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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. Dulcie - Denver

    I'm cooking dinner during the breaks. Well, and sometimes not.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm |
  2. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Mave I still have a fangirl crush on Al Pacino. Great Actor. He was even better in The Godfather II.

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

    Isn't it almost time for some dreadful interpretative dance number?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm |
  4. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    The video i suggested is on YOUtube

    February 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm |
  5. Stacy

    So what do you guys do during the commercial breaks?

    Back flips. But that's just me.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Good one Benjamin Button won,
    You're right bloggers.........

    February 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  7. Isabel, Brazil

    Benjamin Button deserves all the technical awards!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  8. Pati Mc

    Ew...Jack...why did you have to bring "her" up? This is a "non-news zone". Heh.

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

    Haha Gray, do you have a fascination or crush on this Octo-Mom? Don't bring her to your place, Sammy could sense evil.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  10. Mave

    Not to be mean but doesn't SJP look a little like Glenda and Good Witch tonight?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  11. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Might have to try out The Godfather again... Just got the new Vanity Fair in the mail the other day too but haven't had time to sit down and read it, one more thing on the To Do list.

    Must say though one of my favorite movies that thank goodness we watched it in one of my government classes otherwise might not have seen it was "A Time to Kill" fantastic film

    February 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  12. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Ditto Jo Ann. Is it just me or is the show getting a little boring. I think it's too many categories.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  13. Anthonia-California

    I believe Scarface was and still is an all time classic movie. i rather watch Scarface anyday :]

    February 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  14. Esma

    @Jack–I was waiting for Octo-mom, how dare the Academy not invite her!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  15. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @EJ

    HBO decided to play them completely out of order and i was so lost i had to rent them to watch them in order so i would no longer be confused! lol

    i also own all 3 and even went to a midnight viewing of it (and scarface, not on the same nite of course) at the theater.

    jack, have you seen frailty?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  16. Meta

    ooo- Good one, Jack

    February 22, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  17. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I would think "The Dark Knight" would win most of the art awards.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  18. Stacy

    @Jack: Don't give Octomom any ideas.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  19. Michelle

    I think I am seeing the theme. It is the progression of
    a movie until the announcement of best pic.

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

    I LOVE DANIEL CRAIG..I didn't like SJP dress..too much "Sex and the City"-ish

    LOL Jack..I can't wait to see Octomom..lol

    February 22, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  21. urs

    miley cirus dress was so ugly, she's bound to be on the worst dress list

    February 22, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  22. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Kelly – Well, he said he'd try to stop back by here. If he doesn't, then we can assume...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  23. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Sarah Jessica Parker's dress doesn't get better the more you see it...it just gets worse...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  24. rupert

    Daniel Craig rocks!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  25. Mave

    I honestly had the biggest fangurl crush on Al Pacino after I saw Godfather...OMG he was incredible!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  26. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Check out on you tube Chad Vader's renacting of the nominees it's a spoof of the nomination so funny! Anderson if you need a break check this one out

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

    MMM Daniel Craig. More eye candy. LOL

    February 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    You have to have an attention span longer than 30 minutes to enjoy movies like "The Godfather."

    February 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  29. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Megan

    Anderson was working!

    Maybe back in the end ... but he is smart because if he was here the Oscar would be overshadowed by him, right?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  30. Mindy

    SJP and Daniel Craig: the pairing nobody wanted.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  31. Lorna

    @Jack: hahaha, your octo-mom comment was hilarious!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  32. Polly, OH

    "Apocalypse Now" is the best film of all time. Don't give me that de-facto, "GODFATHER!!!!"

    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  33. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Shillie you have to give the Godfather time. Of course the 1st 30 minutes aren't that exciting. But by then you've only scene what, Connie's wedding, Michael and his girlfriend Kay, Sonny cheating on his wife, and I think that Tom is on his way to California. I don't even think the Horse head scene is in the 1st 30min.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  34. Jack Gray

    If you though Angelina looked uncomfortable when Jennifer Aniston walked out, wait until you see the look on the face when the Octuplet Mom comes out to present Best Publicity Stunt.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  35. Lorna

    Was Jennifer Aniston actually shivering? I thought she did. I also thought she'd do better. She's an actress after all.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  36. Mindy

    So what do you guys do during the commercial breaks?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  37. Taylor, CT

    yeah this is kind of dull.

    Jenifer Aniston Looks like she rather be anywhere else but there

    I have to admit though the movies this year are all far better than last years.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  38. Stacy

    @Fay: Haha. What's weird is that I usually like that kind of stuff. I'm not a chick flick kind of gal.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  39. Kim

    Back to the serious question, who has the super secret number to the pizza parlor? I swear, we just called & they said 2 hours!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  40. Vanessa, TX

    @ Jo Ann..I don't know...I mean her design was better...I liked Angelina's earings..I LOVE emeralds

    February 22, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  41. Esma

    @EJ–set aside a day for the "Godfather" movies, they are so worth it.
    I also love the "Police Academy" movies (just don't tell anyone). One of my favorites is "The Brotherhood of the Wolf". Anyone remember that one?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    I brought DVD Walle and I watch Walle.... it is so great movie!!! Isabel

    February 22, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  43. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Yes I agree with you Lorna it's like she didn't know where to look poor Jen.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  44. Pati Mc

    How can you not love The Godfather? "Go to the mattresses" – words to live by – at least every guy I know thinks that.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  45. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Rikki – Don't bother. There are better movies out there.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  46. EJ (USA)

    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.

    Ok – I will take your word for it. : )

    February 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Vanessa, TX, Maybe, but Anniston's dress is prettier.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  48. Meta

    @Ashley-Hamlin:

    haha. wow, you had some sort of nightmares!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  49. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Renee – I have to respectfully say that you have lost your mind. 😛

    Just kidding. Have a good one!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  50. Mave

    Oh best speech of the night...domo origoto mr roboto!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
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