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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

    Much thanks for the blog, Jack! Glad I found out about it earlier today.

    To all my fellow bloggers (Rikki, Vanessa, Esma, Michelle, Ashley, and others still up), have an excellent night!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  2. Esma

    Goodnight everyone! I may be running bit behind this week, but I'll be here!!! Hugs and Giggles!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  3. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    What happened to the nude Hugh Jackman? He was great anyway. It's finally over. Goodnight ALL. Class tomorrow. Not till 2pm though. See the best bloggers in the world tomorrow!

    Can't wait for the Taking of Pelhem 123 comes out. Huge Denzel fan.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  4. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Well goodnight Jack and all! Have a great night! Looking forward to chatting with you on the 360 blog tomorrow night! Thanks for hosting us Jack! And Anderson and Erica...it was great to have a little chat with you! Thanks for joining in for a bit! Have a good Monday!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  5. Stacy

    Night everyone.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  6. Isabel, Brazil

    Good night, Jack!
    It was a delight the liveblog. Great work!

    His powers of persuasion are great! Participation of Anderson and Erica!
    When will the next Oscar same? lol

    Good night, bloggers!
    See you tomorrow!
    Good rest!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  7. Michelle

    Goodnight , that's a wrap.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  8. Mindy

    I wish the little kids could've talked, just because they're adorable.

    When's the blog closing?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  9. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Good for Slumdog 🙂

    Goodnight folks, its been long but fun. Thanks for the live Blog Jack.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  10. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Well, no surprise that Slumdog won! Still haven't seen the pic yet but looks like I need too now!

    Thanks Jack, Anderson, Erica for letting us LIVE blog tonight. It was fun and I think we hit a record for # of comments in one night!

    To the rest of the bloggers, it was fun chatting with you! Nite all!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  11. Michelle, CT

    Well this was lovely. My dog is pacing though, she really needs to go outside. So goodnight everyone!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  12. Pati Mc

    Jack – once again, thanks for being the gracious host. This was a great idea and a whole lot of fun.

    To my fellow bloggers – goodnight and God Bless. You guys are the best. Rest well.

    Chris S, Stacy, vanessa, Megan, Rikki, Jo Ann, and to the re-cooperating Betty Ann – we missed you – get well soon!

    Anderson – it was cool that you came to hang with us. Hope you got your piece written.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  13. Jack Gray

    Slumdog Millionaire is a great movie. Just keep your expectations realistic. Thanks for joining in everyone. Have a good night!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    LIke I said, I think "Slumdog" was O.K. but it seemed a little lighweight compared to the other nominees.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  15. Esma

    Goodnight Ashley!!! Just think, in 22 hours, we'll be back here again! I can't wait!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  16. Isabel, Brazil

    Anderson Cooper,
    Your favorite movie won! Cool! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  17. xtina, chicago IL

    I don't believe they play loud music to boot you off if you go political. I think they only do it if you go too long

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  18. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    final goodnites all.

    again, thanks jack.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  19. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    I guess that's it. Thank you and good night 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  20. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Slumdog Millionaire seven wins! This is their evening!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  21. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Maybe I should actually see Slumdog Millionaire. Inspired "Mad Love" as that man just put it.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  22. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Vanessa...I was with you! I wish Frost/Nixon had won. I haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire so I don't know how good it is but I must say that I hate it when football games are one sided and the same theory applies to award shows...

    February 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  23. Kim

    So since this has run over by about 30 minutes, do we still get to see the Barbara Walter's Special here on the west coast?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  24. Lori from IL

    Yeah, Slumdog won!

    Good night to all - Jack and Fellow Bloggers.

    Thanks for doing this, Jack. I appreciate it and it was fun. Now go walk Sammy and appologize for all of us.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  25. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    Ok Jack, you can now get ready to reprieve your dog. Goodnight!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  26. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Ok, I need to see Slumdog now.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  27. Michelle, CT

    I thought the little kids were the best actors in Slumdog. I loved them.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  28. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Well you didn't have to be a psychic to predict that one... although from that montage should mention going back to best move of all time earlier tonight, "Good Will Hunting" ranks right up there

    February 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  29. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Well, that was obvious.

    Thanks for the blog Jack!

    Night all!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  30. Isabel, Brazil

    Slumdog Millionaire – 8 oscars!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Shillie, The previews for "Angels and Demons" look good, but that doesn't mean much. It was an excellent book and I am excited about seeing it, but I know I will be a little disappointed.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  32. Esma

    Yay Slumdog!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  33. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Of Course Slumdog! I'm a little mad that Frost/Nixon didn't win anything, but it's cool. This was Slumdog's year I guess.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  34. Polly, OH

    YES!!! Slumdog for the absolute win!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  35. Stacy from NJ

    Wow, I should have put money on my picks! :o)

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  36. Aaron - Florida

    Is slumdog that good of a movie

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  37. Susan Shaw, on Long Island, NY

    It's official. Slumdog kicked butt.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  38. Mindy

    SLUMDOG! =DDD

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  39. Fay - California

    No surprise that Slumdog wins....

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  40. Joanie

    Sean Penn..congratulations...a great surprise ..just thinking Rourke would get it...his speech was so great!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  41. Mave

    @Jack although Sean probably should have mentioned Harvey, I think his sentiments about equality for all were definitely in keeping with the spirit of Harvey Milk.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  42. Michelle

    This is a given. Slumdog.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  43. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Thank you, Esma (Vegan Sis)!

    February 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  44. Kristen-University Park, PA

    gill I agree its pusing midnight, thats way too long for my taste.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  45. Holly, CA

    I can already see the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle tomorrow, congratulating Sean Penn & Milk on all the awards. The online paper edition is already up.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  46. Stacy

    That was a good montage.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  47. Michelle, CT

    @ Rikki, well it's also a real quote lol

    February 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  48. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Jack – I don't think Sean directly thanked Harvey Milk but generalized it by mentioning gay rights, I think???

    February 22, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  49. Pati Mc

    @ Jack – I do not believe that he did. He was a little "too" focused. LOL

    February 22, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  50. Stacy from NJ

    No, Sean didn't say anything directly about Harvey. He will most likely kick himself tomorrow. He did talk about how Harvey would be opposed to the marriage ban.

    February 22, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
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