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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. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Jack!!!
    Congrats for your promotion! That is great news for me!!!!!! I am so proud of you!!!! YAY!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Stacy, Yeah, Maher is really anal retentive when it comes to food.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  3. Jack Gray

    The instrumental portion is a great time for a Twitter break. who's on Twitter? http://twitter.com/jackgraycnn

    February 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  4. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    My cousin does "Hey Lady!" all the time. What Jerry Lewis thing is that from?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  5. Pati Mc

    @ Jack – Congrats dude. I missed that on the webcast. What's your title, or is it a secret?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  6. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    what time is this scheduled to be over? they've got to be running over

    February 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  7. Polly, OH

    I worry about the cult of personality, especially in the news media. So I go for independent sources and respectable newspapers.
    AC360 supplies my nightly news, but mostly because I really enjoy Anderson's over-seas reports.

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

    Does the fact that I do the puzzles in the paper still count?

    I'm thinking no, but I'll put it before the committee.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  9. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @ Chris Sosa, Esma, I don't think I could ever be a vegan. I love my meat! LOL

    February 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  10. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Esma – *cyber high-five* 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  11. Lori, chapel hill, nc

    HEY LADY! Where's Anderson when we need him?

    Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin = fond memories of me and my dad. I organized my first MDA carnival with my neighbors when I was 7 nearly 40 years ago, and still choke up when the man sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  12. Isabel, Brazil

    Jack,

    Please, call Anderson and say that the best is now ...

    If he goes back, has to be now, huh? 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  13. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Stacy, calm down. I read my Time and Gray Lady too. 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Standing ovation for Jerry Lewis!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  15. Isabell, Indiana

    It was sweet to see Jerry Lewis. That was the best part of the evening!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  16. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @Isabel, Brazil - de nada

    @Esma - so true! lol

    February 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  17. Stacy

    @Rikki: I'm actually with you on that one. I'm probably one of the few people that wish newspapers could come in a magazine format. I was thrilled when Rolling Stone shrunk down their over-sized pages.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  18. alaa

    songs, i vote slumdog. the music was amazing, just like the film.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  19. Esma

    @ Chris Sosa-I'm vegan too!!! High five!!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  20. Fay - California

    Jerry Lewis looks pretty good – I thought he was ill for a while. It's always good to see one of the classic Hollywood stars...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  21. Lori from IL

    Oh, no - he forgot his trademark "Lady!" Well deserved recognition, though.

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

    @Kelly: yes.
    @Shillie: thank you.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Man that was the shortest speech I ever heard from a recipient of this award!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  24. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    It looked like he was reading off the telepromter. Yeah for Jerry Lewis. Well deserved. Just saw Frank Langela, I hope he wins for Frost/Nixon.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  25. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Definitely well-deserved for Jerry Lewis!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  26. Isabel, Brazil

    Jerry Lewis ... 82 years!
    Is a boy!

    Old was I, that was a kid and watched your films!
    He deserves

    February 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  27. Mave

    LOL....join the old timers club!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Ohhhhh goody I love Eddie and Jerry!!!! They are my favorite men!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  29. Esma

    Yay, Jerry Lewis!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  30. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Very gracious speech from Jerry Lewis 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  31. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Congrats Jack on the promotion! Thought you were just promoted to Erica's favorite person but 2 promotions in one week, nice work!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  32. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @Lori from IL

    yeah, i kinda figured that out as soon as it happened. i suppose the best description would be internally and eternally tortured.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  33. Bonnie

    Jack–just googled "boom goes the dynamite"–it was funny, and almost as painful to watch as parts of this award show!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  34. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Jo Anne – So I'm not the only one on here. Actually, I'm a vegan... so maybe I am... Hmm...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  35. xtina, chicago IL

    just coming into the blog, v. late... does anyone remember Anderson doing his "Hey lady!" impression ?! :O

    February 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  36. Jack Gray

    Well-deserved recognition for Jerry Lewis, who has helped so many ill children.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  37. Esma

    @ Stacy-Does the fact that I do the puzzles in the paper still count?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  38. Kitty, Canada

    Standing O for Jerry Lewis – well deserved!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  39. Maria

    Sure

    February 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  40. Stacy

    @Jo Ann: Okay, let me rephrase. There's nothing wrong with being a vegetarian, but Bill also swears off anything from a can or a box. Sometimes I just want some instant mashed potatoes, you know?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  41. Michelle, CT

    @vanessa. Well maybe he wasn't intentionally making fun of them, but I thought he seemed pretty ignorant. I'm sure it'll be youtubed, so maybe I'll watch it again and be proved wrong.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  42. Roshuane, TX

    Cool – Jerry Lewis! Awesome!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  43. Cooper

    Is Eddie Murphy even Hollywood relevant anymore? He has appeared in bomb after bomb in recent years...

    February 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  44. Isabel, Brazil

    Complementing: James Newton Howard composed for The Dark Knight

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

    I remember the Jerry Lewis telethons.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  46. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    "Laughter is the best medicine" But this segment is looking like another tear jerker!

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

    @ Brandi–or the Obama commemorative plates/coins/car fresheners/God knows what else commercials!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  48. Polly, OH

    I'm going out of my mind trying to place the music at the beginning of the montage. Help?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  49. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Stacy...newspapers turn my fingers black! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  50. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Oh I get it Jerry Lewis, Eddi Murphy, The Nutty Professor.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
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