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  • seabel
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    I could not make a poll because the maximum number of options is 10, and I just think lots of years should be included. What was your favorite Oscar ceremony? And why?

    Sometimes I don’t agree with the winners but I do agree with the show. One of the best ceremonies I remember is 2002, when “A beautiful mind” won. It was the first time I watched the Oscars. I remember Whoopi, the hystorical wins of Denzel and Halle, and many movies going home with at least one statuette. It was a very sentimental year for 9/11 and also and specially for the great quality of nominated films. Memento, Monster’s ball, Moulin Rouge, In the bedroom, Shrek, No man’s land, Mulholland Drive, Sexy Beast, xtc.

    Then, my favorite Oscar ceremony is 2009, when “Slumdog Millionaire” sweeped. The stage was incredible and I loved the acting categories, how they were introduced by former winners. It was sad that Mickey Rourke lost but I was glad that I witnessed Kate Winslet’s Oscar win. This year I felt more the sense of style, spectacular thing that Academy Awards are meant to be. And Hugh Jackman was simply outstanding. What a great job he did.

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    My favorite ceremony was also hosted by Whoopi: 1999.   Yes, the Shakespeare in Love year.  Not saying I agree with the Academy’s choices, but the ceremony was so damn hilarious.  First off, she came out dressed as the “African Queen”-version of Queen Elizabeth and the audience was in raptures.  Then, after her brief introduction, there was a wonderful video of great cinematic moments set to the scores of Shakespeare in Love, Saving Private Ryan, and Life is Beautiful, before Whoopi came out again as herself for more opening bit.  She continued the dress-up game the whole night.  In another moment, she captured Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds with a subtle movement of her shoulders.  And yet another, dressed as a slave from the film Beloved, she hid a huge diamond ring behind her back to say “As God is my witness I will never go hungry again.”  Comic gold the whole night.  Then to see Robert Benigni win TWICE and jump on the back of chairs–too funny.  An amazing lineup for Best Original Song with some great performances.  The ultimate shocker for Best Picture.  It was a CRAZY ceremony.

    Also a fan of 1998, the Titanic year, since Billy Crystal was fantastic and I LOVED the Best Picture year-by-year montage (shown here for the first time for the 70th Oscars) to the music from Dragonheart AND the Oscar’s family album of acting winners.

    My favorite ceremony “result” was probably 2004 when Lord of the Rings swept.  It was wonderful to finally see Peter Jackson win.  And it was the best year I ever did predicting the Oscars, getting 23 out of 24 categories right—missing only damn Harvey Krumpet for Animated Short. 

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    Definitely the 75th. Maybe because I was a kid back then and had this youthful enthusiasm about Oscar night and even some boring wins were surprises to me. 

    But I sensed it was an unusual Oscar night. The speech of Michael Moore, these crazy wins (Polanski, Brody, Almodovar, Harwood, Spirited Away, 8 Mile) and many, many upsets that night! The terrific Steve Martin and that opening monologue about movie stars! The possibility of canceling the show.. The speeches – not just Moore, but Brody, Chris Cooper (Meryl & jazz), that terrific moment when Conrad L. Hall’s son accepted his Oscar, the previous winners on stage, the great presenters that night: from Julie Andrews to Sean Connery to Kirk Douglas to Streisand to Meryl (her first time presenting?) to that appearance of Olivia de Havilland.. and Mickey Rooney was there.. and it was very political, but it was emotional, too. They addressed the ongoing war.. they talked about the spirit of the times.. in terms of winners, 5 years later – the Coens.. 

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    2002.

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    yep, 2009 (Slumdog)

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    Yeah, the Slumdog year. Hugh Jackman was an absolutely incredible host. I still watch his opening on a regular basis on YouTube. Best opening I’ve ever seen (how often does the crowd give the host a standing ovation after an opening?).
    The stage was outstanding, and the show was extremely well-thought out. The awards were presented in a logical order in terms of making a film, all the banter between the presenters was well-written, and you had those wonderful tributes for the acting categories.
    Perfect. 

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    KT
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    Definitely the 75th. Maybe because I was a kid back then and had this youthful enthusiasm about Oscar night and even some boring wins were surprises to me. 

    But I sensed it was an unusual Oscar night. The speech of Michael Moore, these crazy wins (Polanski, Brody, Almodovar, Harwood, Spirited Away, 8 Mile) and many, many upsets that night! The terrific Steve Martin and that opening monologue about movie stars! The possibility of canceling the show.. The speeches – not just Moore, but Brody, Chris Cooper (Meryl & jazz), that terrific moment when Conrad L. Hall’s son accepted his Oscar, the previous winners on stage, the great presenters that night: from Julie Andrews to Sean Connery to Kirk Douglas to Streisand to Meryl (her first time presenting?) to that appearance of Olivia de Havilland.. and Mickey Rooney was there.. and it was very political, but it was emotional, too. They addressed the ongoing war.. they talked about the spirit of the times.. in terms of winners, 5 years later – the Coens.. 

    Definitely a great ceremony!   And one of the longest!  I loved the opening monologue on movie stars!  And The Pianist was probably very close to winning Best Picture.  What I would love to see is Sean Connery returning this year for the James Bond tribute — that would be incredible!! 

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    Also a fan of 1998, the Titanic year, since Billy Crystal was fantastic and I LOVED the Best Picture year-by-year montage (shown here for the first time for the 70th Oscars) to the music from Dragonheart AND the Oscar’s family album of acting winners.

    Oh, I loved it too. And I also loved the 2003 Ceremony Clips they used for the acting categories, 74 years of acting winners. That was sort of amazing, with spectacular music (Gladiator, Dragonheart, Shakespeare in love…).

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    My favorite ceremony was also hosted by Whoopi: 1999.   Yes, the Shakespeare in Love year.  Not saying I agree with the Academy’s choices, but the ceremony was so damn hilarious.  First off, she came out dressed as the “African Queen”-version of Queen Elizabeth and the audience was in raptures.  Then, after her brief introduction, there was a wonderful video of great cinematic moments set to the scores of Shakespeare in Love, Saving Private Ryan, and Life is Beautiful, before Whoopi came out again as herself for more opening bit.  She continued the dress-up game the whole night.  In another moment, she captured Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds with a subtle movement of her shoulders.  And yet another, dressed as a slave from the film Beloved, she hid a huge diamond ring behind her back to say “As God is my witness I will never go hungry again.”  Comic gold the whole night.

    Whoopi is THE BEST. Please host again, please!!!

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    That was a great bit.  Maggie Smith looks like she was having so much fun, and it was nice that the camera caught Whoopi’s gesture to her.  Too bad Smith doesn’t show up to these events any more.  I’d love to see Whoopi host again as well, criminally underrated as host in my opinion in the many write-ups I’ve read on “best” Oscar hosts.

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    To me, she’s the best, followed by Steve Martin and, third place, Billy Crystal. Then, Jackman. Chris Rock did nothing for me. It was even insulting. And Ellen DeGeneres was funny but not very much inspired.

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    To me, she’s the best, followed by Steve Martin and, third place, Billy Crystal. Then, Jackman. Chris Rock did nothing for me. It was even insulting. And Ellen DeGeneres was funny but not very much inspired.

    OK, Sean Penn… 

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