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81st Oscars 10:03 p.m.

Posted by Wesley Morris  February 22, 2009 10:03 PM

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Five supporting-actor winners from the past salute the supporting actor nominees of this year. This isn't as touching as the supporting-actress nominees, but it is a veritable "where are they now?" moment - Joel Grey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Kline. Gooding turns his serenade of Robert Downey into the sort of entertaining cultural commentary that makes you sad he doesn't make watchable movies anymore. Just underwear commercials. (Show him the roles. Please.) His plea for better parts for black actors is a really a plea for himself. Maybe somebody's listening. Maybe they've seen "Radio," and it's just too late.

Kline does a classy job with the Heath Ledger portion of the salute (he's got good writing to work with). Ledger's family accepts his Oscar. Kate Winslet tears up again. Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie go misty, too. Ladies, save something for your category.

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2 comments so far...
  1. Does anyone know the name of the song that was playing during the short video introduction to the documentaries immediately following the Ledger award? It's some kind of piano piece.

    Posted by Redsoxjam February 22, 09 10:18 PM
  1. No comment on Alan Arkin calling PSH "Seymour Philip Hoffman" ????? Luckily he went on, calling him Philip.

    Posted by Molls February 22, 09 10:21 PM

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