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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, TX

    SEE jack! Alot of ppl on the blog agree with me...are you still not talking (or responding) me..aww 🙁 lol has it been 5 min yet lol

    February 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am probably the only one on here that wasn't that impressed with "Slumdog."

    February 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  3. Don, WA

    Jessica Biehl is beautiful....but why was she wearing a towel to the oscar's? Not that I'm complaining.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  4. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Megan

    Heath Ledger will continue to live by your art!
    He deserves the Oscar ...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  5. Polly, OH

    @Maureen T, Canada:
    Slumdog Millionaire is off and running! Catch them if you can!
    From O... Saya: "They can't touch me, we break off, run so fast they can't even touch me!"

    February 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  6. Maureen T, Canada

    I don't like Jessica Biel's dress.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  7. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Hill, the Arbor Mist was a joke. I know you have better taste...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  8. Stacy

    @Fay: The Professional is a great move and I believe it was her first movie ever. I've been following her career ever since. I just think it's cool she went the college route instead of the clubbing Lindsey Lohan route.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  9. EJ (USA)

    I will admit to not knowing who Daniel Craig and Seth Rogan are – although their names sound familiar – esp. Seth.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  10. Dulcie - Denver

    Man, I don't like that dress either. First the giant bow on Aretha's head and now this...

    But it's not like I'm a fashion maven myself. Meh!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  11. Michelle, CT

    I'm sorry but... It's clear Jessica Biel isn't going to be winning an Oscar anytime soon.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  12. karen

    Oh, Jessica Biel's gown is awful.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  13. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Is Jessica Biel the $billion film grosser? I thought Will Smith was coming out..

    February 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  14. Mave

    Totally agree about Angelina and Jen...tacky, tacky, tacky..

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

    Ben Stiller made my night, now all I need is for Meryl S or Kate W to win oh and Brad too...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  16. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Thank you Erica for referencing the pathetic camera shots of Angelina with Jennifer Aniston. Glad that you're here with us.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  17. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    OKAY, What is Jessica Beil wearing. Not feeling it at all.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  18. Stacy from NJ

    Jessica is wearing a thingamajig!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  19. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    did anyone on here spell mr. pheonix's name right? rofl

    February 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  20. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Shillie. WHAT! This is your list when you got to Blockbuster tomorrow(lol)

    1)The Godfather- I, II, and III
    2) Rocky 1
    3) Rocky 2
    3) Rocky 3
    4) Rocky 4
    5) Rocky 5
    6) Rocky 6
    7) Rocky Balboa

    February 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  21. Aaron - Florida

    Ben cracks me up.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  22. EJ (USA)

    Is Anderson the hardest working man in news reporting? I think so.

    well duh : ) He & Blitzer.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  23. Michelle

    I am with you Erica it looks great in HD.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  24. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Erica, hey Arbor Mist isn't that bad! That's what I'm drinking right now, actually had to use a pliers to get the damn thing open haha (pathetic, I know) but it's too cold to go out and buy something else

    February 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  25. Vanessa, TX

    but JACK, I LOOVE Seth Rogan...sorry if I offended you aww 🙁 I say with love and concern lol

    February 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm |
  26. Kristen-University Park, PA

    I agree Ericka...it was lame and very unnecessary.

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

    I love Natalie Portman.

    It's hard for me to see her all grown up – I'm so used to watching her as a 12 year old in The Professional. Her dress is lovely.

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

    People...Phoenix brought it upon himself. Did you see the Letterman interview?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Excellent Slumdog Millionare won!!!!! Congrats!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm |
  30. Maureen T, Canada

    Slumdog Millionaire is off and running! Catch them if you can!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  31. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hi Erica: Does Jack Gray like Schlitz? Never would have figured he was a Schlitz guy....hope you didn't send him any Schlitz Ice....that's right up there with Red, White, and Blue beer in my book. LOL!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  32. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Anderson, Slumdog got one and so did Milk.

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

    Princess Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) ... elegant and nice!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  34. Polly, OH

    SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE! Again! That's what's up.
    Seriously, what a film.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  35. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Leave it to Ben Stiller – hilarious!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Roxanne, Ventura, CA, I asked him, but he didn't answer me.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  37. gill - north of 49

    Speaking of Paul Newman.. I sure hope they do a great tribute – and it's a good lead-in to list my life long fascination blue eyed hunks which rank as:
    1.Steve McQueen
    2. Paul Newman
    3 Anderson Cooper
    4. Daniel Craig

    (AC/DC only rank lower as they are up against LEGENDS)

    February 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  38. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Ben Stiller is hiliarious! I definitely had a laugh at his expense this evening!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  39. EJ (USA)

    Yeah the Ben Stiller thing was funny.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  40. ericacnn

    OMG – please tell me the Arbor Mist ref was a joke!

    I really like the production this year - so much more interesting. Maybe it all looks better b/c I'm watching on a good TV for the first time, but really like it.

    THe only thing I haven't loved: the lame shots of brangelina when jennifer aniston was on stage. puh-leeze

    February 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  41. Bonnie

    Hi Erica–Love–Ben Stiller

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

    @ Erica: all I received from you was a half-drunk bottle of Malibu rum.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  43. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    well hello erica!

    glad you could join us tonite.

    i feel so sorry for juaquin right now, lol

    February 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Hey Erica!!!!
    Welcome to Oscar live blog tonight!!!! What is your favorite movie title?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  45. Lori from IL

    Okay - I'm bored, but Ben Stiller just made me laugh!

    Good movie and had forgotten that Mickey Rourke was in it - Body Heat from the early 80's.

    I know this is a little off topic - but I really enjoyed HBO's "Taking Chance" last night. Good movie and I thought Kevin Bacon gave a moving performance.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  46. Stacy

    Okay, that was fairly awesome.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  47. Maureen T, Canada

    Ya gotta love Ben Stiller! He is a genius!! So much like Joaquin Phoenix! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  48. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Ok, Ben now has a new fan here.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  49. Kristen-University Park, PA

    I'm sorry but Ben Stiller is not making me laugh.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  50. Theresa

    I am not watching. I am reading the blog so I know which parts to fast forward to when I do watch later.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
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