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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 from silver spring, MD

    Like everyone didn't know that Heath was going to win. Well deserved.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  2. Isabel, Brazil

    Heath Ledger, you deserve!

    YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  3. Mindy

    ~ Surprise! ~

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  4. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Yeah the other 4 nominees never had a chance....

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  5. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Heath 🙁

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  6. gill - north of 49

    Go Heath! – great to see his family there to represent him.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  7. Randy

    Long live Heath! Gone but never forgotten!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Cuba, Walken, and Kline, I missed their names, they are my favorite actors!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  9. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Roxanne, I was just thinking the same thing! She looks so proud of him.

    I would be a shame if Heath Ledger doesn't win this

    February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  10. Gisselle, TX

    If they don't hurry up with the best supporting actor already...Oh Yaaaaayyyyy is here! GO HEATH!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  11. Pati Mc

    Ladies and Gents...I give you the endless mutual admiration society. LOL. The idea is cool, it just takes waaayyy too long.

    Heath Ledger is so gonna win, and rightly so.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  12. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Jack...where's Dr. Drew??

    February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  13. EJ (USA)

    Haven't seen Tropic Thunder. Family keeps telling me to see it. Don't know yet. I'm just now getting around to seeing "Office Space" this upcoming week.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  14. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Jack what do you have against the group announcements? I think there great.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  15. Jessica

    Heath ledger, here's your moment...I hope...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  16. Bonnie

    Michael Shannon looks like he could be Christopher Walken's son

    February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  17. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    jack

    i love christopher walken, he is also a great dancer!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  18. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    They really are, Roxanne!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  19. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Thanks Cuba for livening up this group thing.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  20. gill - north of 49

    Totally agree Jack... if they want to make it more entertaining in this new format, they should do the nominee presentations in the style of a "roast" – now THAT would be great entertainment for all viewers.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  21. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Aren't Josh Brolin and Diane Lane adorable?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  22. Kristen-University Park, PA

    I love Cuba, hilarious 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  23. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Oh, Cuba...Ha. That was awesome.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  24. Don, WA

    Christopher Walken is the man. He's great in everything.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  25. Maria

    @ Jack,
    The steroid joke on Marlyn Streep this time

    February 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Janice Hill

    What a great host!! Hugh makes be believe the musical truly is back!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  27. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @EJ, I agree everytime I hear At LAst I think of my President and First Lady Dancing. Shout Out to the First Family, I know they jamming to Earth, Wind & Fire at the Governers Dinner tonight.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  28. EJ (USA)

    Thanks for blogging tonight Jack, Erica, & Anderson. Enjoy the last few hours of your weekend. : )

    February 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i have even more admiration for hugh jackman now. so very talented.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Lorna

    OK, I'm off to learning more boring stuff like operations management.

    Thanks for the blog, Jack! It's always a pleasure to read your pieces.

    Great talking to everyone tonight. Enjoy the rest of the show, everybody! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Jack Gray

    these group award announcements are like interventions. and not the fun kind.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  32. david in DFW

    Erica is more beautiful that any presenting tonight..... you are the best!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Tara (Omaha, NE

    Ok I have to say that I have never watched the Oscars without turning the channel every couple of mintues, from boredom, and this year I actually watching the whole thing. I like the new format.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Aj

    i love the fact their using past winners to present the awards, that is great... i believe the academy a bit entertaining this year..

    February 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman is from my area! Woot!

    And yay Alan Arkin! I bow to you Sir...

    Little Miss Sunshine = amazing. 😀

    February 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Jack, to continue this is definitely a more lively academy awards show and I am extremely entertained this year compared to the last couple of years.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Gisselle, TX

    So, no...I change my mind, I'll give the musical part a 6.5 because the HSM kids didn't really fit in with the number, it was kind weird having them on stage.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Mindy

    And now Joel Grey! Srsly, dying of awesome here.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Kim

    Jack, how far behind schedule do you think they are at this point? My guess is at least half an hour.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    CUBA! I love him. He was so good in Gifted Hands.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Anne

    That musical number was all over the place and awful! How ridiculous.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Night Erica! Have a good one!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Jack Gray

    Nice, Christopher Walken!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Mave

    I spent the weekend chasing one year old twins around, hope they get on with the awards soon or they are going to lose me long before the end.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Esma

    Why won't Christopher Walken adopt me?!?!?!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    See ya, Erica!

    Michelle – I was thinking about the same thing!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  47. EJ (USA)

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

    Everytime I hear that – I will always think of the President and the First Lady dancing at those numerous balls.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  48. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Yes they are livening up the show and I can appreciate it. Usually Oscars don't give me this much to talk about.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  49. Vanessa, TX

    That same philosophy should apply to the AC360 crew..a little dance never hurt anybody..so Jack, when are we gonna see you dance on Dance Crew fridays?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  50. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Yeah, see...I need some chair-throwing, seat-hopping, one-handed push-ups. I need something memorable! Don't let me down Hollywood....

    February 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
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