A Run Through Oscar Night
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And I'm Alison Stewart. It is Monday, February 25, 2008.
MARTIN: It is.
STEWART: And I had a bad case of what a friend of mine calls the Angies last night.
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MARTIN: What is that?
STEWART: The Angies are - when we were kids and "Murder She Wrote" was on Sunday nights at 8:00 and Angela Lansbury was on…
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STEWART: When it was over, you got the Angies, like just that feeling that I have to go back into the mill on Monday morning.
MARTIN: That's pretty funny.
STEWART: So yeah, I had a pretty bad case of the Angies last night.
MARTIN: Happens to the best of us.
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MARTIN: Yeah, there's all sorts of weird little angles and loopholes in that story. So we'll dive into that in a bit. We'll also speak with a graphic artist who decided to tell the story of the Bible in his medium, in a graphic-novel form. He's going to join us from London.
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MARTIN: I'm going to walk you through the day's headlines in just a minute, but first here is the BPP's big story.
STEWART: Put down the nachos, step away from the bean dip. The Oscars are over. Let's run down some results. The big winner was the beautifully bleak and violent Western chase film "No Country for Old Men." It won Best Picture. The Coen brothers won Best Directors, plural, 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 they've been making movies together since they were kids.
Mr. JOEL COEN (Filmmaker): 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 where it was nominated, including a Best Supporting Actor win for Javier Bardem. He played the film's brutal bad guy, a creepy killer with a very creepy way of killing. The Spanish actor's victory early in the night turned into a trend for foreign-born actors.
MARTIN: Listen to this. Brit Tilda Swinton won Best Supporting Actress for her role as a corrupt corporate attorney in "Michael Clayton." Irishman Daniel Day Lewis took home best actor for the ruthless oilman in "There Will be Blood." And Marion Cotillard of France - I hope I said that right - was named Best Actress for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose."
STEWART: Very international. It is the first time since 1965, though, that all four acting Oscars have gone to performers from outside the U.S. 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 Best Picture nominee "Juno," actress Jennifer Garner, met the erratic - shall we call him - actor Gary Busey on the red carpet, and when I say met, I mean was accosted by.
When Ryan Seacrest introduced the two, Busey gave Garner a big hug and a kiss, and then things were a bit, well, awkward.
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Mr. RYAN SEACREST (Interviewer): Sorry, yes, tell me. Super mom, I was going to ask you about balancing everything, being super mom. Tell me how that goes for you.
Ms. JENNIFER GARNER (Actor): You didn't ask me about getting kissed on the neck on the red carpet by this man? Um, that was nice. Uh, 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: Where is Ben?
STEWART: Where is my large husband, Ben Affleck, when there's a strange man kissing me? Also over the weekend, two sort of non-Oscar ceremonies. The 28th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards - you know them as the Razzies - go to the worst films and performances of the year. Eddie Murphy won a record three Razzies for all - for different roles he played in the same movie, "Norbit." He won Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Supporting Actress.
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Mr. EDDIE MURPHY (Actor): (As Rasputia) Damn it, Norbit, how many times I got to tell you, when you drive my car, don't adjust my seats.
Mr. MURPHY: (As Norbit) I haven't touched your seats.
Mr. MURPHY: (As Rasputia) Then why is it so damn far?
Mr. MURPHY: (As Norbit) It looks like it's back as far as it goes, Rasputia.
STEWART: Congratulations to him. 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 the stars showed up to collect their prize.
MARTIN: On the other end of the spectrum, the Independent Spirit Awards were handed out over the weekend. The snarky teen-pregnancy film "Juno," which lost Best Picture at the Oscars, won Best Feature Film at the Spirit Awards, as well as the Best Actress honors for Oscar nominee Ellen Page and Best First Screenplay for Diablo Cody. It was a double win for Cody, who also got one of those Oscars last night for Best Original Screenplay.
Unidentified Woman: Wow. What kind of swag did you score?
STEWART: 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.
MARTIN: She's the one with all the tattoos.
STEWART: On our blog, that's npr.org/bryantpark.
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