Hoorah, how proud am I to be gay with two of the top Academy Awards going to the wonderful movie MILK - one for Best Actor for Sean Penn and one for Best Original Screenplay for Dustin Lance Black. On a political note surely it can't be long before gay marriage is legal in the state of California and ultimately becomes federal law in America (fingers crossed).
I'm so glad that MILK won some of the top awards. The other big winner of the evening was Slumdog Millionaire, winning eight Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song (Jai Ho), Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing.
Another popular movie was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which won Academy Awards for Best Makeup, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects.
Other winners on the evening included fellow Brit Kate Winslet for Best Actress in The Reader, Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor (The Dark Knight, which also received the Oscar for Best Sound Editing), Penelope Cruz for Best Supporting Actress (Vicky Christina Barcelona), WALL-E for Best Animated Feature Film and The Duchess for Best Costume Design.
I thought the 81st Academy Awards were presented fabulously by the dreamy Hugh Jackman and his musical turn that opened the show was fantastic. The pre-show 'red carpet' was equally interesting with lots of glamour provided by Anne Hathaway in an elegantly sparkling number, Natalie Portman pretty in pink and Kate Winslet in a stunningly chic dress. Plus Brad Pitt finally got rid of his awful mustache and was sporting a sexy goatee for the Awards.
It was a fantastic Awards ceremony, I loved how the main Actor and Actress Awards were presented by five former Oscar winners, it provided real gravitas to the ceremony. I loved the whole evening and it was made even more special by the fact we were here live in L.A., just minutes from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
I enjoyed raising many glasses of champagne to the winners - how long can it be before our own Cooper wins the Best Actor Award for 'Cooper & Me' (move over Marley)...