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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.

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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. Mave

    Me too Ashley...he was so cute in that role and really made the transition to an adult better than most of them do. I remember being totally shocked when I saw Lords of Dogtown...he was great and almost unrecognizable.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  2. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Man On Wire. I saw that guy on The Colbert Report. Funny interview.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Pati Mc

    Man On Wire was an awesome doc.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    pati,

    i lost my son just over 2 years ago and i cant imagine how hard that was for them. my nose is all stopped up. 🙁

    February 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Mindy

    Ew, Bill Maher. Stop talking like you won an award or something.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Yes the documentary category!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @ Brandi and Pati Mc – Ditto here. Heath was, beyond an excellent actor, a genuinely good individual.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Bill Maher at the Oscars? Wow, go for the Oscars. I heart Maher...not as much as Jon Stewart, but still.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  9. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Well deserved.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  10. Fay - California

    "Man on Wire" is another movie I'd love to see – I'm fascinated by the guy who walked the tightrope between the Twin Towers.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  11. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Bill Maher, no need for that comment. I starting to like that back drop more than you right now.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  12. Stacy

    Hm. A little bitter there, Bill.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Dulcie - Denver

    You know, I find filmmaking a fascinating subject but somehow they made this really boring.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Vanessa, TX

    Bill Maher? they should've asked Anderson to present too.. 🙁

    February 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Isabel, Brazil

    Guys,

    The woman said two bad words or failed my English? lol

    February 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Stacy

    I want to see "Trouble the Water." Anybody seen it?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  17. david in DFW

    bill mahrer.....this is soooo cool!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i love bill maher.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Heather

    I need to get a life. I haven't seen any of these movies. Can I blame it on having young kids?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Thomas, FL

    Trouble the Water absolutely broke my heart,

    February 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Isabel, Brazil

    Documentary of Katrina

    February 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Anthonia-California

    It had to be a honor to recieve an award for Heath Ledger's oscar. how sad! It was kinda weird to see so many celebrities pour their emotions when Heath's family took the award.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  23. Kriss, Washington DC

    Jack, if I promise to say I'm cured, can these 'interventions' be over...pleeeeeeez! The show is fun for a change, the opening number was r-e-a-ll-y good, but that musical number was only missing Gene Kelly - and I fast forward through any of his 'conceptual pieces.' Sometimes Oscar productions should be left at rehearsal.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  24. Susan Shaw

    Wow. I thought I got through his passing but I just cried at his win. Wioing my face now.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  25. david in DFW

    yes, well deserved for heath. but Hoffman was great to in Doubt. So hard to choose....

    February 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  26. Pati Mc

    @ Brandi – you are so right about the tears...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Wow!
    What surprise!!!! he is deserved the award for him, he was touch my heart!!!! I am glad his family here to accept his award!!!!! 🙁

    February 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Indeed. The first movie I saw Ledger in was "10 Things I Hate About You." Very good and funny movie. Everytime I hear the song "I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" I think of Heath singing it.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    What a beautiful acceptance speech by Heath's family! It breaks my heart!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Dulcie - Denver

    Very nice and very sad. Really nicely done by his family.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Gisselle, TX

    🙁

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

    AWW Anne Hathaway is crying:(

    February 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  33. Stacy

    I could do without those cut-a-ways of concerned looking celebs. This moment should be just about Heath and his family.

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

    I'm going to cry. They are so strong to be able to do this, such a tragic loss, he will be forever missed

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

    Heath Ledger expetacular!
    very exciting

    February 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  36. Maureen T, Canada

    I'm so happy Heath won this award!! It was inevitable!! I'm sure Heath is smiling down on everyone!! 🙂

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

    k, jack, here are your tears...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  38. EJ (USA)

    Congratulations to Heath Ledger - Definitely a well deserved win. That movie was so dark and the Joker was a genuine madman – I totally loved it. Here's to your dad, Matilda! You look just like him.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  39. Kitty, Canada

    I think people are teary eyed in the audience for Heath.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  40. Esma

    Great, now I'm tearing up, but I'm so glad Heath won.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  41. Don, WA

    We do miss The Heath. It was too early.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  42. Fay - California

    I'm glad to see Heath Ledger win. He should've won for Brokeback Mountain as well.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  43. Roshuane Scott

    Wow – Heath just won best supporting actor!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  44. Stacy from NJ

    Heath was amazing as the Joker. Simply amazing.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  45. david in DFW

    Kristen, have to agree with Jack. I dont think the group thing is working....

    February 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am so glad that Heath won!! How nice that his family is accepting for him!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  47. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Aww....how nice is that for his family to be able and accept his award.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  48. Michelle

    It was such a memorable performance by Heath Ledger.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  49. Jack Gray

    Heath Ledger...well deserved. Very sad.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  50. Vanessa, TX

    YAY..heath leadger..you called it Jack..good one

    February 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
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