Monday, February 23, 2009

81st Academy Awards

I woke up early to catch the 81st Academy Awards (The Oscars) live. Well apparently not that early to see the red carpet entrance of the stars who unfortunately end up being ambushed by petty entertainment show hosts.

It was the first time for People's Magazine's sexiest man alive Hugh Jackman to host the show. He gave the show some much needed flair with a musical vibe. His opening song and dance number with the help of a refreshing Anne Hathaway kicked the show off to a good start. That guy has all the right moves, he is versatile, he can sing, he can dance, he delivers and gives it his best. He is awesome and very yummy adorable!

Ok let me stop gushing and get on with my review of the awards show!

I like how they 'personalized' the awards with presenters composed of past winners paying 'tribute' to the nominees. It was a poignant and emotional moment for the nominees who kept trying not to shed tears to ruin their make up.

The 'technical' sections were accompanied by great graphics and edgy production numbers to highlight each category. The presenters were equipped with crisp and sometimes funny banter to the amusement of the audience.

But most of all, I watch the awards shows for the speeches (yes sure also for the fashion!) the winners spew out trying their best not to lose their composure. So whether it is written in advance on a crumpled piece of paper or delivered extemporaneously on the lectern, it always gives the audience a front seat glimpse into their overwhelmed reaction upon winning the much coveted award.
It is especially great to watch the people behind the scenes offering their gratitude while holding their Oscar. After all without them, films won't get made.

Penelope Cruz wanted to faint. She was excellent as the tempestuous ex wife of Javier Bardem, Maria Elena in the Woody Allen manned "Vicky Cristina Barcelona". Heath Ledger's family delivered a poignant response and accepted the best supporting award on behalf of his daughter, Matilda. Kate Winslet in a gorgeous YSL gown was eloquent with a bit of Brit humor as she finally got herself a best actress Oscar for her role in "The Reader". While Sean Penn well will always be Sean Penn. You know the one with the political jab sniping at every single issue rocking the US of A, at the moment. This time, he mentioned the anti gay protesters and the critics of same sex marriages.

As expected, Slumdog Millionaire got the major haul of the oscars. It got 8 including best picture, best song (the bouncy Jai Ho) and best director for Danny Boyle. In his speech, he calls himself an idiot since he forgot to give due credit to the guy who choreographed the dance sequence during the end credits of the film.

The Full List of Winners are as follows:
Best Picture - Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director - Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Actor - Sean Penn (Milk)
Best Actress - Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Best Supporting Actor - Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Best Supporting Actress - Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Best Original Screenplay - Dustin Lance Black (Milk)
Best Adapted Screenplay - Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Animated Feature - WALL-E
Best Animated Short - Presto
Best Foreign Language Film - Departures
Best Art Direction - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Cinematography - Slumdog Millionaire
Best Costume Design - The Duchess
Best Documentary Feature - Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short - Smile Pinki
Best Editing - Slumdog Millionaire
Best Live Action Short - Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Makeup - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Original Score - A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Original Song - "Jai Ho," A.R. Rahman and Gulzar (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Sound Editing - The Dark Knight
Best Sound Mixing - Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

So yes the Academy awards show was a blast to watch due largely to Hugh Jackman! Yes, I know I like to repeat myself to emphasize a point. So although I've seen just a few of the nominated films, I love watching award shows (with or without Hugh Jackman as its host) But I've managed to get copies of the other movies so I'm psyched! Now if only I could find the time to simply relax on the couch with microwave popcorn to view them (Milk, Doubt, The Reader, Changeling, Revolutionary Road) I'd be very happy!

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