A Very International Oscars
Travel Blog • Eva Holland • 02.23.09 | 2:38 PM ET
Last night’s Oscars ceremony is likely to be up for debate for some time—among the most contentious issues, for me, is the fact that the cast of “High School Musical” got more screen time than most nominees—but one thing is certain: it was the most international Oscars since 2004, when Charlize Theron thanked everyone in South Africa, and the winners from “Lord of the Rings” managed to name-drop just about everyone in New Zealand, too.
In the 2009 edition, there were acceptance speeches smattered with Spanish (Penelope Cruz, for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) and Tamil (A.R. Rahman, the composer for “Slumdog Millionaire”), there were shout-outs to Mumbai (from the assortment of “Slumdog” winners, who took home 8 awards between them), and there were two separate winners from Japan.
My favorite globally-flavored Oscar moments, after the jump:
Kunio Kato, who created the winning entry in the Best Animated Short Film category, put a new twist on the obligatory “final line in my native language” that most every foreign winner opts for:
The medley of Best Song nominees had (thankfully) nothing in common with the rotation of safe Disney musical hits I remember yawning through in my childhood:
And finally, Rezul Pookutty, the winning sound engineer for “Slumdog Millionaire,” thanked India and declared: “This is not just an award, this is history being handed over to me.”
I’m inclined to agree.
You can find the full list of winners here. What were your favorite Oscar moments?