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Films nominated for the annual awards include Babel (2006/I), The Departed (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and The Queen (2006). | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ellen DeGeneres ... Herself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ben Affleck ... Himself - Presenter

Samantha Aisling ... Best Costume Model

June Allyson ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Robert Altman ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Konstantine Anthony ... Eastern European #1

Alan Arkin ... Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Michael Arndt ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay
Bub Asman ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Editing
Joseph Barbera ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Adriana Barraza ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Brandon Barton ... Dreamgirls dancer

Bob Beemer ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing

Jessica Biel ... Herself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing

Jack Black ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Makeup
Sorana Black ... Best Costume Model

Cate Blanchett ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Presenter

Emily Blunt ... Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design

Peter Boyle ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Eric Bradley ... Sound Effects Choir

Abigail Breslin ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Best Animated & Live Action Short Film
Henry Bumstead ... Himself - In Memoriam Tribute (archive footage)
Willie D. Burton ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing
Eugenio Caballero ... Himself

Milena Canonero ... Herself - Winner: Best Costume Design

Steve Carell ... Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Editing

Rodney Charles ... Dreamgirls dancer
Chyna Chuu ... Best Costume Model

George Clooney ... Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Betty Comden ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself - Presenter: Best Director

Daniel Craig ... Himself - Presenter: Best Art Direction

Tom Cruise ... Himself - Presenter: The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Penélope Cruz ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Original Score

Guillermo del Toro ... Himself - Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film & Best Original Screenplay

Judi Dench ... Barbara Covett (archive footage)

Catherine Deneuve ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Foreign-Language Films Montage

Cameron Diaz ... Herself - Presenter: Best Animated Feature

Leonardo DiCaprio ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Green Oscars / Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Céline Dion ... Herself - Performer
Tamara Dobson ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Robert Downey Jr. ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Visual Effects

Faye Dunaway ... Herself - Audience Member

Kirsten Dunst ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Screenplay

Clint Eastwood ... Himself - Presenter: Honorary Oscar / Nominee: Best Director, Best Picture

Melissa Etheridge ... Herself - Winner: Best Original Song

Jayme Lynn Evans ... Best Costume Model

Will Ferrell ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Makeup

Patricia Field ... Herself - Nominee: Best Costume Design

Todd Field ... Himself - Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay

Richard Fleischer ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Glenn Ford ... Himself - Memorial Tribute

Jodie Foster ... Herself - Presenter: In Memoriam

Stephen Frears ... Himself - Nominee: Best Director

Jennifer Gall ... Actress Devil Wears Prada - Ann Hathaway Costume Design

Gael García Bernal ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Documentary Short Subject
Charles Gibson ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
James Glennon ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Alejandro González Iñárritu ... Himself - Nominee: Best Picture & Best Director

Al Gore ... Himself - Co-Presenter: 'Go Green' Campaign

Ryan Gosling ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Himself - Audience Member

Eva Green ... Herself - Presenter: Best Documentary Short Subject

Davis Guggenheim ... Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature

Jake Gyllenhaal ... Himself

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Herself - Presenter: Gordon E. Sawyer Award

Jackie Earle Haley ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Allen Hall ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects

Tom Hanks ... Himself - Presenter: Best Adapted Screenplay

Anne Hathaway ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Costume Design

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ... Himself - Winner: Best Foreign Language Film
Corinthea Henderson ... Dreamgirls dancer
Hal T. Hickel ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Djimon Hounsou ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Jennifer Hudson ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Performer: Original Song Nominees from 'Dreamgirls'

Hugh Jackman ... Himself - Presenter: Best Original Score
Aakomon Jones ... Dreamgirls dancer

Diane Keaton ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Picture

Nicole Kidman ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction

Rinko Kikuchi ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Graham King ... Himself - Winner: Best Picture

Greg Kinnear ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Editing

Bruno Kirby ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

John Knoll ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects

Don Knotts ... Himself - In Memoriam Tribute

Torill Kove ... Herself - Winner: Best Animated Short Film
Don LaFontaine ... Announcer (voice)

Sherry Lansing ... Herself - Winner: Jean Hersholt Award

Queen Latifah ... Herself - Presenter: Best Original Song

Jennifer Lopez ... Herself - Presenter: Original Song Nominees from 'Dreamgirls'

Nick LoPiccolo ... Himself

Magi Loucks ... Attendee

George Lucas ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Director

Tobey Maguire ... Himself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay

Mako ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Gabriel Mann ... Himself
David Martí ... Himself - Winner: Best Achievement in Makeup

James McAvoy ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Mixing

Darren McGavin ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

George Miller ... Himself - Winner: Best Animated Feature Film

Michael Minkler ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing

Helen Mirren ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter:Best Adapted Screenplay

William Monahan ... Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay

Ennio Morricone ... Himself - Winner: Honorary Award

Toyin Moses ... Herself

Eddie Murphy ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Robert Murray ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Editing

Guillermo Navarro ... Himself - Winner: Best Cinematography

Thomas Newman ... Himself - Nominee

Jack Nicholson ... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture

Philippe Noiret ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Sven Nykvist ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Peter O'Toole ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Clive Owen ... Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film

Jack Palance ... Himself - In Memoriam Tribute (archive footage)

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Herself - Presenter: Best Cinematography

Gordon Parks ... Herself - In Memoriam Tribute (archive footage)
Stuart Parkyn ... Himself - Nominee: Best Live Action Short
Basil Poledouris ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Gillo Pontecorvo ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Carlo Ponti ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Jay Presson Allen ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Gretchen Rau ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Rich Redmond ... Himself

John C. Reilly ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Makeup
Pilar Revuelta ... Herself - Winner: Best Achievement in Art Direction
Montse Ribé ... Herself - Winner: Best Achievement in Makeup

Keith Robinson ... Himself - Performer

Mickey Rooney ... Himself - Audience Member

Anika Noni Rose ... Herself - Performer

Nadia Sahari ... Herself

Julian Salazar ... Mayan

Ari Sandel ... Himself - Winner: Best Live Action Short Film

Gustavo Santaolalla ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Score

Thelma Schoonmaker ... Herself - Winner: Best Film Editing

Martin Scorsese ... Himself - Winner: Best Director

Jerry Seinfeld ... Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature

Sidney Sheldon ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Vincent Sherman ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Jaden Smith ... Himself - Presenter: Best Animated & Live Action Short Film

Will Smith ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: America Film Clip

Talisa Soto ... Herself

Steven Spielberg ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Director

Maureen Stapleton ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Randy Stone ... Himself - Special Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Meryl Streep ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Stephanie Tanner ... Best Costume Model
Peter Templeman ... Himself - Nominee: Best Live Action Short

John Travolta ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Song

Gina Tuttle ... Announcer

Alida Valli ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Mark Wahlberg ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Jack Warden ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Ken Watanabe ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Foreign-Language Films Montage
Dion Watson ... Dreamgirls dancer

Naomi Watts ... Herself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects

Rachel Weisz ... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Eric Weldon ... Trophy Presenter

Forest Whitaker ... Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Gerald White ... Singer

Jack Wild ... Himself - In Memoriam Tribute (archive footage)

Rita Wilson ... Herself - Audience Member

Kate Winslet ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Film Editing

Reese Witherspoon ... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Josh Wood ... Himself

Jane Wyatt ... Herself- Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Amanda Wyss ... Herself

Landon Ashworth ... Himself (uncredited)

Ivana Baquero ... Ofelia (archive footage) (uncredited)

Javier Bardem ... Ramón Sampedro (archive footage) (uncredited)

Molly Celaschi ... Business Woman - 'Pursuit of Happyness' Clip w / Will Smith (uncredited)

Toni Collette ... Sheryl Hoover (archive footage) (uncredited)

Philip Davis ... Brian Bangs (archive footage) (uncredited)

David Fine ... Big Guy Rodney (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martina Gedeck ... Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
James Groh ... Best Costume Model / The Queen (uncredited)

Sebastian Koch ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Sergi López ... Capitán Vidal (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ulrich Mühe ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Marisa Paredes ... Huma Rojo (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brad Pitt ... Richard (archive footage) (uncredited)

Cecilia Roth ... Manuela (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michael Sheen ... Tony Blair (archive footage) (uncredited)

Elisabeth Shue ... Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Deanna Webb ... Baywatch Lifeguard (uncredited)
Daniel Wilder ... Homeless Guy (uncredited)

Patrick Wilson ... Brad Adamson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Toni Wynne ... Best Costume Model - Marie Antoinette (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis J. Horvitz 
Joel Gallen (pre-show)
Errol Morris (opening film)
Writing credits
Ellen DeGeneres (special material) &
Karen Anderson (special material) &
Vance DeGeneres (special material) &
Mike Gibbons (special material) &
Alex Herschlag (special material)

Dave Boone 
Billiam Coronel 
Liz Feldman  special material written by
Carrie Fisher 
Mike Gibbons  written by
Carol Leifer 
Kevin Leman 
Jon Macks 
Jeff Stilson  special material
Bruce Vilanch 

Produced by
David Beebe .... producer: "Thank You Cam"
Robert Fernandez .... producer (opening film)
Danette Herman .... co-producer
Madeline Marotto .... associate producer
Leslie McRay .... executive producer
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... producer
Tom Park .... co-producer: pre-show
Michael B. Seligman .... supervising producer
Pamela Oas Williams .... producer: pre-show
Laura Ziskin .... executive producer
Laura Ziskin .... producer
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
Film Editing by
Kyle Cooper 
Brian Derby 
Ben Folts 
Alexandra Komisaruk 
Paul Marengo 
Bill Marin 
Paul C. Nesmith 
John Pace (montage sequence) (Sherry Lansing Tribute)
Nathaniel Park 
Steve Sidwell 
Douglass M. Stewart Jr. 
Neil Travis 
Chuck Workman 
Production Design by
J. Michael Riva 
Art Direction by
Greg Richman 
Tamlyn Wright 
Costume Design by
Kellen Richards 
Ret Turner 
Makeup Department
Barbara Cantu .... hair stylist
Jed Dornoff .... hair assistant
Jed Dornoff .... makeup assistant
Bruce Grayson .... makeup artist
Deborah Humphries .... makeup artist
Vivian Maxwell .... makeup artist
Meghan McClain .... makeup artist: Ellen DeGeneres
Donyale McRae .... key makeup artist
Oribe .... hair stylist: Ellen DeGeneres
Cynthia P. Romo .... key hair stylist
Susan Seligman .... personal makeup artist
Emilio Uribe .... hair stylist
Emilio Uribe .... makeup artist
Maria Valdivia .... department head hair stylist
Anthony Wilson .... key hair stylist
Production Management
John Brooks Caldwell .... production manager
Hugh Del Regno .... production manager: pre-show
Gary L. Margolis .... associate production manager (international version)
Sara Niimi .... production supervisor: pre-show (as Sara Fung)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Kettle .... associate director
Richard A. Preuss .... associate director
Deborah Read .... associate director
Art Department
Hugh Grew .... electronic graphics
Gina Herold .... props
Grey Hill .... sculptor
Resa Jorgensen .... art department intern (as Resa Deverich)
Gloria Lamb .... model maker
Tim Neighbors .... art department daily assistant
Elizabeth Roath .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Patrick Baltzell .... p.a. mixer
David Diamond .... sound mixer: film segments
Robert Douglass .... sweetener
Debbie Fecteau .... sound: A2
Jeffrey Fecteau .... sound: A2
Ed Greene .... production sound mixer
Larry Reed .... sound: A2
Jamie Santos .... sound re-recording mixer
Ric Teller .... sound: A2
Mark Weber .... sound: A2
Cary Weitz .... boom operator: film segments
John A. Willingham .... sound engineer
Visual Effects by
Dongho Lee .... animator
Brian Obee .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Theodore Ashton .... camera operator (as Ted Ashton)
Rob Balton .... camera operator (as Robert Balton)
Robert T. Barnhart .... lighting director (as Robert Barnhart)
Danny Bonilla .... camera operator
John Burdick .... camera operator
Brett Crutcher .... camera operator
Darren Decker .... still photographer
Robert A. Dickinson .... lighting designer
Dave Eastwood .... camera operator
Aaron Fitzgerald .... camera operator
Hank Geving .... camera operator
Steve Gilbert .... rigging grip
Dean Hall .... camera operator
Greg Harbaugh .... still photographer
Richard Harbaugh .... still photographer
Marc Hunter .... camera operator
Charlie Huntley .... camera operator
Peter Krajewski .... camera operator
Abby Levine .... digital imaging technician: opening film
David Levisohn .... camera operator (as Dave Levisohn)
Michael L. Lewin .... rigging grip
Noah Mitz .... assistant lighting designer
Kevin Muldoon .... video tape operator
Lyn Noland .... camera operator
Andy O'Reilly .... lighting director
Frank Olivas .... assistant lighting designer
Rob Palmer .... camera operator
Bill Philbin .... camera operator
David Plakos .... camera operator
Hector Ramirez .... camera operator
Brian Reason .... camera operator
Chuck Reilly .... video controller
Mark Sanford .... video controller
Sylvia Vidaurri .... still photographer
Todd Wawrychuk .... still photographer
Mark Whitman .... camera operator
Kris Wilson .... camera operator
Keith Winikoff .... video controller
Easter Xua .... camera operator
Animation Department
Ash Wagers .... design/animation
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annalisa Adams .... costumer
Joshua Christensen .... costumer
Gretchen Fritz .... costumer
James Gadd .... costumer
Kleev Guessford .... costumer
Ann Kalb .... costumer
Aaron Millsap .... costumer
Lisa Snee .... costumer
Misty Stanners .... wardrobe
Tricia Tomey .... costumer
Emma Trenchard .... costumer
Carol Wright .... costumer
Editorial Department
Patrizia Alletto .... first assistant editor
Tamara Blaich .... assistant editor
Philip D'Amour .... post-production coordinator
Larry Fitzgerald .... editor
Brad Gilson .... assistant editor
Kevin O'Dea .... assistant editor
Michael Pistello .... lead assistant editor
Michael Polito .... video-tape editor
Ryan Purcell .... post-production assistant
Jeff Roe .... editor: video tape
Jessica Schilling .... assistant editor
Christopher Sestini .... assistant editor
Joe Tarantini .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jerry Hey .... music arranger
Bill Hughes .... music contractor
Ashley Irwin .... music arranger
Sara Leib .... musician
Jerome Leroy .... orchestrator
Larry Mah .... music recordist
Conrad Pope .... music arranger
William Ross .... musical director
Fletcher Sheridan .... musician
Steve Sidwell .... composer: additional music
Sally Stevens .... choral director
Thomas Vicari .... orchestra mixer
Harold Wheeler .... music arranger
Other crew
Tom Angelotti .... communications
Tony Baratti .... production associate
Sean Barney .... page coordinator
Sharleen Bazeghi .... production assistant
Matt Beckner .... talent assistant
John Beckwith .... production assistant: pre-show
Scott Beggs .... production assistant
Bryan Bingham .... script coordinator
Jahmir Blanchard .... production coordinator
Clayton Boen .... production assistant: pre-show
Michael Bouson .... assistant credentials coordinator
Unjoo Lee Byars .... segment producer
Deborah Cahn .... credentials manager
Joshua Carmer .... production assistant
Michael Redford Carney .... talent manager (as Michael Carney)
Matthew E. Carvette .... production assistant
Mary Chau .... script assistant
Larry Chong .... technician supervisor
Kimble Christian .... red carpet
Simon Clowes .... title designer
Rita Cossette .... stage manager
Tina Cannizzaro DeBone .... script coordinator (as Tina Cannizzaro)
Jackie Dunbar .... production assistant: pre-show
John Esposito .... stage manager
John B. Field .... technical director
Valdez Flagg .... stage manager
Eric A. Ginnetty .... production assistant
Khristine Gomez .... talent manager
Anthony Gonzales .... technical manager
Tim Harbaugh .... telecommunications
Jason Michael Hatfield .... production assistant
Hugh Healey .... system engineer (as Hugh Healy)
Raymond Hernandez .... production assistant
Ryan Kevin Ho .... production associate
Kathryn Hoffman .... insurance broker (as Katherine Hoffman)
Athena Zoe Hogue .... talent page
David O'Neal Hunter .... production coordinator
Daniel Izui .... production assistant: opening film
Ryan Jefferson .... production staff
Aakomon Jones .... co-choreographer
Patty Jovel .... talent coordinator
Chris Kasick .... assistant: Errol Morris
Seth Kleinberg .... technical producer: show graphics
Richard Kroll .... researcher
Zack Krone .... production assistant
Tim Kubit .... system engineer
Steve Llamas .... talent assistant
Magi Loucks .... rehearsal actor
Beverly Lund .... production staff
Ariana Malik .... assistant to director
Ariana Malik .... assistant to director: Louis J. Horvitz
Margaret McCurry .... script supervisor: pre-show
Corrie Mendes .... production coordinator
Sasha Mervyn .... production coordinator
Dennis Meyer .... talent assistant
Joanie Michele .... coordinator: engineering department
Troy James Miller .... senior producer: show graphics
Mike Mollica .... production assistant: opening interviews
Steve Moorman .... production coordinator
Julian Mullins .... talent assistant
Diane Panosian .... assistant to supervising producer
Sarju Patel .... production assistant
Josef Pinckney .... production coordinator
Vince Poxon .... stage manager
Fred Quillen .... profile operator
Frank Rainey .... system engineer
William F. Reed .... production assistant
Fatima Robinson .... choreographer
Mark Ross-Sullivan .... stage crew: Kodak Theatre
Andrew Sabol .... system engineer
Chris Scharffenberg .... production assistant
Kenneth Shapiro .... technical director
Phillip Sino-Cruz .... production associate
Shannon P. Smith .... script coordinator
Michelle Sneed .... production assistant
Angela Snow .... production assistant
Kristina Sorensen .... assistant to producer
Jenny Stanley .... script supervisor
Dina Sterr .... camera coordinator
Josh Suhre .... intern
Kristen Patterson Terry .... audience executive
Toni Thompson .... show publicist
Christina Tong .... production coordinator
Debra Trevino .... production assistant
Steve Vitolo .... production staff (as Steven J. Vitolo)
David Wader .... stage manager
Allan Wells .... technical director
Courtney Wieden .... production staff
Tessa Winkler .... production coordinator: pre-show
Tom Yokas .... stage crew: Kodak Theatre

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USA:232 min (including commercials)
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Of the twenty actors nominated that year, Judi Dench was the only one not in attendance. She had recently had knee surgery and was still hospitalized on Oscar night.See more »
Factual errors: When William Monahan was awarded the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Departed (2006), the announcer mistakenly states that the film it was adapted from (Infernal Affairs (2002)) was a Japanese film. "Mou gaan dou" was made in Hong Kong.See more »
[repeated line, taking envelope out of coat]
Al Gore:And so, my fellow Americans...
[interrupted by swelling music]
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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A suiting and satisfying conclusion of the movie year 2006., 26 February 2007
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

The Academy Awards of 2006 will be remembered as the year Scorsese finally won his Oscar and the year of evenly handed out Oscars and little real surprises. It's never fun when one movie completely dominates the awards, this really wasn't the case this year. The awards were evenly handed out and there was no big winner, although "The Departed" of course won the most important awards. But perhaps the biggest winner of the evening was the Mexican/Spanish movie "El Laberinto del Fauno", that took home 3 awards though not the most important (Best foreign language film) one. Nevertheless I think that Guillermo del Toro went home extremely satisfied.

Lets face it, 2006 wasn't the greatest year for movies. Sure there were some great movies released but not exactly the type of movies that will grown into becoming classics. There also wasn't really one movie or person this year that I hoped would win. I didn't really felt much for any of the nominations this year, with perhaps the exception of the more 'smaller' awards, like best visual effects.

The ceremony also wont be remembered as the most hilarious or legendary one. Nevertheless it's good to see that they brought back the show-element and the entire ceremony felt less organized and scripted. The ceremony felt like one big whole this year and was more personal and natural, with presenter Ellen DeGeneres actually walking between- and talking to the stars and taking part of the show elements, without feeling the constant obligation to constantly talk after, between and before the handing out of every single award. Normally there is a tense atmosphere, this year it was more relaxed, which was i think due to the presenting skills of DeGeneres and the flow of the entire show. Normally the comedy of the show is more of a spoofing caliber, it now felt professional and well thought out, with some fun moments with comedians Will Ferrel and Jack Black. But of course that all doesn't mean that DeGeneres also doesn't take time to make fun of some of the stars. I love the Oscars for that, it's the only time of the year you can say anything straight into the face of those persons, knowing that you can get away with it.

The award presenters were all good. None of them really did their best to make a lasting impression, which I take as a positive thing. I mean after all, this is THE evening of the nominees, not of the presenters. Most memorable the duo Jaden Smith and Abigail Breslin, with Smith messing up his lines but still staying cool and funny under it and continue with presenting. Not bad for an 9 year old, who obviously has his parents talents. Also fun was Robert Downey Jr. who wasn't too embarrassed to make fun of his own drugs past. Clint Eastwood seemed very nervous presenting and messed up his lines, which was odd to see from a person of his caliber and acting past, though he would claim it was because of he forgot his glasses. It was good to see that the old American Zoetrope-gang, Lucas, Spielberg and Coppola were the ones to hand out the best director award, which went to their old friend Martin Scorsese. It was the bald(!) Jack Nicholson that had the honor of presenting the award for the best movie of the year.

The evening didn't had that many big surprises. The acting awards went to the most predicted ones, with the exception of the best supporting actor award that went to Alan Arkin instead of favorite Eddie Murphy. No big surprise that Helen Mirren won an Oscar, which was perhaps the most in advance predicted winner of the evening. Same goes for Forest Whitaker who did the best speech of the evening, though he of course was also the one that could prepare himself the best, since it almost was a formality for him to pick up the award.

There were some memorable events the evening, such as Ennio Morricone getting an Honorary Award. Just like Scorsese, he should already had won an Oscar years ago for at least 3 of his works but nevertheless it was great to see that he finally got the recognition he deserved from the Academy before his death. Because lets face it, the guy is almost 80-years already and he has his best years behind him, though he himself would probably disagree with me. Morricone wasn't too happy in advance that he received this Honorary Award, claiming that it would look like as if his career was over already but nevertheless he seemed emotional and touched by this honor when he stood on the stage, next to his friend and interpretor Clint Eastwood, since Morricone himself (still) doesn't speak a word English.

Another highlight was Scorsese getting a standing ovation, not necessarily for his win for "The Departed" but more for his career and the fact that he finally won an Oscar, after being nominated 7 times already. Of course "The Departed" is not his best or most influential works, so it's sort of a double feeling that he won his long deserved Oscar for this movie. For him "The Departed" obviously was a movie for 'in between', who could had ever thought that this would be his movie for which he would win the biggest awards. But on the other hand I'm of course glad that he now will always be remembered as Oscar winner-Martin Scorsese instead of 8(+ probably) time Oscar nominee.

Too bad that the ceremony turned a bit too political at times with a too prominently present Al Gore. It was also weird to see Gore holding an Oscar, though the cause he fights for is of course a good one. Nevertheless, politics and Oscars should never mix in my opinion.

Not the best year for the Oscars but a memorable enough evening nevertheless.


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