It seemed like the format this year would lend itself to an overall shorter program, but it still took us past midnight - hard to tell with DVR. I liked the changes they made, such as past winners presenting their category, although the speeches could have been shorter, and one set of presenters presenting similar award categories, which they've had in the past, but it seemed to flow better this year. Also, clips of the past year's films based on genre was a nice touch - James Franco and Seth Rogen's "Comedies" was a definite highlight. Hugh Jackman was a natural - perfect energy, good fun and funny opening (loved his cracking up with his robotic The Reader bit). Well done.
Best Dressed: Natalie Portman
Worst Dressed: Tilda Swinton, Whoopi Goldberg
Most Spontaneous Moment: Philippe Petit onstage, balancing the Oscar on his chin
Most Gratifying Spontaneous Moment: Kate Winslet's dad whistling so she could find him in the audience
"Grab a Hanky" Moment: Heath Ledger's family accepting his award.
Most Irksome Moment: Wide shot of Queen Latifah and the stage during "In Memoriam", resulting in the inability to read people's names.
"Did You See That" Moment: Jennifer Aniston smiling at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the front row, while presenting the Best Animation awards with Jack Black.