2/25/09

81st Oscars in Review

That little movie that could, Slumdog Millionaire ruled the night in Hollywood. The film walked away with a total of 8 statues. Along with Best Picture and Director, other awards garnered were for screenplay, cinematography, sound mixing, film editing, original score and original song.

Amazingly this almost never happened! The film was apparently scheduled for release straight to DVD until the folks at Fox-Searchlight picked it up and put it in theaters while initializing an effective advertising campaign. You could say that was a nice move..!

And now for a few other random Oscar thoughts…

We felt the show itself was a step up from the previous year. Hugh Jackman was a pleasant surprise as the host and the overall entertainment was for the most part well-done and tasteful.

The majority of the major category winners were as expected, but it was still nice to see Heath Ledger’s posthumous award for Best Supporting Actor. Hollywood likes those feel-good moments.

We also appreciated the Academy awarding the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Jerry Lewis for his many years of work fundraising for muscular dystrophy. Truly worth the recognition..!

For the complete list of winners, click here.

Until next year, happy viewing..!

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