Consider this a list of honorable mentions, or miscellania, or my own version of those montages that air before the Oscar host takes the stage (rest easy: Billy Crystal won't insert himself into these), I'll just say they're my 23 favorite moments from this year's movies (limit 1 per movie).
25 AMAZING MOVIE MOMENTS FROM 2009
The improbable but no less soaring Hall & Oates production number in 500 Days of Summer. [Runners-up: Joseph Gordon-Levitt slurring "Here Comes Your Man" on karaoke; The "expectation/reality" split screen.]
The luminous Lisa P dancing to Exposé in Adventureland.
The destruction of Home Tree in Avatar; no matter what else I thought of the movie, they managed to deliver one of the few overt 9/11 allusions that lands with the appropriate gravity.
Maggie Gyllenhall's physical acting in Away We Go, every movement and posture infused with hippie superiority. [Runner-up: Melanie Lynskey's sorrowful strip tease.]
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The utterly creepy, leering, smiling, nose-bleeding student/cater waiter in The Box.
Rachel Weisz's endless supply of replacement Lamborghinis in The Brothers Bloom.
Jason Tam's tear-jerking audition for A Chorus Line in Every Little Step.
The entire Whackbat sequence in Fantastic Mr. Fox, down to the last cry of "Hotbox!"
The nerviness of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince be a $250 million teen romance, featuring horndog quiddich and the magic of Lavender "Lisa P" Brown.
Two college girls on a car ride into the blackest of night, the '80s rock on the radio and the sliver of roadside illuminated by the headlights both infinitely more ominous than they should be, in House of the Devil.
Joshua Leonard accidentally spills the beans about the proposed gay porno to Alycia Delmore's character -- and her priceless drunken reaction -- in Humpday.
All the drama (and comedy) surrounding Mimi Kennedy's tooth in In the Loop.
The entirety of the pot-smoking sequence in It's Complicated, from Meryl Streep's first giggle to that mind-blowing, oddly erotic vision of Alec Baldwin shottgunning John Krasinski.
Hole's "Violet" screaming onto the soundtrack at the very end of Jennifer's Body.
Sam Rockwell's fervent dedication to rocking out to "Walking on Sunshine" in Moon.
Fergie belting "Be Italian" -- momentarily enlivening a dead movie -- in Nine.
Beyonce asking "Is this because I want to go back to school?" in Obsessed. (Runner-up: Idris Elba's "BREATHE, BITCH!")
The scene in Orphan where young Esther is crawling all up in Peter Sarsgaard's business, crossing all sorts of inappropriate wires inside me at once. [Runner-up: "I'm not your FUCKING MOMMY!"]
The...the thing that gets thinged from/by/to/with/at/for the other thing...at the very end of Paranormal Activity.
The part in A Perfect Getaway where Kiele Sanchez, in the heat of a desperate chase for life and death, places a call to a customer service center in India.
James T. Kirk sexin' a green alien Rachel Nichols in Star Trek.
Jonathan Groff charming the tie-dyed pants off of everyone on the screen -- and ultimately trotting out for his last scene atop a horse -- in Taking Woodstock.
The superb opening credits segment set to "The Times They Are A-Changin'" in Watchmen.
The privately harrowing snowball fight at the beginning of Where the Wild Things Are.
Ari Graynor's leering, appreciative "Lookin' good, Barbie" in Whip It!
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I can't possibly have covered all the excellent moments from the flicks of 2009. Hit the comments with your own -- but the first person to mention anything from The Hangover is outta here.