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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. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Brandi, You do know that one of Anderson's favorite movies, "Lawrence of Arabia," is more than three hours long don't you?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm |
  2. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Actually 'Ironman' had really good chemistry between the main characters. I was impressed.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm |
  3. Stacy

    @Fay: Well, that's where we differ. I'm not easily scared off, though I am easily scared.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm |
  4. Pati Mc

    I like this catagory...good looking men all over the place. And Coldplay!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm |
  5. Kristen-University Park, PA

    I'm hoping Kate Winslet gives us the emotional speech of the night.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm |
  6. Polly, OH

    UGH, that guy from Twatlight.
    That movie is just... an embarrassment.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  7. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Shillie, yes you must try again. Trust me you'll love The Godfather. And once you see the 1st one you have to see the 2nd one. I have to say it is the best sequel I ever seen. Coming in second would be Rocky 2 of course.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  8. Vanessa, TX

    @Gil north of 49..I TOTALLY AGREE.. lol 😉 That is my list of handsome men
    1) Anderson
    2) Daniel Craig

    February 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  9. EJ (USA)

    Goodnight Michelle in Ontario!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  10. Mindy

    RPatz OH GOD. He looks so uncomfortable.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  11. Stacy

    @Jack: I'm reading Michael's book right now. Just finished a chapter last night. So sad, but very good.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Bye Michelle!!!! Have a great night and sleep well!!!
    Oh my gosh.......Daniel Craig is best actor in the world, I watched James Bond the movie!!!!

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

    Heath Ledger so much talent ... great loss!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  14. Pati Mc

    Bye Michelle! See ya tom nite.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  15. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Jack, There really is a conspiracy theory behind everything isn't there?

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

    @ Ashley of Hamlin, NY:
    I too could not stand Revolutionary Road. I thought some parts were absolutely beautiful, and I wanted so badly to get into the film... but in all, it was just a sad imitation of Mad Men without the wry humor.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  17. Jack Gray

    No one has broken down and started crying yet, have they? I like a good meltdown to get my Oscar night into a nice groove.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  18. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Glad to see NOLA getting some credit this evening.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  19. Lorna

    @JoAnn: Yes, I agree with you; The Dark Knight should have won for art direction. It was a great movie!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm |
  20. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Jack – I think the world just doesn't want to admit that High School Musical is a phenomenon whether they like it or not. But nice conspiracy theory anyway.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm |
  21. Bonnie

    Pati–I'm not lovin SJP's dress–I think it's the belt

    February 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm |
  22. Isabell, Indiana

    Jack, you are quite funny. Thanks for making me laugh several times tonight.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm |
  23. Stacy

    @Pati Mc: I'm gonna have to disagree re: SJP's dress. Too poofy/big on the bottom.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  24. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I agree Jolene, how could you forget the Horses Head. My mom lived in NY for a while and she used to get scared thinking that the Mafia was coming to get her. LOL She loves Mafia movies to this day, and she got me into them young.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  25. karen

    Gosh, the presenters do go on and on. Don't they have sufficient actors to fill in as presenters this year?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  26. Vanessa, TX

    you know my speech would consist on "I'll thank everyone in person, with my Oscar" and that's it! UGH these speeches get kinda boring..I wish e=they can keep it simple

    February 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  27. EJ (USA)

    Esma – thanks I'll do so. I believe you guys. I guess I just had an attention-span shortage that day.

    jack, have you seen frailty?

    Loved it! It's dark and weird – just the type of movie I like.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  28. Jack Gray

    My friend, journalist and author Michael Hastings, emails me to point out that ABC is owned by Disney, hence the High School Musical stars being there. I love conspiracy theories.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  29. Pati Mc

    Methinks it is time for a snack. I really want a crilled ham and cheese, but it will take too long. I don't want to miss anything. Pfff....

    February 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Oh Jack!!!!
    Very funny!!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  31. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Vanessa, I promise I'll try it again, the ADD was at work that day

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

    For the record SJP's dress is horrible!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
  33. Michelle

    Jack let's see what Hugh will do for his next dance.

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

    @JoAnn,

    i guess that means anderson doesnt like the godfather??? lol

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

    Things are a bit boring – they need to spice it up throughout the show.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
  36. Esma

    The Bale Out MP3 is available for free via RevoLucian's MySpace page, just FYI. I'm listening to it during the commercials. 🙂

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

    I’m not a chick flick kind of gal.

    @Stacy, neither am I, but I think that legendary horse head in the bed scene that I've heard about so much in The Godfather has scared me away from this one.

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

    aaa... did Benjamin Button just win that last award?? sorry.. I went into a trance ...too mesmerized by Daniel Craig onstage – second handsomest man in the world .... rivaled only by our own Anderson Cooper!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Isabel,
    Yes, I mean he is busy or working his assigment 60 minutes.... of course.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm |
  40. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Good Night everyone
    See you tommorrow night on 360!
    Have Fun Jack ! it's been fun !
    Bye Megan ,Pati

    February 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm |
  41. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    All right, Oscar admission time: I could not stand Revolutionary Road.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm |
  42. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It's nothing like the music that will get you going on your marry way.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm |
  43. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    I watched every Godfather movie! How could one not forget the infamous "horses head" in the bed scene! All great movies, but then, I'm half Italian and most likely have relatives who were in the mafia so I was intriqued.....what can I say.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm |
  44. EJ (USA)

    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.

    She was going to but they didn't want to pay her $2 million for presenting.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  45. Stacy

    Ew…Jack…why did you have to bring “her” up? This is a “non-news zone”.

    Who says she was ever news in the first place?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  46. Isabel, Brazil

    Asutrália
    After of Nicole Kidman talk that the film is not so good, I discouraged to see, despite being tempted by busted with Jackman in the bath. Lol

    February 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    "The Duchess" costumes were fantastic!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  48. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Shillie, I agree A Time to Kill was a great movie. Made me cry.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  49. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Did someone just say they had a crush on Al Pacino? *Shudders*

    Mmm, Daniel Craig.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  50. Pati Mc

    SJP wins my vote for best dressed. Her gown is beyond fabulous!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
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