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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. Michelle, CT

    Someone should get struck by lightening to honor the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. That would be exciting. But of course dangerous.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  2. Polly, OH

    Slumdog again!! This is fantastic.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  3. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Just Googled that, Jack. Priceles! ...and sad.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  4. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Jon Stewart, Colbert, Cooper, and Gray's blog is where I get all my news. No wonder I have an odd view of the world....

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

    I think Brad was tearing.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  6. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Going to work..fun? That seems like an odd concept! I wish I had the kind of job that made me love going to work!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  7. Pati Mc

    @ Jack – Did you really like Benjamin Button? I have heard mixed reviews, but your comment about Forest Gump has me intrigued now. .

    February 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  8. Esma

    Yay Dark Knight!!!! Totally making it worth it that I saw it 7 times in theaters (yes, plural theaters, once was while I was on vacation in NYC).

    February 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  9. karen

    The awards really do go on and on and on. Will Smith is great.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Michelle

    Does anyone know the songs up for Oscar.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  11. Stacy

    @Jo Ann: I like Maher, but he can get a little extreme with his views on food as well. Sometimes I just want a burger, you know? Is that so wrong?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  12. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @ Lori, yes I must get my daily dose of Colbert, and Jon, and yes even though he irks me sometimes Bill Maher too.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  13. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Yeah, The Dark Knight won something else!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  14. Isabel, Brazil

    The Dark Knight ... great!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  15. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Thanks, Megan! See ya tomorrow!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  16. Jack Gray

    OMG Will Smith just said "boom goes the dynamite." Hysterical. If you don't know what this is, google it sometime.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  17. david in DFW

    looks like Slumdog is not doing as well as expected...

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

    Wow another Oscar for "The Dark Knight!" Great!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  19. Polly, OH

    I thought Benjamin Button was something of a bore... the award for visual effects, however, goes without saying. A fine win!

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

    @Stacy, I hope the blog doesn't break with all these comments. 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Esma – Well, since I'm a dude who often loves chick movies, I'm gonna go with "Of course not!" Haha.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  22. Vanessa, TX

    is that all you have to say about the movie Jack? Tell us the truth..should I spend my $10 + $5 popcorn + $5 drink + $4 candy + a trip to the restroom?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  23. Randy FL

    Jack is right it's time for streaker, I 'm getting bored!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  24. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Woo Hoo....is this a record for the AC360 blog? Over 1,000 comments....yeah!

    Nite EJ! I should get to sleep too but who can sleep when the Oscars are on!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  25. Rose from NY

    Miley Cyrus' dress looks like scalloped potatoes with a side of ham!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Maria

    Wow the curious case collects most of the Awards

    February 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Stacy

    Is it bad for chicks to love dude movies?

    Of course not. I love a good shoot 'em up.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Goood niggghht EJ!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight!!!
    See you tomorrow night!
    I love Will Smith!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  29. Anthonia-California

    Hooraay for Brad Pitt! nicely done, he looks alittle nervous though

    February 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Lori from IL

    Glad to hear there are other Real Time with Bill Maher, Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert fans in the group.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Ok, the distribution of the awards is not entertaining...at least not right now.

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

    Benjamin Button deserved this....exceptional visuals

    February 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Fay - California

    @EJ, have a great night!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  34. Jack Gray

    I saw Benjamin Button yesterday. Great visual effects.

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

    @Esma-No I don't think it's bad for chicks to love dude movies. I'm a chick and I love The Godfather, Rocky, Lethal Weapon, and the list goes on.

    I love Will Smith, Such a cutie. But am I the only one who didn't like Hancock?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good night EJ! See you on the 360 blog!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Stacy

    I love Will Smith.

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

    Nite EJ ! See ya tom nite!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  39. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i love will smith. always have. so funny.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Brandi

    Thank you so much

    Was really lacking ... lol

    February 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  41. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Vanessa, oh he definitely gets under my skin a bit. But what's more funny to me is hearing these people talk about how they believe they were taken by UFO's and brought back to this world, or that George Bush is part lizard. That's a lot of what his movie is, exploring different religions/beliefs

    February 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Vanessa from Silver Spring, I agree with Maher's stand on animal rights and I am not a religious person, but sometimes his comedy borders on cruelty and I don't care for that.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  43. Kitty, Canada

    oh the Action 2008 – I note Angelina Jolie was the only woman in the whole montage – she's so amazing.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Esma

    Goodnight, EJ!!! Get some good Godfather sleep!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  45. Randy FL

    can we fast forward to best picture, & actor

    February 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  46. Vanessa, TX

    Goodnight to you too EJ hope to see you tomorrow..Sleep tight 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  47. Michelle, CT

    oh is this a montage? I thought it was a Gatorade commercial or something lol

    February 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  48. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    GoodNight EJ!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Stacy

    Over a thousand comments. Woo!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Ashley...my vote would definitely go for People's Sexiest Man alive! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
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