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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. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    All right, I need to know...what's everyone's favorite movie of all time?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    hey megan! whats up girlscout??? lol

    Not much at all LOL Brandi!!!! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  3. Jack Gray

    alright, all of you hecklers...I got the 8:00 start time from the Oscars website...don't make me throw my champagne at you.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  4. EJ (USA)

    I thought Anderson was more of a 'baked lays' type of guy since its much more heart healthy. I bet he's munching on some baked lays. Erica is probably eating a fruit salad or a tuna salad – something healthy.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  5. Vanessa, TX

    aww Seth Rogan...I think he looks like you Jack..does anyone agree? think Pineapple Express...lol

    February 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  6. Pati Mc

    Meryl Streep is just the best. She and her daughter were adorable. So sweet of her to bring her daughter. Aw. Loved Mamma Mia...good times.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  7. Kira

    marisa tomei looks amazing, the dress is so out of the box but i love it!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  8. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Esma – Your fly-swatter will get a disease.

    Rikki! Long time no talk!

    Would anyone else pay to see a celebrity walk down the red carpet in a Snuggie?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  9. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    My predictions(well Hopefuls)

    Best Film-Frost/Nixon
    Best Actor-Mickey Rourke
    Best Actress-Kate Winslett
    Best Supporting Actress-Taraji P. Henson
    Best Supproting Actor-Heath Ledger

    February 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  10. Stacy

    @Esma: Aw, it's not your TV's fault.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  11. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    I want to take a peek in those brief cases of the accountants just a peak ! Glad you liked my joke Pati -LOL

    February 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  12. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    oh jack, its so nice to know how you roll! lol

    marisa's dress is 'interesting'.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  13. Holly, CA

    The reason Miley Cyrus is there I'm assuming is because she is one of the voices in the animated movie Bolt. Bolt is also up for a best song nominated. She sang one of the songs in the move with John Travolta, not sure if that's the one which is nominated though. (TMI!!)

    February 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  14. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Megan – Of all time or up for an award tonight?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  15. Susan Shelley

    I thought Miley Cyrus' dress looked like a fish with large scales...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  16. Don, WA

    Wow on Penelope Cruz. And Hello fellow washingtonian Megan.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  17. Sam M., Ewa Beach, HI

    im thinking miley or HS musical people are they for presenting... possibly. I'm surprised she is there by herself. I think her parents should at least be there.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  18. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Stacy and EJ – Same here! I was rushing back from the store with barely any food to be here for the start of the show. Someone (Jack), apparently has issues reading TV guides. Haha.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  19. Stella

    Jack Black rocks!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  20. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Why do we need a timeline of Penelope Cruz's dresses?

    I hope Frost/Nixon and The Visitor gets some awards. They were very good and alot of the actors are staples in the community...no one gives them enough attention.

    Jack Gray and Jack Black in the same room. That would be amazing.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  21. Stacy

    @Ashley: I'm going to miss Jon Stewart too. Hugh's fine and all, but it's hard to beat Jon.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  22. Vanessa, TX

    I guess they put the Disney kids to kinda "appeal" to the yung 'uns..it's not working cuz my 7yr old thinks these shows are boring

    February 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Hey Chris S!!!!!
    What is your favorite movie title?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Kira, I missed Kate's dress. No matter how she looks I hope she wins tonight!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  25. Stacy from NJ

    My predictions for the night:

    Best Film, Slumdog Millionaire
    Best Actor: Sean Penn
    Best Actress: Kate Winslet
    Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger
    Best Supporting Actress: Penolope Cruz

    February 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  26. gill - north of 49

    @pati mc – "clinks" back to you too – enjoy !

    @anthony – my snacks tonight are primarily in liquid form, but I do have some sustenance to ensure I stay fairly sober through the event...so long as it doesn't go on for hours again this year!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  27. Skeen

    Also can't wait to see the USC Marching Band. Love them!
    Just found out that Sukhwinder Singh and A.R. Rahman will be performing. This might just make my life.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  28. Gisselle, TX

    Aw Meryl Streep and her daughter look great! Love the gowns, clearly she must win tonight! There is no better choice...Meryl Streep is the BEST ACTRESS EVA!

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

    Penélope Cruz, super well dressed and beautiful!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  30. Stacy

    @EJ: I was off on the time too. That's the last time I listen to Jack Gray when it comes to awards show programming. Heh.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  31. Anthonia-California

    Hey! everyone.
    I totally agree with Jack.
    Why are the High School
    Musical stars present
    at the Oscars? Isnt their
    movie alittle "overrated?"

    February 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Freida Pinto's and Anne Hathaway's dresses are the best that I have seen so far.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  33. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    My Picks are Mickey Rourke ,Kate Winselt , Josh Brolin , Marissa Tomei – i know a long shot but any way I'm feeling much better now thanks for the well wishes Megan !

    February 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  34. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i love penelope, i like her dress too.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  35. Lori from IL

    Can somebody please make the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus go away?

    @Stacy from NJ - My cat like to walk on my keyboard, too.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  36. Esma

    If Paris Hilton shows up, I'm smacking my TV with a fly swatter.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  37. Pati Mc

    Jack – Katharine Hepburn is my idol. She was so far ahead of her time and so "brassy". Full of chutzpuh. I adored her. The best part is that my Mom is very much like her. 🙂

    She was an oak tree BTW.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  38. EJ (USA)

    I might see this Slumdog movie when its out on DVD. Pitt's movie – I don't know yet – I don't really want to see it right at this moment. I will also see it when its out on DVD.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  39. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Hey Megan!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  40. Kira

    omg what is hannah montana wearing? and SJP!! kate winslet looked divine as did amy adams. Meryl looks amazing although I don't like her dress at all.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  41. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Ok, I'm surprised someone doesn't mug those accountants so we can find out the winners early!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  42. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I'm pulling for Frost Nixon too Rikki, but if Slumdog wins I won't be that mad. I didn't see either, but I love Frank Langela so i'm pulling for Frost Nixon.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  43. Amanda - Leesburg, Florida

    Ew. They actually let tween disney stars at the Oscars? Mann, that just ruins the whole point of it being such a BIG, high standard award show.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  44. Jack Gray

    @Kelly: my tuxedo is maroon. I always stick with the classics.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  45. Stacy

    Accountants! Thrilling!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  46. Vanessa, TX

    I got to see a little portion of the Barbara Walters special..mainly the end.Hugh Jackman lap dance..I love Hugh JAckman 😉

    February 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Hi Ashley, Rikki, Brandi, Don, and JoAnn!!!!
    Ready to rumble!!!!! Let's go to watch Oscars!!!! Whooohooo!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  48. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, Jack, Megan, and bloggers!

    Vanessa, I was in a rush as I just got in from out of state... So I've got a bunch of organic TV dinners and a bag of chips...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  49. Pati Mc

    @ Michelle – the thought of Anderson eating Cheetos and having orange fingers really just made me giggle. LOL.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  50. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Wow! Mickey Rourke should have consulted a stylist!

    So far I am not impressed with any of the dresses.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
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