Scream Awards 2009: A Report From Front Row Center

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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