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

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Slumdog Millionaire (2008) was the first Best Picture winner to receive more than four Oscars since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). See more »

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During the "In Memoriam" segment a shot of the famous spaghetti eating scene in Lady and the Tramp is shown behind Ollie Johnston. Johnston did not actually animate this scene. Fellow "Nine Old Men" member Frank Thomas animated the scene. See more »

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A.R. Rahman - Winner: Best Original Score and Best Original Song: I just want to thank again the whole crew of "Slumdog Millionaire," especially Danny Boyle for giving such a great opportunity. And the whole, all the people from Mumbai. The essence of the film, which is about optimism and the power of hope in our lives, and all my life I've had a choice of hate and love. I chose love and I'm here. God bless.
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Follows The 33rd Annual Academy Awards (1961) See more »

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Jai Ho
(from "Slumdog Millionaire (2008)")
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Gulzar
Performed by A.R. Rahman and Tanvi Shah
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What a night!!! What a year!!! What a show!!!
23 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

This, by far, was the very best Oscar show I've ever seen in my entire life!!! Hugh Jackman was the best Oscar host since Johnny Carson and he needs to come back for the next three years at least. It was entirely tasteful that he gave no political statements and that his performance was full of excitement and appreciation for honoring excellence in cinema...

Apart from that, my favorite part of the whole evening involved all the acting categories where five past recipients all came out and presented the latest 'member of the club' into their circle... Eva Marie Saint, Goldie Hawn, Anjeclica Huston, Whoopi Goldberg and Tilda Swinton announced a most deserving Penelope Cruz as best supporting actress for her wild, dynamic portrayal in 'Vicky Christina Barcelona'; Joel Grey, Christopher Walken, Kevin Kline, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Alan Arkin awarded the late Heath Ledger's best supporting actor Oscar for 'The Dark Knight' to his grateful and honored father, mother and sister; Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Marillon Cotillard made a very emotional moment completely unforgettable when they proudly welcomed Kate Winslet into the Best Actress category for her emotionally gripping performance in 'The Reader'; and Robert DeNiro, Sir Ben Kingsley, Michael Douglas, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Adrien Brody announced Sean Penn as best actor for his dead-on portrayal of San Francisco politician Harvey Milk in the Gus Van Sant-directed biopic 'Milk'... and 'Wall-E', the darling of all the animated films from 2008, was named the best animated feature to little surprise. And then of course, there was the feel-good film of the year, 'Slumdog Millionaire' winning 8 out of the 10 nominations it received, including Best Song, Score, Adapted Screenplay, Director and Best Picture.

It was a magical, thoroughly pleasing night for the Oscars this year and I'm hoping five past recipients will be back next year to present each acting category and definitely Hugh Jackman will be greatly welcomed back as emcee.


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