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.