What I like about the 81st Oscars


With Hugh Jackman as the host of the recently concluded 81st Academy Awards or commonly known as the Oscars, my hunch of a more musical awards ceremony on the most part did happen. In fact, it was more dramatic as I’ve first seen such an event. It was close to a ‘Broadway show’. Wasn’t it?

It’s about the Wolverine
It is no doubt that it was the big night for Hugh Jackman.  He has been a host for Tony Awards (equivalent of Oscars for theater) and for the first time, he tried for the big time.  And he pulled it off minus the usual comedic spiels of the veteran Oscars host Billy Crystal. BUT he showed the world how talented he is besides being the ‘sexiest man alive’.  Personally, he was more entertaining than any other hosts for such an event – less blabber and more of showcases.  Having said that, his musical numbers are fantastic especially when he performed with Beyonce. It was my first time to see him dance like that. That makes him more sexy, ey?  I was also surprised that Anne Hathaway can actually sing!
I like the drama
The first award that was handed out was the best achievement/performance by an actress in a supporting role.  I find it dramatic and very special for the nominees to be introduced by former winners in the same category and to regard their would-be successors sincerely.  Even when the audience would know that everything was scripted, it was nevertheless a heartfelt tribute and recognition for the nominees.  The same dynamics went on for the other acting categories.  That was good! 
Slumdog raked awards
It was a glorious night for the Brits and Indians alike.  Slumdog Millionaire went on to receive the most coveted award as the best picture of the year.  I was just a bit disappointed that Meryl Streep did not win.  Anyway, the following were the winners:
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Sean Penn in “Milk”   

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” 

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Kate Winslet in “The Reader”   

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” 

Best animated feature film of the year
“WALL-E” (Walt Disney)   

Achievement in art direction
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo

Achievement in cinematography
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle

Achievement in costume design
“The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O’Connor

Achievement in directing
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle   

Best documentary feature
“Man on Wire” (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn

Best documentary short subject
“Smile Pinki” A Principe Production, Megan Mylan

Achievement in film editing
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens

Best foreign language film of the year
“Departures” (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan

Achievement in makeup
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar

Best motion picture of the year
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production,Christian Colson, Producer

Best animated short film
“La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato

Best live action short film
“Spielzeugland (Toyland)” A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank

Achievement in sound editing
“The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Richard King

Achievement in sound mixing
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty   

Achievement in visual effects
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron

Adapted screenplay
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Original screenplay
“Milk” (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black


5 thoughts on “What I like about the 81st Oscars

  1. astig ng osacr’s this year. o baka kasi sa tagal na panahaon, ngayon lang ako nakapanuod? hehehe

    yey! kate won! hehehe

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