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The Academy Awards: The 81st Annual Academy Awards

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Episode Info  

Episode number: 57x1
Airdate: Sunday February 22nd, 2009
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)


 
Guest Stars
Sean PennSean Penn
As Winner: Best Actor (for 'Milk')
Recurring
Kate WinsletKate Winslet
As Winner: Best Actress (for 'The Reader')
Recurring
Kate WinsletKate Winslet
As Winner: Best Actress (for 'The Reader')
Recurring
Heath LedgerHeath Ledger
As Winner: Best Supporting Actor (for 'The Dark Knight')
Recurring
Heath LedgerHeath Ledger
As Winner: Best Supporting Actor (for 'The Dark Knight')
Recurring
Penélope CruzPenélope Cruz
As Winner: Best Supporting Actress (for 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona')
Recurring
Jerry LewisJerry Lewis
As Winner: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Recurring
Christian ColsonChristian Colson
As Winner: Best Picture (for 'Slumdog Millionaire')
Christian ColsonChristian Colson
As Winner: Best Picture (for 'Slumdog Millionaire')
Danny BoyleDanny Boyle
As Winner: Best Director (for 'Slumdog Millionaire')
Dustin Lance BlackDustin Lance Black
As Winner: Best Original Screenplay (for 'Milk')
Simon BeaufoySimon Beaufoy
As Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay (for 'Slumdog Millionaire')
Simon BeaufoySimon Beaufoy
As Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay (for 'Slumdog Millionaire')
A.R. RahmanA.R. Rahman
As Winner: Best Original Score / Best Original Song (for 'Slumdog Millionaire')

Musical Guests
Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
As Herself ("I'll Be Seeing You")
Recurring
Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
As Herself ("I'll Be Seeing You")
Recurring
John LegendJohn Legend
As Himself ("Down to Earth")

Featuring
Jessica BielJessica Biel
As Presenter
Recurring
Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
As Presenter
Recurring
Goldie HawnGoldie Hawn
As Presenter
Recurring
Goldie HawnGoldie Hawn
As Presenter
Recurring
Anjelica HustonAnjelica Huston
As Presenter
Recurring
Anjelica HustonAnjelica Huston
As Presenter
Recurring
Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
As Presenter
Recurring
Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
As Presenter
Recurring
Sophia LorenSophia Loren
As Presenter
Recurring
Shirley MacLaineShirley MacLaine
As Presenter
Recurring
Shirley MacLaineShirley MacLaine
As Presenter
Recurring
Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
As Presenter
Recurring
Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
As Presenter
Recurring
Tilda SwintonTilda Swinton
As Presenter
Recurring
Tilda SwintonTilda Swinton
As Presenter
Recurring
Cuba Gooding, Jr.Cuba Gooding, Jr.
As Presenter
Recurring
Cuba Gooding, Jr.Cuba Gooding, Jr.
As Presenter
Recurring
Joel GreyJoel Grey
As Presenter
Recurring
Joel GreyJoel Grey
As Presenter
Recurring
Christopher WalkenChristopher Walken
As Presenter
Recurring
Christopher WalkenChristopher Walken
As Presenter
Recurring
Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
As Presenter
Recurring
Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
As Presenter
Recurring
Adrien BrodyAdrien Brody
As Presenter
Recurring
Adrien BrodyAdrien Brody
As Presenter
Recurring
Michael DouglasMichael Douglas
As Presenter
Recurring
Eva Marie SaintEva Marie Saint
As Presenter
Recurring
Alan ArkinAlan Arkin
As Presenter
Recurring
Halle BerryHalle Berry
As Presenter
Recurring
Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard
As Presenter
Recurring
Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins
As Presenter
Recurring
Main Cast
Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman
As Himself
Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman
As Himself
Episode Notes
This year's Oscars telecast drew about 36.3 million viewers, up about 13 percent from last year.

Heath Ledger's Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the film, The Dark Knight, was only the second posthumous Oscar ever to be given. Ledger's family was there to accept the award on his behalf.

Doubt was the first film to receive four Acting nominations since Chicago in 2002.

Meryl Streep (Doubt) got an Oscar nomination for a record breaking fifteen times.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
A.R. RahmanO Saya 
A.R. RahmanJai Ho 
Peter GabrielDown to EarthCovered by John Legend


Episode Quotes
Kim Ledger: This award tonight would've humbly validated Heath's quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here, his peers, within an industry he so loved. Thank you.

Sean Penn: And finally, for those, two last finallies, for those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that 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.

Phillippe Petit: The shortest speech in Oscar history: "Yes!" But I always the break the rule, I break my own rules very quickly and of course this film would have not been made without my Kathy. And also, Werner, I always carry the coin you gave me. And you were right. We won. So now it's time to thank the Academy for believing in magic.
(Petit starts to balance the oscar upside-down on his chin.)



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