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Oscar Blog: Jerry Lewis, Music, Foreign Language Film, Tribute to Dead Moviemakers

By admin Published: February 22, 2009

Back from my break in time to see Eddie Murphy present the Jean Hersholt award to Jerry Lewis. Eddie mispronounces Hersholt, and the camera goes to Jerry's box, where he's not. Clips from his films and material focusing on Lewis's work with MDA. Jerry onstage to get the award. Looking pretty good considering the health problems he's had over the years. He struggles with the speech, but keeps it concise and gracious. Why is Frank Langella not applauding?

Medley of nominated music scores. Oscar orchestra does the music. Zac Efron and Alicia Keys present. Keys is too glamorous for words. Winner: "Slumdog Millionaire." One of the first things I did after seeing the movie was buy the soundtrack. A.R. Rahman takes his time with his acceptance. Keys and Efron stay to intro the best-song nominees. Rahman back onstage to perform. John Legend sings the abbreviated "Down to Earth," which Peter Gabriel declined to do because of the medley decision. And we're back to "Slumdog" and Rahman, for "Jai Ho." Legend joins in.

And back to Keys and Efron for the best-song presentation. Winner: "Jai Ho."

Liam Neeson and Freida Pinto present foreign-language film Oscar, but mention a theme in each nominee instead of the names of the films, which are on a screen onstage. Winner: "Departures." One of the accepters says, "We'll be back, I hope."

Queen Latifah introduces the tribute to dead moviemakers and sings "I'll Be Seeing You" for the clips. Nice touch. The big ovation is for Paul Newman, who ends the clips, gets both a clip and a line. No Ledger, I guess because he received his own homage with the best-supporting-actor segment.

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