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February 21st, 2009
07:59 AM ET

The Academy Awards Live Blog

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Jack Gray
AC360 Producer/Writer

Good evening and welcome to the AC360 Academy Awards Live Blog. The winners, the losers, Jack Nicholson’s sunglasses…we’ve got your running commentary.  And sure, considering all that’s going on in the world, the Oscars aren’t hugely important.  But if you’re looking to get away from the bleak news-of-the-day for a few hours, then this blog is the place for you.

We should also point out that we’re not encouraging you to change the channel from CNN, but if you’re going to watch the Oscars anyway, you might as well watch them with us.

And even if you’re not watching them, because of your feud with Kate Winslet or whatever, we think you’ll still enjoy the live blog. I’ll be with you from 8:00pm Eastern Time until the Oscars finish airing here in New York.

If you would like to participate in our Live Blog (and we hope you do) please follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Please keep your comments short
2) Don’t write in ALL CAPS (we don’t like screaming)
3) Use your real name

Please note that due to volume we may not be able to post all comments.

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  1. Jordan

    The Psychic Twins predicted all 7 top Oscar winners on Tyra Banks website. They hit it out of the park again!

    February 23, 2009 at 6:11 am |
  2. Lilibeth

    How about that, Jack? My prediction for best picture, my favorite movie, Slumdog Millionaire, came true! I love how unique that movie is! I also liked seeing all the actors on the stage tonight, including the kids that played the younger Jamal and Salim. I'm so happy for all of them!

    Good night!

    Lilibeth
    Edmonds, Washington

    February 23, 2009 at 1:05 am |
  3. Chris

    How come when Queen Latifa was singing and honoring the dead of 2008 Heath Ledger was not on the screen? It ended with Paul Newman...

    Love the show Anderson! You Rock!

    February 23, 2009 at 12:30 am |
  4. lubna

    best ever 'oscars' ....!!!!!
    A.R.Rahman rocks.....!

    February 23, 2009 at 12:26 am |
  5. KIm

    Penn takes best actor and Kate wins best actress . Slum Dog stole the show ! The end tear up and lion roars !

    February 23, 2009 at 12:21 am |
  6. Lori from IL

    Just a bit of "Oscar" trivia to end the evening - the statuettes are made in Chicago, IL. They go through a moulding process (they are hollow, not solid as I always imagined) and then go through a four step dipping process - each layer a different metal.

    February 23, 2009 at 12:14 am |
  7. KIm

    Drum roll ! Best actress Kate and best actor went to Penn. Slum Dog stole the show !

    February 23, 2009 at 12:13 am |
  8. Arlene B.

    Loved the new format this year. I enjoyed watching the whole show. Actually, it's the first time in a long time I see the whole thing. I liked how they gave recognition to everyone who was nominated. Very nice...

    February 23, 2009 at 12:09 am |
  9. Skeen

    @Roneff, I agree. Rahman is a musical genius.
    I loved the kids when they went up on stage for Slumdog. So adorable! That whole crew deserved it.
    Thanks, Jack, for putting up with us. It's been a great night! : )

    February 23, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  10. Justin T

    I thought the saw was good this year, Slumdog is a great movie

    February 23, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  11. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good night everyone that was wonderful!

    February 23, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  12. Randy FL

    thanx Jack & Anderson have a great nite!

    February 23, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  13. siraj

    Allah is praise worthy. congrats Rahman and all the guys who deserved to get the Oscar and also who worked with them...

    February 23, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  14. Pati Mc

    @ Chris S – Nope, I amde it to the end, even with only 4 hrs sleep.

    Fin

    February 23, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  15. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That was Slumdog Millionaire eight wins! Oh did I miss one?

    February 23, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  16. Roweena D'Souza

    Great win for Slumdog! thanks Jack, fellow bloggers for this interesting live blog. Goodnight all.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  17. Emma

    Have a good night everyone. It was fun!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  18. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Goodnight, Pati Mc. Thought you were asleep already. 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  19. Mave

    Night all...thanks for the fun!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  20. gill - north of 49

    Yet another too long event, but the great bloggers more than made up for the boredom of the show so thanks to all the bloggers, and Jack, thanks for hosting us, congrats on the promotion, and Sammy deserves her long awaited walk now – Nite all.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  21. Fay - California

    Goodnight Jack and bloggers – it was fun!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  22. xtina, chicago IL

    T H E E N D

    February 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Jack and bloggers, it was fun!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  24. Polly, OH

    And now I should start studying for my Macro Economics exam...

    February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  25. Don, WA

    OK Goodnight...a great idea Big Jack for an Oscar's Blog...and to you and all bloggers..."Thank You..Thank You..Thank You."

    February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  26. jane MI

    jack, thank you for letting us blog sooo late!!! and a big thank you to sammy!!.... wait... slumdog won it again!!! ....what an awesome night for them....and YEAH for sean penn!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  27. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Jo Ann, completely agree the previews look very good and a lot like what I visualized in my head while reading the book. Might help that there will be more of a time period between reading Angels and Demons to when it comes out, more time to forget all the specific details.

    Well it was a fun night, definitely the best time I've had watching the Oscars, actually paid attention the whole time, first for everything! See most of you tomorrow night for AC360

    February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
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