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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. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Now I really want to skip class tomorrow and watch action movies....some Bond, some Ironman, some Batman, Indiana Jones...and, of course, Mission: Impossible.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Have a good one, EJ! And I will certainly try. I need more like 12...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Streakers means that nude or public or joke something like that..... Here is somebody who runs naked in public: somebody who runs through a public place with no clothes on, usually as a joke or publicity stunt

    February 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Vanessa, TX

    aww Jack were are nearing the 1,000 comment..do we get a prize? lol

    February 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Esma

    Is it bad for chicks to love dude movies?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  6. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I'm fine with the streaking so long as it's Hugh Jackman or Daniel Craig.

    @ Ashley- Yes I am apart of the ColbertNation. New episodes this week of him and Jon.

    @Jo Ann- Yes sometime Bill Maher just says too much, at least for my taste.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Stacy

    @Fay: And AC360 too, right? RIGHT? 😛 I love Bill and Jon too.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Jack Gray as "The Streaker"? Sounds like a new action hero to me! Us groupies are waiting Jack......for you to streak that is 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  9. EJ (USA)

    I'm sorry Brandi – I didn't realize how recent it was. Hugs to you.

    And goodnight to everyone – Jack -thanks for the opportunity to blog. I'd also like to thank... Just kidding

    Goodnight Megan, Renee, Dulcie, Vanessa, Pati, Esma, Chris, Brandi, JoAnn, Jolene, Ashley, Fay, Isabel, Shillie, Erica, Anderson, all.

    Try to get 7 hours of sleep!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  10. david in DFW

    still hoping for a Paul Newman tribute soon. Makes me want to watch Cat On A Hot Tin Roof again....

    February 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  11. Pati Mc

    All I want for Christmas is James Bond's ride!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    thank you everyone, didnt mean to get such a reaction. 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  13. Stacy

    @Esma: Haha. I had forgotten about that guy. What happened to him?

    @Isabel: Streaking is when someone runs across the stage naked.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Don, WA

    What I like about a streaker interuption is the inevitable streaker tackle at the end.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Michelle, CT

    @ Shillie, I loved Religulous. And I think those that are offended by it are probably the ones who most need to see it.

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

    Shillie – Yes! Really liked it! And I'm the VP of a campus ministry in Boston, actually. But Bill has quite a few good points, and an excellent sense of humor. More people should listen up. They might learn something. 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Lori, chapel hill, nc

    is that in Hugh's contract?

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

    I haven't seen the Bill Maher movie, and I don't think I will. He's funny and everything, and I still watch his show on HBO, but his fixation on bashing religion kinda gets under my skin. I don't know I might rent the movie.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  19. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    isabel,

    a streaker is someone running across the stage naked! lol

    February 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Fay - California

    Hugh Jackman's done just about everything else on the show tonight, maybe we can get HIM to streak...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Dulcie - Denver

    Oh yay! I love Will Smith! I was going to go, but I'll stay for him and action films.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Brandi – I'm really sorry to hear of your loss. I can't imagine...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Me too.... I love Bill Maher, he is so funny man!!!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Vanessa from Silver Spring, I agree. Bill Maher should have kept his big mouth shut!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  25. Esma

    @ Brandi,
    I'm so sorry. Hugs.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  26. Gisselle, TX

    Okay pinky lady, move along....

    February 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  27. david in DFW

    I wish someone would do a documentary of Anderson traveling around the world and reporting ...that would be cool....

    February 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  28. Pati Mc

    @ Brandi – Oh sweetie! I am so sorry to hear that. I truly cannot imagine. Sending extra love your way, 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  29. Fay - California

    @Ashley, Real Time with Bill Maher and The Daily Show are must-see shows for me.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  30. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Vanessa – Fellow Colbertnation member! Haha.

    Jack...Any preferences for the streaker? Will Ferrell would be great. Or Hugh Jackman *cough cough*

    February 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  31. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Yes, but it seems they always rush through the documentaries.
    Definitely bring Jack black or Seth Rogen to streak...they would probably do it.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Don, WA

    That may be the first time someone did the circus seal nose balancing act with the oscar statue.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  33. Stacy from NJ

    So much for putting all the nominees up front...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Isabel, Brazil

    Jack,

    Please, what is Streaker?

    My English has failed ...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  35. david in DFW

    Good catch Jack...something to liven things up.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  36. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I have no idea what these movies are. I'm not much into documentaries.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Esma

    @ Jack-I'd settle for the "Soy Bomb" dude at this point.

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

    jack,

    you volunteering? i could sure use the laugh right about now, if my eyes werent so blurry. 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Bonnie

    Is Maher wearing leather?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    David in DFW, Philip was fabulous as "Capote!" A well deserved win.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Vanessa, TX

    aww who knew we were gonna get a magic show? how cute..your right jack when are we gonna see the streaker..he's late lol

    February 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Whoever that guy was, he was great. I don't even think he won anything but best speech with his tricks.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Pati Mc

    Mr. Walenda balancing The Oscar statue on his chin...priceless!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Has anyone else seen Bill Maher's new documentary "Religulous"? Just rented it a few days ago, so funny, could definitely make a lot of people upset though.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  45. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Man on wire guy funny with the statue!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Susan Shaw

    I liked that nice little touch of magic.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Isabel, Brazil

    Award gracelessly,
    gracelessly presenter, the presenter gracelessly clothing – clothing that is?

    Blogger sparking ... is me!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    I am so sad for his family who lost their son and sister...... I am so crying for them!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Maria

    I want the coin

    February 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Jack Gray

    OK, I think it's time for a streaker. Cue the streaker.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
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