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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. Emma

    @Jack, I still don't understand Twitter.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @ Jack, I'm following you on Twitter. I have one, http://www..twitter.com/shaqfan

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Pati Mc

    Nite Brandi 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Maureen T, Canada

    Ah the silky smooth vocals of John Legend! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Michelle

    Hey lay off Zac.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  6. lucysara

    I am very disappointed in the way the award was given to Jerry Lewis. I thought Eddie Murphy rushed through the honor and the video was poor. I remember when they gave this award to Steven Spielberg.The film was so much more emotional and the award meant so much more. Shame on the producers for rushing through this award. Jerry Lewis spent his entire career helping children and the award should have been handled better

    February 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Stacy

    @Pati Mc: We bloggers are so well-informed. Heh. I'm addicted to blogs too, as well as nonfiction books. Earlier Jack mentioned his friend Michael Hastings. I'm reading his book, "I Lost My Love in Baghdad." It's a tragic and compelling story, but also a great peek into the situation in the country at that time.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Theresa

    I hate to say it but I am bored with the awards this year. It may be new but it's not improved. It has its moments but enough to hold my interest. I just want it to be over.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Isabel, Brazil

    Jack,

    I will buy the latest movie from High School and I will send you a gift ... lol

    February 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Mave

    Isabel, wish I could speak with you in Portuguese. My father is first generation American. His parents from the Azores, he was so worried that we become "proper" Americans that no one in my generation speaks Portuguese...that is if you don't count the odd "colorful" phrase here or there. 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Jo Anne – Thanks! Keep at it. Gets way easier over time.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  12. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    RE: Newspapers

    Since my college supplies free copies of the New York Time I read that, but I check out the post as well. I only buy the paper if somethiing exciting happened or if there's a picture that I want in it. Sometimes it's just nice to have the (sorry that song the guy is singing just caught me off guard lol). Anyway, yeah sometimes it's just nice to have the paper.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I do love Danny Elfman's music. Some day he will win the Oscar. He should have been nominated for "Edward Scissorhands!"

    February 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Mindy

    M.I.A.?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Love the performers' outfits.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Cooper

    Slumdog going to run the table in all of its categories?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Esma

    Goodnight Brandi!!! Sweet dreams, darling!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Bye Brandi!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!!!!!!! Sleep tight!!!!!!
    Hope you have a great night! 😀

    February 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  19. xtina, chicago IL

    I love Alicia, too, but really. bring back the old Hollywood glamour

    February 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Randy FL

    hello Bollywood!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Alicia is beautiful!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Slumdog Millionaire four wins! Yes, I'm keeping scores.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  23. Maureen T, Canada

    Slumdog Millionaire did it again! Yay!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Emma

    Wow, Slumdog is winning everything. I still haven't seen it......but now I think I should.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Lori, chapel hill, nc

    I'm on twitter (and following you, Jack ... in a non-stalkerish way, I promise)

    February 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  26. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Hey Jack, I'd agree, chicken fingers sound amazing! With some ranch dip from Perkins, that stuff is amazing!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  27. Esma

    @ Jack-I'm on twitter, and I'm already following you, bwhahahaha!
    I'm twitter.com/saintsharkie

    February 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  28. alaa

    Danny Elfman!!! I love himm

    February 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  29. Don, WA

    I guess we're all slumm'in tonight.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  30. Polly, OH

    YES!!! A.R. Rahman!! His work is amazing.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  31. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Goodnight, Brandi!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  32. xtina, chicago IL

    come on! Where's the big Hollywood stars - No offense to zac efron.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  33. Jack Gray

    Wow...hearing Zac Efron say "and the Oscar goes too..." That just doesn't sound right.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  34. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Jack – I am. And I'm now following you. So I expect reciprocation... Haha.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  35. jennifer

    alicia keys is beautiful in that dress

    February 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  36. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Alicia Keys looks like that woman in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Too much HAIR!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  37. Mindy

    Following you on Twitter now!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  38. Stacy

    @Jack: I could go for some chicken fingers too.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  39. Vanessa, TX

    I'm on twitter Jack
    twitter.com/vanessatx
    better comment on mine..lol
    and send that ringtone we heard on thur show..SHARE!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  40. Donna

    Jerry Lewis looks fabulous!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  41. Pati Mc

    RE: newspapers:

    I read The Gray Lady, Washington Post, Daily News, and Wall Street Journal – and yes my hands get bacl from the ink. That is part of the fun. I just have to hold the paper in my hands. Old school.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  42. Esma

    @ Vanessa–don't worry, I love people regardless of their diet.

    @ Stacy–much obliged, tell them to show me some mercy!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Chris Sosa, Good for you!! I am working on it!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  44. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Brandi

    You moved me now!
    You answered me in Portuguese, at AC360!
    Thank you ... very delicate!

    Do you speak Portuguese?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  45. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    dearest jack,

    it has been most wonderful blogging with you tonite. you are so generous with your time. i appreciate you, love.

    i must take the yellow cockatiel out of his cage to fly now. he is screaming at me. yes, seriously.

    i shall see you all tomorrow pm. 🙂

    goodnite all!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  46. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Vanessa – I remember when I first "converted." I used to add meat and/or cheese to everything! It was certainly difficult for awhile.

    @Polly – I like your phrasing, "cult of personality." So true.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  47. Stacy

    @Ashley: Good to know. 😛

    February 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  48. xtina, chicago IL

    nothing grabs the audience back like some 'elevator music' !

    February 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  49. Lori from IL

    @ Cooper "Is Eddie Murphy even Hollywood relevant anymore?" – In my opinon, yes. While some of his recent films have been bombs - he's still made his mark in the industry. .... and he's "Gumby damn it Gumby".... for those of us old enough to remember.,

    February 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  50. jennifer

    jerry lewis looked great

    February 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
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