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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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Credited cast:
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Himself - Host / Performer
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Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
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Herself - Presenter: Best Animated Film and Best Animated Short Film
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Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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Dancer - Luhrmann / Ashford
Julia Bantner ...
Dancer
Eric Barba ...
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Craig Barron ...
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
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Himself - Nominee: Best Film Editing
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Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay
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Herself - Accepting Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kristine Bendul ...
Dancer
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Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
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Herself - Presenter: Technical Awards
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Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay
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Annual awards presentation honoring the best film achievements of 2008.

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22 February 2009 (USA)  »

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81-я церемония вручения премии 'Оскар'  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Andrew Stanton - Winner: Best Animated Film: My producers Jim Morris and Lindsey Collins should really be up here to accept this with me. It's been such an inspiration to spend time with a character who so tenaciously struggles to find the beauty in everything that he sees. It's a noble aspiration to have in times like these. I dearly want to thank everyone that's been on this film: the cast, the crew, everybody at Disney and Pixar Studios. I have to single out Ed Catmull, John Lasseter and Steve Jobs for creating a cinematic safe haven ...
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Features The Ladies Man (1961) See more »

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Hooray for Hollywood
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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A different approach to the Oscars. Milk edges out the ram, Kate finally brings home gold, and the rags to riches story wins top prize!
23 February 2009 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

"The 81st Annual Academy Awards" was certainly one of the first Oscars that was done in a different style and direction. Unlike some of the past ones the show was more a performance style than a laugh fest. As evidenced by the host, as in the past when we laughed to the jokes and skits of Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Ellen, or John Stewart well this year the academy went a different route. A performer hosted that being actor Hugh Jackman and he displayed his talent very well mostly in the form of singing and performing well done skits and displays of the nominated films. Jackman not only a talented actor, but a stage performer you can tell his talent rubbed off well as his voice lit up the Oscar stage well. Also the awards categories when presented were handed out by at least five previous winners from the past of that particular category a first that I saw. The most moving and touching moment was the win of the late Heath Ledger as best supporting actor for his wicked performance of the Joker in the "Dark Knight" as his family mother, father, and sister accepting the award brought tears to everyone. And finally long overdue was the win of Kate Winslet for best actress the streak is over as her performance in the "Reader" broke her losing streak. And in the hot contested race of best actor Sean Penn's lifelike performance of gay politician Harvey Milk edged out the comeback kid Mickey Rourke as Mickey's turn in "The Wrestler" had all of us hoping for an underdog win. As in the best picture race as expected Hollywood loves a fairy tale as expected the rags to riches tale "Slumdog Millionaire" took best picture and it scooped up a total of eight wins. Overall one of the more recent better Oscars as with the hosting the show was less funny yet the talent and performance display was moving even though the shows pace ran a little bit over. Yet this 81st edition is most memorable for having one of the best and closest best actor races in years and it shows Hollywood always has a big heart for a rags to riches picture and as Kate proves just keep trying. But most of all history was made with Ledger's win as he became the first posthumous Oscar winner since Peter Finch who won for 1976's "Network". So overall one of the better award shows in recent years. Yet one last question where was Jack Nicholson?


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