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The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009)

TV-14 | | News | TV Special 22 February 2009
Annual awards presentation honoring the best film achievements of 2008.
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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hugh Jackman ... Himself - Host & Performer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amy Adams ... Herself - Nominee
Jennifer Aniston ... Herself - Presenter
Alan Arkin ... Himself - Presenter
Amy Bailey ... Dancer - Luhrmann / Ashford
Julia Bantner Julia Bantner ... Dancer
Eric Barba Eric Barba ... Himself - Winner
Craig Barron ... Himself - Winner
Kirk Baxter ... Himself - Nominee
Simon Beaufoy ... Himself - Winner
Sally Bell ... Herself - Accepting Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kristine Bendul Kristine Bendul ... Dancer
Halle Berry ... Herself - Presenter
Beyoncé ... Herself - Performer
Jessica Biel ... Herself - Hostess: Scientific & Technical Awards Banquet
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Annual awards presentation honoring the best film achievements of 2008.

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USA

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English

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22 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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The 81st Annual Academy Awards See more »

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California, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman had at one point been set to play Kate Winslet's Oscar winning role of Hanna Schmitz in The Reader (2008), but passed on the part due to pregnancy. Also, Marion Cotillard had been briefly considered for the role of Hanna before Winslet was cast. Ironically, both Kidman and Cotillard were two of the presenters who awarded Best Actress winner Winslet her Oscar trophy. 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

Sean Penn: [his acceptance speech] You commie, homo-loving sons of guns! I did not expect this, but I, and I want it to be very clear that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me, often. But I am touched by the appreciation and I hoped for it enough that I did want to scribble down so I had the names, in case you were commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns. And so I want to thank my best friend, Sata Matsuzawa*. My circle of long-time support: Mara, Bryan, Barry and Bob. The great Cleve Jones. Our ...
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Connections

Follows The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

O Saya
(from "Slumdog Millionaire (2008)")
Written by A.R. Rahman and M.I.A.
Performed by A.R. Rahman and M.I.A.
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Nicely Done
23 February 2009 | by ElswetSee 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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