At a time when the rest of the country is cutting back, this year's Academy Awards were all about excess.
The revamped extravaganza was a result of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' effort to boost ratings for the Oscar broadcast, which hit an all-time low last year.
That included Broadway-worthy song-and-dance interludes. Star-studded presentations. Mini-films produced to introduce awards. Some speculated 2009's Academy Awards might be dressed down, but as we watched...Full Story