Monday, March 2, 2009

After watching the 81st Academy Awards (Oscars) Sunday night, I was a bit disappointed. I understand that the academy cannot please everyone, especially all those losing nominees (sorry Meryl Streep with 15 nominations and running) but I can't help but be a little disappointed in the results. Although, I have never watched the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" (only trailers) it was to my surprise that it walked it away with just about everything! "Slumdog Millionaire" was the biggest victory ever for British films.

I am a huge fan of true stories or true events such as "Frost/Nixon" or the "Changeling." Also, I definitely gave "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" 8 out of 10 stars. However, "Slumdog Millionaire" just doesn't strike me as winning "best picture of the year." To my surprise, it did. Not only did it win best picture of the year, it won the following: best director, best adapted screenplay, best original score, best original song, best film editing, best cinematography and best sound mixing. Just about every category this movie was in, it won for it. I can't say that it isn't a great movie because I haven't watched it yet. I just didn't think it should have received best picture of the year award.

I was very pleased that one of my favorite movies of this year, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" did win a few of its own. The movie won for best makeup, best art direction and best visual effects.

Also, being a Jerry Lewis fan I would have to say that I was very pleased for his recognition. Lewis was given the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Jerry Lewis and his motion pictures, television shows, stage performances, work with muscular dystrophy and other charities, recordings, radio programs, books and personal appearances have brought his unique humor and creativity to people all over the world. He is one of the most recognizable people on earth, and is constantly renewed by each new generation of audiences who discover the fun and goodness of laughter.

Getting to see Jerry Lewis being given that award was definitely the highlight of the Oscars for me.