Back of The Oscars Brought Laughter, Tears, and Lots of Singing Last night, the Oscars provided an exciting finale to another awesome award season. We were treated to a new format that kicked off with Hugh Jackman showing off his singing and dancing skills before having fun and joking with the big names of the night. Later on he was joined by Beyonce, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Amanda Seyfried for a fun medley honoring musicals. Jennifer Aniston looked gorgeous onstage and happy sitting next to John, although we were so hoping to see her on the red carpet. Among the big surprises of the night were the presenters — we were treated to sightings of some of our favorites from Reese to Will, with a special shout-out to Ben Stiller for cracking us up with his Joaquin Phoenix impersonation. There weren't many upsets last night and the winners — click here to see them all — could not have been more gracious to accept their Oscar. Penelope started it off by joking that she might faint, which was later echoed by Kate Winslet who also had an especially sweet moment trying to locate her dad in the huge crowd. Heath Ledger's family accepted his statue on his behalf, as we teared up right along with everyone in the Kodak Theater. Sean Penn won the final showdown between him and Mickey, but he was sure to give his friend a very honorable mention. The big winner of the night was Slumdog Millionaire, with the whole cast onstage accepting the Best Picture trophy — right down to the film's smallest stars. View 90 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 To see a lot more photos including Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, and so many others, just . 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But really will smith was rockin the hell out of that giltterfro. PensaGrey 8 years I like the bit between Hugh and Anne. :D And it was touching for the past winners to give accolades to each nominee. The nominees looked more pleased to be praised by their worthy comrades than receiving a trophy and that makes it worth watching. nygurl 8 years I'm glad there's a few comments here about Sean forgetting to mention Robin in his acceptance speech. I ragged on him while I was watching and my boyfriend didn't think it was a big deal (!) He said Sean has to thank his movie associates and they are responsible for him getting the award, not his wife. Ok, is this just a gal thing or am I right for thinking Sean's a noob? miss-malone 8 years The Ben Stiller thing was in very poor taste. Not funny at all :( PeachyKeen19 8 years whoops I meant **I agree with Cariadlawn, I don't like it when the academy comes across as too self congratulatory. PeachyKeen19 8 years I agree with Cariadlawn I don't like it when the BUT and this is just my opinion, I also don't think they should worry so much about ratings and pleasing other people. I prefer a more traditional format. I did like, LOVE, the Bollywood number. The James Franco bit (and I do like him) was too MTV Movies for my taste. Too crass. And yea, regardless of the deal with Joaquin he shouldn't have been mocked in that way. That Ben Stiller bit was also too MTV and declasse. Yuck. PeachyKeen19 8 years it's ok though. PeachyKeen19 8 years simbaspaws, "Pene" means Penis in Spanish...the Spanish press calls Penelope "Pe" instead. donamaria 8 years Ben Stiller cracked me up!!! mar 8 years I thought the show was great. Queen Latifah has a lovely voice!!!! OMG, I love the Brange, but last night I so wanted to give Jen Aniston a huge hug when she was on stage, I NEVER say things like this...... She did well and I am proud of her......................she broke the ice Iris1000 8 years Yeah. Hugh Jackman was good and entaining. He really enjoyed himself. sidra5397 8 years I thought Hugh did a good job... Didn't take himself too seriously. The last performance with that Wall-E and Slumdog thing was good. I also enjoyed it when they brought out past winners (Sir Ben Kingsley)! Iris1000 8 years You may have something about Beyonce being squeezed into an outfit that was "too small". Sorry Beyonce, I love you, but you did look kinda of plump on stage. Your beloved ample figure may have gotten a little too ample to where it is not serving you as you would have it do. You looked great in the movie "Dream Girls". I think you said you had slimmed down with the Master Cleanser. I actually tried the Master Cleanser once. The first 3 days are the hardest. After that it is smooth sailing and you feel so light and clean with so much energy. I think I will do it again as I have been eating a lot over Oscar weekend. tuscanstellina 8 years I was very pleased with the show this year and it didn't seem to drag on in a boring manner, either. Poor Jen, she looked like she wanted to crawl under the stage, probably to cover that weird braid of hers. I was cringed through her whole presentation with Jack Black, it just seemed like it went horribly wrong. I loved how Sean Penn's wife looked absolutely bored out of her mind during the show whenever the cameras swept that way! It cracked me up. All in all, almost everyone looked gorgeous minus SJP with her boobs pushed up and out to her armpits and Beyonce squeezed into a too small dress what was not attractive in the first place. crimsonlakes 8 years I found the show really good this year. Hugh was very charismatic and looked really confident during the performances. Unfortunately, I thougt Beyonce sounded rather dull and her performance left much to be sought after... My favorite was the past winners coming on stage, some of the made me want to cry... It was probably the best new thing that was added. The speeches were good and I'm finally glad my favorite Kate won, but Iris1000 is right the comment about Meryl came across rude. Another thing I found interesting was that Sean forget to thank his wife, she looked quite sad as well when he didn't acknowledge her. They stage set up was really great as well and bravo for the people who took time to set it up :) xoxbbyelliexox 8 years reese looks stunning x Woop 8 years I loved the musical number with Beyonce but that's probably because I'm a sucker for showtunes. I liked the presentation of the acting awards. I think the previous winners paying tribute to each nominee before giving the award was really special and made me all teary. Overall, I enjoyed the show even though I did terrible on my ballot. dm8bri 8 years I loved Hugh and the musical numbers. I especially liked how they presented the acting awards - saying something lovely about each nominee so it was like they were all winners, really. Jessica Biel's dress was totally WRONG, Beyonce is over-rated, and Goldie Hawn needs to start dressing her age. The Joaquin send-up was pretty hilarious and ballsy - he has to know that he's making himself an easy target. melinda19 8 years I thought the show was over broadwayee (Not a word but you know what I mean) Jennifer was dressed to casual-Jessica Biels dress looked like one your mom would have made for prom. Ann Hathaway can sing. Loved Pene's dress and loved the story behind it. Did anyone think that Sean Penn seemed a little cold to his wife?? I thought the Ben Stiller stint was funny but sad. Does Joaquin really have a meth habit ? Iris1000 8 years Also, Kate looked good. I like her kind of beauty. She is not a pretty beauty, she is more of a handsome type of beauty which makes her face very lovely and regal looking somehow. I think that may be one of the things that make her kind of beauty stand out from all the other beauties of the world. I think it also makes her very likeable among women. She looks intelligent too. sandy82 8 years I really enjoyed this year's Oscars. It was so entertaining! I liked how there was very little banter and more focus on the actors/movies. Hugh Jackman did a great job as host and the opening was really cool. I had no idea Anne Hathaway could sing like that! I also liked how past winners presented the the awards. It was so touching and you could see how the nominees were humbled and flattered. raieven 8 years I agree with those who said Jenifer Aniston seemed very nervous on stage, I felt a little bad for her esp. as Angelina and Brad were sitting front row. I didn't like her dress or hair either. I also really liked the part when the 5 past academy winners came up and and said a little something about each nominee - it made things more intimate and personal. I loved Hugh Jackman, he was so entertaining up there, the first number was amazing, the second ... less so. Over all I really enjoyed this years Oscars way more than other years and wonder how they will top this one next year. As far as winners, I think Mickey and Marisa were robbed, as was Peter Gabriel (song for Wall-E). Glad Kate won. Iris1000 8 years I thought Ben Stiller was funny too but I didn't know what the joke was about or who he was supposed to be mocking. I also felt that something went wrong with the Jennifer and Jack Black jokes. The flow wasn't right or something. I was embarrassed for them. Loved Queen Latifah's song. Kate Winslet was doing fine, then she said Meryl should "suck it up". That was a surprise and took her speech down a few notches in my opinion. It made her sound crass. That kind of language doesn't sound right when addressing Meryl. Heath Ledger's family were so beautiful. LOVE-ANGELINA 8 years I loved the Ben Stiller moment. It was sooooo funny. Loved the comedy sketch very much. LOL I was laughing so hard while they were laughing during The Reader. OMG I thought the second dance number was awful. They could have done without that. It had nothing to do with anything. I think everyone who won really deserved it and Jen looked a hot mess presenting, I have already expressed my true feelings in the thread with videos showing her present but to keep it short, Jen sucked because miss emotional couldn't keep it together in front of Brad and Angelina. Angelina looked amazing last night. Like the goddess she is. She was/is this glowing and radiant being. Over I really liked the night. Love the awards. marcella 8 years I agree with Cariadlawn. It was beyond gross to make fun of Joaquin at the Academy Awards ceremony. It really reminds you how these ceremonies are just self-indulgent bullshit anyway.