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22 February 2009 @ 10:14 pm
Hugh Jackman = Sex? Y/y?  
I'm doing a catch-up on the Oscars, will edit as I watch it throughout the night ...

- Love Hugh Jackman!

- The opening musical number was fantastic! LOVED the shout-out to Sarah Jessica as his friend, because of the Tonys gag with her a few years back. Ooh, now I really want to see Hugh and Anne Hathaway in a romantic film together because DAYUM they had chemistry!

- My favorite jokes in the pre and post musical number were:
... "I'm an Australian, playing an Australian, in a movie called Australia. Hosting."
...Re: Brad/Angelina, "I don't have a joke, I'm contracturally obligated to mention you five times."

- I really like how they're having respected actors talk about the nominated performances because even though losing will suck, I can't imagine that for some (if not most) of them, hearing such praise from actors they likely respect on an international forum is pretty damn awesome.

- Alas, I did NOT think much of the second-big musical number. Ah well. Yes, musicals are back, and yes, all involved did well, but this is the Oscars, not the Tonys.

- I'm glad Heath Ledger won, simply because his performance WAS Oscar-worthy and absolutely brilliant.

- Just ... Hugh Jackman is really, really, really gorgeous. REALLY GORGEOUS! I think he wins my personal award for best-looking in tux celebrity ever.

- I can only wonder if Nicholson isn't there, because the clearly over-the-top allotted number of reaction shots that are generally reserved for Nicholson are going to Brad. Yes, he's getting a lot because of TCOBB, but he's gotten reaction shots left and right for non-TCOBB things. For example, in the 'we care!' audience shots during Heath Ledger's family speech, we got a solo Brad reaction, and a Brad and Angelina reaction. So, yeah, I'm just wondering if Brad is the new Jack in terms of Oscar reaction shots.

- I just love him so. Loved "Outstounding. Outstounding? Boom, goes the dynamite." And then "Yes, they still have me out here. {Pause} Hugh is napping." Hee! Will Smith is awesome. I could see him hosting this someday.

- I'm so glad that A.R. Rachman (I think that's how it's spelt) won for Slumdog Millionaire score because that score was FABULOUS and really helped make that film as wonderful as it was.

- Squee!! John Legend!! I love him. He's so dreamy!!!

- You know, I had agreed in theory that it was ridiculous to not have the full nominated songs, but have that whole musical number, but now? While I do think that the musical number COULD have been a lot better, I actually do agree with the decision to have a montage of the nominated songs simply because in the past, unless I LOVED the song, it dragged and slowed the Oscars down. Songs, generally, get nominated because of what they do/bring to the film and without that film experience there to amplify it, it does lose some of it. So I actually like doing it this way because it gets across that movie feeling -- which it should -- as opposed to just being the song. Does that make sense?

- Ooh, I really hope that "O Saya" by Rachman and M.I.A. wins. I LOVE that song and it MADE that opening scene so magnificently ... listening as I type this ... and, aww, it didn't win. ::Sniff:: The other SM song one, still a great one, but I adore "O Saya" and I think it really set up the exhilarating feel of the whole film. Oh well.

- Erm, did I miss it or was Heath Ledger's name NOT in the "In Memoriam?" I know that most watching likely know he's passed, but still ... kalaidascopeeyepointed out that Ledger was in that last year, okay. My bad.

- Speaking of "In Memoriam," Queen Latifah has such a beautiful voice.

- Okay, so is it just me in my non-worshipping-Reese-Witherspoon-ways or did her eye makeup look god-awful?

- See?!?! These famed, celebrated actors talking about the nominees is awesome! I just love it. Anne Hathaway's reaction when Shirley MacLaine was talking to her is going to go a long way to making up for the fact that she didn't win. She may not have taken the gold home (as others don't in every category), but she has THIS wonderful, shining moment (as do other who don't win). I think this is a glorious idea, I really, truly love it.

- Oh, and, I agree with Shirley, Anne Hathaway does have a lovely singing voice.

- Okay, so back to my point above, it does help when there seems actual sincerity behind the praise (coughcough*SophiaNicole*coughcough). I mean, people, you're actors! Some of you can do much better than that. (coughcough*Nicole*coughcough)

- I'm really rather hating Angelina's green earrings and ring. Are those emeralds? Really, big, expensive emeralds? I don't care. Their gaudy and ostentatious and ugly.

- Dude, I think Angelina seriously told Brad to stand up after Kate Winslet won.

- HEE! I love Kate Winslet!! Yay, she won, she won, she won, she won, she won!!!!!! I know it was expected at this point, but damnit! She deserves it!! She is one of the most amazing, talented, thrilling actresses who always gives EVERYTHING of herself heart and soul onscreen. She's never less than. EVER. She deserves this. She totally, absolutely, completely does. (Now, if only Ralph Fiennes and Leonardo DiCaprio would win Oscars, I'd stop bitching about the Academy so much. Especially Ralph Fiennes, who for some unknown reason is not even getting the frickin' nominations anymore!!!!!!!) Okay, back to Kate ...

I LOVED when her dad whistled!! HAH!!! And her waving to him!! HEE!! Loved the "serious" part of her speech and then, acknowledging her fellow nominees, these "goddesses" and "I think we all can't believe that we're in a category with Meryl Streep at all." And Angelina and Anne Hathaway's reaction were great. Then, "I'm sorry, Meryl, but you just have to suck that up." ROTL!!! I lurve Kate Winslet (confession time, I don't like her hairstyle tonight though.) Sigh, and then that final "Thank you to the Academy. SO MUCH! Wow." I'm so happy for her. YAY!!!!

- What?! No Tom Hanks!!!

- Okay, alright, seriously? If they were going to have Michael Douglas say that all other versions of Nixon fall to the wayside for Frank Langella, uhm, could they have NOT picked Anthony Hopkins (love him!) as one of the five offering praise since, you know, he played Nixon in a film called Nixon!?!? Come on, people. Come! ON!

- WAIT! I take it back, I don't care. Anthony Hopkins is TOTALLY going to do Brad Pitt's praise and you know they totally have a cross-generational bromance thing. SQUEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Aww, Angelina looked so giddy and proud.

- Man, speaking of Brad Pitt ... after I posted that bit above about the camera going to him constantly? The camera stopped going to him constantly. So I guess he doesn't get the Jack Nicholson spot.

- YAY! Sean Penn won. I really thought Mickey Rourke was going to win, but Sean Penn did. Yay!! He's such a brilliant, amazing actor. AWESOME!!!!

- I really liked how they interspersed footage of past Oscar winners fitting the dialogue of the current nominations. That was cool. Interesting, though, I couldn't help but notice that we saw Ralph Fiennes in the current nomination The Reader, in the past nomination Schindler's List and in the section earlier on the screenwriting from In Bruges. So CLEARLY, he's not off of Oscar's radar, so ... WHY THE HELL IS HE NOT GETTING THE NOMINATIONS AND WHERE IN ZEUS' BUTTHOLE IS HIS FRIGGIN' OSCAR!!!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?!??!?


- Yay!! I'm so happy that Slumdog Millionaire won. It was just such a hopeful, beautiful, infectiously fun, warm-hearted film. I loved it. And, ooh that young actor is so frickin' adorable!!! He deserved that close-up. I loved him in the movie.

- Erm, that thing over the credits? It was cool seeing upcoming movies and all, but also really annoying because you know those movies got that extra push based on how much cash their studios were willing to dole out and it just seemed unfair promotion, because the little indies can't afford that kind of stuff. Oh welol, RDJ and Ewan MacGregor looked hot.

- Hugh Jackman is REALLY good-looking. Seriously, every time he came out or left the stage, I commented on how good-looking he is because I was struck anew each time at how awesomely good-looking he is. DAMN!

I liked the first musical number a lot. Not so much the second. I liked the best song nomination montage a lot, and the Queen Latifah song. I thought that the opening spiel was mostly funny and well-done, yay, Hugh! On the nominations, I was glad to see wins spread across the board, so even though the expected Kate Winslet and SM won, the whole evening wasn't a big yawn-fest of 'of course.' So, good job overall.

And Hugh Jackman is really good-looking.
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Arabianarabian on February 23rd, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Oh, I love Nicole Kidman and I actually positively ADORED Australia. It was my favorite movie of the year.

But, yeah, the "I'm Wolveriiiiine!" was fabulous!!!
madeelly: abby facesmadeelly on February 23rd, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
I only bothered to stay for the first musical number and the best supporting actress award, but it was all very fun. Hugh Jackman is awesome and I'm really glad that Heath Ledger won.
Arabian: Billie Piper_05arabian on February 23rd, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the whole show. There were a few 'eh' moments, but I like this better than any recent one in memory. Good job, I thought.
starlightmoonlastarlightmoonla on February 23rd, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Hugh Jackman has been great! I've kind of enjoyed the musical numbers so far. Even this latest one for the best original song.

Love John Legend as well!! I haven't heard 'O Saya' yet but I love that 'Jai Ho' one! That and Latika's Theme are my favorite songs! :D

And I totally understand what you're talking about when it comes to a song that, really becomes a new character, throughout the film. Or it's just that connected to the storyline. There's a fundamental difference that you can feel between that kind of song as oppose to one that's just there for the sake of being there.
Arabian: Dr Who (Ten)arabian on February 23rd, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Hugh Jackman was AWESOME!!!!

You must listen to "O Saya" -- here it is.

So glad that song thing made sense. I just didn't really realize it until the nominated song montage started.
starlightmoonlastarlightmoonla on February 23rd, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Just listened to and it does sound great! I was able to pretty much go back to the beginning of the movie and "see" it all over again if that makes sense. ^_^"

Arabian: Dr Who (10) - Christmas Invasionarabian on February 23rd, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
It does. And that is what is so great about that song. Loves it!
Laurelcorusca on February 23rd, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm not crazy - I didn't see Heath Ledger either.

I love Reese Witherspoon, but yes, her eye makeup was all kinds of crazy.

And Kate Winslet's whole speech just made me happy :-D My sister doesn't like her (wtf, right?) but I was totally geeking out about how fabulous she is.
Arabianarabian on February 23rd, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Okay, wasn't just me then.

Alright, yeah, not on the Reese-train, so I didn't know if it was just me, but the dark blue seemed unshaded and wonky and then it looked like her eyes were hollowed out with circles under them. It was just ghastly.

KATE WINSLET FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!! Oh wait, she did!! HAH!!!
Maddie--Intelligent Porn: you gotta give them hope-milkkalaidascopeeye on February 23rd, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
I forgot Jack Nicholson wasn't there.

Heath was in the tribute last year.

I really liked the five former actors thing as well. It's nice to hear praise like that from the people they probably respect the most.

I liked Angelina's jewelry >>

I adore the young cast of Slumdog. Like I just want to hug them all.
Arabianarabian on February 23rd, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
Ah, my bad, totally forgot that he made last year's list.
I really liked the five former actors thing as well. It's nice to hear praise like that from the people they probably respect the most.
I truly, truly loved it. I hope they continue doing that, it's just great.
I liked Angelina's jewelry
Hey, to each their own, and Angelina obviously liked it and that's what matters most, I guess, LOL!

I take it from your icon that you were pleased with the best actor win?!
Maddie--Intelligent Porn: you're locked in here with me-watchmenkalaidascopeeye on February 23rd, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
I take it from your icon that you were pleased with the best actor win?!

Indeed I am. I was also pulling for Milk for Best Picture, but Slumdog is still good.
Arabianarabian on February 23rd, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Milk yet, but I intend to when it comes out on DVD.
leosgreens: laurenleosgreens on February 27th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Agree with a lot of what you said, but I hated, hated, hated the "in Memoriam" segment. I hated the fact that because of the camerawork, sometimes I couldn't tell what a person's name was, I hated that they had someone singing a song over it, and I hated the song. Most of all I hate when they forget: Patrick McGoohan deserves more respect than that!!
Arabianarabian on May 31st, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Other than the fact that I really like Queen Latifah's voice, I do agree with all of this. (I know this is REALLY late in replying, but I missed this somehow.)
leosgreensleosgreens on May 31st, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
That's funny! I do like Queen Latifah, it wasn't her fault, I just hated the way they did it and I hope they don't do it that way ever again.
Arabianarabian on May 31st, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was very badly done. But she does have a beautiful voice.