The show onstage was almost an afterthought compared to the pre-show hoopla.
Showbiz has lost one of its defining voices, one who honed his craft in the bygone era of close-knit Hollywood and evolved through the many iterations of the industry.
This year, Venice mixes works from established helmers and newcomers.
The number nine seems to have nine lives in '09.
Newly elected AMPAS president Tom Sherak on Wednesday expressed high-energy enthusiasm for his new job and hinted that changes are on the agenda.
Tom Sherak has been elected prexy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a one-year post.
The much-publicized Woodstock 40th-anniversary event never materialized, but that's almost immaterial.
Bandleader Paul Whiteman was among those who led a fight for performers' compensation in the 1930s, but his suit was eventually rebuffed by legendary Court of Appeals Judge Learned Hand.
It was a big week for Oscar, with two announcements on Friday of changes that might seem like minor tweaks at first glance but in fact have bigger implications.
The June 24 announcement that the 82nd Academy Awards will feature 10 best-pic nominees will have profound effects on Hollywood.
And the winner is... well, actually there are lots of winners with the decision to broaden the best-picture Oscar race to 10 films.