Anne Hathaway, however.... She can really sing! I'm not a huge fan of Anne Hathaway as an actress, and I think she's overrated. Also (let me be clear), I am very critical of singing talent. Anne's singing impressed me. And it impressed Shirley MacLaine, too (whom I adore). Go, Anne!
The worst part of the Oscars was the speeches about the acting nominees. Too long, boring and pointless flattery that wasn't very insightful. To invent my own example, it sounded like, "[Nominee], you are the very definition of an actor. You came onto the screen and embodied [Character]. You showed us [Character]'s joy, grief, humor and passion, and you reached depths of emotion and a wide range as an actor in this role. You made us care about [Character]." Zzzz... Where are my clips?! I want to be able to appreciate performances I haven't seen.
The speeches from the winners, though, were really darn good on the whole. They seemed genuine. They thanked people without being a boring recitation of names. Sean Penn especially did a good job. The magic trick and Oscar-balancing from the Man on Wire guy was cool. The speeches can be really boring, but these were really good. :)
I have a crush on Kate Winslet. I think she's beautiful and a great actress. (I also loved her dress.) I'm happy that she finally won an Oscar after so many nominations. But Meryl Streep deserved the award. I saw both performances; Kate was very good, but Meryl Streep blew me away. (Obviously I can't speak for the other nominees, but even with just those two, Kate didn't really deserve it.)
I kind of wish Richard Jenkins had won. (I knew he wasn't going to, though.) The Visitor was simply amazing.
I thought Slumdog Millionaire was a good movie — but not that good. Certain awards it absolutely deserved (such as cinematography). I don't think I would have given it best picture, though. In general, I thought it was overrated.
Hugh Jackman's opening number I initially found weird. But I was totally won over by his talent and the silliness of the number. I especially loved the segment for The Reader.