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Oscars Ratings On The Rise

Oscars Ratings On The Rise

Preliminary ratings show that the 2009 Oscars are up 6 percent over last year, which pulled in its smallest audience ever with 32 million viewers.

NY, LA and Chicago were the markets with the highest Oscars ratings. The always charming Hugh Jackman hosted the evening’s events, impressing the audience with his singing and dancing skills. He was accompanied on stage by Anne Hathaway in the opening number and later in the evening by Beyonce, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried.

Watch the big Oscars performance: MUSICALS ARE BACK!

WHAT DID YOU THINK of the Oscars last night???

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  • ‘Mandise

    Hugh Jackman made it special and hot! <33

  • Jacqui

    Loved it!

  • indiesr

    If I’m being totally honest, I only watched last night to see Rob Pattison and Brad & Angie (as usual). It wasnt a bad show, Anne has an amazing voice, I was quite surprised. But I wished I had more views of Rob and Brangelina…I also thought it was funny how they switched to Angie when Jen was presenting…Jen looked very uncomfortable.

  • candy.

    I watched mainly for Brad and Angelina (even when the camera spanned the audience, I would look for them and always found them!). I just saw Changeling on Sat. night and wow, Angelina really has good acting chops, she deserved all the accolodates and noms for that role.

    Found Hugh Jackman likeable, but not as entertaining as I thought he would be. Found some of the presenters like Sarah Jessica and Jennifer Aniston not worthy yet of being there (would have preferred Julia Roberts or Sandra Bulloch or Camera Diaz, real movie stars, not tv wannabes who happen to be lucky with one hit movie).

  • I give it 3 0ut of 5

    Very clever movie-making format. Beyonce in tights and corsett… real tacky. Actors praising actors … kinda sweet, a little over-kill, like each one is the greatest person AND actor in the world.

  • ms. scarlett

    When will they stop taking up an entire evening of tv for this crap??? With all the other problems in the country right now, why should we indulge these people who simply have to memorize lines with little gold statues of naked men?

  • nicole

    GREAT… he IS the sexiest man Alive!!!

  • who?

    I watched it because of Hugh Jackman… what a man *drools*

  • Suz

    Loved the new flavor to the show. Specially the part of having 5 past winners presenting the 5 nominees. Hugh Jackman did a superb job.

  • who?

    ms. scarlett you need to take a break, and forget about the problems for a while ^_^ don’t need to freak about this

  • OH MY

    Horrible krap

  • candy.

    Found the past winners presenting the new nominees different, but a bit too long and thought it would have been better if the past nominee was tied into the winner somehow (like had played in a movie with them or had some kind of connection), because it seemed so random.

    SJP is so annoying, all cutesie little girly when she talks. Jennifer Aniston looked out of place and nervous and why shouldn’t she, it was obviously a PR ploy cuz why the heck would she present (when she has never been in an Oscar worthy movie or had a nomination) on this night of all night, when Brad and Angie were nominated??? That smells of loving an wanting the attention.

  • loyal

    I thought Jackman did fine, but I really only watched to see Brad and Angelina, as I am sure many did. Was very disappointed that the Oscars followed the same old same old, was hoping for some new winners. Saw Slumdogs and was not that impressed. Thought the presenters left a lot to be desired. Loved the presenting for best actors, tho!

  • jess

    I liked the Oscars. They are still too long though. The actors stepping out when they spoke of the nominees got old by the end of the show… I was thinking “just give the award already!” Unlike Candy, I thought that the presenters were appropriate, who better to present for costume than SJP? And Jen Aniston has more than one hit movie… Bruce Almighty, Marley and Me, He’s just not that into you… I personally loved Derailed…

  • tom

    I watched for Vanessa and Zac. The ratings went up because the younger crowd. It wasn’t b/c of Brad/ Angelina because they have always gone to the award shows. It was the Zac/ Vanessa fans.

  • zanessafan4eva17

    i loved the oscars last night i only really watched to see hugh jackman and zac and vanessa though did you guys read that chicago was one of cities with the highest oscar ratings i’m not surprised me and all my friends were watching the oscars last night i wonder did we contribute to the high ratings lol
    the oscars rocked

  • stefanie

    I didn’t watch because I love Hugh Jackman, but I knew it was going to be this song and dance fest that I would hate.

    So, instead, I will read what you guys think of the show. It sounded like it was a hot mess. But not because of Hugh Jackman. Hugh is perfect *s*

  • Fio

    The opening act was FANTASTIC. Anne Hathaway rules!

    The musical part was good with Zac & Vanessa. But Beyonce ruined it. She didn’t have any chemistry with Hugh on stage and she gave the same boring performances she does everywhere.

  • britney blah

    The Brangelina Mayeriston “catfight” was a total let down!

  • shoes4life

    I never watch any of these award shows but since Brad & Angelina were nominated, my interest was peaked. I watched the whole show and it was cool. I did like seeing the prev. Oscar winners presenting the top awards. Hugh (with his HOT self) did a nice job and the stage was very nice. Brad & Angelina were like the King & Queen of the ball, very poised, elegant, & beautiful as always.

    I did think Beyonce looked kind of bottom heavy in her dance outfit, was I the only one?

    By the way I laughed something silly at Anne’s Richard Nixon impression, totally unexpected!


    Thought it was a great show…loved the new format!
    Hugh Jackson was one of the “Best Host” in a long time…
    Loved all the dancing and signing…Musicals are back, and what
    a great pick of a host! Beyonce was wonderful!

  • jess

    Surprisingly, my favorite part of the show was when the guy who wrote Milk won. I thought it was the most touching, and 2nd to it was when Kate won. Brad & Angie were a let down to me, he still has that horrid mustache and she’s still wearing black dresses… errr.

  • http://ISRAEL lisa rose

    where is leo dicaprio pics from the oscar? he was there last night?

  • sarah says

    If Michael Douglas was on stage why not ask Catherine Zeta Jones
    to do it. Why do Grease ,”Your the one I want” That had nothing to do
    with the Oscars. The Musical segment is meant for Oscar nominees
    And how tacky was Vanessa and Zac ..Why not have Hugh do his numbers with Beyonce who thought she was with Obama. At Last
    what the hell does that have to do with this. And Benji Button was
    cornball too

  • smakris

    was Beyonce really needed? NO!

    Who does she sleep with and she is all over the place?

    Okay shes got talent (personally I don’t agree) but there are so many beautyful famous girls with talent.

    I’d rather see drunk Britney in there

  • bambamswife7

    I enjoyed it very much for a change. Hugh Jackman was great. Never will see the big deal about Pitt and jolie. Josh Brolin and Diane Lane make a lovely looking couple. Nice to see Jennifer Aniston there, but don’t care for John Mayer all that much.

  • ayen

    I normally don’t watch the Oscars, at all. I watched it for Vanessa, and I admit….I turned it off once their performance was done.

    It also helped that Angie was there. I love these two women.

  • Joanne

    to be honest. i only watched for zac and vanessa. they did great. the whole thing was alright



  • pati

    Love it! Best presentation EVER!!!

  • Anastacia

    I think it was great!
    it was actually the first time I watched the oscars, but I really liked it.
    it was very emotional and I enjoyed to see Jenn in front of Brangelina XD I thought it was funny

  • Kata159

    i agree. i only watched it because of Rob Pattinson & Zanessa but then I was like “hey this show is really good”. so i saw the whole show and i wasnt disappointed at all. Oscar is back in a better way than ever!!

  • Carla

    Beyonce the lip synch drag queen.

  • tina

    Thanks to the Twilighters and younger demo that made the Oscar rise a teeny bit add the classy Hugh Jackman. At least his night was more interesting than boring Australia and flopped movie.

  • pinkeri

    Last night, Kate was as beautiful as in The Reader:

  • hope

    The Batman geeks cant take the glory because the People’s choice award even with the awards for The Dark Knight,Best picture,Ledger etc still had no improvement from the previous ratings so I would say the High School Musical and twilight crowd helped a lot.
    Overall the award was so so but it was Hugh and his musical nos.that were memorable. The rest were boring and predictable.
    I miss the old days were more music and Disney nos. were done now its all so timed and rushed.

  • office fan

    I thought it was awesome. Hugh Jackman was amazing!! I thought the acceptance speaches from most all the winners were wonderful. LOVED Kate’s shout out to her dad to her dad and then he whistled, lol. And Sean Penn speach was very funny and heartfelt. Oh, and I have to say Tina Fey and Steve Martin were hilarious!!

  • is it me

    Is it me or is Beyonce a clumsy dancer. When she doesn’t shake she doesn’t really know how to dance!!! She looked awful in that red outfit she has a humongous as# and humongous legs. I’m tired of seeing her everywhere, she needs to stay away from hollywood she cannot act. I’m afraid they are going to give her more musicals she can sing awright but acting phewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, she can stink up a movie house.

  • a total fan

    I have to be honest and say I watched because of J-P. And I wish they would have gotten someone else beside Beyonce to sing and dance with Hugh.

  • gjc

    It was great. Hugh Jackman did a great job! Lots of fun and I loved the previous winners all presenting as a group – that was a great idea.
    Anne Hathaway is an amazing singer! Who knew.

  • Patty

    Some of it great, some of it cringe worthy. Opening number, FOLDING CHAIRS?!? Not cute, just lame. Loved the multiple former winners naming the nominees. Even liked the Song Oscar montage although I thought I wouldn’t. But what do they do next year when there’s no Bollywood numbers? HATED THE DANCE NUMBER. Do these people even watch modern films? Give us some rap or blues or even jazz, but not top hats and canes. COULD NOT SEE THE STAGE SCREEN WHEN THEY WERE HONORING THOSE WHO DIED. WTF was that? Rating: 3-1/2 stars out of 5.

  • hutch

    I thought they were extra good this year. Loved the stage—that Swarovsky crystal curtain was gorgeous, lovely, really unique. They should ask to keep it permanently. Really beautiful!
    Hugh Jackman was elegant, talented, really into the audience enjoying themselves. I thought he was the quintessential host, best yet!
    I loved the the opening presentation for best supporting actress. I got tears in my eyes, and I noticed the audience was totally affected by the ladies, too. I loved it, and the best actress, best actor (Deniro was hilarious) and supporting actor. The Academy should do this type of presentation every year. I learned a lot about the character the actors were portraying, brought it more alive to me, actually got a lot of insight.
    Frankly, I enjoyed it more this year than ever before…Hugh Jackman was the best…Beyonce singing was great…Queen Latifah…so happy for Bollywood…glad Hollywood musicals are back….we need the happiness factor!

  • laila

    Beyonce go away and get knocked up or something!! She is not the only performer in the world. Sick of seeing her!!!

  • dia from mirza

    “Carla” the lip singing drag queen !! And” Laila” the seeker sh*t of the world !!!! Beyonce you the best !! Cheez everyone!!

  • gambit

    I cant wait for Transformers and New Moon. New Moon is filming soon.

  • vancrazed

    They were phenom this year. Everything from real entertainment, to the way nominees were introduced. It was personal and drew in the viewer so we could experience it as well.
    they need to bring Hugh in again, and never forget to bring a broadway or a movie producer in to help plan it. i am so tired of comedy routines. What a breath of fresh air.

  • queenie

    I honestly didn’t like Queen Lati’s voice, it was rather weak.

  • Sherie

    The best Oscar.
    It’s was Just perfect.
    Congrats ugh!

  • huge88

    it was perfect !!!

  • Diva

    thought it was one of their best…too long with the top four awards (it got a little much at the end of a long program)…didn’t like the second number with Beyonce et was a mess to me! It sounded disjointed….loved the opening and loved the intimate type setting…everyone seemed very emotional and sincere and happy to be alive – that was nice. The Indian song segment (with Wall-E’s song thrown in) was refreshing and fun.