By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 23, 2009 at 8:36AM
With the 81st Academy Awards only a memory now, this year's award season is officially over. "Slumdog Millionaire" won eight awards, Sean Penn beat Mickey Rourke, and we can no longer say Kate Winslet needs an Oscar.
Meanwhile, the Internet is abuzz the day after the ceremony at the Kodak Theatre, before Oscar blogs officially close up shop and wait for September to begin yet another round. In brief:
It looks like Oscar ratings are up; Patrick Goldstein didn't like the show, Roger Ebert really, really did (calling it "the most entertaining and innovative Oscarcast I’ve seen"); Ryan Seacrest is in love with Hugh Jackman; Entertainment Weekly gives the best and worst moments, and dresses; the New York Times offers a photo slide show; so does Vanity Fair; the Los Angeles Times reports from the Governor's Ball; Reed Johnson and Daryl H. Miller take on "Departures"' surprise win; the Brits recall Kate Winslet's speech; Vulture wonders what Mickey Rourke's might have been like, Jeff Wells praises the Apatow short; Kris Tapley ponders next year; and photos have emerged from India's viewing of "Slumdog Millionaire"'s big win. You can also revisit last night through the eyes of Ashton Kutcher, if you really want to.
You can also take a look back at indieWIRE's awards-related coverage over the past few weeks, as laid out in the links below:
The Main Events
Oscars '09: The Winners
Oscars '09: Who Will and Should Win (the iW consensus was only wrong once!)
Spirits '09: The Winners
Spirits '09: Minute by Minute
Spirits 09: Who Will and Should Win (alright, so we were wrong quite a few times here)
BAFTAs '09: The Winners
WGAs '09: The Winners
DGAs '09: The Winners
Golden Globes '09: The Winners