The Academy Awards

Season 81 Episode 1

The 81st Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Feb 22, 2009 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

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