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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. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Goodnight, Vanessa. See ya tomorrow!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  2. Maureen T, Canada

    Okay, I like Reese Witherspoon, but that dress, I don't like it. Sorry.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  3. Mave

    Good Lord...are there more commercials than usual...reminds me of watching AI 15 minutes of commercials for every two songs actually sung.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  4. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Reese is the most beautiful lady we've seen tonight i think! Wow! You can't help but love her

    February 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  5. Esma

    Oooo! I like Reese's dress! I'll take it!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  6. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Jack. OMG don't get me started. My mother got me into that show. I own every single episode of I Love Lucy and Lucy Desi Comedy Hour. It is the Best show of all time. I'm such a huge fan, well i'm obsessed i admit it, i can look at a clip and name the episode title. That episode with richard was hilarious. She got stuck behind his fence and she was trapped in the house and Richard and Ricky showed up and she hid under the bear rug and at the end had him sign the orange. Classic!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  7. Jamie, Philly

    so i love the memoriams because i go "omg the Jaws guy died" and my mom goes "his name is not the "Jaws guy"" and then i go "Aww Chef" and i have to explain to her why i call isaac hayes "chef" and what South park is...its a learning experience

    February 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  8. Polly, OH

    She'll always be Tracy Flick to me.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  9. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I need to do some shots of Red Bull – and I don't even like that stuff.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  10. Kim

    Is it me or did they not do Heath Ledger in the tribute?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  11. Don, WA

    A little bit of Newman there for a moment. I saw him race his datsun in Portland, Or. once. He had a real 4-leaf clover taped to his dashboard.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  12. Stacy from NJ

    Hugh really is a good host.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  13. Chire Regans

    Why hasn't Beyonce fired her stylist? The horror!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  14. jane MI

    ohhh were sooo close to finding out!!!!
    hope it's b. actor: sean penn
    b.actress: kate winslet

    February 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  15. Jack Gray

    @Fay: I agree. I would have liked to have seen a separate tribute to Paul Newman. He was a true giant. Very few movie stars of his stature.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  16. Vanessa, TX

    Okay..I have to call it a night..gotta put the kiddos to sleep...the natural way..w/out benedryl..lol J/K
    Goodnight Jack
    goodnight to everyone who made his blog SOO much fun..I will see you all tomorrow, my friends
    😉 🙂
    LOVE YOU GUYS!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  17. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Yes Mave, I just got it on DVD and enjoyed reliving Peter O'Toole as well!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  18. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Still hanging in there Jack. Had to break and do my nails though, lol.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  19. Esma

    @Brandi-couldn't resist us, huh? I'll follow you!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  20. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Thomas – I have noticed that as well, even though I love the show. Hopefully they'll diversify for next season. 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  21. Stacy from NJ

    I need to pull out The Sting and rewatch it. What a great movie.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  22. Mama Nila

    The commercials are more entertaining than the show!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  23. Jack Gray

    @Vanessa Silver Spring MD: I remember that episode well. With the autographed orange, right? My mom is a huge I Love Lucy fan and I think I've seen every episode ten times each.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  24. Fay - California

    They probably should've done a more comprehensive tribute to Paul Newman.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  25. Mindy

    Oh wait, did Heath die in 2007?

    Shows how much I paid attention, lol.

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

    @Michelle, yes she will always remind me of Gwen Ifill too. LOL.
    Aww Paul Newman, The last film I saw him in was Road to Perdition. He as a cutie when he was younger though.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  27. Polly, OH

    @Jack: About the hype for Slumdog. Yes, it's there, but regardless... most everyone I ask about it hasn't seen it. So it's there for those of us who are familiar with it, but I think it's mostly lost on everyone who refuses to read the screen for part of the film. Shame, huh?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Dulcie – Denver
    Good night!!!!! See you tomorrow night!!!! Have a great sleep and don't eat bugs!! LOL! just kidding!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  29. Cooper

    What's with the weird way the camera keeps changing during this "passed on" tribute? It's distracting. And where was HEATH LEDGER?????

    February 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  30. Emma

    What a great song!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  31. Gisselle, TX

    Aw Bernie M, Heath L, Paul N, Roy S, Isaac H, Charleston H, Sydney P, and all of our dearly departed you might be gone but rest assured, never forgotten, always in our hearts!

    I'll always love ya Paul Newman, always....RIP!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  32. Anthonia-California

    "Queen" did a great preformace for those that died in 2008, very emotional, brought tears to my eyes :[

    February 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  33. Rose from NY

    I watch Brothers and Sisters-I'm in "like" with it, but not "love". Sometimes, the drama is a bit over the top.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  34. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    I think it's time for another Twitter break! Veronica De La Cruz from CNN is twittering right now!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  35. Pati Mc

    @ Stacy – Engel's is a tough read, but well worth it. Honest, raw, and just pure truth. Reminds me of someone else we know... 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  36. Mindy

    Saving Heath Ledger for last so everybody can get it all out.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  37. Vanessa, TX

    all wonderful actors/actresses who are gonna be missed

    February 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  38. Isabel, Brazil

    As people died! So sad!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  39. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Richard Widmark, I remember him from that I Love Lucy(The best show of all time) episode. Him and Van Johnson made an appearance on that show.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  40. Thomas, FL

    - To make clear, it ANNOYS me that there are only white people on the show. Hoorah for the sexual diversity, but in other departments... Brothers & Sisters is lacking.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  41. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    k, birdie gave me a break.

    im on twitter, and blogspot, and myspace. i only do the twitter to get headlines from AC360, im new to the blogspot. you wont find me on myspace unless i want you to. lol

    http://twitter.com/hurricaneme

    http://www.hurricanemelouisiana.blogspot.com

    February 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  42. Isabel, Brazil

    Jack,
    With me is even worse. 1:11 am!
    But tomorrow is injured in the land here ... Carnival

    February 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  43. Esma

    Now I'm all sad! 🙁 So many awesome people gone...

    February 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  44. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    This part always gets me teary eyed 🙁

    February 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  45. Jack Gray

    I'll Be Seeing You is a great, classic song. Queen Latifah sounds great.

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

    @Jack – AHHHHHH! *grabs chocolate truffles* Ok, think I'm good.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  47. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    I'm so happy Queen is singing and not beyonce...song needs that raw simplicity.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  48. Mave

    @Susan, I do...wasn't Liam the Ghost?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  49. Michelle, CT

    Queen Latifah will forever remind me of Gwen Ifill..

    February 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  50. Pati Mc

    OMG Queen Latifah singing "I'll Be Seeing You" – I LOVE that song. get the Kleenex!

    Jack – right on, can't give in now!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
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