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81st Oscars 10:52 p.m.

Posted by Wesley Morris  February 22, 2009 10:51 PM

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It's time for original score and song -- or, as we call it at my house, proofreading time. I'm back and -- catty comment alert -- what happened to Zac Efron's hair and Alicia Keys's makeup (she looks like she missed the cut for "RuPaul's Drag Race")? They give the original score award to A.R. Rahman for "Slumdog Millionaire" then introduce the three song-nominee performances.

Uh-oh: It's brown-people night at the Anytown, U.S.A. cultural center. But hold up, it's also "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire." That's my jam. This "live" version sounds a little canned, though, and John Legend interrupting the exuberance doesn't help (John, I don't want a Frappuccino!). Danny Boyle grips his face -- not at John Legend (as far I can tell), but at all these prizes. I think the reality is sinking in: You're going to have to give a speech in a few minutes. The commercial break seems wrong: The "Slumdog" dancers were still working as the producers cut away.

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2 comments so far...
  1. I'm enjoying the new format of this usually interminably boring show.
    The cheese ball days of Gil Cates are over!

    I did so want Jerry Lewis to yell laaaaaaaaaady!

    Posted by Betsy February 22, 09 11:35 PM
  1. they showed Peter Gabriel in the audience earlier - why on earth not have him sing his own song rather than John Legend?

    Ty responds: They wanted him to, AJ, but he declined, since they weren't going to do the song in its entirety. He didn't want to be part of a medley.

    Posted by AJ February 23, 09 09:19 AM
 

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