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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. Cooper

    Adrien Brody does not belong on that stage with the other four superstars. Seriously, they couldn't find someone with more of a legacy?

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

    And now?
    Brad Pitt?
    Benjamin Button?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  3. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I can't believe the amount of talent on that stage right now. Ben Kingsley is amazing.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  4. Michelle, CT

    I really hope Sean Penn wins. But I think Mickey Rourke might.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  5. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    BTW, my favorite "I Love Lucy" segment is when she stomps grapes with the Italians! Hilarious!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  6. xtina, chicago IL

    michael douglas looks really good, no?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  7. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Sir Anthony Hopkins, lady!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  8. Jack Gray

    Another great group of presenters. I was walking back from the gym a few weeks ago and saw Mr. DeNiro reading the paper at a cafe. I almost fell down.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  9. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Michelle I think books usually are better than the films also.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  10. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    The over extended best actress and actor presentations are actually very touching.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  11. Alex (Aliso Viejo)

    Ok...Kate Winslet was just simply adorable. Well deserved win!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  12. Isabel, Brazil

    nice ... see older actors ... nostaugia tasty

    February 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  13. Isabell, Indiana

    Sophia Loren is 75.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  14. xtina, chicago IL

    the more they show these past winners, the more clear it is that the show is lacking this year in big star power

    February 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  15. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I can't whistle... at all. It's sad.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  16. Esma

    I'm so happy Kate finally got the recognition she deserves.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  17. Don, WA

    I'm doing the impossible by watching Kate Winslet accept her award while I'm typing by feel. She deserves it.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  18. Michelle, CT

    OH god remember Adrian Brody? whatever happened to him?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    From what I understand, Nicole Kidman was the first choice to play the part of Hanna Schmitz in "The Reader."

    February 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  20. Michelle

    Okay that is my favorite speech of the night.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  21. Jack Gray

    I wish I could whistle like Kate Winslet's dad. That's why I have trouble hailing a cab. Good win for Kate.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  22. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I love how astonished Winslet is when she wins. She's an actual human being.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  23. Stacy from NJ

    Ok, Dad's whistle goes down as one of the moments of the night!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  24. xtina, chicago IL

    did I space out, or are they not showing actual clips of the nominees' performances?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  25. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Aww...how cute was that having her dad whistle.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  26. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Her dad whistled that was awesome!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Congratulations Kate!!!! Her dress is elegantly beautiful as well!!!!

    Now everyone go see "The Reader!!!!"

    February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  28. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i love kate winslet, so sweet.

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

    Aw, whistling dad. That was sweet.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  30. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Goodnight Megan!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  31. Michelle, CT

    I didn't really like The Reader...I thought the book was better. But I'm one of those pretentious people who always thinks the book is better.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  32. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Stacy, the episode Job Switching. Definitely on of my favorites as well.

    Lucy-"Ethel, I think were fighting a loosing game" LOL

    February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  33. Lori from IL

    Jack -

    Think you should call Anderson to come take Sammy for a walk - after all you wash his car and polish his emmy's -

    February 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  34. Aaron - Florida

    Congrats Kate!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  35. Pati Mc

    @ Vanessa, silver spring MD –

    "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.”

    You totally just made my night! You nailed it! BRAVO !!!!

    Help me out with Enciente. I am sure I know it, just not the title. LOL.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  36. Isabell, Indiana

    AC360 has been my first experience blogging. Thanks for the opportunity. I do find it slightly addicting.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  37. Stacy from NJ

    Hey Jack, you wanted tears! WTG Kate!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  38. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Yeah Kate! What an honor for her to not only win the Oscar but receive it from all of those past honorees!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  39. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Having a great time! And hope you have a great night, Megan!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  40. Aaron - Florida

    excuse me folks I didnt know her name "Sophia". But, I still think she looks bad

    February 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  41. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Woohoo! Kate won! I definitely liked that all of the nominees were appreciative of the lady's speeches about them.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  42. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Tell Sammy you'll buy her another carton if she waits a bit longer.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  43. Isabel, Brazil

    Jack,
    You hit! Congratulations!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  44. xtina, chicago IL

    I could watch Kate in Titanic over and over again

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  45. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    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."

    EXACTLY! haha i really laughed out loud when I read your comment too btw, haha

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  46. Lori, chapel hill, nc

    Yay! Kate won!!!!!!! 😀

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  47. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Well...this is long over due for Kate. Yay for her 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  48. Esma

    Bye, Megan D.!!! Sleep well!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  49. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Brandi, no I don't think she's drunk, it's just old age.

    Yeah Kate won!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  50. Jamie, Philly

    yayayyayay kate won!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
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