Slumdog Millionaire Leads MAE Award Winners with Six

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Clint Eastwood and Queen Latifah Win Top Film Acting Honors; Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler" Voted Best Original Song

On January 31, 2009, MOSAEC.com (MOSAEC) announced the winners of its 2nd annual awards. This year, audiences had their say in whom and what was honored as the majority of the awards were determined by the public with the remaining awards determined by a jury. The MOSAEC Audience Excellence award winners were determined after two weeks of online voting, in which the public chose from lists of eligible nominees.

As a result of a marketing campaign that reached over a million, fans voted online and picked their favorites in traditional "Best of" categories as well as several contemporary categories.

Audiences chose Milk as the Best Dramatic Film and Mamma Mia! as the Best Comedy or Musical. Critical darling, Slumdog Millionaire, received multiple awards with Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, taking honors for directing and writing respectively. Dev Patel earned the award for Best Young Actor or Actress (Under 21) and also shared an award with co-star Freida Pinto in the Best Onscreen Intimate Portrait category.

The top film actor prize went to Clint Eastwood for his performance as the cantankerous retiree and Korean War vet, Walt Kowalski, in Gran Torino. Queen Latifah was voted Best Film Actress for her maternal turn as August Boatwright in The Secret Life of Bees. In the supporting film categories, the public agreed with many critics and pundits, choosing Kate Winslet for her performance as Hanna Schmitz in The Reader and the late Heath Ledger for his masterful interpretation of the Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger also won the Best Joker Award, where his performance topped portrayals by actors Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero.

In the television categories, The Wire was the top earner with four awards. The HBO series, which concluded its final season in March, 2008, was voted the Best Television Drama. In addition, Dominic West, Felicia Pearson and Michael Kenneth Williams won for Best Actor; Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

30 Rock was voted Best Television Comedy and Tina Fey won the award for Best Television Actress. Fey also received the special jury prize, Athena Prix d'Excellence, in recognition of her work on 30 Rock as well as her performances with Amy Poehler in Baby Mama and on Saturday Night Live.

"Recently, Tina Fey acknowledged that she has detractors on the Internet. However, those detractors do not constitute a voting majority as the actress/writer/producer bested an acclaimed list of co-nominees in the Best Television Actress category," said MOSAEC's Marona Lowe.

"Since popularity counts in the audience awards, the winners can be certain that they have positive buzz among Internet users who took time out their busy schedules, visited MOSAEC and voted for them," stated Ms. Lowe.

President Barack Obama also received a special jury prize - the San Souci Prix d'Excellence - not only for his successful and historic presidential run, but also for waging a campaign that skillfully employed new media to great advantage.

"President Obama embraced new media like no other candidate before him and his model for success will be studied and copied in politics for years to come," stated Ms. Lowe.

"A transferable model, President Obama's strategies should be analyzed and implemented appropriately across disciplines." Lowe added.

To announce its awards, MOSAEC drew on the "talent" from its inaugural awards presentation. The presentation is viewable online by visiting http://www.mosaec.com/mosaec/blog/ae/2008/mae2008awardspresentation2.htm. For a complete list of the MAE Award winners, visit http://www.mosaec.com/mosaec/artisticallyentertaining/ae_2008.htm.

Feature Films or Television Series with Two or More Awards

Film or Series    Distributor    Awards
Slumdog Millionaire    Fox Searchlight    6
The Dark Knight    Warner Bros    4
The Wire    HBO    4
30 Rock    NBC    2
Burn After Reading    Focus Features    2
Let the Right One In    Magnet Releasing    2
The Wrestler    Fox Searchlight    2

ABOUT THE MOSAEC ARTISTICALLY ENTERTAINING AWARDS

The MOSAEC Artistically Entertaining Awards are announced in January of each year. Entertainment products released from January 1 through December 31 of the previous year are eligible for awards. There are two classifications of awards: "Artistic" and "Entertaining." Each of the awards in the "Artistic" category is presented annually to entertainment that is viewed as the "Best of" in traditional award categories. The "Entertaining" Awards categories are subject to change each year, depending on entertainment released during the year. In addition, MOSAEC will occasionally announce AE Redux awards in the various categories for entertainment products that were released in prior years that warrant special reconsideration. The MOSAEC Artistically Entertaining Awards also include the MOSAEC Audience Excellence Awards, which are voted on by the public.

ABOUT MOSAEC

Launched in 1999, MOSAEC is an online destination for those seeking fresh, irreverent and witty perspectives on things artistic, entertaining, and cultural. In addition to reviews, feature articles and forums, the site includes streaming media tidbits from personalities discussing their work. MOSAEC.com is based in New York City.

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