1. Slumdog Millionaire -fantastic, life-affirming film, great music
2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - a good tour-de-force, but not one I'd care to revisit
3. The Reader - very provocative opening 75 minutes, deflates a good deal over its last 45
4. Frost/Nixon - though many portions were invented, a pleasingly intense film
5. Milk - a bit by-the-numbers, but really nails the early 70's
I'm glad The Dark Knight wasn't nominated for Best Pic as I didn't believe it was a strong enough movie, but feel that Wall-e (my fave film of '08) should've been.
8:10pm Wow, only one commercial break in the first 40 minutes. I love the way they've made the Kodak Theatre super-intimate. Jackman's opening song and dance was fantastic.
9:21pm Nice to see "Man on Wire" win Best Doc. I Netflixed it a few months ago.
9:37pm Will Smith presents 4 separate awards (visual effects, sound, sound mixing, editing). Damn.
11:00pm I loved how 5 prior Oscar winners would take the stage and give kudos to each of the '09 nominees. Absolutely fantastic show overall. The producers did an incredible job. Great to see "Slumdog" get Best Pic and Director. Also nice to see Winslet finally win one and Penn get his second.