Scream Awards 2009: A Report From Front Row Center

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The final farewell to the cast of Battlestar Galactica was worth seeing, even if a few notable cast members were missing. They received a very long standing ovation as they descended the stairs from the rear of the theater after exiting a Cylon Raider. Grace Park’s joke got quite a few people to react where I was sitting. I won’t spoil it here but it was cute. Edward James Olmos professed an awful lot of love for the fans. Of course at Comic-Con, that love only cost $75 for an autograph and a photo op this summer. All kidding aside, he was very enthusiastic in leading the crowd in BSG’s mantra “so say we all” several times.

Quentin Tarantino presented the Scream Mastermind award to George A Romero. His exuberance for Romero left no doubt that he’s honestly a fan. But even cooler than that was after the show wrapped, Tarantino took a few minutes to chat briefly and shake hands with the fans in the crowd.

Ending the show this year was Tobey Maguire, who presented the Comic-Con Icon award to Stan Lee. Aside from his new banter, Lee gave pretty much the same speech as last year about how comics have come a long way in terms of their acceptance. He also asked Sam Raimi, who was in the crowd, to give him a much larger role in the next Spider-Man movie. Tobey took the time to shake a few hands as well, and was very cool.

As much as I enjoyed this year’s show over 2008’s, there were a few things I noticed. There were no musical performances this year (not counting the Creepshow theme piano-playing ghoul for George A Romero’s tribute). Last year had the Smashing Pumpkins and Kerli. If taking out the musical acts helped pave the way for the bigger and better guests this year, then I won’t miss them next year either. But the one slight I noticed was regarding Joe Hill. As a nominee for Best Comic Book Writer on the website poll, his name was not mentioned at the show. It’s a shame too, he’s really one to watch for, as his father is none other than Stephen King. Maybe Spike can edit it back in during post. It was also a bit disappointing that Hugh Jackman was unable to be there in person, but at least he taped an acceptance speech for his award.

After a fantastic 2008, I was worried that there was no way 2009’s Scream Awards could come close. This year blew away all of my expectations and I’m already eagerly anticipating the 2010 Scream Awards!

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  1. Awesome, Brian, I work on the show and I’m glad your experience was positive. I think everyone here at Screen Rant would dig the show if they give it a look.
    Even Stan Lee supports the show as he noted in his acceptance speech.

    Brian, all call you people, no you call my people,,, ;-)

  2. Thanks 790. I’m already planning to attend again next year! Of course, getting backstage would definitely top this year’s show :)

  3. Interesting that you didn’t mind the lack of musical performance. I’ll pass that on,,, I also didn’t mind it.
    Also send a link of this review to your contact,,, ;-)
    I hope to see you at the next show ,,,
    We should hook up!

  4. any way to watch it now? will they replay it at all this weekend?

  5. M-Cat, the show airs next Tuesday, October 27th. on Spike channel…

  6. @790: Sounds cool. send me an email :)

    @M-Cat: It actually doesn’t air until 10-27 at 10pm on Spike TV. There’s an encore right afterwards at midnight. 6 more days! I can already see my head in the Megan Fox clip next to the stairs :)

  7. Hey Brian, you know that the entire stage was removed by 8am.the next morning as there was another show coming in on Sunday…
    The stage crew worked all night long to strike that bastard. Amazing work guys!!!

  8. Hey Brian was that entrance by Stan Lee amazing or what?

  9. Cool article! Can’t wait to watch it!

  10. @790: That set was a work of art! Stan Lee’s entrance was amazingly spectacular! The song was appropriate too :). Was that the same rigging as Tim Burton’s balloon from last year? Also, I noticed a woman in tights who I’m guessing was there for standby entertainment if there was a delay? I overheard something about “sorry you didn’t get to perform”. Another acrobatic act, I presume? The twins at the beginning were great. I was worried that snow globe was going to stay up for the whole show! I saw Stan Lee standing in front of it when I first came in, he was practicing his lines from the teleprompter and talking to some crew members. If the globe had stayed up, I wouldn’t have been able to see anything from where I was seated. The crew worked so quickly in taking that down!

  11. Yeah the snow globe was just for the opening. Wasn’t that a trip?

    those Twins were pretty good at doing their roles,,,

  12. Also yeah that was the same rigging crew as last year. I think this balloon deal will be a trademark of the show as long as they do it at the Greek,,, ;-)

  13. Harrison Ford and JJ Abrams have already worked together. That is probably why Ford was chosen to present the award. “Morning Glory,” which stars Ford and is being produced by Abrams, is coming out next year.

  14. Considering that last year’s Scream Awards show was spectacular, I can’t wait to see this year’s show.

    Should be a blast. :)