BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Revolutionary Road"
Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"
Sean Penn, "Milk"
Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"
Mickey Rourke wins, and I swear to you, this GIANT WHOOP just LEAPS UP. Drunken standing ovation! He tries to talk and there's about thirty seconds of "WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" from the crowd. FINALLY THE BOOZE HAS KICKED IN. "I'm not really a public speaker. I was kinda hopin' Robert Downey would come up and talk for me." Hey, I could live with that. He thanks his agent David Unger for "havin' the balls" to rediscover and represent him, and Unger's boss for "not puttin' him back in the mailroom." Darren Aronofsky is "one of those cats" and "one tough son of a bitch," and everyone at Aronofsky's table laughs, including Aronofsky, because God bless him, he looks like the nerdy kid who--wait, Axl Rose helped fund this movie? I... I can kind of see it, actually. (Dammit, I missed Aronofsky flipping Rourke off!) And then Mickey Rourke thanks all his dogs. The ones who are here, the ones who aren't here anymore, they meant to the world to him. This man is a country song waiting to be written down, I am telling you. It is magnificent.
ONE MORE! OOOONE MORRRRRE. TOMMMMMM CRUUUUUUISE.
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
GIGANTIC CHEER for Slumdog Millionaire, which wins. Hello to Mumbai! The movie will be opening in India on Thursday, "and that's going to be some party, I think." And there you are.