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The 81st Annual Academy Awards

Year:
Duration:
USA:210 min (including commercials)
IMDB rate:
8
Director:
Roger Goodman
Awards:
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2009-02-22
Filming Locations: California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Hugh Jackman
Himself - Host / Performer
Amy Adams
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Aniston
Herself - Presenter: Best Animated Film and Best Animated Short Film
Alan Arkin
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Bailey
Dancer - Luhrmann / Ashford
Julia Bantner
Dancer
Eric Barba
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Craig Barron
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Kirk Baxter
Himself - Nominee: Best Film Editing
Simon Beaufoy
Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay
Kristine Bendul
Dancer
Halle Berry
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Biel
Herself - Presenter: Technical Awards
Dustin Lance Black
Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay
Jack Black
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Animated Film and Best Animated Short Film
Danny Boyle
Himself - Winner: Best Director
Eric Bradley
Himself
Marlon Brando
Himself (archive footage)
Adrien Brody
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Josh Brolin
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Donald Graham Burt
Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction
Ben Burtt
Himself - Nominee: Best Sound Mixing and Sound Editing
Greg Cannom
Himself - Winner: Best Makeup
Cyd Charisse
Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Simon Chinn
Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature
Christian Colson
Himself - Winner: Best Picture
Dominic Cooper
Himself - Performer
Marion Cotillard
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Daniel Craig
Himself - Presenter: Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Art Direction
Michael Crichton
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Penélope Cruz
Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Miley Cyrus
Herself - Audience
Stephen Daldry
Himself - Nominee: Best Director
Burt Dalton
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Jules Dassin
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Adam Davenport
Himself
Viola Davis
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Robert De Niro
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Roger Deakins
Himself - Nominee: Best Cinematography
Alexandre Desplat
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Score
Chris Dickens
Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing
Pete Docter
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Anthony Dod Mantle
Himself - Winner: Best Cinematography
Robert DoQui
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Michael Douglas
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Robert Downey Jr.
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Faye Dunaway
Herself (archive footage)
Zac Efron
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score and Best Original Song / Performer
Danny Elfman
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Score
Mike Elizalde
Himself - Nominee: Best Makeup
Manny Farber
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Tina Fey
Herself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
David Fincher
Himself - Nominee: Best Director
Thomas Floutz
Himself - Nominee: Best Makeup
Nina Foch
Herself - In Memoriam (archive footage)
James Franco
Himself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film
Jochen Alexander Freydank
Himself - Winner: Best Live Action Short Film
Peter Gabriel
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Song
Sidney Ganis
Himself
Whoopi Goldberg
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Louis Gossett Jr.
Himself - Audience Member
Elliot Graham
Himself - Nominee: Best Film Editing
Joel Grey
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Daniel P. Hanley
Himself - Nominee: Best Film Editing
David Hare
Himself - Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay
Anne Hathaway
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Goldie Hawn
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Isaac Hayes
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
John Michael Hayes
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Taraji P. Henson
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Werner Herzog
Himself - Nominee: Best Documentary
Charlton Heston
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Mike Hill
Himself - Nominee: Best Film Editing
Pat Hingle
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Anthony Hopkins
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
James Newton Howard
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Score
Ron Howard
Himself - Nominee: Best Director
Vanessa Hudgens
Herself - Performer
Courtney Hunt
Herself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
J. Paul Huntsman
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Anjelica Huston
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Kon Ichikawa
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Giovanni Jackson
Himself
Richard Jenkins
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Charles H. Joffe
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Van Johnson
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Ollie Johnston
Himself - In Memoriam (archive footage)
Angelina Jolie
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Janusz Kaminski
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film
Kunio Kato
Himself - Winner - Best Animated Short Film
Dominique Kelley
Dancer
Kathleen Kennedy
Herself - Nominee: Best Picture
Evelyn Keyes
Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Alicia Keys
Herself - Presenter: Best Original Score and Best Original Song
Nicole Kidman
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Richard King
Himself - Winner: Best Sound Editing
Ben Kingsley
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Kevin Kline
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Beyoncé Knowles
Herself - Performer (as Beyoncé)
Frank Langella
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Queen Latifah
Herself - Performer: I'll Be Seeing You
Heath Ledger
Joker
John Legend
Himself - Performer (song "Down to Earth")
Mike Leigh
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Melissa Leo
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Jerry Lewis
Himself - Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Recipient
Sophia Loren
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Bernie Mac
Himself - In Memoriam (archive footage)
Shirley MacLaine
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Bill Maher
Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short
Abby Mann
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
James Marsh
Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature
Frank Marshall
Himself - Nominee: Best Picture
Steve Martin
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
E. Anthony Martinez
Performer - USC Trojan Marching Band
Martin McDonagh
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Chris Menges
Himself - Nominee: Best Cinematography
Anthony Minghella
Himself - Nominee: Best Picture / Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Claudio Miranda
Himself - Nominee: Best Cinematography
Ricardo Montalban
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Terry Moore
Herself - Audience Member
Peter Morgan
Himself - Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay
Robert Mulligan
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Eddie Murphy
Himself - Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Megan Mylan
Herself - Winner: Best Documentary Short Subject
Paul Newman
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Thomas Newman
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Score & Best Original Song
Michael O'Connor
Himself - Winner: Best Costume Design
Brett Padelford
Performer - USC Trojan Marching Band)
Sarah Jessica Parker
Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Art Direction
Robert Pattinson
Himself - Presenter
Sean Penn
Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Philippe Petit
Himself
Wally Pfister
Himself - Nominee: Best Cinematography
Harold Pinter
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Freida Pinto
Herself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Brad Pitt
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Sydney Pollack
Himself - In Memoriam (archive footage)
Resul Pookutty
Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing
Natalie Portman
Herself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
Steve Preeg
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Richard Pryke
Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing
A.R. Rahman
Himself - Winner: Best Original Score / Best Original Song
Jim Reardon
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Seth Rogen
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film
Mickey Rooney
Himself - Audience Member
Leonard Rosenman
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Eric Roth
Himself - Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay
Mickey Rourke
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jane Russell
Herself - Audience Member
Eva Marie Saint
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Roy Scheider
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Charles H. Schneer
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Paul Scofield
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Amanda Seyfried
Herself - Performer
John Patrick Shanley
Himself - Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay
Michael Shannon
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Lee Smith
Himself - Nominee: Best Film Editing
Will Smith
Himself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing
Steven Spielberg
Himself - Presenter: Best Picture
Andrew Stanton
Himself - Winner: Best Animated Film / Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Tom Stern
Himself - Nominee: Best Cinematography
Ben Stiller
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
Bud Stone
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Meryl Streep
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Robin Swicord
Herself - Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay
Tilda Swinton
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Ian Tapp
Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing
Charlize Theron
Herself (archive footage)
Marisa Tomei
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Gina Tuttle
Announcer
Vampira
Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Gus Van Sant
Himself - Nominee: Best Director
Mara Virabov
Herself (as Mara Vardanyan)
Christopher Walken
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Angus Wall
Himself - Nominee: Best Film Editing
David Watkin
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
James Whitmore
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Richard Widmark
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Kate Winslet
Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Stan Winston
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Reese Witherspoon
Herself - Presenter: Best Director
Matthew Wood
Himself - Nominee: Best Sound Editing
Amanda Wyss
Herself
Victor J. Zolfo
Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction
Fileena Bahris
Herself - Attendee (uncredited)
Tom Berklund
Dancer (uncredited)
Matthew Broderick
Himself - Audience (uncredited)
Trevor Donovan
Trophy Presenter (uncredited)
Greg Farkas
Dancer (uncredited)
Julia Fowler
Oscar Girl (uncredited)
Tara Nicole Hughes
Dancer (uncredited)
Vicky Lambert
Performer (uncredited)
Diane Lane
Herself - Audience (uncredited)
Christopher McDaniel
Trophy Presenter (uncredited)
Chris Moss
Dancer (uncredited)
Dev Patel
Himself - Audience (uncredited)
Jada Pinkett Smith
Herself - Audience (uncredited)
Wesley Sellick
Himself - Musical Number Dancer (uncredited)
Kevin Alexander Stea
Himself (uncredited)
USC Trojan Marching Band
Themselves - Drumline (uncredited)
Evan Rachel Wood
Herself - Audience (uncredited)
Robin Wright
Herself - Audience (uncredited)
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Herself - Audience (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Heath Ledger became the second performer to win a posthumous acting Oscar. The first was Peter Finch (in 1977, for Network (1976)).
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008) was the first Best Picture winner to receive more than four Oscars since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
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For the first time, the Academy kept the list of presenters secret.
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Goofs
During the "In Memoriam" segment a shot of the famous spaghetti eating scene in Lady and the Tramp is shown behind Ollie Johnston. Johnston did not actually animate this scene. Fellow "Nine Old Men" member Frank Thomas animated the scene.
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Just before the presentation of "Best Supporting Actress" the curtain that was supposed to open to reveal the presentation screens don't open. You can then hear a stagehand from backstage yell, "We're doing it. Steve open it!" (his voice was probably picked up through Hugh Jackman's lapel mic.)
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During the presentation of the Best Supporting Actor nominees, Alan Arkin introduces Philip Seymour Hoffman as "Seymour Philip Hoffman".
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Quotes
Hugh Jackman: Everything is being down-sized because of the recession. Next year, I'll be starring in a movie called "New Zealand".
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Hugh Jackman: [singing] How come comic book movies never get nominated? How can a billion dollars be unsophisticated?
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Hugh Jackman: The Academy loves range. Kate Winslet is here tonight. She's an English woman who played a German woman. Nominated. Robert Downey Jr. is here also. An American who played an Australian who played an African-American. Nominated. Whereas I who am an Australian who played an Australian in a movie called Australia. Hosting.
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