Oscars Recap

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 12:17 am.

The 81st Annual Academy Awards aired last night.  It was an epic awards show, clocking in at just less than three and a half hours. The Hollywood elite attended including Will Smith, Halle Berry, Queen Latifah and more.

This year, the Oscars had elaborate monologues from previous winners before each award was given out, which made the show longer, tiring and down right boring at times. Hugh Jackman hosted, and while he is extremely talented, even his performances were not enough to minus the snooze factor.  Jackman sang, danced and popped top hats, making the show feel more like the Tonys than the Oscars.

The always gigging, Beyonce Knowles, performed in a cabaret-like performance with Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens — she even sang a few bars of “At Last”. I’m sure Etta James got a twitch from hearing that one!  Beyonce sure is a stable celebrity, most of these famous people get a case of  “celebrity exhausation” if they work too hard, but Bey keeps rolling down the river!

The most disappointing moment of the night was a tribute to those who passed away in 2008, which included a performance from Queen Latifah — the tribute included Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, but no Eartha Kitt?  Massive insult.

No big shockers this year, Heath Ledger won for The Dark Knight, Kate Winslet snagged best actress and Slumdog Millionaire won best picture. Sean Penn won best actor for Milk, where he played Harvey Milk, a gay activist from the seventies — beating out the favorite, Mickey Rourke.  The always political Penn stressed the importance of equal rights for all people, gay or straight.

As I predicted, Penelope Cruz won best supporting actress, beating out Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis, who both looked beautiful and will hopefully have doors open for future Oscar-worthy films.

View highlights from all the fashion at the Oscars!

Click here for a complete list of winners.

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Dedrah Said on

OMG! TARAJI.P. TOTALLY DESERVES AN OSCAR….SMH U GO GIRL U HAVE 1 IN MY EYES!



JENNIFER Said on

I AGREE WITH DEDRAH, TARAJI GOT JIPPED AND IM NOT JUST SAYING THAT BECAUSE SHE IS BLACK, MS, HENSON HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE BABY BOY.PENELOPE CRUZ MOVIE WAS NOT IN MOVIE THEATRE’S TO MY KNOWLEDGE AND HER PERFORMANCE WAS NOT THAT COMPELLING. BENJAMIN MOVIE GOT JIPPED LAST NITE PERIOD THAT SLUMDOG MILLIONARE IS A JOKE NOBODY GAVE A CRAP ABOUT THE MOVIE WHEN IT FIRST CAME AND NOW FOLKS IS ACTING ITS THE BEST THING SINCE BOTTLE WATER O PLEASE.



Dedrah from cali! Said on

Viola u r the man in madea goes to jail…u did that part best wishes for u and taraji….keeep up the good work! And I would love too see u a in a movie with ANGELA BASSETT!



Nita Said on

For Jennifer, you obviously don’t know how the academy awards work. It doesn’t matter whether a movie was in theaters or not, and it does not matter whether regular people liked a movie or not. The people who do matter are the people who votes for the winners; actors, directors, writers, etc.



Keith S. Said on

The Oscars was little different this year than preivous years in how the presenters were presenting the awards. Taraji P. Henson, and Viola Davis looked wonderful. Even though neither of them won the award the nomination itself is nothing to be taken lightly. Winning is just the icing on the cake. The cake had to be good in the first place.



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elaine Said on

BET you need recognize Viola…White folks loved her in that role. Cruz only won because Jennifer won last year and a Latino had to win. This mess is like dancing with the stars Mel B couldn’t win because Ennis had won and a latino had to win. Blonde this time…but back to Viola…give her RESPECT….



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