The 2009 Oscars Deserve An Emmy!

@anniepa (27238)
United States
February 23, 2009 12:47am CST
Did anyone else here watch the 81st Annual Academy Awards and find the show as entertaining as I did? I really think it's the best Oscar telecast I've seen for years. These shows can tend to go much too long and get rather boring but I didn't think that was the case tonight. It went a little over the scheduled time but that's nothing new and I wasn't as much over as it usually is. I thought Hugh Jackman did an excellent job as host and hope he'll be invited back. The show was just well done in general, I thought. I loved how they had five past winners present each of the acting awards, it was just a nice touch. I was even quite pleased with the winners this year! The Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor winners were rather surprising, especially Best Actor since it seemed that everyone was picking Mickey Rourke but I was rooting for both of the winners. I haven't seen either of the movies but intend to. I was certainly not surprised but I was very glad Heath Ledger won for best Supporting Actor. That was the only one of the nominated performances I've seen so far and he was truly amazing as the Joker. I was glad to see Slumdog Millionaire win, that looks like a very good movie and I intend to see it ASAP. Any thoughts from anyone on the Oscar show, the winners or anything else about it? Who looked the best, whose speech did you like the best and the least, etc... Annie
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
23 Feb 09
Nice. "Slum Dog..." get 8 Oscars and we are all claps....that how nice it is....an outsider comes in and makes film with the theme of poverty and we Indians are... all claps...not bad...if some one comes from outsider and call you a Dog....and as it is 'all about a Dog' so it gets Oscars....Such a tolerating and peace loving people we are....great... BTW I did not mean to you but I was talking about the film and its Oscar. Hope one day I to go to someone's back yard and take all the dirts and get an Oscar...
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I heard something about the title being a bit controversial but I didn't catch the whole thing. Is "slumdog" a common slang word in India or was it "made up" for the movie? Annie
• United States
23 Feb 09
krajibg, I asked an Indian friend about this title some time ago, and she said it's what people call the poor street people in Mumbai, where she lives. I don't believe anyone meant any disrespect or in any way intended to demean anyone. Instead, I think the film was made to show another in the many stories of pulling oneself out of poverty, many of which are made by and about Americans. Frankly, I felt quite good about it, and I felt that it helped me understad Indians better than before. The impressions I had before this were of extreme poverty and extreme wealth (my friend has extreme wealth), with higher castes actively harming lower castes. I knew India was a democracy, but I think of it as far more democratic than I did before. I'm not expressing it well, but I'm trying to say that the film showed the same sort of ugliness in poverty that American and British and French and Spanish, and all countries' films show, and the story was uplifting.
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
24 Feb 09
People differ in opinions. Thats ok, where is no poverty? Why choose India only? This is only because India is asking for a seat in the UN Security Council, its not Pakistan or Bangladesh or Bhutan or Zaire or Mexico or the poverty stricken African countries? There is an ulterior motive behind. I am telling you the truth that all the developing countries are of this Nature. But is it necessary to showcase India only? This is the democracy and big heart of India that permitted an outsider to make such a film. If he had gone to Afghanistan and the like country forget about Oscars it would be difficult for him to locate himself. I respect your point of view. But if you look it from my standing it would pain you too.
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• United States
23 Feb 09
Hi, Annie! While I kept dozing off, because I get up insanely early for work, it was the best award show in years. Hugh Jackman should be the host again and again. I loved the way he honored the show part of showbiz, and his number with Beyonce et al was fabulous! Whoever thought of having five past winners present Oscars deserves an Oscar for that, and the speeches were amazing! I was reminded why I love Sean Penn, even though he can be a major jerk at times. Joanne
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• United States
23 Feb 09
By the way, why do you think the Pheonix spoof went on much too long -- has Ben Stiller forgotten about timing completely? And will someone please get Sophia Loren new glasses? The rest of it was really a joy!
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I think Sophia Loren has had those same glasses since I was a little girl...lol! That WAS an excellent idea having five past winners present the acting awards and I hope they continue it. I feel the same about Sean Penn. I was rooting for him to win, partly because I believed he was the best actor but partly to see what he'd have to say. As it turned out he really hit a homerun! I didn't see the whole act about Phoenix, I think that was when I was getting a snack. Annie
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I watched the Oscars and thought it was a down right delightful show. Hugh Jackman did a wonderful job, this year it was actually entertaining! I was glad that Slumdog Millionaire won. I watch all 5 of the best picture nominated films yesterday and it was truly the best film out of the 5. I was glad that Heath Ledger won, and thought his family made a nice speech. I thought Kate Winslet was going to hyperventilate on the stage, but I thought it was nice to see someone get so excited about winning. And as activist as it was, I liked Sean Penn speech and was glad to see him get the Oscar because he played a very good role in Milk. Overall, for the first time, I am pretty happy with the Oscar's and don't too much of a complaint. Do wish that they would give movies like Batman a little more credit though.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I agree with all that you've said. I'm glad a movie like The Dark Knight finally did get some Oscar recognition. Heath Ledger took playing a super-villain to a whole new height that will be hard for anyone to ever match. I also liked Sean Penn's speech, although I expect there are many here on myLot who will disagree with me. He's a very intense and passionate person in everything he does, from his acting to his activism, and agree with him on some of his issues or not I think you've got to respect and admire that. It's sad there were apparently anti-gay protesters outside the theater. Speaking of Sean Penn, wasn't that Robin Wright Penn sitting with him and have they gotten back together? The last I knew they were divorcing. Annie
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
24 Feb 09
hmm, I didn't notice. I tend to not keep up with who is dating whom. I just like the movies themselves, I usually don't keep up with the lives of the Actors/Actresses themselves.
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• Philippines
23 Feb 09
Yes!! Seen it and really enjoyed it. The show is spectacular. I really laugh at ben steller, the way he acts and is his beard real??? hhahaha But mostly, I loved the winning sound track of the Slumdog millionaire. And thats a really good movie. Seen it.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire yet but I'm looking forward to seeing it. I've seen the two young stars are various shows recently and they're so refreshing. Annie
@tea512 (687)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I did like the insight into making a movie, the Steve Martin/Tina Fey thing about screenplay adaption , was interesting and really explained the catagory well. Hugh Jackman was funny and entertaining I was surprised as I did not think of him that way. The show was long, but I also liked the past winners welcoming the newest winner to the club so to speak. There is so much pomp and circumstanse to the whole thing it does get lame. It is fun to see someone win from the back of the room, or with a good back story. It was ok and you are right it is emmy worthy as it was better than the SAG, Grammy or Golden Globes, although a Mickey Rourke acceptance speech would have been cool.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I agree, Steven Martin and Tina Fey were both hilarious and informative. I'm surprised you didn't get to see a Mickey Rourke acceptance speech! Everyone seemed to be picking him as the favorite and I was surprised when Sean Penn won. So was he (Penn), I believe. Annie
@divinchris (2449)
• India
23 Feb 09
Honestly speaking this was the first Oscar I watched fully.I got up at 6Am in the morning and watched till the end.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Wow, that's early to get up to watch an award show! Annie
@jakeb1 (562)
• United States
23 Feb 09
This year's Oscars were great and I enjoyed it very much. I didn't watch last year's Oscars but I am sure this one was much better. Hugh Jackman was a great host and I am surprised this is the first time he has hosted a big event like the Oscars. He seems like a natural. Also, it was interested how they presented the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress. Heath Ledger winning an Oscar was great and probably the best moment of the night. Slumdog Millionaire winning 8 Oscars was great as well. It hit the jackpot.
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@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
23 Feb 09
Hugh Jackman lived and exceeded my expectations the show waswell paced and by having the nominees so close to the stage the walk to the stage was diminished and made it more lively the musical numbers were great. Does anyone know why Peter Gabriel did not present his song? I unfortunately missed a little bit in the middle with the costume, makeup etc. someone told be they were hosted by Daniel Craig and Sarah Jessica Parker. I really enjoyed them this year and since they end near 05h my time by the end of the awards ceremony I normally can't wait to see the end this year I was actually enjoying myself so much that I thought it ended too soon. Well I hope he gets and emmy.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I watched some of it. I missed alot of it though because I was asleep. I thought it was pretty good also though. I didn't see a whole lot to know who was best.
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@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
26 Feb 09
Oh yes, I was really enjoyed watching the Oscar awarding ceremony last sunday because it was really great, everything was amazing especially Hugh Jackman!He was breathtakingly awesome, my God!I never thought Hugh was merely an actor and I was really in total awe when I saw him singing and dancing and he was excellent in that broadway performance. So can I suggest that he may host the next year Oscar?because he was really entertaining and not like past hosts who were painfully boring and all. Hugh was really spectacular in that event. I also believed that it was the best Oscar presentation ever.
• India
24 Feb 09
I think , the oscar winners of this year are really deserved for their role... I am very happy with this judgement...& i have seen the picture "slumdog Millenaire"
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I only got to see the last few minutes of it.