The 81st annual Academy Awards (hour three-plus)

Yaaawwwnnn …

Sorry, even the final hour or so of the Oscars telecast left me a bit drowsy. I don’t know about you, but I could have used a lot more funny stuff and a lot less of the song-and-dance material, which got stale the first time Hugh Jackman and company did it.

Still, it was nice to see a Little Movie That Could, the rags-to-riches tale “Slumdog Millionaire,” take home some of the biggest awards … such as Best Picture.

Also, it was sort of fitting to have Eddie Murphy — an actor/comedian who’s been equally respected and disrespected by pundits during his career — introduce Jerry Lewis, who’s had the same thing happen to him (Lewis was given an honorary Academy Award).

And as always, the salute to those who died during the year — which included beloved actors Paul Newman and Charlton Heston, and filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella — was well-done.

Lastly, for those who are keeping track of such things, the remaining nine Oscar categories were announced in the second hour. The final tally … predictions made: 18 (out of 24 categories); correct guesses: 12.

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