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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. Vanessa, TX

    Aww Anderson! WELCOME! who are your predictions?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:34 pm |
  2. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Anderson, you got your own picture. About time! 😛

    February 22, 2009 at 8:34 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Really Hugh? Those Red Carpet dresses and bling don't look downsized to me.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm |
  4. Esma

    Hey, Anderson!!! Bored already?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Now Jackman is hosting now starting!!!! he is so funny man, so cute guy I am watching now! LOL there is so funny pizza art!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm |
  6. Esma

    @ Jack-something with Wolverine?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm |
  7. andersoncnn

    good evening everyone... just joined in for a bit to watch the awards with you all.. im working on a script tonite for 60 Minutes, so probably wont stay for long...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  8. Pati Mc

    Damn, that is one handsome man. And that accent. *swoons* Hugh, you are ok in my book.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  9. Scott Hornsby

    You totally stole my best supporting pick...178 comments?!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  10. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Molly, the Godfather is my favorite movie ever too. Then in a close second Malcolm X. I love Denzel:)

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  11. Stacy

    @Chris: Well, I'm not apologizing. I'm just a troublemaker like that. (And I kinda wanna see if he throws the champagne.)

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  12. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I was hoping Jack was going to go with a powder blue...

    And yeah, the Snuggie would be scary, but all I can hear is: "What are you wearing?" "A snuggie!"

    Is it my tv, the lighting, or is Jackman really tan?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  13. Vanessa, TX

    I love Hugh...HOTTIE!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  14. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Megan – Forrest Gump, His Girl Friday, Rosemary's Baby, Jurassic Park, Donnie Darko, Cruel Intentions, Burn After Reading, Magnolia

    Tonight: Doubt!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  15. Jack Gray

    What kind of musical number are we expecting Hugh to do? You know he's going to do something.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  16. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i have just been informed by the 10 year old in the house that miley cyrus has a 'hannah montana' movie out.

    woohoo! look at hugh jackman! (i still think he stole the sexiest man title from anderson, he bribed someone) lol

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  17. Gisselle, TX

    Now I know why Hugh is the sexiest man alive 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  18. Isabel, Brazil

    @Megan

    Cinema for me is the best fun there is.
    I have not seen all the movies, but my favorite is Benjamin Button.

    Bolt is very cute!

    Good Has director is Brazilian!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  19. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    The musical numbers are compresed again Peter Gabriel was upset on the limtied time will he perform tonight.? Who's on tap for the songs ? I wish Nickelback was there oh well I love them and Evanescence Rock on !

    February 22, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  20. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Wow that set is beautiful! No wonder California is in debt, geez

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

    Slumdog has some tough competition. I think that The Wrestler is going to steal away an oscar award for Best Film because that movie was nice. But then again, so was the movie Milk.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  22. Esma

    Re: The Oscar Starting Time: Look at it this way, it's an extra half hour we all get to spend blogging together. Wheee!
    Go Hugh (though you're no Jon Stewart)!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  23. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I remember Richard Jenkins in that movie Eddie. Good film.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  24. gill - north of 49

    @ashley – Embarassed to admit this, but all time fav movie has to be Seven brides for Seven Brothers – (not sure why, but watching this old classic always puts a smile on my face)

    February 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  25. Pati Mc

    # Ashley, that is a tough one. I have so many. The Philadelphia Story or Out Of Africa.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  26. Molly

    My favorite movie is the godfather (only I)

    February 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  27. Anthony Guiliano

    I kind of thought SJP dress looked like the good witch from The Wizard of Oz.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  28. Gisselle, TX

    Mickey Rourke – yea great come back and all – but an Oscar? Eee...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Megan – Of all time or up for an award tonight?
    All of them!!!! 🙂 Chris S.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm |
  30. Lorna

    @Sam: not to offend you or anything, but I thought Beyonce's dress looked like a curtain. 🙁

    I loved SJP's dress and Anne Hathaway's gown. Also Angelina Jolie's dress was classy and perfect in my opinion. My favorite though remains Anne Hathaway's Armani from the Emmy's.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm |
  31. Lori from IL

    Jack - Maroon? – so 1980's.

    Richard Jenkins is from my hometown, so I'm pulling for him, but sure he won't win.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm |
  32. Dulcie - Denver

    Hi all! Sorry I'm late, I was stuck on another show.

    Ummm... I really don't care about the crystals, you know? And who are those people – they're kinda scary

    February 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm |
  33. Don, WA

    Why hav'nt they started yet? What Is Taking So Long...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm |
  34. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I don't like Beyonce's dress. Way too much going on.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm |
  35. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    oooh, jack, can you pass some champagne my way???

    oh, thats right, i have disaronno! great idea!!!! lol brb

    February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    My predictions and my choices are not all in agreement:

    I'd like to see "The Reader" and Stephen Daldry win for picture and director, but I know that "Slumdog Millionaire" and Danny Boyle will win. I think that Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet will win in the best actor/actress categories and Heath Ledger Viola Davis for the supporting roles.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  37. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Ok, Jack... I concede. Just checked the site, and it does explicitly say 8PM. My utmost apologies. 😛

    February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  38. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    A snuggie huh? It would depend on the celebrity!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  39. Stella

    The dress is lovely but the belt is sort of strange

    February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  40. Esma

    @Ashley- 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  41. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Wow, they are going to have a swarovski crystal curtain? Looks like the economy didn't affect the Oscars this year! That must be one expensive curtain....

    February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  42. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    No Ashley I wouldn't pay to see someone walk down the Red Carpet in a Snuggie. I am so sick of seeing Snuggie i don't know what to do.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  43. Pati Mc

    Come on guys, don't beat Jack up already. The broadcast began at 8pm – he was right. Got your back, Jack. 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  44. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Did anyone see Jessica Biel's dress? The top part of it looks like the outfit that Ariel from the Little Mermaid had on after she got legs walking out of the ocean, not something I would put on the red carpet

    February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  45. Stacy

    @Jack: Wow, show hasn't even started yet and already threats of violence.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  46. EJ (USA)

    lol @ Stacy & Chris : )

    February 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  47. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I have to say that I thought Marisa's dress was hideous...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  48. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    The color scheme this year is muted light whit beige but Angelina looked great in black and Miley looked good too

    February 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  49. Sam M., Ewa Beach, HI

    *miley, zac, and vanessa are there for presenting.
    Thats what I meant to say.

    I don't like any of their outfits. has anyone seen beyonce's dress? gorgeous i think!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  50. Lorna

    Hola everyone!

    don't know who's my favorite. I'd love Ben Button to win something, but I'm sure Slumdog will take over.

    The Visitor's lead actor for an Oscar? Umm... not so sure. I loved the movie, but I don't think the actor is Oscar worthy. I just don't want Mickey Rourke to win.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
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