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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. alaa

    @jack: that was my worry too, that slumdog would be too hyped up. But honestly....it meets the expectations. At least in my opinion it does.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  2. Anthonia-California

    Bravoo! that preformance was like LionKing on Broadway! wow, it was okay but the preformance should of been alittle shorter.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  3. Randy FL

    Maureen I was wondering the same thing, can he not afford a stylist?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  4. Michelle

    Is not M.I.A's music in Slumdog.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  5. Jack Gray

    So I'm watching the commercial for "Brothers and Sisters" on ABC. I've never seen it but hear good things. Worth getting the DVDs?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  6. Michelle, CT

    @Peter. They can "revolutionize" it all they want but it's still centered around handing out trophies. And The technical categories are boring but the nominees work just as hard as the actors,directors, etc so I'm glad they're given airtime.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  7. Mave

    Have to admit I have been fascinated with Bollywood movies for years and the best part is when they break out into all those amazing musical numbers. Glad they won!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  8. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    AT Last again! Now it's in a commercial.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  9. Lori from IL

    Why only three nominees in the song category this year? Bruce was robbed!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  10. Lori, chapel hill, nc

    Oh yay! pee break!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  11. Don, WA

    "All my life I've had a choice between hate and love..."

    February 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  12. sudobash

    Rahman got it.. You da man!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  13. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Jo Ann – Anytime! If you ever need any extra info, Google me and message my Associated Content profile.

    @Maureen – Poor kid just wants to be taken seriously. Guess he thinks the hair will help, and it's just not working. 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  14. Stacy

    @Gisselle: I love John Legend too, specifically his song "Show Me."

    @Fay: I try not to think about her. *shudders*

    February 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Jamie, Philly, Come on, give old Mickey a break, he's been through a lot and he earned it!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  16. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @ Maureen, I think that Zac Efron is trying to be old hollywood with his hair, but someone needs to tell him it's not working.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  17. xtina, chicago IL

    now that Best Song speech was a good one, from the heart

    February 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  18. Dulcie - Denver

    @ Jack, got my Twitter up.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  19. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    @Stacy...You know I would read like the New York Times or the Washington Post or one of those but I live in the middle of nowhere and they wont bring us those...and our local newspaper is the biggest joke of a newspaper ever! I can't even stand our local newscasts so I tend to favor the national news hence 360! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  20. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Mave

    Seria um prazer!

    It would be a pleasure!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  21. Jack Gray

    Here's the thing about Slumdog Millionaire, in my view. It's an excellent movie. It absolutely is. But I'm worried the hype is getting to be too much. People's expectations are going to be unrealistic.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Jack,
    I have twitter..... Here is twitter.com/megandresslar, Now I am following your twitter! 😀
    Other sweep Slumdog Millionare!!!!!! That is great music!!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  23. Lori, chapel hill, nc

    @xtina: you are so right. Oscar Night without Jack Nicholson in the front row is like a day without sunshine ... or something like that.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  24. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Slumdog Millionaire five wins!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  25. Randy FL

    I love John Legend, and I love newspapers! my favorite is the St. Pete Times!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  26. Pati Mc

    @ Stacy – OMG don't get me started on non-fic books. I will have to grab Michael's book – I have heard of it and since he is Jack's bud and all. Heh. Loved Richard Engel's book, and Dexter Filkins' as well. You will prob know him, he writes for The Gray Lady.

    We ARE well informed, I read some papers on the net, but have to still have my "real" hard copy once in a while.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  27. Lori from IL

    re: newspapers - still got to be able to hold my Chicago Tribune in the morning - even though it makes my fingers black.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  28. Maureen T, Canada

    What's with Zac Efron's hair??

    February 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  29. Mindy

    Aww, no M.I.A. And no Oscar for her, either. At least the other Slumdog song won!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  30. Michelle, CT

    I love Alicia's dress! I would wear it everywhere.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Chris Sosa, Thanks for the encouragement!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  32. Polly, OH

    THAT was a really cool performance. I wish M.I.A. had been there to perform as well!
    Congrats AGAIN to Slumdog Millionaire!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  33. Stacy

    @Jo Ann: I completely agree re: Elfman and "Edward Scissorhands." I might be mistaken, but I think he did work for the TV show "Felicity" as well.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  34. Maria

    Great Performance

    February 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  35. Peter- DFW

    I'm convinced it's impossible to put on an entertaining Oscar show–forget about the yearly promises of "revolutionary" changes in production values, new hosts, etc. Remember the hype around Letterman, Stewart, Goldberg, etc? Those shows were all a bore. That's because 40 minutes into every years' show, we're barraged with one technical category after another. Seeing a string of boring acceptance speeches by unknowns is a total downer. Not even Jerry Lewis can save this ship.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  36. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    John Legend? Well that's one collaboration I never thought I would see...Huh. I'm a bit confused.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  37. Vanessa, TX

    Ooh I love John Legend! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  38. Esma

    Bollywood is so awesome! I'm glad the two "woods" are joining forces!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  39. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Wow, I think one of the dancers is a regular for Christina Aguilera!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  40. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I'm on Twitter Jack! And I'm a proud follower of Jack Gray!

    http://www.twitter.com/rikki_marie

    February 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  41. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I like the cultural feel to the Oscars this year. Not your typical musical selections.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  42. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    ...this needs to end. Now.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  43. Fay - California

    Maher is really anal retentive when it comes to food.

    And here I thought that the oddest thing about Bill Maher was his friendship with Ann Coulter.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  44. Jamie, Philly

    I don't think Mickey Rourke should win at all-Sean Penn all the way or Frank Langhella he was fantastically brilliant in frost/nixon

    Jack like you i am a blogger and if you're bored during the music portion check my blog out here

    http://www.examiner.com/x-1292-Philadelphia-Celebrity-Examiner~y2009m2d22-Kate-Winslet-better-win-an-Oscar

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  45. Gisselle, TX

    OMG I love John Legend! Wow a wonderful way of surprise, this is performance is simply beautiful, rich and filled with culture! Go Oscars!

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  46. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Did Danny get anything for "Nightmare.." couldn't remember.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  47. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    So Jack....us groupies are following you on Twitter but you aren't following any of us....why not?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  48. xtina, chicago IL

    it's just not he same without Jack Nicholson in the front 🙁

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  49. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Kelly – Given the timing, and Jack's silence on Andy's whereabouts, I'm going to have to agree with you. And he thought he was being so sly with that "60 Minutes" cover... 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  50. Roweena D'Souza

    Jack, i'm on twitter, http://twitter.com/mangalorean and yes congrats to Rahman and for all the history he is is making.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
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