Marked improvement from last year.
Let's face it, last year's Oscars were pretty mediocre at best.
However, I mostly blame that on the writers strike, which eventually
resulted in a rushed and terrible ceremony. This year, it's much
Hugh Jackman as host=He was quite comical and who knew he could sing.
The Presentations=Just seeing so many old and new Oscar-winning actors
and actresses presenting the honors to this year's lucky actors and
actresses made a huge difference. Eva-Marie Saint still looks great
even in her mid 80s.
The ultimate winners: All of them good choices, I mean, the ultimate
awards deserved it. No surprises though, I pretty much guessed
Timing: No time being wasted at this ceremony.
As a whole, it wasn't a perfect ceremony, but was pretty good compared
to 2008. It doesn't get a perfect 10 simply because during the
memorials segment, it focused more on fancy camera-work rather than
honoring the movie people who died in the past year..
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!
"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?.