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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. Anthonia-California

    Vanessa has a good point, you kinda look like Seth Rogen hehe

    February 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  2. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Vanessa....how could you!? Jack is like a mix of Daniel Craig and Patrick Dempsey.

    Stiller = awesome. 😀

    February 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  3. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Vanessa, I'm almost embarrassed to admit this too but I haven't seen any of the Rocky movies either...

    Welcome Erica! And you're favorite movie of all time?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  4. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    ...which is the only beer we have to drink around here

    February 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  5. Mave

    Natalie Portman is so amazingly beautiful. Will never forget how beautiful she was even as a child in the Professional and Beautiful Girls.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  6. Stacy from NJ

    @Jack

    Don't worry, if Kate wins there will be tears for all!

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

    Ben Stiller just stole the show.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  8. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    I didn't get what Anderson is working on for 60 minutes – anyone know? Is Anderson the hardest working man in news reporting? I think so.

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

    Lorna, Although I am not a fan of action hero movies I thought the last two Batman movies were exceptional. For some reason it is being snubbed by the Academy. I just hope that Heath wins, he really elevated the comic strip character of The Joker to a piece of truly dramatic work.

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

    Ben, stop mocking my Joaquin!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  11. Stacy

    Hi Erica.

    I love Natalie Portman.

    OMG, Joquin parody!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  12. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Hey Erica! Schlitz huh? Well I guess anything is better than Hamm's

    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  13. EJ (USA)

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

    It was only after I saw Ironman a few weeks ago that I realized my TV was too small. I just couldn't see all the great action on my 20 inch. It's definitely a theater movie.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  14. Jack Gray

    I'm not a huge Ben Stiller fan but this is great.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  15. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Ben Stiller. Funny , Joaqiun Pheonix right?

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

    Oh my God, we're making fun of Joaquin, aren't we?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

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

    I agree with you!!! Vanessa in TX........... They are!!!! my favorite men!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  18. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I second Mindy. 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  19. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    jack, lol, poor vanessa! stop being mean to her! lol

    im italiano! of course i love the godfather!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  20. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Hey Erica, glad you joined in.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  21. Mave

    Oscar snacks...hot tamales and diet coke...I know I'm "unique"!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  22. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Hill, really? I pictured you more of an Arbor Mist kind of gal.... 😉
    Thanks for joining us tonight.

    Jack, they have the 'In Memorium' later on. Paul will not be forgotten.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  23. Stacy

    OMG. We’re so not friends for the next five minutes.

    Haha. But at six minutes, you're totally cool, huh?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  24. Don, WA

    I hope they have a Paul Newman tribute tonight.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  25. Mindy

    Erica! Nice to have you here. Don't be lame and blow us off for work like Anderson did.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  26. erier2003

    Hi Erica! Glad you could stop by.

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

    @Jack – You do not look like Seth Rogen.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  28. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Jack, no, no one has cried yet! The closest we've come is the first award and Amy Adams started to tear up but that's it. Too bad they aren't drinking through the whole thing like the Golden Globes, makes things so much more interesting

    February 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  29. Pati Mc

    Heh heh. Hi Erica! I cannot believe you just mentioned Schlitz...LOL.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  30. Esma

    Erica!!! So glad you joined us, darling!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  31. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Jack, I think they will do a tribute to everyone who died this year. I hear that Queen Latifah is supposed to be singing during that tribute.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  32. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    wow, love in 2008 looked really violent! lol

    k, now im interested in seeing slumdog, guess what ill be doing tomorrow. lol

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

    Hi, Erica!
    Nice to meet you.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  34. KIm

    Cha cha cha Jack ! Circuit City went out of business and they got my money and I had a reciept ! "Go ahead,make my day !" I miss Clint Eastwood !

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  35. Jack Gray

    @ Vanessa: did you just say I look like Seth Rogen? OMG. We're so not friends for the next five minutes.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  36. EJ (USA)

    So "Milk" is a sad movie then? I've heard of it of course but it isn't in my usual dark/thriller/suspense genre.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  37. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Ah, right Jack. I forgot about that. Disney used to have so much going for them too...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  38. Mave

    Jack, I haven't had a chance to see Benjamin Button yet...how was the makeup? I want to see it because of the NOLA connection but have been hesitant because I hate it when the makeup they use to age people looks like silly putty!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Heath Ledger so much talent … great loss!
    Yes, He was...... We missed Heath Ledger long time. Isabel!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  40. Vanessa, TX

    Hey Erica..nice of you to join us. 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  41. Michelle, CT

    A makeout montage? ...thanks??

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

    And the Oscar goes to: Erica!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  43. Don, WA

    Well I had to leave for a bit – neighbor's cow in the front yard again...my tux is ruined...oh well it's a rental.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  44. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Hey Erica!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm |
  45. Esma

    Ashley-Amen! You can never give NOLA too much attention!

    OMG!!! "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"!!! Funny, funny movie!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm |
  46. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Hey, Erica! Thanks for joining in.

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

    hey folks, aren't we forgetting something - shouldn't there be a big Paul Newman tribute at some point??? I sure hope so.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm |
  48. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I haven't seen the James Bond film. I feel that I have to see all of them before I can see the new one. But I might just check it out just to see Daniel Craig. He has the most gorgeous eyes I have ever seen. But Sean Connery is still my favorite Bond.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm |
  49. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. Jack – love that you stuck with classic maroon for the fleece tux, but i can't believe you shed the snuggie for the evening. this is clearly a big night.

    has the champers from AC arrived yet? i hope you got the schlitz i sent over

    February 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm |
  50. Vanessa, TX

    and I forgot..
    3) Jack Gray A.K.A Seth Rogan lol

    February 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm |
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