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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.

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Here are some of them:

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3) Use your real name

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  1. Emma

    Wow, that was a shocker. I thought Mickey Rourke was going to win.

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

    I knew Richard Jenkins looked familiar but i guess that's how 'tis with a character actor

    February 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  3. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Milk two wins!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  4. Kitty, Canada

    Awwww....I was rooting for Mickey Rourke. He was so wonderful in The Wrestler. No disrespect for Sean Penn, but he's going to be one of those actors who win every time.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  5. Aaron - Florida

    Go Sean!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  6. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Jennifer Aniston looks happy...LOL

    February 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  7. Jack Gray

    I'm surprised Mickey Rourke didn't win...but Sean Penn was absolutely incredible in Milk.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  8. Isabel, Brazil

    Sean Penn... great!
    Surprised me, but well deserved

    February 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  9. karen

    Hmm, did sean just diss his wife?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  10. Don, WA

    Nobody else but DeNiro could've played a young Brando "Godfather" role. I'd about fall down too if I saw him reading a paper at a cafe...especially around here...(it'd be a coffee shop actually).

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  11. Polly, OH

    YES! Sean Penn!
    MILK is such an important film, and Penn truly brought it to life.

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

    Oh snap!!!! Way to go Sean!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  13. Kristen-University Park, PA

    OMG thats a surprise

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  14. Stacy

    Ooh, Sean Penn!

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

    i am stunned. Sean Penn beat Mickey.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  16. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Sean Penn won. WOW! I though for sure that Rourke would get it.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  17. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Ben Kingsley did a great job recognizing Mickey Rourke! I'm sad he didn't win! 🙁

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Not sure about this one.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  19. Mindy

    I find Adrien Brody inexplicably hot. I do not know why.

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

    These mini speeches have a James Lipton feel to them..

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  21. jane MI

    very well deserved award for kate!!
    so happy for her!!... what an amazing actress...

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  22. Emma

    @Jo Ann.......and someone should have handed Adrian Brody a razor.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  23. xtina, chicago IL

    even if Mickey doesn't win, he'll get some good roles now

    February 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  24. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    I don't know who to route for, so I'm routing for all!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  25. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I love DeNiro. he was great in Godfather II. He was Gorgeous when he was younger with that famous mole.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  26. Mave

    @JoAnn, I totally agree...I usually don't like to see the movie if I've read the book. The characters are never what I imagine them to be and they so often have to leave out special little details due to time constraints.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  27. Esma

    Everybody: M-I-C (See you real soon!) K-E-Y (Why, because we like you!)

    February 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  28. Jack Gray

    OK, folks...big award...drumroll please

    February 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  29. Pati Mc

    @ vanessa. MD – Oh DUH ! I knew I would know it. That is a total fav and classic. And it never fails to make me cry. Thanks for typing all of that – bless your heart. 🙂

    I so need to collect those DVD's. No matter how bad things may be, Lucy will snap you out of it. Also loved her in the movie "Mame". She reminds me of my Mom. LOL. In fact we call my Mom "Lucy" because of that, and get this, her best friend is Vivian. No joke.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  30. Michelle, CT

    I love Richard Jenkins because he was on Six Feet Under.. which is my absolute favorite.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  31. xtina, chicago IL

    brad is thinking "no way am I winning"

    February 22, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  32. Isabel, Brazil

    Richard Jenkins: 65 films in 25 years ...
    what is it, guys?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  33. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Michelle, I have to agree...the books are always better...I heard a quote the other day and I loved it..."Never judge a book by its movie!" 🙂

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

    Yikes, what happened to Adrian Brody?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  35. Mark

    Does anyone else think that Kate Winslet did a remarkable reenactment of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz? Watch it again...I rhink you'll agree! Hey...she's great... just that her speech was a little breathy like Dorothy!

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

    @ Jolene- the episode is called Lucy's Italian Movie from Season 4. Great episode. Especially at the end when she comes in the hotel room all messed up and the director is there and says to her that the movie has nothing to do with grapes, and since you look like that you can't be in the movie and he casts Ethel instead. Lucy facial expression is priceless.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  37. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    who asked about adrian brody???? lol

    February 22, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Somebody should have handed Robert De Niro a comb!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  39. xtina, chicago IL

    de niro is in a category by himself

    February 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Michelle, The books are usually better.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  41. Pati Mc

    So does everyone agree that Mickey Rourke will get it?

    I would like to see Sean Penn get it.

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

    @ Jolene: Yes! Loved the stomping grapes!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  43. Esma

    @ Jack-I would have fallen down, DeNiro is my hero!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  44. Roneff

    A.R. Rehman deserves it 😉
    His music is mind blowing in all bollywood movies....

    February 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  45. Stacy

    @Michelle: He was in one the m. night shyamalan flops, but other than that, I don't know.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  46. Lori from IL

    I love Kate Winslet - glad she won!

    Will we see the "natural assets" clip on 360 tomorrow night? It's fun to watch Anderson turn all red.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  47. Peter- DFW

    Gordon Gekko, how timely!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  48. Kristen-University Park, PA

    So you have finally warmed up to the group presenters now Jack, lol.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  49. Emma

    @Chris, don't feel bad......I can't whistle either.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  50. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Pati MC,

    Lucy is Enciente is the episode where Lucy finds out that she is pregnant and she she is trying the whole episode to tell ricky, then at the end she goes to the club and slips a note to one of the men to give to Ricky while he is singing. the note says that me and my husband are having a blessed event, and I haven't told him yet, I hear that you sing a song called Were Having a Baby, My Baby and Me, and I was wondering if you can sing it tonight and that will be my way of breaking the news to him. So he says yes and starts singing and goes around to couples in the crowd pointing at them saying is it you then he comes to the table with Lucy and she is nodding her head, and he finally realizes it's her and rushes to her side on his knees and says,"Honey NO, Really" Then he sings the song to her. It is really a sentimental episode. He's crying, she's crying. I loved it.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
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