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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. Lori from IL

    Oh, good, a musical number to drag this out even more. Hope this replaces your interpretive dance, Jack.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  2. Stacy from NJ

    I love Musicals, this is cool!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  3. gill - north of 49

    Jackman/Beyonce – is the only entertaining event we've seen all night (aside from the pineapple express skit)

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  4. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    It's about time for a performance! Is there anything Beyonce isn't fabulous at?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  5. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Jack – Yeah! At first I wasn't buying it at first, but now I'm getting into it.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  6. Thomas, FL

    My little gay heart is going to EXPLODE. Musical numbers? At the Oscars? I'm done. This is it. Heaven!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  7. Don, WA

    Hugh the Entertainer! And the lady in red – This is a fun number to watch.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  8. Aj

    i love beyonce... she is always willing to take on new roles and she has become one of the best in my opinion

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  9. Aaron - Florida

    ok so its hugh, beyonce should of done this alone.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  10. Lorna

    Fay -

    I totally agree with you, but when you really think about it... actors wouldn't be who they are if it weren't for the work of the crew. Let's face it; who are the kids at HS Musical or Slumdog Millionaire?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  11. Michelle, CT

    Beyonce walking down those stairs in those heels was death defying

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  12. Mindy

    Okay, this tribute to musicals is my new favorite thing.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  13. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    I think I have fallen in love with Hugh – didn't realize he was so musical 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  14. EJ (USA)

    Ok Jolene – I don't like any beer. Wine and mixed drinks if I ever get out to a restaurant.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  15. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Hugh makes me want there to be "X-Men: The Musical." THAT would be awesome. His tribute to musicals was absolutely awesome. "The Prestige" was amazing, probably my favorite movie of his...besides X-Men.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  16. Fay - California

    Wow, Beyonce certainly never misses an opportunity to appear on an awards show...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  17. Stacy

    They do plan on ending this show at some point, right? Have we even seen that many awards yet?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  18. Maureen T, Canada

    James Franco has been in some very good movies in the last year or so. He was great in Milk!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Ohhhh my goodness,
    I love Pina Coladas! It is great I drink so lot!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  20. Jack Gray

    This Hugh Jackman number with Beyonce is kind of cool.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  21. Isabel, Brazil

    Chicago! Yes!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  22. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I love the old school movie vibe tonight.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  23. Mindy

    @Brandy – I know! The only thing I geek out over more than Star Wars is The Lord of the Rings. XD

    February 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Why do they need all of these pointless production numbers?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  25. Vanessa, TX

    wow another musical??!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  26. Aaron - Florida

    this guy is lame he needs to stop!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  27. Bonnie

    Jack–here comes your dance number

    February 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  28. Amanda - Leesburg, Florida

    Man, Seth Rogan should host the oscars.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  29. david in DFW

    Anderson was prophectic an hour ago. This show is not good at all. Hugh is doing is best, but it's dull and poorly done. Time to pull out my TIVO of CNN on election night so I can get my AC360/AC fix...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  30. Kitty, Canada

    Hugh Jackman is wonderful!! So talented!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  31. Stacy

    Anybody remember when Roberto Benigni won years back for "Life is Beautiful" and walked on the top of the seats to get to the stage? I want to see something like that.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  32. Roweena D'Souza

    had to get to work, you guys are now my eyes and ears : -)

    February 22, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  33. Jessica

    I must say, Seth Rogan is lookin good. I love the new oscars and its sense of humor!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  34. Pati Mc

    @Jack & Erica – I say whatever wins for Best Picture you guys have to re-enact on the webcast!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  35. EJ (USA)

    Ohioans are very familiar with Arbor Mist wine.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  36. Lorna

    Lori,

    That's exactly what my mother said about Jessica Biel's dress. That's so funny.

    Erica, who are your favorites tonight?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  37. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Fay I agree, not every category is necessary to be broadcasted.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  38. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    No deep breaths Jack? Haha. Yeah, I've had my share of herbal cigarette clouds...most hip hop concerts, stoner movies, etc. Always fun.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  39. Dulcie - Denver

    @Vanessa – Okay, Okay, no more comments about the hat 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  40. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Jack – I seem to recall that best supporting actor was usually the first award, or am I just wanting to see Heath win?!?!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  41. Esma

    Is Clive Owen there? He has the best voice...lately I have found myself craving it.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  42. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Break Time!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  43. Randy

    EJ- Craig is Bond, James Bond

    February 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  44. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @jack,

    i was breathing DEEPLY! rofl

    February 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  45. Aaron - Florida

    Jack, I am imagining a theater full of pot heads. I would never go to the movies again.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Nope Jack,
    Not yet.... We are waiting for supporting actor anytime......

    February 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  47. Lorna

    Jack:

    Please don't tell me Pineapple Express is nominated for an Oscar! I don't even know why I laughed so much in that movie.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:50 pm |
  48. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Does Jack Gray like Schlitz?

    Is that some kind of beverage?

    @EJ: Yes, it's a beer! As a joke, I would always give my brother a case of Schlitz Ice (as a joke)...bad tasting and cheap beer.....Yuk!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:50 pm |
  49. EJ (USA)

    @Jack, I think they will do a tribute to everyone who died this year.

    Who died this year?

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

    so...does that mean you liked it Jack? lol I waited for the DVD but I heard the same story from my brother when he saw it @ the theater

    February 22, 2009 at 9:50 pm |
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