azul017 wrote:An absolute sham -- it's a damn shame The Dark Knight didn't win any more nominations aside from the inevitable Ledger win and Sound Editing (the Cinematography snub was especially maddening, Pfister did an incredible job). Also sad to see Button didn't get the love aside from three technical wins.
Unsurprisingly, Slumdog lapped up virtually every nomination it snagged. Again, the Oscars favor snobbery over more popular, critically-acclaimed films -- I would've rather seen Milk or Button walk away with Best Picture instead.
On the other hand, maybe Boyle can get 28 Months Later rolling with that nice, shiny Oscar he has.
Shmoooooo wrote:I loved how they presented the main awards with 5 previously winners of the said award each giving a speech about one of the nominees. It was classy, and a great way of giving honour to each nominee. Best change I've ever seen in the Academy Awards.
Dan Mancini wrote:The musical numbers were, well, just gawdawful (as expected).
Tina Fey and Steve Martin were awesome, though. They shoulda co-hosted.
BrettCullum wrote:The speech from the screenwriter of MILK was very good, and everything Sean Penn's SHOULD have been. He was out classed by a young gay guy originally from San Antonio who just had his first big script filmed. I thought his moment was moving, and I certainly think he deserved the award for making the film so clear cut with his work. I loved him because his political message made sense based on who he is in real life.
zircona1 wrote: And I wanted to see film clips of why these people were nominated, not just a gushing speech from someone else.
Dan Mancini wrote:Shmoooooo wrote:I loved how they presented the main awards with 5 previously winners of the said award each giving a speech about one of the nominees. It was classy, and a great way of giving honour to each nominee. Best change I've ever seen in the Academy Awards.
I found the format even more nauseatingly self-congratulatory than usual. The great jobs and you nailed its had me reaching for my barf bag. I kept waiting for one of the five presenters to walk out into the audience and fellate his nominee.
Dan Mancini wrote:Shmoooooo wrote:Tina Fey and Steve Martin were awesome, though. They shoulda co-hosted.
Pere Jules wrote:I really liked the tribute to Queen Latifah, and thought it was a particularly nice touch to show images of the notable people who died in the past year during her song. I just wish I could have read some of their names ...
zircona1 wrote:where he pulled Anne Hathaway up - she can sing!
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