An Oscar Comeback: 'And the Winner Is ...'

For the first time since 1988, Oscar presenters returned to an old, cast-off phrase

Chris Carlson / AP

Sandra Bullock accepts the Oscar for Best Actress at the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 7, 2010

Observant viewers of Sunday night's 82nd Academy Awards broadcast might have noticed something even more surprising than The Hurt Locker's near sweep of awards or the absence of Farrah Fawcett's face from the roll call of deceased celebrities. For the first time since 1988, winners were back.

Rather than the politically correct, nonjudgmental phrase that has been foisted on presenters for more than two decades — "And the Oscar goes to ..." — presenters this year introduced each winner with the blunt, old-fashioned but perfectly accurate phrase "And the winner is ..."

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