The Oscar Ceremony Review

Well, another year come and gone. I did better on my predictions this year than last year, but not as well as I could have. The few risks that I took didn’t pay off, but I can’t be disappointed. This was one of the better Oscar ceremonies in the past several years. Hugh Jackman did a bang-up job as host and some of the new styles of presenting worked great. Here is a quick review of last night’s ceremony:

Best Acceptance Speech
Dustin Lance Black for best original screenplay. You really got to see how his voice was present in his screenplay. One of the most inspiring moments of the night.

Biggest Surprise
Departures for Foreign Film. Beating out Waltz With Bashir and The Class is quite a feat. This branch is such a toss-up, though.

Biggest Snub
Wall-E for Sound Effects Editing. Even though I am glad that The Dark Knight took two Oscars home, this category should have gone to the best film of the year. The sound editors at Wall-E created a whole new world with their sound. Easily the best job of the year.

Most Satisfying Win
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight. This was the only category where it would have truly been a shame if the frontrunner did not win.

Best Presenter
Tina Fey and Steve Martin. Absolutely hilarious bit. My favorite quote of the night: “Don’t fall in love with me.”

Best New Addition
In the actor categories, having previous winners laud the current nominees was great. It worked even better when it seemed unscripted and truly genuine.

Most Awkward Moment
To me Queen Latifah singing over the In Memoriam piece came off as a little awkward. Mostly just the transition from her singing into the slide show. I think I’m the only one who has this opinion, though.

That does it for another year in film. In 2009 Film Misery is going to get things going with much more coverage than 2008. Look for things to kick off this coming weekend with reviews of Coraline and Watchmen and some 2009 Oscar Predictions.

  • No you’re not the only one, the Queen Latifah “awkward moment” was just the beginning of the worst Memoriam montage ever… picture within a picture, waving & swooping camera angles, I couldn’t even read some of the names on a big-screen television!!!

    I hope enough people complain to get them to reign in their “technology wet dreams” and just show the freakin’ clips in full-screen splendor like they should.

  • Owen K

    Ummm, I have to disagree with the most awkward moment. It was definitely when alan arkin called PSH incorrectly Seymour Phillip Hoffman.

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