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Favorite Moments of 2009 Oscars

Buzz In: What Were Your Favorite Oscar Moments?

From the youngsters of Slumdog Millionaire beaming onstage to Kate Winslet's dad's whistle, this year's Oscar broadcast was full of fun, funny, and touching moments. In addition to those two, I also loved Danny Boyle accepting his Best Director award while bouncing like Tigger the tiger, James Franco and Seth Rogen bringing a little Pineapple Express stoner humor to the Oscars, and Dustin Lance Black giving an emotional and personal speech in accepting his Best Original Screenplay award.

Your turn: What were your favorite moments of this year's Academy Awards?

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ard126 ard126 8 years
gtargrlxo, the song "jai ho" was actually written by A.R. Rahman, Nicole Scherzinger is just doing a remake of it. I loved the entire show, it was great from start to finish :0)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
The opening number was so cute!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
"Only negative: the weird camera pans during the In Memoriam segment. I see you've got that great set, but I want to see Cyd Charisse, you know?" So true! My favourite part was Kate Winslet FINALLY winning an Oscar. I though Hugh was fantastic as host and I really like the new format for presenting the best actor/actresses awards.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
I pretty much loved it all, especially Dev Patel holding up the little Latika when they won for Best Picture and spinning around. I couldn't help but "awww!". I also loved that they kept some presenters on for a while instead of changing the. Overall, I think this helped the whole show feel less rushed, and I only remember them music-ing someone off stage once. Oh, and being a kiwi, I loved Hugh's recession joke about NZ, "Next year I'll be doing a movie called New Zealand" and Kate's little shout out to Peter Jackson for directing her in her first movie, Heavenly Creatures. She is so nice.
emalove emalove 8 years
The opening with Hugh and Anne...Penelope Cruz winning for Vicky Cristina Barcelona...and of course, seeing Kate Winslet FINALLY win an Oscar!
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
I thought that the previews of 2009 movies accompanied by Beck's new song "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" was a great way to end the broadcast.
Countess827 Countess827 8 years
Amazing Oscars. It didn't have as many of those boring moments that marked the ceremonies in the past. -Hugh Jackman's opening act. "I'm a slumdog. I'm a wrestler. I'm WOLVERINE! This is the Oscars." His musical theater background definitely made the ceremony great. Plus, who knew Anne Hathway could sing? Beautiful! -Slumdog Millionaire- I think the genuine emotion of this cast/crew as they accepted their awards was just so heartfelt and good to see. The ending with the win for Best Picture, Danny Boyle's acceptance speech. A.R. Rahman's acceptance speech ending in Tamil with a translation "God is great" after winning Best Original Score. -Best Song Presentation with A.R. Rahman and John Legend performing the songs from Slumdog and Wall-E -Kate Winslet "Dad, whistle or something so I know where you are" Beautiful. -Anne Hathway and Shirley McLaine-that was the most sincere speech from a former award winner to a nominee. -Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black. When Black said he made more money by taking the salary from his Dreamworks movie and then betting it all on Pixar before presenting the animated film winner. Hilarious. -Natalie Portman and Joaquin Phoenix...I mean Ben Stiller. Hilarious. -Queen Latifah and in memoriam. -Heath Ledger's family accepting the Best Supporting Actor Award on his behalf. "We accept this in honor of your beautiful Matilda." Simply Beautiful.
bibliophile bibliophile 8 years
Kate Winslet's dad for SURE. Also, Ben Stiller ragging on Joaquin was priceless. Though I wish he would've stopped while the cinematographer's clips were playing. I felt that was a bit rude to steal some of the limelight away from those who truly deserved it.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I have to admit my bias and say that as a Gay man Dustin Lance Black's most eloquent and respectful acceptance speech had me in tears. I couldn't have said it better my self.
nowayjose22 nowayjose22 8 years
everything but the high school musical kids/beyonce number. that was a very WTF moment for me... other wise: loved the gorgeous set, man on wire, anne hathaway, dustin lance black's touching speech, sean penn's deprecating humor, domo arigato mr. roboto, and of course everything SLUMDOG(yay for tigger)!
angelinemarie angelinemarie 8 years
sean penn's speech for sure.
Emmygirl Emmygirl 8 years
"I'll rent The Reader!"
Tulipe Tulipe 8 years
I really appreciated Sean Penn's notice to Mickey Rourke. And also his self-deprecating speech. And his mention that Prop 8 will come down in 50 years or so like something so obsolete and shameful, kind of like segregation...
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I wasn't sure about the new format changes at first, but after watching the whole thing last night, I found that it was the best ceremony I had seen in at least five years. I loved the assembly of 5 Oscar-winning performers that won in their respective categories, and each of them saying something special about each of nominees from this past year. And it seemed like each past winner fit the nominees they were individually honoring (Whoopi Goldberg on Amy Adams; Christopher Walken on Michael Shannon; Robert DeNiro on Sean Penn; Sophia Loren on Meryl Streep, etc.) That was the biggest highlight for me, and I hope it will turn into a tradition in the future. Three other things I liked: 1) Hugh Jackman doing his song-and-dance for the Best Picture contenders at the beginning. No need for special effects for this intro! I would have subtracted Anne Hathaway though; despite a decent singing voice, she was too hammy for my taste and didn't look like an Oscar nominee up there. 2) The awarding for Adapted and Original Screenplay. I liked how they showed the text in line with the scenes of the films they were showing. 3) The brief musical numbers for Best Song. Long enough to illustrate them and let them pop, but not too long where it gets tiring. Well done, 81st Annual Academy Awards!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I loved all of it except for Jessica Beal.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
That Sean Penn won for Best Actor was a real highlight for me. Having past winners introduce the nominees and announce the winner was very, very nice. And, Hugh Jackman is just awesome.
austinfab austinfab 8 years
I agree with hyzenthlay20. I could hardly understand what he was saying half the time and then he busted out with "Domo aregato, Mr. Roboto" and my friend and I had to do a double take because we were confused for a second. And then we were like wow that was AWESOME! I have to say this Oscar was one of my favorites...captivating from start to finish.
aquariuspatsfan aquariuspatsfan 8 years
Kate Winslet's dad whistling! Kate's dad rocks! lol.
stephley stephley 8 years
Winslett's dad made me tear up - the words were barely out of her mouth when he whistled.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
"Thank you, my pencil.... domo arigato, mr. roboto" that was THE moment. And Shirley MacLaine was amazing... It was awesome to see her and Sophia Loren... I'm a huge classic Hollywood fan.
ann418 ann418 8 years
One more thing! I liked how they kept some of the presenters on stage to do numerous awards. I thought the Sarah Jessica Parker/Daniel Craig presentations were the best. What a cool set, and the transitions were much easier because they didn't have to announce so many people! And Will Smith was funny - "Yep, I'm still here. I think Hugh is napping."
emms emms 8 years
Kate Winslet's Dad whistle and Sean Penn saying, "I know I make it hard for you to appreciate me." Oh and I loved panning to Angelina while Jen was presenting!
ann418 ann418 8 years
-LOVED Kate Winslet's dad and her speech. She's always so grateful, but such a wondeful actress. -I absolutely loved the past winners and their speeches to the nominated - so touching and unique! -I loved all of the musical numbers, and I had no idea Anne Hathaway or Hugh Jackman would sing so well! -The kids from Slumdog Millionaire were adorable and I loved how Dev Patel was holding the little Latika in the back so she could see, then twirling her around because they were so happy. -I love love love love Anne Hathaway. I kind of wish she would have won just because she's so awesome. -Craigslist dancers? Hilarious. -This was by far my all-time favorite Oscar show!
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
I really thought the show this year was pretty stand-out. The set design with all the screens and the little diorama boxes for costume/art direction/makeup were awesome, and Hugh Jackman was a great host. I loved him at the Tony's and I loved him here. Also: I really enjoyed the very moving and respectful presentation of acting awards by past winners. It was nice to hear so many people say such nice things about their peers, and I thought many of them were well-chosen pairings, like Shirley McLaine's speech for Anne Hathaway, whose career trajectory has been similar to McLaine's. Only negative: the weird camera pans during the In Memoriam segment. I see you've got that great set, but I want to see Cyd Charisse, you know?
Deidre Deidre 8 years
- Kate Winslet's dad - Tina Fey and Steve Martin's banter (obviously written by themselves, not awful Oscar prompt writers) - Man on Wire guy doing the coin trick and balancing the Oscar on his chin - Shirley MacLaine actually sounding sincere in her speech to Anne Hathaway, not reading the prompter - all the kids from Slumdog on the stage - 2 anti-Prop 8 speeches!
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