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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. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    hey megan! whats up girlscout??? lol

    i just got back from Cabellas and having read that jack is sporting a fleece tux, i am having difficulty not imagining some guy with a winchester hunting him! lol

    February 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  2. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I am curious about Jackman. We'll see if 'Sexy' and 'funny' and 'smart' can be combined. I'm not sure if anyone has that combination down (except you, Jack, of course).

    Admittedly, I am going to miss Jon Stewart this year....*sigh*

    February 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  3. Jessica

    Anyone Disney should not be at the Oscars.
    I want to see the Slumdog kids!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  4. EJ (USA)

    hey EJ, the awards start @ 8:30pm est

    Oh – I guess I'm just not up on these things. Jack's blog here got me to tune in. The only things I seem to know about celebrities is whatever I see on TMZ – sleaze, shock, & shame.

    I do agree that Dark Knight was amazing and Ledger was shockingly amazing. I love dark scary type movies and he played the Joker perfectly. I even saw the movie in the theater twice – which is almost unheard of for me.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  5. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Ashley, I'm with you! I am really sick of Slumdog Millionaire and I was really sick of Zac Efron after High School Musical 1!

    I'm kinda pulling for Frost/Nixon tonight! I though it was an excellent movie!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  6. Esma

    I forgot, my "shoes' are fuzzy leopard print slippers.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  7. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Michelle, I'd love to go to the Governer's Ball. Earth Wind & Fire are performing there tonight.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  8. Jack Gray

    Did anyone of you catch the Barbara Walters Special at 7pm Eastern Time? I was digging around on YouTube and came across her famous interview with Katharine Hepburn. Ms. Walters gets a lot of grief for asking the Hepburn what kind of tree she would be, but it was actually Miss Hepburn herself who brought that up. Katharine Hepburn…they don’t make ‘em like that anymore…do they?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  9. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Does anyone know who is performing this year? I pray that that's not the reason the high school musical stars are there

    February 22, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  10. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Maybe the Jonas Brothers can join on stage with Stevie Wonder for a rousing renditon of Superstiton yikes!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  11. Mindy

    I really wish Anne Hathaway would win. I loved Rachel Getting Married.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  12. Stella

    Ann Hathaway always looks so good

    February 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  13. Stacy

    @Jack: Jinx!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  14. Isabel, Brazil

    Anne Hathaway always, super well dressed!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Oh no!!! I am sorry you got sick past week Michelle..... I hope you will feel better soon! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  16. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    anne hathaway has that classical beauty. gorgeous.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  17. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    I'd love to hang in the kitchen at the Govenor's ball Wolfgang Puck little oscar smoked salmon yum! I'm sure the cheetos AC is eating now are just as good

    February 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  18. Don, WA

    Everyone blogging seems to be so dressed up – this is'nt "no shoes, no shirt, no service" tonight is it?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  19. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Anthony, I don't have snacks I made a dinner for myself. I cooked a whole Chicken marinated with hot sauce, peppers, and onions(mmm), with rice and broccolli on the side. I guess I'll snack on my chewys and fruit cups during the show. I know it will be a long knight.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  20. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Hi Jack and Oscar bloggers.

    Did anyone here see "The Reader?" It won't win for best picture, but that was my favorite nominated movie of the year.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  21. Isabel, Brazil

    Miley Cyrus:
    She fell in love with that dress, but it looks like a Christmas tree ...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  22. Stacy from NJ

    Hi Jack and everyone!

    I think Hugh will be a great host.

    Got my muchies, on with the show!

    P.S. Jack, my cat Tarabelly keeps trying to take over the keyboard, please tell Sammy that she says hi. Maybe she will leave me alone now. LOL

    February 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  23. Gisselle, TX

    What movie was Miley in??????

    February 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  24. Esma

    No Miley, no!!! Bad, Miley!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  25. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Come on, Jack, we all know you have the High School Musical figurines, lunchbox, and posters.

    Miley Cyrus? Is she still around? Her dress looks like a snowflake threw up.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  26. Vanessa, TX

    ugh..Miley's dress..not pretty

    February 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  27. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    high school musical 3 guys!!! ya'll dont have young kids? i was tortured and forced to attend a vanessa hudgens concert this past summer. ugh.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  28. Pati Mc

    Cheers Gill – clinks glass !

    February 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  29. Stacy

    @Kelly: Bunny slippers designed by Marc Jacobs, perhaps?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  30. Bonnie

    Jack–next thing you know Hannah Montana will be showing up

    February 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  31. Roweena D'Souza

    Any thoughts on the leaked list of oscar winners? Although its known to be a fake, it will be closely compared to today's winners, it would be a shame if it matched exactly!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  32. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Viola Davis looks great. I don't think she'll win though. I hope that either Taraji or her win.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  33. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Everyone is looking pretty good on the red carpet. Haven't seen any fashion disasters yet!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  34. Vanessa, TX

    jack don't you know HSM is like the best movie @ the Oscars,,, lol

    February 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  35. Isabel, Brazil

    Jack,
    Watch your mouth ... lol

    February 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Helloo Isabel!!!!
    Nice see you tonight!!!! Are you ready for Oscar tonight? who is your favorite movie?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  37. Lori from IL

    Hi, Jack -

    Can't get the picture out of my head of you in a fleece tuxedo - What's Sammy wearing?

    Don't blame you for not having Anderson and Erica over given your past experience. Some people just can't be trusted. : )

    Good to see the Slumdog kids on the red carpet. Great movie.

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

    Good evening Hollywood junkies...Is anyone else sick of Slumdog Millionaire and Zac Efron? Maybe they could do a high-school Mumbai musical...

    Robert Downey Jr. rocks, and him as Sherlock Holmes should be amazing.

    Jack, last time Cooper and Hill were there, are you sure Russell Crowe wasn't there too? He might be the problem...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  39. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    hello love!

    how many think vanessa and what's his name are actually a couple?? i have heard rumors they are not! lol

    jack i just love that you are doing this and letting us have fun WITH you! lol

    such a great sport.

    i agree, Heath Ledger will win, he should, he did an amazing job in that movie.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  40. Pati Mc

    I think that Taraji P. Henson will win too Jack. Penelope was awesome, in fact I just saw Vicky Cristina Barcelona last night. Not like I waited till the last minute or anything. Better late than never. It was awesome, but I am a Woody Allen afficianado from way back.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  41. Anthony Guiliano

    Its going to be a long night . What kind of snacks/ food is everyone having?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  42. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I hope your right Jack that Taraji will win tonight. I think that Mickey will win for sure, as well as Heath.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  43. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    I"'ve been sick for the past week sorry i missed blogging with you Megan ,Pati

    February 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  44. Gisselle, TX

    Sadly I didn't get to see B-Button but I heard it was good...I guess...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  45. Stacy

    High School Musical kids? Are we obligated to squeal? (Seriously, why are they there?)

    February 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  46. Jack Gray

    The stars of High School Musical at the Academy Awards? Um, sure.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  47. Isabel, Brazil

    Jack,
    I agree with Megan!

    Erica Anderson or could give us the pleasure of appearing on liveblog, even if it were to give only the 'evening' ... would be a riot!
    Jack,
    Show us your power of seduction! You can call them, huh!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  48. gill - north of 49

    Evening everyone... got my martini in one hand, laptop at the ready and looking forward to the glitz/glamour of Oscar – – the funniest comment I've seen so far re: red carpet fashion – from the guardian uk – miley cyrus – "looks like the thunder mountain of doileys" – (oh the humour of the brits!)

    February 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  49. Vanessa, TX

    hey EJ, the awards start @ 8:30pm est

    February 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    @ Hellooo Michelle,
    I am so happy to see you tonight….

    February 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
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