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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. Isabel, Brazil

    Angelina Jolie:
    In the hands of a good director, Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie showed an excellent job.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This seems so torturous for the nominees!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  3. Michelle

    This is so touching the way the are naming
    the nominees.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  4. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Wow, those green earrings on Angelina have got to go!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  5. xtina, chicago IL

    nicole kidman is like old Hollywood glamour

    February 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  6. Stacy

    Are you tired, run down, listless, do you poopout at parties? Are you unpopular? the answer to all you problems are in this little bottle. Vitameatavegamin

    Definitely one of my favorites. I also loved the one where they work at the candy factory.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  7. Roneff

    Slumdog millionaire – Congrats! A job well done 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  8. Isabel, Brazil

    Complementing: Meryl Streep only shown 15 times

    February 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  9. Don, WA

    Sophia is glamorous..."Holy Moly."

    February 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  10. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Wow Sophia Loren, I'm speechless...

    Oh I'm crossing my fingers for Kate Winslet she looks so glamorous tonight and deserves to win

    February 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  11. Mindy

    I wish Anne Hathaway could win, but it's Kate's year. She deserves it.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  12. Isabel, Brazil

    Jack,
    Compete with Meryl Streep is difficult!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Jack,
    Thanks for inviting us to join blogging long hours, That is so fun to join bloggers!!!!!
    Everyone,
    Have a great night and Sleep well,
    Hope you had blast time!!!!
    See you tomorrow night on live blog!!!!!! Take care!!!! Bye!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  14. Pati Mc

    Sophia Lauren is one of the great ladies fof ALL time. Class personified. She looks amazing. Great to see her.

    Anne Hathaway is gracious and sweet. Meryl, the best. But I am sure that Kate will win. She is terrific.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  15. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I hope Kate wins. Still love her from Titanic.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  16. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    is sophia loren drunk???

    February 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  17. Esma

    Can I look that good when I hit Sophia Loren's age? Please?!?!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  18. karen

    How old is Sophia? She looks great.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  19. Aaron - Florida

    za za looks hideous ohh my goodness

    February 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  20. Mave

    Shillie LOL my Shih Tzu, Gus, is laying on the couch next to me sleeping...he is flat on his back and sprawled like the human he thinks he is...probably no walk to night...too late and too cold when this gets over.

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

    Oh, this must be new........to have previous winners make personal speeches about each nominee. I like it.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  22. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Ashley – You'd be surprised. Many are actually quite insecure.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I will be so disappointed if Kate doesn't win!! She was so fabulous in "The Reader!!"

    February 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  24. xtina, chicago IL

    ok cmon. move it along... my box of wine is almost enpty

    February 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  25. Stacy from NJ

    What a honor it must be for some of the younger actresses to have other actors, some of them legends tell them how wonderful they are.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  26. Don, WA

    When we make spaghetti...let's buy "Newman's Own." I like the "Sockarooni" version best myself.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  27. Isabel, Brazil

    Again
    Why we women, cry so easily?
    Why the tears keep on leaving these hours?

    Now for Kate Winslet

    February 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  28. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Pati Mc.

    "Are you tired, run down, listless, do you poopout at parties? Are you unpopular? the answer to all you problems are in this little bottle. Vitameatavegamin."

    My second favorite episode. My favorite is Lucy is Enciente

    February 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  29. Jack Gray

    Kate Winslet will win. And deserves to.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  30. Michelle, CT

    I hope Kate wins. I love her...and her real breasts (ahem.)

    February 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  31. Esma

    Go Kate!!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  32. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    @Stacy...the internet really is a wonderful thing! But reading the newspaper online just isn't the same 🙂

    Jack..here come the big tears!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  33. Jamie, Philly

    The soriority of best actresses better accept kate winslet tonight!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  34. Stacy

    The top of Tilda Swinton’s outfit looks like she put on a hip length “snuggie” and knotted it at the shoulder….

    Haha. Props for the "snuggie" reference. When I first saw her I wondered why she was wearing a blanket.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  35. Isabel, Brazil

    Halle Berry is short ... like me

    February 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  36. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I love all this positive reinforcements of actresses and actors. Do they really need an ego boost?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  37. Pati Mc

    Aw, poor Sammy probably has her back legs crossed. Tell her we love her Jack – she is a trooper – and we appreciate that she gave over her Daddy to us for the evening. My how the innocent suffer. LOL. At least you made sure she has smokes.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  38. Fay - California

    Wow, Sophia Loren and Shirley Maclaine – I love the classic Hollywood movie stars.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  39. Maria

    I have assignment to finish.

    @ Jack, Great job.

    @ Anderson Copper, good luck for your 60 min assignment.

    Good night
    Maria

    February 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  40. Peter- DFW

    What happend to the best song category? Two noms for "Slumdog", and not even Springsteeen is nomiated for "The Wrestler"? Strange! Check out 1984's nominees–all HUGE hits. Pop, yeah, but so what.

    "I Just Called to Say I Love You" — The Woman in Red
    Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" — Against All Odds
    Footloose" — Footloose
    Let's Hear It for the Boy" — Footloose •
    Ghostbusters" — Ghostbusters •

    February 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  41. Emma

    @Jack, thank your dog for us. We appreciate her patience.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  42. Stacy from NJ

    Wow, Sophia looks awesome!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  43. Michelle

    Here comes the Oscar for Kate.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  44. xtina, chicago IL

    they should have asked Liza Minelli to be up there

    February 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  45. Isabel, Brazil

    Why we women, cry so easily?
    Why the tears keep on leaving these hours?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  46. Michelle, CT

    sophia loren is still hot

    February 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  47. Jack Gray

    Wow, Sophia Loren!!! Amazing....

    February 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  48. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Jack you are not about to walk Sammie after this are you? Its a little late ya think.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  49. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    I like that they are bringing out past winners! Sophia is still working it!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  50. Kitty, Canada

    Maybe the Coen brothers didn't want to come back to present this year's Best Director...

    Finally Best Actress!! I hope Kate Winslet wins!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
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