Sunday, February 22, 2009

Another Oscar® Show Has Passed, Or Is It Still Going?


Wow, this felt like a loong show.  But the world tuned in to see Wolverine sing and dance while Beyonce lip-synced.  Hugh Jackman started off swinging for the fence with a great, and funny, opening number.  But once it hit that musical montage with Sasha Fierce and the cast of HSM 1-16, it suddenly started hitting that cheesy 80's telecast feeling.  I was ready for Snow White and Rob Lowe to come out and join.  It did have some great moments (Steve Martin and Tina Fey making fun of Scientology, Seth Rogen and James Franco laughing at The Reader, Ben Stiller channeling Joaquin Phoenix, "You Commie, Homo Loving, Son's-a'guns..") but there were also some moments that weren't needed.  First, can we stop calling her Queen Lahtifah?  She came up with that name as a rapper (a looooooooooong time ago) and is now an "actress/singer?"  I didn't care for her "singing" during the 'In Memoriam' segment.  I love that song, but please stop trying to sing.  You're not a singer.  And the freakn Steady-Cam moving all around that we sometimes couldn't even see who we were supposed to be paying tribute to.  And I did feel bad that the song nominated from Wall-E was lumped between the songs from Slumdog Millionaire.  When John Legend was singing, I honestly didn't even realize that it wasn't a song from SDM.    

Even though it would have been nice to see clips of what exactly the actors were nominated for, I did like them having 5 previous winners presenting together.  It was as if they were passing the torch to others.  One of the most heart felt moments was Anne Hathaway's reaction to Shirley MacLaine was talking about her.  

What about you?  What did you think?  Is it time for a regime change?  Will the Academy ever pay attention to popular movies again?  Is it time to get rid of some of the televised awards?  Does it need new categories?

And the shiny, naked dude goes to*:

- Motion Picture: "Slumdog Millionaire."

- Actor: Sean Penn, "Milk."

- Actress: Kate Winslet, "The Reader."

- Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight."

- Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

- Director: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire."

- Foreign Film: "Departures," Japan.

- Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire."

- Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, "Milk."

- Animated Feature Film: "WALL-E."

- Art Direction: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

- Cinematography: "Slumdog Millionaire."

- Sound Mixing: "Slumdog Millionaire."

- Sound Editing: "The Dark Knight."

- Original Score: "Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman.

- Original Song: "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman and Gulzar.

- Costume: "The Duchess."

- Documentary Feature: "Man on Wire."

- Documentary (short subject): "Smile Pinki."

- Film Editing: "Slumdog Millionaire."

- Makeup: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

- Animated Short Film: "La Maison en Petits Cubes."

- Live Action Short Film: "Spielzeugland (Toyland)."

- Visual Effects: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."  


  1. I like to call this one "The Year We Outsourced the Awards," because they all went to India.

    But seriously, this year WAS the regime change; they had new producers who were tasked with "expanding the audience." They missed the mark, for the most part. I like Hugh, but his opening number was no Billy Crystal; and in trying to make fun of the failing economy, I think they actually succeeded in proving that nobody associated with Hollywood has any idea how much of this nation (and indeed, the rest of the World) is hurting. And that SECOND number was absolutely horrendous; was it just me, or did Baz look like he wanted to hide when he was given credit for that time-waster.
    The set was pretty, though.
    I guess we'll see what monstrosity they give us next year.

  2. I am so with you on Baz. It looked like he was ready to hide when the camera came to him. That little look of, "Eh, it looked bettah on papuh."

    I love 'The Year We Outsourced the Awards'. Ha!