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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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  • Naomi

    I haven’t watched the Oscars for years but tuned in simply because of Vanessa and Zac.

    I really loved and enjoyed their musical performance and I actually enjoyed the whole event. Some parts were tedious and could have been skipped but I loved the presentations. Some pairings worked more than others (Tina Fey + Steve Martin = hilarious!) but I was moved with the whole bringing previous winners to present the best actress/actor etc.

    I think Hugh did great and the atmosphere seemed relaxed and intimate. Ultimately, as a fan, the highlights of the evening for me were Vanessa and Zac but I thought the whole event was well put together and great. I hope they keep improving year on year and that the ratings reflect that.

  • miMI

    Everything was just perfect!!
    I loved it…!!!!
    loved Jackman singing and dancing
    I really thing he should host the oscars again next year!!!:)
    loved itttt love itt loveeeeee it!1

  • shoes4life

    Steve Martin: Don’t fall in love with me.

    Sooo funny.

  • Anna

    i couldn’t watch most of it.
    but i did catch the ‘musicals are back’
    performance with hugh, beyonce, zac, vanessa, amanda, and that other dude.
    which the only reason i watched it was because of zac and vanessa<3

  • uy

    greattt performance hugh jackman!!!


    zac efron and robert pattinson were the two reasons that made me watch it… and i think it was a great strategy from the producers to catch the young audience with such eyecandys!
    it actually worked out extraordinary well!

    the first time i watched it unitl the very end!

  • blah

    i’m starting to think only kids post on this site!

  • Elizabeth

    I watched it and of course set a side time for it because Jollie and Pitt. However JH did real well as a host.

  • RBC

    One of the WORST, if not THE WORST.

    Get Billy Crystal back no matter what it takes. Oh and the In Memorian, wouldn’t it be nice to actually see ALL of the names instead of just most of them??

  • CR30.01

    The new format was agile and more interesting. That was good. But the jokes were bland, presenters looked uneasy and the musical numbers were really, really, really boring.

  • Tralfaz

    ms. scarlett @ 02/23/2009 at 12:17 pm 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?

    Shouldn’t you be out reading to the blind or working in soup kitchen instead of bitching online about the Oscars that you don’t watch?

  • LuLu

    Beyonce always ruins the oscars

  • vanessajonas

    the beest oscar ever
    thnks to zanessa

  • Sheri

    Some of you are saying that Jennifer Aniston looked nervous in front of Brad and Angie ~ I couldn’t disagree more! She was poised, funny and totally comfortable and handled herself very well. Hugh Jackman did a great job ~ and it was a nice, sentimental touch having the five former winners hand out the new awards. All in all it was great ~ but I thought most of the dresses the women wore this year were odd and rather blah. Only Natalie Portman had the best dress in my opinion.

  • incognito

    Finally, the academy awards decided to do something unique with a bit of flair and style. And of course who else with the package like that, other than our own Hugh Jackman….charming, charismatic, cool, calm and collected.

  • RHONDa

    Watching a bunch of Hollywood celebutards slober all over each other is not a show I’d be interested in watching. Can’t think of anyone I enjoy enough to watch that awful show. I think the last one I watched was Mel Gibson winning for Braveheart. I think you have to really enjoy a person or be rooting for a movie to get into this. Or be really BORED!

  • blah

    no beyonce didn’t ruin the oscars…she and hugh were the highlight.

    i think you all are mad because she stole the spotlight that was supposed to be on zanessa and none of the oscar coverage is really talking about them. they are talking about hugh and beyonce and that makes you kiddies mad…LOL

  • eulalia

    i loved this years ceremony, was really entertaining and interesting, the new ideas really worked out for the show :D

  • House of ugly dress was awful

    Loved Hugh last night. He did a fantastic job. One of the best. Latifah was awesome. Halle looked gorgeous as always. I loved the Bollywood segment, the props on stage, the presenters (someone fix the teleprompter)The only low point for me was Penn and Cruz winning. Rourke and Henson were robbed. Penn is sanctimonious. His poor wife. Can’t stand him.

  • sjk

    I loved this years Oscars! The look back to Hollywood greats and wonderful films and musicals was amazing. Those actors in the audience DID get the point that those greats that were highlighted are the very actors that they are trying to emulate in the movies and musicals they do today! Beyonce, Anne, and Queen Latifah were perfect for their parts! And how awesome for Hugh Jackman to be such a man of grace that he chose to mentor some young actors by allowing Zac, Vanessa, Amanda and Dominic to be a small part of such a great evening! That is paying it forward. And aren’t we all glad that someone believed in us and gave us a chance! Hugh Jackman … excellent……and thank you Oscar for a wonderful evening!



  • olddanfan

    Only watched it to see Hugh Jackman – amazing job with the dancing and singing and nice to see a guy who looks absolutely fantastic in a suit/tux…could not care less whether I saw Brad/Angelina/Angelina looking at Aniston/Aniston possibly bumping into her ex/etc/etc/etc. So boring and pointless.

  • raquel

    Hugh Jackman was great. I liked it much and the new changes and the musical format. For me, it’s been one of my favorite OSCAR ceremony.

  • someone

    Are you freaking kidding me? Zac and Vanessa sucked. Well, Zac was ok, but Vanessa couldn’t even carry a note. What have this world gone to?

    “I watched the Oscars because of Zac, Vanessa, and Rob Pattinson”

    They’re not even real actors. Zac is the best one. I have respect for Zac, but Vanessa, she can’t sing, she can’t act. The only reason she was there because they decided to do a number for music. She didn’t even sing. I couldn’t even hear her. Don’t even get me started on Rob. Just because he was in Twilight doesn’t mean he’s Oscar-invitee-worthy. His whole presentation sucked!

    For your information, I watched for all the talented actors. That means Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, James Franco, Heath Ledger, Brad, Angelina, Kate Winslet, ect.

    Also, I thought Beyonce did a great job last night. She always puts on a great show. I love her and Hugh Jackman. They did great.

  • someone

    musicals* not music

  • Just a thought

    To Someone #73 &74

    I don’t know bout u but I hear vanessa voice very clearly.
    If you really listen (which I doubt since you are aready bias), you will see that vanessa and zac are singing in harmorny. Zac is singing the leading melody while vanessa is backing him up on the harmony notes. For anyone who sings( which I doubt you do)they will know that it is very difficult to sing that harmony part especially in live show.
    That I have to give Vanessa credit cause she didn’t go out of tune and blend in very nice with Zac.
    Which I have to say very much better than mama mia cast cause both of them just sing the leading melody together.

  • Scamp

    What a nightmare. The opening was terrible and the musical number featuring Beyonce and Elfron was unwatchable. Like eye rape.

  • essie

    i hated all that music, was this the oscar’s or the grammy awards?

    i only watched whether heath would win, i think a lot of tdk fans did too

  • Blip

    I get sick of having to see Beyonce’s FAT AS@

  • Blip

    I wanted to see the Disney kids …but Beyonce’s FAT AS@ was in the way!!!!!!

  • Blip

    Beyonce is a BIG FATSO!!!!

  • Blip


  • samasutra

    The Oscars are still a little long and sometimes I feel that some of the awards would be better presented off screen. Though I can appreciate most people in film want their moment of recognition. I loved Hugh Jackman and thought he was a breath of fresh air after all the comedians with their sometimes very boring jokes. He was in his element with his Broadway skillset. Ann Hathaway was a delightful surprise. Despite everyones complaints about Beyonce, I thought she did a good job and I do not like her music personally. . I loved the Kodak theatre and the format. The crystal curtain was gorgeous. The intimacy of the setting was lovely. I like the actors speaking to the actors who were receving nomiations for best actors. However, it would have been nicer if some of them could have kept their remarks more concise to avoid becoming over the top. Other than that, I felt the Oscars this year were much better than years past though the usual complaint…too long.

  • lakers fan in boston

    first time watching it
    i really liked it, im pretty sure ima watch it again next year
    the only award shows i really hated was the emmy’s
    yawn was that shit boring

  • bla85

    It was okay, I thought Hugh would have been more entertaining The sound seemed off for the show, it wasn’t loud enough or Hugh’s voice didn’t seem to have alot of power behind it. I liked the presentations from previous oscar winners and the overview of each nominees performance. I would give Hugh another chance for next year, I think he has great potential.

  • trina

    loved some of it
    loved Hugh =wish he would have had better material to sing
    loved when the five actors came up and presented
    hated the musical number with Hugh and Beyonce
    she can’t move and had no chemistry with hugh
    West Side Story, high school musical Mama Mia and Lady marmalade!
    come on
    it was an eye sore

  • Loved It

    I loved the musical number –

    all you zanessa fans are like 5 – you have never watched the oscars because you are 5. Zanessa were terrible…they sang for 2 secs and she sounds like a baby…

    It wasn’t boring and Baz Luhrman is amazing…..beyonce doesn’t lips sinc and sounded awesome…Hugh is great!!

    People who didn’t like this, need to grow up and add some variety and culture to their lives…It had class, and some great oldies in there… i could appreciate it and im in my 20′s…

  • mary

    it was AMAZING
    i was shocked with how awesome it was.
    compared to the rest of the award shows, the oscars win by far

  • megz

    i loved hugh jackman as the host, but i feel like he was barely in it. he and anne hathaway were great in the introduction. i thought the pineapple express skit was utterly hilarious! i was so happy that heath ledger won best supporting actor, i think he really deserved it, and when his family accepted his award i almost cried. i felt bad for jennifer aniston when she was presenting, she was really awkward and if she was trying to show up angelina i don’t think it really worked. i liked how the past winners said things about the nominees, it made everything a lot more dramatic, even though it made it longer. although i have to say, i don’t understand why miley cyrus or robert pattinson were at the oscars, they are an embarrassment to hollywood.

    overall i think it was a pleasant presentation but nothing really memorable.

  • mhay

    i admit i only watch because of Zanessa.

  • Larice

    I only watched it for Robert Pattinson, the handsomest man of the evening. A true star is born!

  • Ginger

    I watched because of Angelna and Brad. They were both nominated!!

  • hayley

    Hugh was great, loved his little dig at New Zealand, too. “We’ve downgraded because of the recession, next I’m going to be doing a movie called New Zealand,” and “I’m an Australian and I played an Australian in a movie called Australia… I’m hosting.” Man I laughed.

  • nancy napier

    The best Oscars I have ever seen. I hope that Hugh Jackman will host again next year. Brad and Angelina were beautiful as usual…I watched to see them but loved the whole show.

  • mykamicks

    Most of the time I watched only Oscar if I have bets for best actress & best actors nominees..

    I didnt come to work because I wanted to watched it from the beginning to end because I am curious on how Hugh Jackman will perform.. He proves it that he is a versatile & a FANTASTIC host & performer.. he rocks the theater last night..

    Above all I did watched it because of ZAC & VANESSA ‘s perfomance. It was a great one for them… To let billions of people know that they were deserving enough to be invited out there by OSCAR. I agree to # 15 fans of ZAC & VANESSA contributed a lot for the ratings..

    They were the only the young couple as well as rob who made the event intense because of the new crowd generations…

    ZAC & Vanessa performance was quite short, Beyonce got the whole spotlight… Indeed, ZANESSA FANS were the proudest people for their idols…

  • Littledani

    I loved it. Hugh Jackman surprised me with his voice. I already liked him as an actor, but that man has a beautiful voice too! I hope he will be there next year as well. I also loved the actors coming up and presented. I am only wondering: where was Jack Nicholson? I think he should have been there to say something about Heath Ledger.
    Anyway, I will definitely be watching next year!

  • Merrrr

    I only watched it because Robert Pattison was there and also Beyonce, ZacEfron and VanessaHudgens.
    But lets admit it, I’ve never watched a witnessed a better performance than this musical.
    It was fun, energetic and amazing.
    Hugh Jackman was fantastic as well as Beyonce.
    The best Oscars !

  • keiti

    I haven’t watched the Oscars in 20 years. The only reason I watched this year was because of Robert Pattinson. Wasn’t interested in the rest. Hugh Jackman was great though :-)

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  • Jen

    Hugh made it amazing! Beyonce sucked though! Did like the way they presented the awards with the 5 actors! Kinda annoyed Slumdog won it al, it wasnt even that Good.. I felt bad for Jen when she was presenting, Angeline and Brad looked fake as hell, by the way they were smiling when she was talking.. I did think that Jen and Jack were fun! I think its great Jen presented, unlike some people, if everybody had to have been nominated to present than the awards would sure lack presenters! I dont get how people make Jen to be the bad one! Australia was awesome btw, i read somewhere on here that it flopped, i thought it was visually stunning!

  • lulu

    They were different, but not in a good way
    the past winners and their little speeches got really tiresome.
    I doubt i’ll watch next year
    E’s Live on the red carpet is so much more better

    To be honest i watched this year to see Brangelina and Kate Winslet win that Oscar
    Jennifer Aniston was annoying and shouldn’t have been there, so was SJP ( what on earth was she wearing)

    Oh and i am so tired of Beyonce!