The Academy Awards: 81st Oscars (2009)


81st Oscars
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Critics Consensus

Hugh Jackman acquits himself as an Oscars host with his trademark showman flair during a ceremony that goes to great lengths to liven up the formula -- although some of the innovations only serve to highlight how easily the production can teeter into cumbersome spectacle.



Critic Ratings: 11

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Air date: Feb 22, 2009

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 81st Oscars

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Jackman did so with aplomb, earning a standing ovation for his opening production number, a musical parody montage of the nominated films.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

By hour four, the tweaks - Jackman hosting instead of a comic, former acting winners paying tribute to this year's nominees - were too weak to save the night.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The Oscars poached Jackman after the actor wowed at the Tony Awards, and producer Bill Condon wanted a song-and-dance kind of vibe for his first gig as Oscars producer. He proved to be incredibly game for just that purpose.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

How can a billion dollars be unsophisticated indeed, Mr. Jackman.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

This year's Oscars has to be the most creative and fantastic ceremony in a long time, well, if not ever!

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Don't blame Hugh Jackman.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

There were a few things to like about the new and "shaken up" 81st Academy Awards.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

A year that saw most of the Oscars go to little-seen films finally produced an Oscars worth seeing.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The Oscars at least managed to be sufficiently different to keep things lively. It may not all have worked, but it was better than business - or entertainment - as usual.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

It was the kind of night when the winners were treated like winners rather than motorists whose parking meters are about to expire. And for a change, the audience didn't feel cheated.

Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Academy Awards: 81st Oscars

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