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The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009)

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Annual awards presentation honoring the best film achievements of 2008.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hugh Jackman ... Himself - Host & Performer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amy Adams ... Herself - Nominee
Jennifer Aniston ... Herself - Presenter
Alan Arkin ... Himself - Presenter
Amy Bailey ... Dancer - Luhrmann / Ashford
Julia Bantner Julia Bantner ... Dancer
Eric Barba Eric Barba ... Himself - Winner
Craig Barron ... Himself - Winner
Kirk Baxter ... Himself - Nominee
Simon Beaufoy ... Himself - Winner
Sally Bell ... Herself - Accepting Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kristine Bendul Kristine Bendul ... Dancer
Halle Berry ... Herself - Presenter
Beyoncé ... Herself - Performer
Jessica Biel ... Herself - Hostess: Scientific & Technical Awards Banquet
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Annual awards presentation honoring the best film achievements of 2008.

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22 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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All five Best Picture nominees are contemporary period films: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) (Mumbai, 1990s - 2006), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) (primarily New Orleans, 1918 - 2005), Frost/Nixon (2008) (primarily California, 1974), Milk (2008) (San Francisco, 1970s), The Reader (2008) (primarily Berlin, 1958 - 1995). The films also received nominations for their respective directors. See more »

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During the presentation of the Best Supporting Actor nominees, Alan Arkin introduces Philip Seymour Hoffman as "Seymour Philip Hoffman". See more »

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Janusz Kaminski: Suck on that, Anthony Dod Mantle.
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The Oscar Is Not The Golden Globe !
24 February 2009 | by elshikh4See all my reviews

OK, I don't believe in the Oscar as the final stand or the most important cinematic award in the world. It's another award for movies, basically American ones, that was fair and unfair along the years. But sure when it comes to the "show" value, it's not like any other one. Through so many years, especially the 1980s and the 1990s, the night of the Annual Academy Awards used to be big, dazzling, esteeming the spirit of cinema passionately. There were performances and short clips that assured that highly. However, in the last couple of years, the things have never become the same.

Here, I didn't feel the word "ceremony" blazingly. (Hugh Jackman) is a decent host, who can dance well too, but let's face it; he isn't a comedian with witty lines (the word is too decent); undoubtedly the other presenters said a whole lot of funnier stuff than him: "I had to be a vampire to be loved, I had 3 fathers!". Yet, thank God that (Chris Rock) wasn't close this round!

Just one moment got my attention, being both the highest of what this night presented. One is when (Queen Latifah) sang "I'll be Seeing You", so perfect, as a tribute for all the artists who died in 2007; aside from its way of making remembering the late ones a something to remember, it was frankly the best performance for this song yet.

The clips to honoring (Jerry Lewis), or for the main nominated films' themes, were pathetic. The stage was poor; this is by all means not what the Oscars used to be. The academy stage in nights like this was always huge and solemn as the moment of winning itself. This time, the sets made it look like the Golden Globe's stage; smaller and not that stately. Even the camera's cadres were limited!

And when (Will Smith) had to hand in something like 4 awards in one row, it gets silly and boring already, particularly with idiot hasty material that was written for him. There is something totally missing in the writing for the Oscars this year, and just compare what you've been hearing here, "The editors effort" bit for instance, to any previous night to understand that clearly.

Speaking about boring things, I hated the most this piece of music that has been played whenever they have to cut to commercials, OH MY GOD, it was too ominous and so out of the mood, not to mention sickly repetitive. To tell you the truth, the whole music was away from being as rich as it always was. I found that playing (Lawrence of Arabia)'s main theme in specific more than once during the night was strange, ignoring many other themes as nostalgic as it.

The new tradition of some ex-winners actors talk about their fellows who got nominated is catchy and full of eminent deference. It seemed like (The Oscars) meets (Inside the Actors Studio) in a good way. But I think that allowing the winner to give a long, LONG, speech can be wearisome.

All in all, it wasn't that enjoyable night. I didn't feel "grand" inasmuch as "poor". Here goes the only reason I watch the Oscars for!


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