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Feb. 23, 2009by:

... Oscar Schmoscar ‘09
by Sturdy

Usually, I use this yearly column to point out the reoccurring problems I have with the Academy Awards ceremony. I joked earlier that I could just cut and paste the same column because the Oscars have the same, annoying problems from year to year; long montages, boring president speeches, unnecessary song performances, etc. But this year, a few things seemed to have clicked with the Academy director and aside from one glaring failure, it was a pretty decent show.


Amy Adams is adorable, but in that “kid-sister” kind of way.

There were many positives to talk about, but let me get the big negative out of the way first. But before I do, I want to point out that even though there are many things we assume about the Oscars, there is only one thing we know for certain; who was nominated for what. So any grand acknowledgement of the nominees is a delay in getting to the point. Of course, it was completely unnecessary to bring out five former winners for the acting awards and have them give individual soliloquies to the current nominees. Didn’t it feel a little awkward to you? It was a near-impossible thing to pull off. Even if they had managed to get the best/most famous actors, the task of writing five interesting speeches for each award is futile. They have no chance of saying anything about that actor we don’t know and the whole world is waiting for them to shut up and get to the winner. For me, it was a drag and a glaring negative on an otherwise enjoyable show.


Hugh is great, and he went the whole night without plugging Wolverine.

Okay, now for the positives. Kudos to Hugh Jackman for giving us something to watch during the Oscars. I always enjoyed Billy Crystal’s musical montages to open up the show and I thought Jackman’s number was on par with some of Crystal’s best. I also liked the musical number in the middle of the show. That was much better than sitting through a long montage. It was nice to see the montages focus on the movies that came out last year, rather than celebrating all the films that have ever been released. It gave the show a feeling of being more relevant. I also really liked how they did the Best Song award. Rather than three long, boring songs, we get one performance that covers all three songs. It worked for the songs nominated, but I wonder how they would’ve covered Springsteen’s “The Wrestler” had it been nominated.


I bet they were devastated they didn’t win; it’s not like they have anything else positive in their lives.

Every year I watch the Oscars, I always think to myself that there is something wrong with the Oscars that extends beyond the broadcast or the snubs. I think I finally figured it out this year when I realized there are no “oh shit” moments with the Oscars. It’s not something that’s necessarily fixable, but there wasn’t one single surprise on Sunday night. In fact, I can’t think of a genuine surprise at the Academy Awards since SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE beat out SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. That was the last time the Oscars sparked emotion out of me. I think the only way they can generate an element of surprise is if they become the first awards show instead of the last. By the time the Oscars run around, we knew all the major winners because there’s no reason to believe SLUMDOG will win every single award but the Oscar. Moving the Oscars up to the end of December would do wonders for the show. I know people would be concerned that wouldn’t give the voters enough time to see the movies, but studios will have to adjust by sending out their bribes…err…reviewer discs early.

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7:50PM on 02/26/2009
Well, Japan DID win in foreign language.. call me surprised hehe
Well, Japan DID win in foreign language.. call me surprised hehe
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12:29AM on 02/24/2009

wolverine was plugged

The last line of Hugh Jackman's first musical number was "I am wolverine."
The last line of Hugh Jackman's first musical number was "I am wolverine."
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11:23PM on 02/23/2009

Award shows

I absolutely hate Movie and music award shows. All I have to say about the whole load of shit last night.
I absolutely hate Movie and music award shows. All I have to say about the whole load of shit last night.
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11:17PM on 02/23/2009

Award shows

I absolutely hate Movie and music award shows. All I have to say about the whole load of shit last night.
I absolutely hate Movie and music award shows. All I have to say about the whole load of shit last night.
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11:17PM on 02/23/2009

Good show with some complaints

I agree with most people here. Mickey Rourke most definetly deserved that win. Mickey absolutely delivered in that role. Even Sean Penn pretty much agreed. Also, Penn didn't need to bring a political agenda into his speech. That was unneccessary.

Speaking of unneccessary, Bill Mahar was a big douche with his comments. Definetely the wrong time and the wrong place for his garbage.
I agree with most people here. Mickey Rourke most definetly deserved that win. Mickey absolutely delivered in that role. Even Sean Penn pretty much agreed. Also, Penn didn't need to bring a political agenda into his speech. That was unneccessary.

Speaking of unneccessary, Bill Mahar was a big douche with his comments. Definetely the wrong time and the wrong place for his garbage.
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8:53PM on 02/23/2009

Don't fuck with tradition !

Two problems I had with a pretty good awards show. Do away with the five actor's thing. I like the tradition of last year's winner presnting to the not yet winner, and showing a clip of the nominated actor as well.
The second one was Slumdog Millionaire winning technical categories. Give me a break. Freaking overrated movie.
Two problems I had with a pretty good awards show. Do away with the five actor's thing. I like the tradition of last year's winner presnting to the not yet winner, and showing a clip of the nominated actor as well.
The second one was Slumdog Millionaire winning technical categories. Give me a break. Freaking overrated movie.
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8:25PM on 02/23/2009

Good show with some complaints

I agree with most people here. Mickey Rourke most definetly deserved that win. Mickey absolutely delivered in that role. Even Sean Penn pretty much agreed. Also, Penn didn't need to bring a political agenda into his speech. That was unneccessary.

Speaking of unneccessary, Bill Mahar was a big douche with his comments. Definetely the wrong time and the wrong place for his garbage.
I agree with most people here. Mickey Rourke most definetly deserved that win. Mickey absolutely delivered in that role. Even Sean Penn pretty much agreed. Also, Penn didn't need to bring a political agenda into his speech. That was unneccessary.

Speaking of unneccessary, Bill Mahar was a big douche with his comments. Definetely the wrong time and the wrong place for his garbage.
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7:47PM on 02/23/2009

great oscar show

Regardless of what you think about who should have won or been nominated, that really was the best Oscar show I've ever watched. There was the awesome Hugh Jackman and almost zero Ego in the room. loved it.
Regardless of what you think about who should have won or been nominated, that really was the best Oscar show I've ever watched. There was the awesome Hugh Jackman and almost zero Ego in the room. loved it.
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7:25PM on 02/23/2009

gayzilla - i can has high five?

So this article is pretty good. The one film out of the "best Picture" category i haven't seen is the reader. I LOVED Slumdog, I actually went to the theater 3 different times to watch it, but i didn't really think it was best picture material. I do feel that WAll-E and TDK got snubbed, but only because 2008 kinda sucked for movies. I loved TDK, but the last 20 minutes fucked it up, i feel if they'd ended before bringing in the two-face character it's would have been much better.Milk was a
So this article is pretty good. The one film out of the "best Picture" category i haven't seen is the reader. I LOVED Slumdog, I actually went to the theater 3 different times to watch it, but i didn't really think it was best picture material. I do feel that WAll-E and TDK got snubbed, but only because 2008 kinda sucked for movies. I loved TDK, but the last 20 minutes fucked it up, i feel if they'd ended before bringing in the two-face character it's would have been much better.Milk was a great film, HArvey Milk is one of my personal heroes, but again, not something i realy though was best picture worthy. out of all the films nominated i felt that slumdog was the best, but i don't feel that the best was nominated. I haven't seen the wrestler, so i can't say anything about rourke yet, but i saw all the other performances and i thought that penn totally deserved it, the only part about his speech that annoyed me was that he didn't even mention HArvey or the role, the politics is fine, but at least acknoledge what you got the little golden statue for! at least he did nod to rourke, since they are buds.
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7:01PM on 02/23/2009
Oh, let's get real about the gay thing people. Gay related movies won 2 Oscars last night, out of how many categories, add that to the 8 or so gay related Oscars in the past, that's less than a dozen Oscars in the past 81 years out of a thousand. You can hardly say they favor gay material, a statement like that has no basis in reality. Oh yeah, and Bring on the political speeches, a tradition of the Oscars as old as they are, from Lynn Redgrave to Marlon Brando to Sean Penn, bring on the
Oh, let's get real about the gay thing people. Gay related movies won 2 Oscars last night, out of how many categories, add that to the 8 or so gay related Oscars in the past, that's less than a dozen Oscars in the past 81 years out of a thousand. You can hardly say they favor gay material, a statement like that has no basis in reality. Oh yeah, and Bring on the political speeches, a tradition of the Oscars as old as they are, from Lynn Redgrave to Marlon Brando to Sean Penn, bring on the politics hollwyood, thats your chance to speak.
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6:56PM on 02/23/2009
Like most people posting here, I too really enjoyed the actors speeches and thought it was a highlight of the show, I hope they bring that back and make it a new tradition. Looks like your far outnumbered Sturdy. For me the big negative was focusing on Latifah and not letting us know who the hell died last year.
Like most people posting here, I too really enjoyed the actors speeches and thought it was a highlight of the show, I hope they bring that back and make it a new tradition. Looks like your far outnumbered Sturdy. For me the big negative was focusing on Latifah and not letting us know who the hell died last year.
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6:07PM on 02/23/2009
Rourke losing to Penn was a crime. Sorry, but Rourke's performance in the Wrestler was unflinchingly real and powerful and unlike any "Oscar bait" performances up there. Hell, Frank Langella's performance as Nixon was beyond Penn's. Him winning just confirmed that hollywood elitism runs the Academy.

And look it bugs the crap out of me when people go up there and use winning an award as an opportunity to spew their political ideals, for left or right, for good or evil whatever. Just say
Rourke losing to Penn was a crime. Sorry, but Rourke's performance in the Wrestler was unflinchingly real and powerful and unlike any "Oscar bait" performances up there. Hell, Frank Langella's performance as Nixon was beyond Penn's. Him winning just confirmed that hollywood elitism runs the Academy.

And look it bugs the crap out of me when people go up there and use winning an award as an opportunity to spew their political ideals, for left or right, for good or evil whatever. Just say thank you and let the work do the talking. If they want to get political save it for the message boards. It is such a turn off to watch people up on a soap box irregardless of their political affiliation. Even if they agreed with me I would still be a little pissed because its not the time or place and it only divides people, when the Oscars are there to hopefully unite people in our common love for movies. So to sit there and have Sean Penn have the AUDACITY to say "Shame on you" because people don't agree with his political leanings at the Academy Awards is as ignorant as the behavior he is condemning.

And Bill Maher was a really, really, really, really, really, bad idea. Smarmy, egotistical, greasy, unfunny know it all with a chip on his shoulder. Blech!
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5:45PM on 02/23/2009
button was better than slumdog. Even the Wrestler was better than slum. It's overrated
button was better than slumdog. Even the Wrestler was better than slum. It's overrated
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5:42PM on 02/23/2009

NO SURPRISES.

Penn was the favorite to win. Rourke was second
Penn was the favorite to win. Rourke was second
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5:20PM on 02/23/2009

No suprises?

Penn over Rourke?
Suprise!
Penn over Rourke?
Suprise!
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3:36PM on 02/23/2009

Doesn't matter to fans

I think real fans and fan sites shouldn't even acknowledge the Oscars anymore. We are the people that make these films and break'em. The Golden Schmoes are a perfect example of how out of touch the Oscars are. The voters get their nice little screeners for FREE and sit home to evaluate every film. The rest of us pay out the ass for tickets and put up with plenty of assholes with their cell phones in theatres, but the awards go to the films we don't get a chance to see or just don't like.
I think real fans and fan sites shouldn't even acknowledge the Oscars anymore. We are the people that make these films and break'em. The Golden Schmoes are a perfect example of how out of touch the Oscars are. The voters get their nice little screeners for FREE and sit home to evaluate every film. The rest of us pay out the ass for tickets and put up with plenty of assholes with their cell phones in theatres, but the awards go to the films we don't get a chance to see or just don't like. Dark Knight deserved more! Mickey Rourke EARNED the Oscar! And while Slumdog was great, they could have placed it in the foreign film category and opened a slot for Dark Knight that way. Oscars? - Fuck'em!
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1:39PM on 02/23/2009
crazy88. Are you kidding? Hugh Jackman actually made the Oscars fun to watch for once! I guess song and dance just isn't your thing. You'd rather have some comedian cracking awful jokes the entire night? No thank you.

I think one of the biggest Oscar shockers in the last couple of years was CRASH beating BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN for Best Pic. If you remember, Jack (where the hell was he this year?) presented the award that year and even he was surprised when he read CRASH off the ballot.
crazy88. Are you kidding? Hugh Jackman actually made the Oscars fun to watch for once! I guess song and dance just isn't your thing. You'd rather have some comedian cracking awful jokes the entire night? No thank you.

I think one of the biggest Oscar shockers in the last couple of years was CRASH beating BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN for Best Pic. If you remember, Jack (where the hell was he this year?) presented the award that year and even he was surprised when he read CRASH off the ballot. Rourke's snub was the shocker for me this year. I don't care what anyone says, he deserved to win it more than Sean "WATCH ME ACT!!!" Penn. But, the Academy has to show that they support the gay folk (thereby redeeming themselves for the BROKEBACK snub) so naturally they gave the gold to the people involved in the film that deals with gay rights. I almost expected MILK to take the Best Pic for that very reason. I just wish they could keep all the political statement wins out of the Oscars for once.

And bring back the nominee's clips please!! How annoying was it for the five previous winners to come up, refer to the nominee's by name and then go: "And the nominee's are..."? That was the worst thing they've done since that year they made all the "unimportant" winners accept their award in the aisles.
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1:13PM on 02/23/2009

Worst Oscars

Not from the respectful winners, but rather for the technical aspect (curtains didn't open on time) and the way they presented their nominees was just awful. And lets face it, Hugh Jackman was easily the worst host in the history of the Academy Awards, will it ever compare to the outstanding job done by Billy Crystal and Ellen? NOPE. At least those can keep an audience in endless laughter throughout the night.
Not from the respectful winners, but rather for the technical aspect (curtains didn't open on time) and the way they presented their nominees was just awful. And lets face it, Hugh Jackman was easily the worst host in the history of the Academy Awards, will it ever compare to the outstanding job done by Billy Crystal and Ellen? NOPE. At least those can keep an audience in endless laughter throughout the night.
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1:02PM on 02/23/2009

Waltz with Bashir not winning was a SHOCKER!

jk...good CmH, I agree with just about everything
jk...good CmH, I agree with just about everything
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12:46PM on 02/23/2009

A good show

I enjoyed the show, I actually liked that whole five former winners presenting bit. And, Jackman was great. I have to agree with whistler, he did actually plug WOLVERINE, when the end of the opening number he was going on about "I'm a slumdog...I'm a wrestler....bla bla bla...I'm Wolverine!" or something like that.

As far as past Oscar surprises though, the biggest one for me the past few years was watching PAN'S LABYRINTH take home three Academy Awards and then lose in the Best Foreign Film
I enjoyed the show, I actually liked that whole five former winners presenting bit. And, Jackman was great. I have to agree with whistler, he did actually plug WOLVERINE, when the end of the opening number he was going on about "I'm a slumdog...I'm a wrestler....bla bla bla...I'm Wolverine!" or something like that.

As far as past Oscar surprises though, the biggest one for me the past few years was watching PAN'S LABYRINTH take home three Academy Awards and then lose in the Best Foreign Film race to THE LIVES OF OTHERS. You could actually hear the gasps when it happened.

Anyway, good show, and Rogen and Franco were very funny in their Apatow short tribute to comedies, especially when that SAVING PRIVATE RYAN cinematographer just randomly shows up.
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12:14PM on 02/23/2009
I agree with most of what you said. I prefer video clips over a verbal synopsis of the actor's role.

I really agree with the comment about there being no surprises (except Rourke) due to the numerous award shows. Can't we just have 1 massive award show for movies, instead of 1 big and a few small ones. The same movies/roles win each time anyway.
I agree with most of what you said. I prefer video clips over a verbal synopsis of the actor's role.

I really agree with the comment about there being no surprises (except Rourke) due to the numerous award shows. Can't we just have 1 massive award show for movies, instead of 1 big and a few small ones. The same movies/roles win each time anyway.
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11:47AM on 02/23/2009
The Best Song performance really irked me this year because I *really* wanted to see Peter Gabriel sing "Down to Earth." I was really surprised to see that didn't win.

Jackman was great, Maher sucked and I loved the tributes the former winners gave the nominees. It gave the show a really intimate feeling.

Finally: grow up, annihilist. Jackman started in musical theatre before he got into movies. And he and Anne Hathaway have excellent singing voices.
The Best Song performance really irked me this year because I *really* wanted to see Peter Gabriel sing "Down to Earth." I was really surprised to see that didn't win.

Jackman was great, Maher sucked and I loved the tributes the former winners gave the nominees. It gave the show a really intimate feeling.

Finally: grow up, annihilist. Jackman started in musical theatre before he got into movies. And he and Anne Hathaway have excellent singing voices.
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11:45AM on 02/23/2009

wolverine

he actually did plug wolverine in the opening number
he actually did plug wolverine in the opening number
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11:05AM on 02/23/2009
come on dude, he's not gay. He was on broadway. Get over it.
come on dude, he's not gay. He was on broadway. Get over it.
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11:04AM on 02/23/2009
I agree that Jackman was great.. and I hope never to see Bill Maher present another Oscar, he was awful. I liked the actor categories presentation, it made it a bit more special for each nominee, which is good. I think the biggest drawback is how stupid the academy is with their nominations.. like not nominating TDK, Aronofsky for director, the Wrestler for song, so on. And I feel almost like they only gave so much love to Milk because of it's subject matter. I haven't seen it yet, so I may
I agree that Jackman was great.. and I hope never to see Bill Maher present another Oscar, he was awful. I liked the actor categories presentation, it made it a bit more special for each nominee, which is good. I think the biggest drawback is how stupid the academy is with their nominations.. like not nominating TDK, Aronofsky for director, the Wrestler for song, so on. And I feel almost like they only gave so much love to Milk because of it's subject matter. I haven't seen it yet, so I may be way wrong, it just seems like they are too focused on making a political statement.
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11:03AM on 02/23/2009
those Jackman dance numbers are not going to help him deflect the gay rumors.
those Jackman dance numbers are not going to help him deflect the gay rumors.
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11:03AM on 02/23/2009
gotta disagree as well...
They sped up the technical categories, by keeping certain presenters out there longer so they could take time with the acting categories (which most people tune in to see). And most of the nominees were crying during their respective speeches, & those Oscar producers love audience tears!

And didn't particularly care for the end of the "Best Song" Perfomance. Why was John Legend singing w/ A.R. Rahman? I think they did it this year only b/c there were three
gotta disagree as well...
They sped up the technical categories, by keeping certain presenters out there longer so they could take time with the acting categories (which most people tune in to see). And most of the nominees were crying during their respective speeches, & those Oscar producers love audience tears!

And didn't particularly care for the end of the "Best Song" Perfomance. Why was John Legend singing w/ A.R. Rahman? I think they did it this year only b/c there were three nominees.

As for an "oh shit" moment...The Best Lead Actor race was VERY close. And two years ago, Crash over Brokeback was big, and the year before there was Alan Arkin over Eddie Murphy for Best Supporting Actor...If the Oscars bumped their awards up, everyone else would bump as well, because once the Oscars are awarded no one will care about the others.
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10:48AM on 02/23/2009

If only...

The Dark Knight was nominated things would have been different. Oh yeah, I went with a callback. Anyways I couldn't give a crap about the Oscars anyway b/c they only give love to the same pompous b.s. (excluding the Rourke, Ledger & Downey Jr. noms). I'll probably only check out the Pineapple Express bit.
The Dark Knight was nominated things would have been different. Oh yeah, I went with a callback. Anyways I couldn't give a crap about the Oscars anyway b/c they only give love to the same pompous b.s. (excluding the Rourke, Ledger & Downey Jr. noms). I'll probably only check out the Pineapple Express bit.
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10:41AM on 02/23/2009
Those speeches were long and unnecessary, although it was nice to see the old winners, it took out a good amount of my time. And wouldn't really call the end of the intro song plugging his movie. You think the writers were going to NOT put something of wolverine in there? Bill Maher plugged his movie...idiot.
Those speeches were long and unnecessary, although it was nice to see the old winners, it took out a good amount of my time. And wouldn't really call the end of the intro song plugging his movie. You think the writers were going to NOT put something of wolverine in there? Bill Maher plugged his movie...idiot.
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10:27AM on 02/23/2009
Couldn't disagree more with you Sturdy about those speeches. I thought it gave the show a more intimate feel, throw back to the old days. It was evident nominees were moved by having their respected peers, and in some cases icons, praise them in such a personal way. It seemed far better than some skinny starlet reading off a cue card just to 'get to the point'.
Couldn't disagree more with you Sturdy about those speeches. I thought it gave the show a more intimate feel, throw back to the old days. It was evident nominees were moved by having their respected peers, and in some cases icons, praise them in such a personal way. It seemed far better than some skinny starlet reading off a cue card just to 'get to the point'.
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10:27AM on 02/23/2009
Well, I for one enjoyed the Actor speeches from previous Oscar winners and you're wrong about Jackman, he plugged Wolverine at the end of his intro song.
Well, I for one enjoyed the Actor speeches from previous Oscar winners and you're wrong about Jackman, he plugged Wolverine at the end of his intro song.
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