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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. Michelle

    So Jack you did not inhale.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:50 pm |
  2. ericacnn

    I have a soft spot in my heart for the Sci Tech Awards - covered them for a few years back in my tech days and it was always a lot of fun

    February 22, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  3. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @lisa and mindy,

    Padme is Luke Skywalker's mom! lol

    OMG, how old do i seem to all of you? ya'll must think i seriously old!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  4. Lori from IL

    Jessica Beil's gown looks like she wrapped a sheet around herself. We used to do that for toga parties in college.

    @ Ashley - yes, I saw the interview on Letterman. It was great.

    Erica - glad you're joining in. Hope you used that half bottle of rum for making Pina Coladas!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  5. Fay - California

    It's probably not necessary to show EVERY category during the broadcast – it kind of drags it down.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  6. Bonnie

    Has this been on for over an hour???

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

    Hill – No problem. How is the little guy? Bedtime is always rough in some houses...hopefully he goes down well.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  8. Don, WA

    Did that presenter for best short film just sneeze or was he trying to pronounce the title of the movie?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  9. Lorna

    Ben Stiller was great!

    "I'm retiring from being funny." loved that!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  10. sara.OR

    @Isabel, Brazil. Erica is just natural. She doesn't need a script to play sexy or smart...A Pulitzer !?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  11. Jack Gray

    When I saw Pineapple Express at midnight in New York...the entire theater was one big cloud of marijuana. So I just held my breath for the entire hour.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  12. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Vanessa, from what everyone is saying doesn't sound like I will be. And considering I don't have a job to go to, something to keep me busy!

    Are these guys stoned right now?

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

    Erica,

    I understand you.

    My best dramatic actor cried, cried and slept! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  14. Polly, OH

    @Mindy: The entire soundtrack is amazing! I too hope M.I.A. finds a way in. She was great at the Grammys!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  15. Esma

    And the Oscar goes to something I haven't heard of...just get to Best Supporting Actor already!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  16. Michelle, CT

    Jack I think it's coming up in 1 or 2 awards. At least according to the schedule I saw. Yes. I looked up the schedule.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  17. Lorna

    Gill,

    "We like you just as you are" - that quote always reminds me of Bridget Jones for some reason. I'm not comparing Jack to Bridget Jones though. I'm just saying....

    February 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  18. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    No Jack they haven't. Like I said earlier I think they have too many categories. It's getting a little boring. Where's Hugh? I need him to come back on the screen to sing and dance again. lol

    February 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  19. alaa

    nice tribute to pineapple express-that's like one of the funniest movies ever.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  20. alaa

    nice tribute to pinapple express-that's like one of the funniest movies ever.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  21. Lisa Griffiths Benalla - Australia

    Mindy,
    I am impressed with your knowledge of Padme no judgement here.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  22. Vanessa, TX

    is that how your tux looks like Jack? Come on..you got to admit Pineapple Express was super funny...lol

    February 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  23. Lorna

    JoAnn, I really hope Heath Ledger wins something too. At the end of the movie, The Joker was not even a character anymore. Heath Ledger made it real!

    I've heard that he actually locked himself in a hotel for a month to create the voice and the persona of the Jocker. I don't know if it's true.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  24. Jack Gray

    Have they even done Best Supporting Actor yet? Sweet mother of Pearl.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  25. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Esma – So I heard, but he will forever be tained by acting like an idiot.

    Duclie – It's wine in a box, only in a bottle...if you get my drift.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  26. Stacy from NJ

    Loved when he was watching himself in Milk! Too funny.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  27. Aaron - Florida

    lol a "pipe"

    February 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  28. Michelle

    Okay that was funny.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  29. EJ (USA)

    Is Arbor Mist wine in a box?

    No, Arbor Mist is that fruity light bottle wine – that is very affordable. It comes in peach chardonnay, strawberry zinfandel, and lots of other fun flavors.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Isabel
    I agree with you...... I hope Heath will deserve award too.....

    February 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  31. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Mindy

    Oops ... I cheated ... Thank you! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  32. Mave

    LOL Dulcie..thinking the same thing about my critiques of Oscar fashion, after all I'm sitting here in my flannel pj's and furry slippers!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  33. ericacnn

    Thanks, Ashley 🙂

    I'm a little behind (paused to get the little guy to bed) but am LOVING Ben Stiller!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  34. Fay - California

    I just think it’s cool she went the college route instead of the clubbing Lindsey Lohan route.

    @Stacy, I agree – Natalie seems far more evolved than some of these other young actresses.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  35. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Shillie, it is a must that you do. You won't be disappointed.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  36. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @EJ – Thank you! I've been wondering the same thing but figured maybe I was just seriously out of the loop. I was guessing beverage.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  37. Jack Gray

    James Franco plays a great stoner.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  38. Vanessa, TX

    AWW jack speaking of... lol wow very good timing..

    February 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  39. erier2003

    @Mindy: I'm right there with you!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  40. Mindy

    @Polly – O Saya reference FTW! I hope M.I.A. finds a way to perform tonight!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  41. gill - north of 49

    aww Jack... you don't need to be compared to anyone else...as it was once famously stated " we like you, just as your are!"

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

    i may be alone in this but i love that commercial where the school is hunting for a student and one person finds a freshman in a locker!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  43. EJ (USA)

    Does Jack Gray like Schlitz?

    Is that some kind of beverage?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  44. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Dulcie, Hey, don't dog the Aretha's hat. That hat was what I like to call a "Church Hat". I loved it. But Jessica's dress is terrible.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  45. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Vanessa, I'm so sorry! I have to move in the next week but after that I promise that's first on my list is renting all 11 movies on that list!

    And Jessica Biel's dress, like i said before, looks like what Ariel in The Little Mermaid was wearing with a rope after she got her legs

    February 22, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  46. alaa

    hahaaa seth rogen!!

    if it makes you feel any better jack, you're too thin to look like Seth Rogen

    and I totally agree with Erica Hill about the shots of Brangelina when Jennifer Aniston was on stage. Lame. Really lame.

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

    EJ
    I am so laughing at Ben Silter, He is so funny comedian in the world.
    I agree with you!!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  48. Dulcie - Denver

    Erica,

    Is Arbor Mist wine in a box?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  49. Mindy

    @Isabel – Padme was never a princess. She was elected queen of Naboo.

    ...Don't judge me.

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

    @Ashley-Joaquin's just acting (don't tell anyone!), it for a mockumentary that his BFF and brother-in-law Casey Affleck is shooting...it's a sorta Andy Kaufman throw back...for those of you old enough to remember.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
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