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2009 Oscars Change the Acting Award Presentation

Did You Like the Acting Award Presentations at the Oscars?

This year's Oscars producers didn't just experiment with their host — they also shook up the way the acting awards were presented. Instead of the regular old envelope, the Academy brought back winners from years past to say a few words directly to each nominee as a celebration of his or her work.

On the one hand, it was cool to see mega-stars on stage together, and the acting nominees got to bask in their moment a little longer than usual. Some, especially Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet, seemed truly touched. On the other hand, the half-moon formation and ominous lighting gave it a bit of a secret society vibe, and I wonder if such intimate moments would have worked better at something like the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Here's a video of the last of these presentations, for Best Actor. Check it out and then tell me what you thought of the format.

Photo copyright 2009 ABC, Inc.

KAEB06 KAEB06 8 years
I loved it and thought it was a nice change!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
suziryder I agree with you. I actually liked it overall, nice change from just showing movie clips. So boring!!
komler komler 8 years
The people I watched it with and myself loved it. It was different, and for most parts (even though there were notable exceptions), we ended up seeing clips from the films throughout the show anyway, so it felt nice to have some categories where it was a lot more personal. I agree that it would have been nicer if the relationship between the presenters and the nominees had clearly been good in all the instances, but you can't have everything. When the show is getting that long (and you're watching it in Denmark, you definitely feel the length, believe me…) it would have been nicer if they had cut the amount of commercials.
nancita nancita 8 years
I liked the montages of past winners, but I missed seeing clips of the nominees' performances. And while the little actor-to-actor tributes almost worked, they felt a little too long and awkward.
cibele cibele 8 years
I liked it, but i wanted some Jack Nicholson.
pattilup pattilup 8 years
i thought it was very indulgent. and, frankly, kind of rude to all the nominees in the other categories. acting is just one part the machinery that goes into making movies. i agree that this format would better suited to the SAG awards.
syako syako 8 years
I liked it (granted we went to bed before the best actor and best actress ones). It was interesting to hear more about the actor and the role instead of just showing a 5 second clip and their smiling face as they panned the crowd. It kind of made it more engaging.
lilegwene lilegwene 8 years
We were trying to guess who was going to be there before they showed them. I liked a lot of the moments between actors/actresses. Anthony and Brad, Shirley and Anne (she seemed to adlib about Anne's singing prowess), Nicole winking at Angelina. Some were awkward though. I didn't think the Whoopi/Amy Adams pair was very good. Sophia Loren was painful to look at. Overall I liked it though.
sofi sofi 8 years
I loved seeing the past winners but it just dragged on!!! Why not bring the past winners up there, show clips of the movies and then have them welcome the new winner into their circle? :ponder:
Miss-Shapes Miss-Shapes 8 years
Yes, for the most part it was touching and offered a great way to honour lesser-known nominees like Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo and Michael Shannon. BUT it was just too damn long! If they want to keep this format, they need to trim all the other fluff – like that ridiculous Musical tribute and those silly romance and action montages. Those weren’t necessary.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I loved it for the most part. A couple of the presenters sounded a little awkward but overall I loved it. kscincotta: "For the most part, I loved it. I could have smacked Adrien Brody for saying he had to Google Richard Jenkins, though. " I could be wrong but I don't think that's what he was saying. What he said was that while he hated the idea of being googled, if you google Richard Jenkins you'll see... etc. I think he was saying that he didn't like that you can find out so much about a person on google but that people should google Richard to see all of his accomplishments in acting. That's how I took it anyway.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
I'm a classic Hollywood buff, so naturally I loved it... but it would have been nice to get a clip from the movie the noms were in... they can do without the stupid musical numbers and have more time to spare on the actually awards.
emalove emalove 8 years
No, I really didn't like this at all. I agree with Misshouston that it seemed more like they were giving a lifetime achievement award. Also, some of the presenters did not come off at all sincere.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
At first I liked it but then it started to seem like the presenters were almost like the animatronic humans in disney world...
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I really liked the Shirley McClaine-Anne Hathaway one, I thought it was really sweet and I loved how obviously honored and touched Anne was. I liked the idea overall, but some of them were really awkward. They should have gotten people to do the presenting who would actually take it seriously and speak from the heart.
mguy414 mguy414 8 years
I thought that Adrien said something about how he didn't like to be Googled but if some random person Googled Richard Jenkins then they would find that he's been in a lot of great films. Overall I didn't really like the set-up, it took foooorever and the show is already super long! It would be sad to know that they had to cut down the length of performance time for Original Song so they could do that new thing, I'd rather see those performances! I did enjoy seeing Anthony Hopkins' tribute to Brad Pitt, as I am a huge Legends of the Fall fan, but some were really awkward, like Cuba Gooding Jr trying to get "more work for the brothers" instead of saying nice things about Robert Downey Jr! And Nicole Kidman on Angelina Jolie was just weird...
Lukin Lukin 8 years
I really liked it, but I agree that some of the choices were ridiculous. I mean, does anyone really care what Goldie Hawn thinks of them? Some of them said wonderful words, and some of them sounded like they could have cared less. And I really wish Daniel Day-Lewis had been a presenter, but I kind of suspected that he wouldn't be.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Myeh, I got bored and started TIVO'ing through them towards the end.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i actually really enjoyed the new format and i thought that it was a great way to get people to watch more. the one thing that i did miss was actually seeing what got the actors nominated.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I kind of liked the idea, but I think it went on way too long. And some of the people presenting were legends, while others were just jokes. I mean, it is kind of cool to have a screen legend like Robert DeNiro talking about how awesome you are. It's quite another to hear it from, say, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Also, I have a feeling Daniel Day Lewis wouldn't have done it even if they asked, he's kind of a recluse.
bibliophile bibliophile 8 years
I like the idea of peers congratulating and praising each other, but the execution seemed a bit cult-like and saccharine to me. Plus, I think actors are generally too accustomed to flattery and obsequiousness from others, so all in all I wasn't a fan.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I really thought it was interesting and cool. I don't understand why people hate it so much. I mean really, it's the Oscars, the whole point of this show is for the actors to be patting themselves on the back and to be awarded for their skills. That's why the show is there. So why complain about them doing just that? But I do agree that it was a bummer that some of the presenters seemed to totally not care. Personally I was glad to not see the same clips of these movies over and over again. That gets tired. Bravo to the Academy for trying new things!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
At first I thought, well this is cool, but then I realized that some of the presenters were genuine and you could feel and see that and some (sophia,walken,tilda, shirley) were just cold and unfeeling and robotic and i felt bad for the nominees they were introducing. I think they should go back to showing clips, instead of relying on past winners to say something nice....
misshouston misshouston 8 years
I can see merit in the idea, but the execution was all wrong in several ways: (1) All the presenters sounded like they were giving lifetime achievement awards (2) Went on waaay too long (3) We didn't get to see the clips of the parts the actors were nominated for -- which is especially important when all but a couple of the films were smaller releases that most of the audience hadn't seen Kudos to the Academy for trying something new. Next time, put a little more thought into how it'll play to the millions watching on TV.
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