Oscar 2009 was a big success and the awards went to the best. Slumdog Millionaire is a great movie: it has pathos, it has freshness, it teems with truth and authentic life. It is an amazing portrait of today's India, a poor country becoming one of the top players in the global economy. It is the Rebirth of a Nation: I am not afraid to remind the names of Griffith and Eisenstein in the context of this movie. Well, the difference here is that the rebirth of the nation is done through individuals acting on their own: millions of individuals struggling with extreme poverty, with corruption, with criminality, with a police that is brutal while stupid, finding support only in themselves, in their ambition and stamina, in their power to believe in ideals. I said Griffith and Eisenstein; I am thinking also at two great Brazilian directors, Salles and especially Meirelles (no wonder, as Brazil is another poor country becoming a top player in the global economy).
Kate Winslet won the award for the best leading actress: she was phenomenal in The Reader: to show so convincingly all the contradictory faces of the character of Hanna Schmitz, while remaining always the same persona!
Sean Penn won the award for the best leading actor; I think I should talk more about Milk, a very courageous movie, fighting with our prejudices and making a great point for a society that recognizes the right of each human being to live in dignity.