1. I wait for this day all year and when it happens, it's always a little anti-climactic. That's okay.
2. I wish Babel, the best film nominated, had won Best Picture, but was not disappointed to see The Departed - probably the most unabashedly entertaining movie of the year - win. Babel stayed with me a lot longer, and I think it will be looked back on in 25 years as a better film, but The Departed was awesome too.
3. Forrest Whitaker's incredible Oscar speech was definitely the highlight of the show for me. It even made me feel a little bad for secretly rooting against him even though he was the obvious frontrunner (great performance, but a small role - I think DiCaprio had a better year and has been snubbed more before).
4. Helen Mirren's Oscar speech struck me as egotistical and too-rehearsed. The other annoying acceptor was Jennifer Hudson, but she redeemed herself later when she sung and her boob almost popped out. I was rooting for Rinko Kikuchi in Babel, even though I knew she wouldn't win. She just broke my heart in that movie.
5. A bit too much of an Al Gore lovefest for me, but I did enjoy his joke when the music cut him off when he was going to announce he was going to run for President.
6. Ellen was great.
7. Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce both sang great. I was surprised that they lost Best Song, but I'm sure the Dreamgirls songs split the vote.
8. The Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and John C. Reilly song was really good.
9. Those shadow people were awesome!
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