The 2009 Oscars*

23 February, 2009 at 1:05 am (Miscellaneous, Movie to Watch, TV to Watch)

This year’s Oscar telecast was great! The changes they made [almost] totally worked – the acting award presentations were all so much more personal, and the show was altogether more entertaining than usual. It seemed the Academy Awards wasn’t taking itself so seriously this year, which was fantastic. Hugh Jackman’s opening number was fabulous (though that music medley in the middle was pretty rough – too many songs not mixed together well). I liked that they had the same presenters give several awards, instead of switching presenters nearly every time. Though I wish they would have given each of the nominees for best song more time to perform!

But best of all? Sean Penn’s Best Actor win for “Milk”! A surprise, but a fantastic one. I was at a friend’s place watching the show, and this was the only time during the night where we all yelled out with happiness. We actually all stood up and were high-fiving each other. (full disclosure: most of the people watching were gay 😉 )

So, though I watch every year, and will undoubtedly continue to do so, this was the first time in a long time that I’ve really, truly had fun watching The Oscars – I hope they keep it up in 2010!

*technically, I think this may have been the 2008 Oscars, since it covered films released in 2008. Oh, well…

Update: Sean Penn’s terrific acceptance speech.

“For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone”

And here’s the very moving speech from Dustin Lance Black, who won for his screenplay for “Milk”.

“…if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he would want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value, and that no matter what anyone tells you God does love you and that very soon I promise you, you will have equal rights federally across this great nation of ours.” (If you didn’t tear up during that speech, you’re heartless)

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