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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. Pati Mc

    Jerry Lewis............."Hey Lady"!!!!!! So awesome. Oh hell, I just totally dated myself. LOL.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  2. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Yay Jerry Lewis! Amazing work as always. Murphy kind of laughed at the wrong time, eh?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  3. gill - north of 49

    wow – eddie murphy... hollywood is sure digging deep into the talent base tonight !

    February 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  4. Don, WA

    Eddie is in the house!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  5. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Roxanne, yes there are way too much commercials tonight. Get to the show already. I'm sick of the ABC news commercial.

    OMG Eddie Murphy. I love him!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  6. Stacy

    @ Ashley—that’s where I get my news and my “news”, and I also sift through The Daily Beast. Funny how most of us are one the same page.

    You guys are making newspapers cry sad tears.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Jack, where is Anderson?
    Kelly,
    Anderson is so busy and working his assignment for 60 minutes, so he will be here tonight or tomorrow night! he will be there soon!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  8. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Was just watching the "Boom goes the Dynamite" bit on youtube and there's already over 15 comments within 2 minutes on one of the clips from that horrible "sports anchor"

    February 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  9. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    way too many commercials....at least it isnt the ExtenZe ones.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  10. Lori from IL

    Brandi,

    A parent should never have to bury a child - it's just not fair. My heart goes out to you, because while time helps, it never truly heals.

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

    Stacy, I don't judge anyone, but you are asking the wrong person. I am a vegetarian!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  12. Vanessa, TX

    LOL Jack..boom goes the dynamite..too funny

    February 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  13. Lori, chapel hill, nc

    @JackGray: I'm partial to Bruce, too.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  14. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @ Michelle- I saw the little Slumdog Millionaire kids with Seacrest, I don't think he was mocking them though. He was trying at least to talk to them.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  15. Randy FL

    Here comes the slumdog sweep

    February 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Isabel, Brazil

    @Jack and Michelle: Best soundtrack have the music of James Newton Howard. Your musics are great.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  17. Stacy from NJ

    Not enough alcohol on this show.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  18. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Is it me or are there more commercials than normal??? Wish I could fast forward these commercials.

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

    @ Ashley-that's where I get my news and my "news", and I also sift through The Daily Beast. Funny how most of us are one the same page.

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

    @Esma. Well, crazier things have happened...

    @Fay: Yes, how convenient. It is all about us, isn't it? Of course, I have to catch Maher on the Youtube since I don't have HBO.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  21. Jack Gray

    @ Maria: thank you.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  22. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @ Ashley, I get my news from CNN(Of course), the MSNBC gang(I Luv KO and Chris Matthews), Colbert, Jon, Maher, and Huff Post.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  23. Aj-Gunnison/Crested Butte Colorado

    well done SlumDog.. they just won another academy...well represented india and the storyline was great...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  24. Michelle

    Thanks Jack I had forgotten about the boss.
    Maybe he will be performing.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  25. Michelle, CT

    Everyone who worked on Slumdog is adorable. I saw all the little kids on the red carpet. but they were with Ryan Seacrest who pretty much mocked them for not speaking english. But I hope the kids come on stage later.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  26. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Slumdog Millionaire three wins.

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

    No surprise, but I think it's gonna be a Slumdog night!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  28. Pati Mc

    Thanks Jack, I had a feeling. Very much what I had heard, but I wanted your professional opinion.

    OMG That "Boom Does The Dynamite" – poor guy...what a train wreck! I thought he was gonna cry!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Welcome Chris S!
    Slumdog Millionare third a row won! Good!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  30. Esma

    Slumdog again!!! That Chris...he's such a little dickens!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  31. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Ashley, that list is frighteningly similar, and by that I mean exactly the same, as my list of news sources! 🙂

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

    Why is the show sooooooo long? Get to best Actress, Actor and Movie already. And more of Hugh or course:)

    Dag, Slumdog again. I knew they would clean up tonight.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  33. Vanessa, TX

    soo...what you are saying is I shouldn't spend my hard earned money? I did hear mixed reviews, so I'll just wait for it to come out on HBO don't even want to buy the DVD

    February 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  34. Jack Gray

    @ Michelle: I don't know about the other Best Song nominees, but Bruce Springsteen's title track from The Wrestler is beautiful.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  35. Mindy

    I get my news from Jon, Stephen, Anderson, Rachel Maddow, and the political communities at LiveJournal.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Ashley: You'd pretty much have to with that line-up. But I love 'em all, so guess it's not such a bad thing.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  37. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Yes, Smith just said: "Boom goes the dynamite." Haha. Smith needs to set up a cot there on stage. Jeesh.

    I need either another Jackman presentation or the end of the show....

    February 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  38. Maria

    @ Jack, I notice change for your title, congratulation.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Will: Yes, the still have me here. I believe Hugh is napping." LOL

    February 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  40. Stacy from NJ

    Will Smith is perfect for these awards.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  41. Polly, OH

    Theirs is my favorite acceptance speech to far. Totally sincere and WELL DESERVED!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Slumdog Millionaire two wins.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  43. Isabel, Brazil

    Over a thousand posts!

    Jack, the Oscar goes to you, tonight.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  44. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Jack, I just looked up "Boom goes the Dynamite" Funny!

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

    And AC360 too, right? RIGHT?

    @Stacy, definitely and how convenient that they are basically scheduled back-to-back....

    February 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  46. Anthonia-California

    and once again SlumDog takes home another award.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  47. Jack Gray

    @ Vanessa & Pati Mc: Benjamin Button was OK...it kept my attention and was beautifully shot. But, Best Picture? Not in my view. Definitely had a Forrest Gump feel, which isn't necessarily bad. But it was rather long.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  48. Maria

    That is fair for Slumdog

    February 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  49. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Chris Sosa... I couldn't agree more! It opened my eyes to some things that I never thought of before because it just is one of those topics not many people want to discuss. Luckily there are people like Bill Maher that don't hold back and present it in a way that hey I'm just asking you a question, why won't you answer me?! haha

    February 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  50. Esma

    @ Stacy-I have no clue what happened to the "Soy Bomb" dude, perhaps he's an executive for Silk Soymilk.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
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