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The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009)

TV-14 | | TV Special 22 February 2009
Annual awards presentation honoring the best film achievements of 2008.
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Credited cast:
Himself - Host / Performer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Herself - Presenter: Best Animated Film and Best Animated Short Film
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Dancer - Luhrmann / Ashford
Julia Bantner ...
Eric Barba ...
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Craig Barron ...
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Himself - Nominee: Best Film Editing
Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay
Herself - Accepting Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kristine Bendul ...
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Herself - Presenter: Technical Awards
Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay


Annual awards presentation honoring the best film achievements of 2008.

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22 February 2009 (USA)  »

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Just before the presentation of "Best Supporting Actress" the curtain that was supposed to open to reveal the presentation screens don't open. You can then hear a stagehand from backstage yell, "We're doing it. Steve open it!" (his voice was probably picked up through Hugh Jackman's lapel mic.) See more »


Greg Cannom - Winner: Best Makeup: Thank you. I want to thank the Academy, Paramount, Warner Bros. I share this with Colleen Callaghan, who should be up here with me. Makeup: Jean Black, Fionagh Cush, Elaine Offers. Special makeup: Miles Teves, Brian Sipe, Will Huff, Todd Tucker, Harvey Lowry, Mark Jacszyn, Alexei O'Brien, Mark Nieman, Chris Gallaher, Art, Martin, Helen Cohen. Hair: Susan Kalinowski and Natascha, Favian Wigs. Our fantastic director David Fincher. Ceán Chaffin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Sara Spring, Jim ...
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23 February 2009 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

Hugh Jackman had a great time as host of this year's Academy awards, and so did we. His joy was infectious. The staging and set up is probably one of the best I've seen in all my years of watching these shows. The pre-show done by Jackman and Anne Hathaway was passable, but the whole production came across as so real and human, it astounded us. This actually was very well done. The set up for the presentations were beautiful, reminiscent, reflective, and sweetly genuine. This moved us tremendously, and it helped us know how deep some of the relationships go inside Hollywood. This was most excellent, and I cannot wait until next year's show. I am already starting to wonder who will host, what movies will make it, and how the stage will be set up. Yeah, I'mma geek.

I have to say that Ben Stiller's parody of Joaquin Phoenix was the funniest moment in the show. I also loved Heath Ledger's family and what they had to say, promising and accepting Heath's posthumous Oscar to "his sweet Mathilda." I loved the new way they set up and presented each Oscar. I loved the new "tribute" portion, Queen Latifah sang "I'll be seeing you" magnificently. I was moved by Jerry Lewis and the Academy's acknowledgment for all his hard work and dedication...coming out there on stage as he did, unaided by cane or friend (they're all gone now), seeing him standing there in sweet sweet reverie while his peers greet him with a "standing O" was so touching ... and so fitting.

I won't bore you with who won what. Everyone else will do that. I just wanted to let you know what you missed, as this was the greatest Oscars show I can remember having seen. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I LOVE the changes they made to the presentation style. WOW!

I give it 8/10 for great presentation and indefatigable style...

the Fiend :.

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