Yet another momentous night has come and gone.
The 81st Academy Awards show was so enjoyable this year. It was also different from any other we've watched because we participated in the live Twitterfeed as the event unfolded. This means that anyone watching the show, who also has a Twitter account, posted little snippets of their thoughts - 140 characters or less - as they occurred.
Watching this real-time commentary from people throughout the world added a different dimension to the experience. I don't know the final number of tweets posted during the show, but I do know they were coming in at a rate of hundreds per minute for a good deal of the event. The plus side of the Twitterfeed was hearing from such a large audience in real time; the down side was that I was often distracted from the show itself while reading the incredible volume of tweets, and sometimes missed important shots or comments.
On the food front, we've decided that this year's Oscar Night Menu was our favorite so far...we nibbled through the night and thoroughly enjoyed it.
As far as liking or disliking the show, we really don't think in those terms. To us, the Oscars are fabulous no matter what - each year is just a little different depending on the host and a few other variables. But it's all good. A few highlights from the night included:
- Ann Hathaway as Nixon.
- Hugh Jackman channeling Fred Astaire...puttin' on his top hat.
- Acknowledgement of Meryl Streep's record 15 career nominations.
- Kate Winslet's dad whistling in the audience so she could spot him during her acceptance speech.
- Heath Ledger's family accepting his award, and being allowed to talk as long as they wanted.
- Jerry Lewis winning the Jean Hersholt award...I watched him through teary eyes, remembering all the hilarious movies of his that I watched when I was just a kid.
- Phillipe Petit successfully balancing an Oscar on his chin when the documentary about his life, "Man on Wire," won the award.
By this time next year, I'm hoping we've found a mini statuette to grace the center of our feast table. If anyone knows where we can get one, let me know!