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Hey, we'll give credit where credit's due, but times are tough; there are no funds available for a big crusty trophy or laser-cut crystal paperweight. All the mentions are honorable, if not the intentions. After the jump, we reminisce over the last 12 months.
2008 saw a bumper crop of celebrity babies - Nicole and Keith had Sunday Rose, the other, littler Nicole and Joel had Harlow, Christina and Jordy had Max, and JLo and the living dead had Max and Emme - to name a few, but none could compare to the arrival of the wonder twins, Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. 2008 saw Brangelina cement their position as the Hollywood power couple with both Brad and Angie rumored to be under consideration for Oscars this year.
This year show business lost some of its brightest stars: Paul Newman and Eartha Kitt, the beautiful Bettie Page, TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and comedy's Bernie Mac were just a handful to leave us this year. Sunny von Bulow also finally went peacefully, after almost 30 years of lingering in a vegetative state after falling into a coma of unknown origin. The wrestling world had to endure the tragedy of Chris Benoit, who murdered his wife and seven-year-old child and then took his own life. And we all mourned for Jennifer Hudson, who lost her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew to a crazed thug who was estranged from the boy's nephew.
It was a big year for comebacks. Britney started the year on a stretcher and ended it with a # 1 album and a budding romance with her Indian choreographer. Axl Rose tried to do the same (the comeback, that is), but it's looking iffy. (Sadness.) Ditto for Jean Claude Van Damme, but the same couldn't be said for Robert Downey, Jr., who got a Golden Globe for Iron Man and Mickey Rourke, whose Wrestler is said to be a must-see. But the biggest and brightest comeback of them all started out as an internet joke: Who hasn't been rickrolled? No one did it like the king of comeback, Rick Astley.
There were a few celebrity weddings this year, but they were outdone by the divorces, all splashy and loud: Paul and Peg Leg, Madge and Guy, Pink and Corey, Reese and Ryan, Shania and Mutt, and many, many more threw in the towel. Christie Brinkley tossed her philandering douche of a spouse to the curb after finding out he was nailing his barely-legal assistant, and Ronnie Wood left his wife of 23 years for a Russian cocktail waitress young enough to be his granddaughter.
It was a good year for the movies, too, despite the slumping economy. There was blockbusters like Iron Man and Dark Knight, great kids' movies like Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda, and great comedies like Tropic Thunder and Get Smart. And let's not forget Marley & Me, Jennifer Aniston's long-awaited box office hit.
Most importantly, 2008 saw America elect its first African American President, a milestone many didn't think they'd live to see. It's one of those things that makes you feel patriotic, even though people are still blowing each other up all over the world and children are still going to bed hungry, right here in our hometowns. 2009 may be the roughest year yet; let's be sure to help those less fortunate when the opportunity arises.
Happy New Year, folks. Hope you have a Bosh of a good time tonight. Don't freeze your ass off, and be sure to get home safely. We'll see you next year.