
STEWART: Ben being Ben Affleck, her large husband when Gary Busey is kissing you on the neck on the red - I had to turn away.
MARTIN: And, you know, there was a lot of talk about how Jon Stewart was going to fair as the host with no writers for the month ahead of time to prepare. I don't know. I got to say, I was a little disappointed.
STEWART: And I said, I fast-forwarded through much of the show.
MARTIN: It was all right. I mean, the man didn't have a whole lot of time to prepare. But I thought, you know, no writers, maybe he'll be a little off the cuff - not so much. Oh, well. It was all right.
STEWART: Some of it. Two things happened over the weekend, some anti-Oscars ceremonies.
MARTIN: The 28th annual Golden Raspberry Awards also took place over the weekend. The Razzies, as they're known, go to the worst films and performances of the year. Eddie Murphy won a record three Razzies, all for different roles he played in "Norbit." He got worst actor, worst supporting actor and worst supporting actress.
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Mr. EDDIE MURPHY (Actor): (As Rasputia) Dammit, Norbit, how many times I got to tell you when you drive my car, don't adjust my seats?
(As Norbit) I haven't touched your seat.
(As Rasputia) Then why's it up so damn far?
(As Norbit) It looks like it's back as far as it goes, Rasputia.
MARTIN: Lindsay Lohan won worst actress for her role in "I Know Who Killed Me," which also won worst picture. Winners get a trophy that's spray painted gold and valued at less than $5, although none of them showed up to collect.
STEWART: Also over the weekend, the Independent Spirit Awards were handed out. The snarky teen pregnancy film "Juno," which lost best picture at the Oscars, won best feature film at the Spirit awards, as well as best actress honors for Oscar nominee Ellen Page and best first screenplay for Diablo Cody. It was a double win for Cody this weekend, who also got one of those Oscars last night for best original screenplay.
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Ms. ELLEN PAGE (Actress): (as Juno) Wow. What kind of swag did you score?
STEWART: That's some good writing.
MARTIN: And if you want to see a picture of Diablo Cody, go to our blog. We're running a caption contest with a bunch of photos from Oscar night. The best captions will get featured in a slideshow on the main NPR site.
STEWART: Out blog is npr.org/bryantpark. And that is the BPP's Big Story. Now, let's get to some more of today's news headlines.
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