81st Oscars Play-By-Play

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 5:32 pm,

81st oscars 81st Oscars Play By Play

Oscar Night 2009 is upon us with first-time host Hugh Jackman. Join us as we give almost-live coverage!

To start the awards, Jackman provided viewers with a solid opening that was effective and not too over-the-top. Then we moved right into the ceremony with five previous Best Supporting Actress winners coming on stage to say something nice about of this year’s five nominees. Tilda Swinton who was last year’s winner was the quarterback for this segment and she had the honor of announcing the winner.

1) Winner for Best Support Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

This was unexpected but not undeserved – It was a rather difficult category to pick this year with all five nominees being almost equally likely winners. Personally, I would have gone with Taraji P. Henson from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Next we have Steve Martin and Tina Fey giving a good little skit to present the nominations for best Original Screenplay.

2) Winner for Best Original screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk

It was a touching acceptance speech and well-spoken (arguably the best acceptance of the night). Not wasting any time, Fey and Martin continue on to announce the nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay.

3) Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Next, Jennifer Anniston and Jack Black came out and tried to be funny and it didn’t work too well. However, Jack Black did made a joke about animated films and how he earns his money and it was pretty good. After playing a video of all the major animated features of the night, they eventually got to announcing the nominees for best animated feature and best animated short of the year.

4) Winner for Best Animated Feature: Wall-E (which was no surprise at all)

Andrew Stanton accepted the award and again we were a treated to a quick and efficient acceptance speech.

5) Winner for Best Animated Short: La Maison En Petits Cubes

So far, the awards have flown by and I think the Academy’s years of rushing people off stage have paid off (as cruel as that is). They’ve also had some of the presenters do multiple awards to keep things quick as opposed to constantly switching celebrities to announce each of the 24 categories. So far, they’ve tried to keep a light atmosphere with comedic presenters.

After the Commercial Break, Hugh announced the next presenters Sarah Jessica Parker and Daniel Craig (in James Bond attire) who gave a boring presentation just reading off the prompter. They announced the nominees and winners for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup.

6) Winner for Best Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

This was the first category we see The Dark Knight involved in and the winner was a no-brainer as this movie clearly had the most extensive set design and behind-the-scenes work involved. The acceptors of the award gave much respect and recognition to director David Fincher.

7) Winner for Best Costume Design: The Duchess

It was almost painful to watch Craig and Parker making multiple mistakes reading off the prompter and missing their cues. As for the winner, it’s not my pick personally but this award does tend to go to the period pieces.

8 ) Winner for Best Makeup: Greg Cannom, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Next we have the Academy desperately trying to appease presenters the younger demographics with Robert Pattinson and Amanda Seyfried on stage to present a vignette of romance films of 2008 which hit many of the mainstream flicks of the year.

After the commercial break, Jackman introduced the presenters for Best Cinematography and to my delight Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller (sporting a funky beard to parody Joaquin Phoenix’s presence on the recent David Letterman show) came on stage. Stiller even re-enacted the gum incident by putting his chewing gum on the stand after Portman confronted him about it.

This was definitely one of the funniest moments of the night and as the beautiful Natalie Portman announced the nominees, Stiller walked around the stage with his cellphone out acting as if he was lost.

9) Winner for Best Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

Next we have another highlight of the night with James Franco and a skinnier Seth Rogen re-enacting a scene from Pineapple Express where they’re now watching all the non-Oscar nominated films and loving it while high on their drug of choice.

It was pretty funny watching them laughing their way through serious moments and terrible films like The Love Guru and it got even funnier when Franco noticed the film crew in his room and invited cinematographer to sit with them and watch. After the video, the three of them came out to announce the nominees for best Live Action Short.

10) Winner for Best Live Action Short: Spielzeugland (Toyland)

After the commercial break we have host Hugh Jackman back to discuss musicals and give a little one himself where he was joined by Beyonce Knowles in a classy red dress doing some great dancing accompanied by mediocre lip-syncing. The performance was later joined by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical Fame as well as Amanda Seyfried from Mamma Mia.

Another commercial break and we are given a similar to the setup for The Best Supporting Actress award, where five previous winners of the Best Supporting Actor award came out to praise this years nominees of the same category.

Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken, Cuba Gooding Jr. Kevin Kline and Joel Grey were the presenters and Cuba Gooding stood out by harping on (and at the same time praising) Robert Downey Jr.’s performance from Tropic Thunder.

heath ledger 81st Oscars Play By Play11) Winner for Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (obvious).

Next we have a nice video showcasing the directors of 2008’s best Documentaries.

12) Winner for Best Documentary: Man on Wire

This was an awesome acceptance by the star of the documentary who gave us a nice little magic trick with his lucky coin followed by a balancing act involving the Oscar award and his chin.

13) Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject: Smile Pinki

Next, Jackman presented a video of many of the big action scenes of 2008 followed by welcoming Will Smith to the stage to present the nominees for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Editing.

14) Winner for Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

15) Winner for Best Sound Editing: The Dark Knight

16) Winner for Best Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire

The Dark Knight earns its first award of the night and Benjamin Button wins another. They’re really trying to get these awards for behind-the-scenes work out of the way quick.

17) Winner of Best Editing: Slumdog Millionaire

Next we have Eddie Murphy come out on stage to announce the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Jerry Lewis who received an honorable standing ovation from the star-studded audience.

Continuing the need to meet the youth quota, Zac Efron and Alicia Keys came on stage to present the nominees for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

18) Winner for Best Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire (an obvious winner for its outstanding soundtrack and score)

19) Winner Best Original Song: “Jai Ho”, Slumdog Millionaire (another given for me, this song was awesome in the film and when presented live on stage before the winner was announced).

Next on stage are Liam Neeson joined by Freida Pinto from Slumdog Millionaire to present best Foreign Film.

20) winner for Best Foreign Film: Departures

After a song by Queen Latifah Hugh Jackman honors the present of the Academy Awards who’s stepping down this year. After this, Reese Witherspoon is introduced by Hugh Jackman to announce the nominees for Best Director.

21) Winner for Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Mr. Boyle gave a nice little dance to keep a promise made to his kids. It was cute and he deserved this award.

As we’re in the final stretch of the show, the next major award is for Best Actress and again they brought out five previous winners including Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman to honor this year’s nominees. I like this strategy and it’s better than just having a winner from the Best Actor/Actress category of the previous year.

22) Winner for Best Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader

Finally, Kate has won! Meryl Streep was amazing in Doubt but she’s had 15 nominations and several wins before. It’s time for Ms. Winslet to share in the glory and you can tell from her speech that she really wanted it.

For the Best Actor award, presenters Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hopkins and Adrian Brody (all past winners) have come on stage to praise this year’s nominees. Robert  De Niro was especially funny in talking about Sean Penn and Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley had very nice things to say about Brad Pitt and Mickey Rourke, respectively.

23) Winner for Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk

Sean Penn wins another for his outstanding performance in Milk and he gave a funny opening line in his acceptance speech. He ended his speech touching on a serious note and preaching for equal rights for which he received a loud applause. He also gave credit to Mickey Rourke whom I thought may win this award.

Stephen Spielberg is next on stage to present the nominees and award for the final and most important category of the night: Best Picture.

24) Winner for Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

I’m happy that Slumdog Millionaire beat out The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I thought Button was great but it was missing some elements that Forrest Gump had and that’s what it is always compared to. I thought Slumdog was the best overall film of the year and it did deserve this award.

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So there you have it folks, the summary of this evening’s 81st Academy Awards and all of the winners.

All-in-all, the night was a slight improvement over previous years. I think the big problem this year was with the nominations and certain omissions in certain categories.

What did you think of this year’s Oscar awards and what would you like to see improved for next year’s?

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  1. Thanks for the tidbit SK47 and the follow-up Gary…


  2. @Tricia

    I’m very sorry to hear about your nephew. Someone with a gun collection should have known better and taken more precautions.

    FYI, Florida adopted a right-to-carry law in 1987. Anti-gun groups, politicians and the news media predicted the new law would lead to vigilante justice and “Wild West” shootouts on every corner.

    Between 1987 and 1996, these changes occurred:

    homicide rate
    Florida: -36%
    United States: -0.4%

    firearm homicide rate
    Florida: -37%
    United States: +15%

    handgun homicide rate
    Florida: -41%
    United States: +24%

    In Japan, where guns are outlawed (and even the criminals don’t have them) murder and assault using knives as weapons is increasing. If someone is intent on hurting someone they WILL find a way, whether it be with a gun, a knife or a rock.


  3. Here’s the only point I’ll make about guns and gun control:

    Many of us here in America don’t trust the strangers around us to act right to begin with. It’s for that very reason that many of us feel the need to own guns: in case the strangers around us don’t act right.

    However following that strain of logic to its end: we don’t trust the strangers around us, who might have guns, to act right. So we need a better gun than they have (shoot further, faster, etc.)

    Even when we trust a gun owner we know to act right with her/his gun, there’s usually SOMEONE within that person’s circle who we don’t trust around the guns (crazy uncle Jerry, Aunt Flo who’s half blind, etc.)

    The thing about guns is if one lands in the hands of someone irresponsible, even if that person is NOT a criminal; even if the gun belongs to a responsible owner (yes you can be “responsible” and have your gun fall into the wrong hands. STUFF HAPPENS), a gun is a weapon where, if one shot goes awary or off mark it’s not just the user or the person standing next to them who is in potential danger. It could be the child in the next house playing by the window, the mother doing the dishes–innocent uninvolved people. And the probability of that tragedy occurring is directly proportional to the caliber and type of the gun.

    You don’t need an assault rifle to thwart or kill a mugger, carjacker or home invader. In any of those situations a Pistol will do the job. You DO need an assault rifle to get drunk and have target practice in the woods with your hillbilly friends; to highjack an armored car, rob a bank, or keep the government from storming your compound; or, to quote the Simpsons “To kill today’s super animals like the flying squirrel or electric eel.”

    In fact, no debate needed. The NRA episode said it all.

    Me, I don’t like guns. “They don’t allow you to savior, all the, little…emotions.”

    That’s why I use a switchblade.

    What’s your weapon of choice?

  4. hmm… I don’t get the gun talk here but I’ll say this:

    If arming everyone is the solution, give every country nukes. Same logic, no?

    Less politics, more Oscars! What did you all think about Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson being on stage and on the red carpet? All I’m hearing on my end is ladies telling me they liked when they kept showing Mickey Rourke in the audience because Robert could be seen over his left shoulder.

    I think that was bad because shouldn’t the nominees of the other categories (non-acting) have been sitting in those first rows?

  5. Vic, I’ll bet you regret asking why C.H. wasn’t applauded. Sorry, I opened up that can of worms.

    Now I will shut up and go to Bass Pro, I mean Blockbuster to rent some movies.

  6. Now Vic you should follow your own advice or I am going to start chiming in again.. ;)

  7. @greenknight & Tricia

    LOL, yeah… I’m done talking about that aspect of it – I won’t even reply to ppnkof. :-)


  8. greenknight, quick! say something about Zac Efron…. before its too late!

  9. Well I don’t want the guy to lose a foot so I’ll change that to Footloose instead of Footlose… :)

  10. Zac Efron and that vampire dude being at the Oscars is like slapping the faces of Marlon Brando, Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, and other acting greats that have graced the stage to receive their awards. This ain’t Nickelodeon! This is my opinion only, if they are Hollywood’s next generation, well, good thing I am not younger.
    Another opinion of mine: Natalie Portman and Alicia Keys! Ah…love is in the air/everywhere I look around/Love is in the air/every sight and every sound…ah!

  11. SK47,
    I agree with you about the the youngdude contingent .
    a truly GENUINE moment between Young and Old Hollywood occured whn Anthony Hopkins paid tribute to Brad Pitt during
    The Best Actor segment.
    Hopkins delivered it with such warmth and sincerity that I thought it was very touching.

  12. @KEL

    Thank goodness some people in this world still have some sense.

  13. I’ve read Jackman was good. I of course wouldn’t know because I didn’t watch one second of the oscars for the first time since I first started watching in 1978 at the age of 5(almost 6) to see if Star Wars would win…they have lost me, forever

  14. Oh @ Vic…Rocks and Knives (or baseball bats, pipes, pretty much any hand held weapon) don’t scare me, with as many years martial arts and boxing training (including stick and knife fighting) as I’ve had your better off not using anything like that because I’ll just hurt you more for pissing me off and trying to hurt me…but guns scare the crap out of me!!! Why? Because any snot nosed punk can pull a trigger. Doesn’t take a real man or brave man to pull a gun on someone. I own a couple handguns, so can’t say I’m against them but others that are could come on here and skew the numbers the way they’d like to show why tougher handgun laws work. Of course you can do that with any statistic on anything.

    I really just wanted to say the rock and knife argument doesn’t work, LOL. Just remember one thing when people try to defend to the right to bare arms…that law was written when they used muskets. It is a truly outdated law. Why did they get rid of the powdered wigs but not the guns???

    Oh btw…did I mention that the oscars are out of touch and a bunch elietest snobs? Well I guess I just did, lol.

  15. @Kel…I agree Mickey Rourke should have won. I thought either him or Clint Eastwood should have won for best actor, but of course Clint wasn’t even nominated. The Dark Knight and Gran Torino snubs were the reason I refused to watch the Oscars this year and will more likely never watch them again

  16. Ronnie, it is irrelevent when that “law” (it’s a Constitutional Amendment, just like the “law” that guarantees your freedom of speech, religion, and expression) was made, it was made for a reason and that reason is one that never goes away. It is to give the people who live here the right to not feel powerless. Like you said, any snot nosed punk can kill you with a gun. Well, how would you feel if some snot nosed punk has a gun to you and you have no way to defend yourself? Sure you can call 911 if you think he won’t shoot you for trying to call 911, and even if you do, you’ll have to HOPE that he doesn’t kill you before the cops arrive, or that he doesn’t kill you the second he hears the cops. I mean, you’re basically leaving your life to the mercy of the snot nosed punk and dumb luck. Sure in the movies some rock falls out of the sky just in time to save the good guy, but you know that doesn’t happen in real life.

    And the other thing that Amendment is supposed to guarantee is that the Government remains scared of its people, not the other way around. Sure the government technically has tanks, planes, and bigger guns (of course the last wouldn’t be so if we were allowed to have anything…), but what people who use this argument forgets is that our armed forces are made up of PEOPLE. They are not remote controlled tanks and planes (yet) that the central government can use against us. I’m sure if the government started to turn on its people, a very good percentage of the military commanders would realize that their sworn duty is to defend the Constitution, not the big wigs in Washington, and would be on our side.

    So I do believe that the people having a means to defend themselves would still be useful today as it was in the American Revolution.

    Like Kel said, the bad guys will ALWAYS have weapons, and this is true and the proof is in today’s criminals. We ALREADY have laws that prohibit these people from owning firearms. Felons have been prohibited from possessing a firearm for a long time now. Yet they still have them. So what does this tell you about the effectiveness of laws on criminals? They call them criminals for a reason you know. Drugs, murder, rape, robbery, are all illegal, does that stop them? The only people that don’t do these things are law-abiding citizens like you and I. The same applies to gun laws. I’m shocked so many people and politicians believe that gun laws are somehow magically more effective than all of the other laws in performing the way they should. Laws are more there to give cops a reason to arrest people than to actually prevent things from happening. If someone wants to do something desperately enough, they’ll do it despite what the law says. The ONLY purpose the law has is providing something to charge these individuals with AFTER they’ve already committed the act. So do you think it’ll somehow help you if you were killed by someone who is charged with murder and weapons possession instead of the person killing you only getting charged with murder?? Either way you’re still dead…

  17. hmm… I’m not liking these gun arguments here on this thread – wrong type of website.

  18. @Ken J

    While I agree with you, Rob’s right – this thread has gotten way off track. Let’s not keep going down this path here.


  19. Sorry Vic, people keep bringing it up, and it’s a pretty personal topic for me… sometimes I couldn’t help myself…