I'd like to thank George Clooney, for starting the ceremony off with a very funny, yet very touching and genuine thank you speech for his best supporting actor win. You're a star of the old Hollywood variety: the lovable scoundrel. I hope you win every year from now on.
I'd like to thank Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, and Robert Altman for keeping the honorary award segment, normally a snooze-fest, short and very sweet.
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Name: Megan McLeod
Lives: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: Non-profit admin/popcorn monkey
Favourite all-time film: Too many to list but Singin' in the Rain and Brazil are right up there
Thank you to the members of the Academy for not allowing a sweep of all major categories, even though it means that Crash snuck in on a few things.
Okay, a lot of things. Big things. Yuck. I would have rather had a Brokeback Mountain sweep. Please sell me your voting privileges next year.
Thank you to the choreographers for bringing a little bit of Dawn of the Dead to the performance In the Deep. It was truly surreal, but zombies are always welcome.
Speaking of zombies, I'm not so thankful to the parade of very pale dresses and washed-out looking celebrities. Some of you looked even worse than Ben Stiller did in his green screen suit. And I fear that Charlize's shoulder bow might have been bigger than her head, but we can't all be winners.
Thank you to Ang Lee because you seem like a man thus far uncorrupted by Hollywood, which is refreshing in such a very, very long Oscar ceremony.
Thank you to Jon Stewart and the writers of the Daily Show, especially Rob Corddry, who clearly had a lot to do with the lobbying commercials throughout the ceremony.
The audience was very tough to work with, not even reacting to Jennifer Garner's trip-and-recover, so Jon was clearly nervous; nonetheless, he remained brilliant in the face of adversity, much like many of the characters in the major acting categories.
Finally, thanks to the folks at the ByTowne Cinema in Ottawa, where I saw a lot of the nominated films this year.