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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. Lorna

    Erica,

    Milk's definitely one of the best!

    See you on Monday; I always smile when it's time for The Bulletin. Thanks for joining us, Erica! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    LOL Jack
    Very funny! I agree with saying YIKES!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  3. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @maureen t,

    come on, you know that is andersons fav song!!! lol

    February 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  4. Michelle

    What have you guys got against HSM?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  5. jee

    I hope the HSM kids are never EVER nominated for oscars.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  6. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Night, Hill. Thanks for contributing!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  7. Jack Gray

    I give the producers and Hugh Jackman, et al.. credit for trying to liven up the show. A little singing and dancing never hurt a night that is supposed to be about, um, ya know, entertainment.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  8. Mave

    I saw a little film called Greenfingers with Clive Owen the other day. Never remember hearing much about it when it came out in 2000 but it interested me more than I would have imagined it would by the description. He seemed very young.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  9. Maria

    Happy Oscar night to all and sorry for being late to check in..

    February 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  10. alaa

    ewwww high school musical people

    February 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  11. Randy

    let's get back to some awards already, some of us have to work tomorrow!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  12. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @ Brandi, I got chills too when I heard Beyonce sing say At Last. DRAMA!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  13. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Will HSM ever go away?!?!??!? Here comes best supporting actor....

    February 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  14. EJ (USA)

    They must've put the "Best Supporting Actor" thing close to the end so people wouldn't turn it to another channel.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Bye Erica!!!!
    Have great night and sleep well!!!
    See you tomorrow night! 😀

    February 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  16. Gisselle, TX

    The musical part was cute, I wasn't like WOW but it was cute and Beyonce did great and Hugh did wonderful, I don't know about the Mamma Mia girl and the HSM kids...but it was okay, I'll give it 7.5 out 10

    February 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  17. Maureen T, Canada

    Vanessa and Zac from HSM?? I thought this was the Oscars! It was great to the the other actors from Mamma Mia, their names escape me.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  18. Thomas, FL

    @Jack: Oh, boo. I spoke too soon. Those High School Musical things... ugh. That is no worthy musical.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  19. david in DFW

    penelope cruz looks stunning tonight. And VC Barcelona is one of Woody's best in years. This will be tough, because Doubt is also one of my faves this year (but what's up with Meryl's hair?? oh my.....).

    February 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  20. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i got the chills when 'at last' came out of beyonce's mouth.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  21. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Yikes is right Jack. I am so sick of High School musical. But other then them being in the number, it was great. Hugh and Beyonce together, Who knew it could work!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  22. Fay - California

    @Lorna, you make a good point – I guess it's probably not a bad idea to give the behind the scenes people their moment in the sun.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  23. karen

    Wow, love the musical number. Hugh Jackman is a talent!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  24. Skeen

    my thoughts exactly, jack. ew.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  25. Michelle

    Etta James has left the building.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  26. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Lol, Jack thats how feel, Yikes...High School Musical and Oscars...No

    February 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  27. Mindy

    Commercial time! 90 seconds to do something constructive. GO!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  28. Pati Mc

    Am I the only one that thinks this show kinda sucks? It has it good points, but overall, meh...

    February 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  29. gill - north of 49

    no, no, no ... why, oh why screw up a good segment by including "high school musical talent" ?!?!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  30. Esma

    I have never seen a host have to work this hard. Go Hugh!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  31. Mindy

    OMG Evita reference! Plus Chicago and Moulin Rouge and Hairspray and The Sound of Music and Mamma Mia and...!

    The Broadway nerd in me just died of squee.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  32. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Oh boy, Hugh and Beyonce dance and song #......not sure I'm digging it....much rather them just get on with the awards.....

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Did that seem long to anyone else?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  34. ericacnn

    Lorna, I don't get out much – only saw one of the films so I'm not a good person to ask! But the one I did see, MILK, was incredible.

    I do have one pic: Best AC360 Blogger: JACK GRAY!

    OK... while the prodcution value is high, we do need to move this thing along a wee bit faster! Am happy Hugh is finally doing a musical number, tho.

    Time to take the Jake-man out. See you all on the blog Monday!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  35. EJ (USA)

    EJ- Craig is Bond, James Bond

    Oh – the 'new' Bond dude.

    I'll always prefer Pierce Brosnan. He's still hot.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  36. Isabel, Brazil

    Jack,
    Now you have coronary! High School... lol

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  37. Bonnie

    Jack–you spoke too soon–I guess they couldn't figure out how to get Miley in there!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  38. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Esma – Down girl! Although I agree, Clive Owen could read all my books on tape. You should watch 'Beyond Borders' if you haven't.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  39. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    My thoughts exactly Jack! Now we know why they were invited...I really enjoyed the musical number until they started singing!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  40. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    could have done without vanessa and zach.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  41. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    NO NO NO! They do not have zac efron & vanessa performing! Please no more High School Musical!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Lorna, I also read that Heath put a lot into his portrayal of The Joker. I hope it didn't have anything to do with his death.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  43. Maureen T, Canada

    For a minute there I thought Beyonce was going to sing that Single Ladies song! Please don't!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  44. Kristen-University Park, PA

    I like Hugh and Beyonce, they should have left the Disney kids out IMO.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    This Hugh Jackman number with Beyonce is kind of cool.
    Jack!
    I agree!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  46. Vanessa, TX

    kinda thought HSM would be on this musical...they killed it!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  47. Lorna

    Pati -

    That's a great idea! That's great for a series of next week's "The Shot(s)" in AC360. 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  48. Jack Gray

    Yikes. The High School Musical people have crashed the party.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  49. Mindy

    There goes the conspiracy theory about the High School Musical kids.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  50. Isabel, Brazil

    Sara @

    My best dramatic actor has 3 years and, thank God, sleeps like angel!
    Do you have children?

    Erica is great!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
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