Oscar highlights: the best from the ceremony (video)

Overall, I enjoyed the Oscar ceremony, but I realized around 10:30 that the night would be endless. It was at 10:30 that I looked over at the clock and realized that Best Supporting Actor had yet to be announced. And even though I have to Hugh Jackman high marks simply for his enthusiasm, I really missed the snarky one-liners of previous hosts like Jon Stewart and Ellen DeGeneres. But Hugh’s joy was infectious (in a good way) and it really seemed like he was having his boyhood dream come true by hosting the Oscars.

So what are some of the other highlights of the evening? I’ll do my favorites, and what I thought were some of the most notable moments:

* Anne Hathaway pretending to be Richard Nixon to Jackman’s David Frost. It really cracked me up, even though it was truly weird.

*Heath Ledger’s family showing a lot of class and solidarity during their speech, and how nearly every actor that was cut to during the speech was crying.

*Kate Winslet finally winning, and telling Meryl Streep to suck it up. It sounded a little harsh, but I liked how Winslet really showed the world how much she wanted the award instead of feigning shock and humility. She was very real.

*The Best Song thing with John Legend and the Indian dancers was awesome. They should come back for every awards show.

*It seemed like so many of the actresses were wearing different cream-colored versions of the same basic dress. It was so weird and “Twilight Zone” – did someone send a memo?

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*I loved the Indian sound-mixing winner who thanked the word “Om”, the word of God. It was priceless!

*How multi-cultural the ceremony and the winners were. It was sort of like this last year, when every winner in the acting categories was a non-American. I remember, after last year’s Oscars, Chris Matthews said on “Hardball” that it is a great tribute to our country and to the American film industry that we reward artists from different cultures and backgrounds, and the same can be said this year. Seeing all of those Indians receive awards, for me, as an Indian-American, was really special.

*On the same note, Penelope Cruz’s speech was lovely. She seemed like one the most emotional women there, and I liked that she gave part of her speech in Spanish.

*At first, I thought Queen Latifah singing over the “In Memory” section would be a disaster, but it was really good! My only complaint was that they should have brought the camera in closer so we could actually see the people’s names. I had to squint to see “Paul Newman” for God’s sake.

*I loved, loved, loved the format for awarding the acting categories, by bringing in old winners in that category. It‘s a really nice way to honor the nominees by their peers, and you could really tell with some more than others, just what an honor it was. When Shirley MacLaine talked about Anne Hathaway, Anne looked like she was near tears. And when Eva Marie Saint talked about Viola Davis, Viola actually did start crying. The best one was Robert DeNiro talking about Sean Penn: “How did he do it… all of these years, getting jobs playing straight men?” DeNiro can deliver the hell out of a one-liner!

All in all, a good ceremony without any big surprises. I was a little disappointed that Mickey Rourke didn’t win, but he’s still got a good career resurgence out of this role. It will be interesting to see what the ratings were – I bet they were pretty good in the beginning of the show, but tapered off after the third hour.

Well, it’s the end of the awards season, and I’m pretty happy about the way things shook down. What did you think?

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  1. Trillion says:

    THANK YOU CB! I was stuck in Denver airport 7 hours last night and couldn’t watch! :( :( :(

  2. sandy says:

    i was bummed sean penn won-he’s a jerk.
    pretty sure he didn’t thank his wife.
    really wanted to see mickey r. get up there and feel the love.
    hugh was ok
    billy crystal was the best host

  3. Lem says:

    sounded to me like Penelope’s spanish is just as hard to hear as her english

  4. Maritza says:

    Hugh Jackman was really great, I hope he continues doing the Oscars! He is very good singer and dancer and so handsome. And the concept of past Oscar winners presenting the nominees is a really nice touch! I enjoyed the show although it was to long!

  5. Tony says:

    I, along with much of America, have stopped watching this parade of political hogwash a long, long time ago.

  6. Miss Wanderlust says:

    I watched the show in Holland, it started here at 2:30 AM
    I thought the show was good and the stage was gorgeous, Hugh Jackman did a nice job but i laughed more with the other oscarspresenters.

    The performances were ok and i loved the Bollywood performances but the academy doesn’t know other singers than Beyonce and Queen Latifah !!
    Altough they both did a good job they have been there almost every year since the millenium, change the game up academy if you want more ratings !!!

    I really loved the way they handed it out the awards to the actors/actresses.
    They all seemed so genuine in there beautifull speeches to the nominees
    (really sweet or good acting…lol)
    Even tho 16 people have lost they must have felt so appreciated by their colleagues for their perfomance…losing never felt that good, hahaha

    Sean Penn was a total suprise to me but maybe M. Rourke will get the credit for another upcoming movie, hang in there bro…your time will come !

  7. Ash says:

    One of my favorite lines was when Whoopi Goldberg introduced Amy Adams and did her nun spcheel.

  8. Debbi says:

    Anybody know the name of the Japanese gentleman who struggled through his thank-yous in English and closed with ‘domo arigato, Mr Roboto’? That was my fave speech of the night.

  9. the original kate says:

    i thought penelope cruz was totally charming in her acceptance speech. and how funny is it that both she and nicole kidman won oscars after they broke up with tiny tom cruise? pay attention, katie holmes!

  10. mel says:

    I also loved how they had past winners present the awards! Another website said that was boring, but I thought it was great!

  11. francesca says:

    I’m deeply sad that Micky Rourke didn’t win, because he surely deserved it and I hope he’ll have another chance to walk on that stage and hold that statue…
    I am very very very very happy about the victory of Kate, I love her, and I wish her the best she could possibly achieve in her life…
    I’m actualy a lil’ bit sad because it’s all finished, I enjoyed it so much and I’m looking forward to the 82nd…
    Oh My Gosh…how man emotions in just one night…
    love xxx

  12. Annie says:

    Why is it a parade of political hogwash? And why do you represent “Americans”?

    Are you upset that there’s actually diversity on your television? Sicken you a little? Have a strong urge to go burn a cross?

  13. Chiara says:

    I thought presentations and acceptances very good.

    Both The Reader and Doubt were absorbing and I thought Kate’s and Meryl’s performances as equal.

    Meryl is a, “woman’s woman,” and it’s so obvious she connects emotionally and bonds with women. The Kate remark was most likely a source of laughter between the two.

    The names through the memoriam were difficult to read, but Queen Latifah singing through the presentation was enjoyable.

    Overall entertaining evening.

  14. Kt D says:

    Thanks for loading all of these videos for comment. I was so glad that AR Rahman won the award for Best Original Score last night. In fact, I was glad that Slumdog Millionaire won the Best Picture award (as well as numerous other awards) from the Academy. It was interesting that Britain seemed to be quite a winner too, providing Danny Boyle (director of Slumdog), Kate Winslet, costume designers behind the Duchess and the Man on Fire documentary. I watched an excellent summary video on the “real” Oscar winners at newsy.com. Take a look:


  15. Gigohead says:

    The memory was painful as Queen does not have the voice for that song. she was warbling. They should have just laid out a professional voice and had can clapping because clapping to some and not for others is well “rude”. Everyone should get an applause as that is the universal symbol for Bravo Bravo.

  16. Jane says:

    I was so glad Sean Penn and the screenplay for Milk won! What a night for LGBT rights!