–noun patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics. In the entertainment industry, this is known as Hollywood NepotismTM. Talent not required.

Monday, February 23, 2009

And the Nepotistic Winners Are...

A number of nepotistic stars graced the red carpet for the 2009 Academy Awards, but only a select few were able to take home a prestigious gold prize:

Winner of the "Best Actor" Oscar, Sean Penn (Milk) gave a rousing, politically-infused acceptance speech, but failed to mention his family members. Sean's parents Leo Penn and Eileen Ryan, as well as his brother Chris Penn, are all actors.

Penelope Cruz, sister of look-a-like Spanish actress Monica Cruz, won her very first Academy Award ("Best Supporting Actress") for her role in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

In one of the most moving moments of the night, The Reader's Kate Winslet was announced as the "Best Actress" winner, graciously thanking her family and friends. Winslet was born into a family of prestigious British thespians. Click here for more on Kate's connections.

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