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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. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Jack, The Godfather is the GREATEST movie of all time. Crazy how they were going to get rid of Al Pacino because they felt that he wasn't good, but when he did that restaurant scene, it was all gravy after that. Amazing scene. Just the intensity in his eyes. You saw fear, anxiety, grit, anger, gangster, all in his eyes in that scene. AMAZING!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  2. Stacy

    Uh oh. We've angered Jack re: the Godfather. I just wasn't that impressed. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood at the time.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  3. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ EJ.. ditto on the only seeing 30 minutes of The Godfather, next to impossible to keep my attention (obviously)

    February 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  4. Anthony Guiliano

    Good Night Jack and everyone, This was fun. Keep in touch.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  5. Bonnie

    Wow. . . ya gotta give to Jen–having to give out two awards right in front of B & A!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  6. Pati Mc

    Wall-E was an amazingly moving little film. Loved it.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:11 pm |
  7. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I've never actually seen the Godfather Trilogy...maybe after tonight's discussion I will have to go out and rent it so I can say that I don't quite live under a rock all the time

    February 22, 2009 at 9:11 pm |
  8. Taylor, FL

    That Mr. Kato is adorable! "This is very heavy."

    February 22, 2009 at 9:11 pm |
  9. Dulcie - Denver

    Bwah! I love that he quoted Styx!!! That's hysterical.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:11 pm |
  10. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I figured Jack was a Godfather guy....explains the maroon tuxedo.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Where’s Anderson?
    Anderson is so busy right, he is working on 60 mintues now.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  12. Gisselle, TX

    What ruthless cameramen, all this Jen- Brangie back and forth interaction is making me cringe!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  13. Stacy

    @Jo Ann: True. They make is so easy.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  14. Fay - California

    @Stacy, then I guess it's ok for me to fuhgeddabout ever seeing The Godfather...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  15. Mave

    Ahh...I was looking away, did they actually cut to Brad when Jen was up presenting...how tacky!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  16. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    EJ, the first 30 minutes is just the opening. It's where they lay out certain characters, and the basis for the film, but it gets wayyyy better, trust me. More Drama, more action, more intensity. It may be long, but it's well worth it.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  17. Vanessa, TX

    It must be strange for Jennifer to be right in front of Brangelina...the faces they must be making when announcing the nominees

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  18. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    The animated short category always looks like things from my nightmares in childhood...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  19. Jack Gray

    wait a second...are you all actually debating whether or not The Godfather is a good movie?! It's one of the GREATEST movies of ALL TIME. Check out the new Vanity Fair...great article about how it was made.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  20. Renee

    @ Jack: Final comment because I have to pack but Wall-E was just down right weird for a rated G kid's film. Wait until you can buy it at Wal-Mart for $1.00. Bolt and Kung Fu Panda were better.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  21. Lorna

    i loved kung fu panda and wanted it to win. 🙁

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  22. Meta

    Jack, you should definitely check out Wall-E

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Did anyone else print out an Oscar ballot? I am only one for four right now. Good thing I don't play the stock market.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  24. EJ (USA)

    i rented all 3 Godfather movies after watching them the 1st time out of order which completely confused me. i watched all 3 in that one night and now know them in and out! lol

    you are funny (seeing them out of order) – I may see them one day when I'm in the mood

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  25. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Megan

    Wall-E is great!
    Steve Jobs is (without words) a genius

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  26. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Yes, too many people to present one award with best supporting actress. Steve Martin and Tina Fey were cute together. And, Jennifer Aniston seems a little bit nervous – hmmmmm.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  27. sara.OR

    WAW AC was remembering the pass of his laptop?!:)
    What's the Best Shot?
    Lovely the Slumdog
    Keep good working

    February 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm |
  28. Lorna

    ok, i'm back.

    i felt so bad for jennifer aniston. she looked so nervous; brad and angelina were right in front of her!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm |
  29. Stacy

    @Jack: Oh, but if somebody does something crazy, we need it to be remixable. If you can't make the clip into a remix later, it's no good.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm |
  30. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Jack – Didn't see Wall*E? Amazing film. Get on watching that!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    I am right Yes!!!!!!!! Whooohooo Walle won!!!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm |
  32. Esma

    Wall-e rocks!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm |
  33. Meta

    Jack Black talked about doing well voicing animated movies but he actually IS a cartoon!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  34. Mave

    I actually saw Wall-E. Don't usually watch to many animated films but I enjoyed it.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  35. Jack Gray

    I didn't see Wall-E. But I like that a movie called "Kung Fu Panda" was just announced as an Oscar nominee. That sounds about right.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  36. Isabel, Brazil

    And the Oscar was thrown in the trash ... lol
    Aanimation cool!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  37. Eddy

    There is actually a version of the Godfater where are three parts are interwoven into a single movie....it is interesting to see the young godfather (Deniro) and how it all started

    February 22, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  38. gill - north of 49

    YAY – Wall-E !! Well deserved

    February 22, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  39. Fay - California

    'Milk' is about the only movie that I really want to see, even though it brings back some sad memories of a horrible time in my hometown.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  40. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Hey if any one wants a laugh check out a video on you tube two guys renacting the nonminees of this years oscars .

    February 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  41. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I agree erier2003. It would be nice to have the best showbiz team on television at the Oscars.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  42. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I think Godfather is one of those movies that you either love or don't care for.

    Could the intro for animation have been ANY longer?

    @Jack: Godfather fan or not?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  43. Michelle

    That animation was pretty cool.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  44. Stacy from NJ

    Nice animation short!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  45. Vanessa, TX

    aww...loved Wall-E and Kung fu Panda and Madagascar..loved them all..AND I can recite ALL 3 movies word per word I have kiddos

    February 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  46. Mindy

    Anthony – Is it the white knot for gay marriage?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  47. Pati Mc

    @ Jack – or maybe we will get a "streaker" like in the 70's. Poor David Niven. LOL.

    Wall-E will totally win this...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Walle is my favorite movie...... I hope will win soon

    February 22, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  49. EJ (USA)

    Vanessa – no I did not. I just couldn't get into it so I think I saw 30 minutes of it. (The Godfather)

    Tina Fey. Always good to see her.

    She looked great. I loved her dress. And of course Jennifer Aniston always looks great.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  50. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Stacy, I enjoy mocking celebrities even without Jack, but it helps to have a instigator!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
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