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  • Season 81 Episode 1: The 81st Annual Academy A...

  • Songs from "The Musicals Are Back" number:
    -"Top Hat, White Tie And Tails" from Top Hat!.
    -"Singin' In the Rain" from Singin' In the Rain.
    -"Big Spender" from Sweet Charity.
    -"Maria" and "Somewhere" from West Side Story.
    -"You're The One That I Want" from Grease.
    -"How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" from The Sound Of Music.
    -"All That Jazz" from Chicago.
    -"Lady Marmalade" from Moulin Rouge.
    -"One Night Only" from Dreamgirls.
    -"You Can't Stop The Beat" from Hairpsray.
    -"At Last" from Orchestra Wives.
    -"Last Chance" from High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
    -"Mamma Mia!" from Mamma Mia!.
    -"Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" from Evita.
    -"Over The Rainbow from Wizard Of Oz.

  • Slumdog Millionaire is the first film since 1993 to win "Best Picture", "Best Directing" and "Best Screenplay" at not only the Oscars but also at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs.

  • The presenters of the acting awards were 5 past winners of each category, and they each gave a speech to each nominee (instead of the usual clips) about how good their performances were:

    *Best Actor In A Leading Role:
    -Michael Douglas (for Wall Street in 1988) to Frank Langella.
    -Robert DeNiro (for Raging Bull in 1980) to Sean Penn.
    -Adrien Brody (for The Pianist in 2002) to Richard Jenkins.
    -Sir Anthony Hopkins (for Silence Of The Lambs in 1991) to Brad Pitt.
    -Sir Ben Kingsley (for Ghandi in 1983) to Mickey Rourke.

    *Best Actress In A Leading Role:
    -Shirley MacLaine (for Tearms Of Endearment in 1983) to Anne Hathaway.
    -Marion Cotillard (for La Vie En Rose in 2008) to Kate Winslet.
    -Halle Berry (for Monster's Ball in 2002) to Melissa Leo.
    -Nicole Kidman (for The Hours in 2003) to Angelina Jolie.
    -Sophia Loren (for Two Women in 1961) to Meryl Streep.

    *Best Actor In A Supporting Role:
    -Alan Arkin (for Little Miss Sunshine in 2007) to Phillip Seymour Hoffman -Joel Grey (for Cabaret in 1972) to Josh Brolin.
    -Cuba Gooding Jr. (for Jerry Maguire in 1996) to Robert Downey Jr..
    -Christopher Walken (for The Deer Hunter in 1978) to Michael Shannon.
    -Kevin Kline (for A Fish Called Wanda in 1988) to Heath Ledger.

    *Best Actress In A Supporting Role:
    -Eva Marie Saint (for On The Waterfront in 1954) to Viola Davis.
    -Anjelica Houston (for Prizzi's Honor in 1985) to Penelope Cruz.
    -Whoopi Goldberg (for Ghost in 1990) to Amy Adams.
    -Goldie Hawn (for Cactus Flower in 1970) to Taraji P. Henson.
    -Tilda Swinton (for Michael Clayton in 2008) to Marisa Tomei.

  • Queen Latifah performed "I'll Be Seeing You" (from the musical play Right This Way) during the In Memoriam tribute. The honored people were:

    -Bernie Mac.
    -Charlton Heston.
    -Cyd Charisse.
    -Evelyn Keyes.
    -Harold Pinter (writer).
    -Isaac Hayes.
    -James Whitmore.
    -Mayla Nurmi.
    -Nina Foch.
    -Pat Hingle.
    -Paul Newman.
    -Paul Scofield.
    -Ricardo Montalban.
    -Richard Widmark.
    -Robert DoQui.
    -Roy Scheider.
    -Sydney Polack.
    -Van Johnson.
    -Abby Mann (writer).
    -Anthony Minghella (actor; director; producer; writer).
    -Bud Stone (executive).
    -Charles H. Joffe (producer).
    -Charles H. Schneer (producer).
    -Claude Berri (director).
    -David Watkin (director of photography).
    -J. Paul Huntsman (sound editor).
    -John Michael Hayes (writer).
    -Joseph H. Caracciolo (producer).
    -Jules Dassin (director).
    -Kon Ichikawa (director).
    -Leonard Rosenman (music composer).
    -Manny Farber (critic).
    -Michael Crichton, M.D. (director; producer; writer).
    -Ned Tanen (executive producer).
    -Ollie Johnston (animator).
    -Robert Mulligan (director).
    -Stan Winston (special effects).
    -Warren Cowan (publicist).

  • The most nominated movie was The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (13), but the most awarded movie was Slumdog Millionare (8).

  • Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) is the second actor to win an award posthumous. The first was Peter Finch for Network in 1977.

  • All five Best Picture directors were nominated for Best Director, the first time this has occurred in 3 years.

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