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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. Isabel, Brazil

    Hugh Jackman is great!

    And my popcorn is also good ... popcorn is in the context!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  2. andersoncnn

    i loved slumdog, and thought milk was great too.. beyond that, i havent seen the reader...so im not going to predict, im more curious to see how they do the show this year. Im told they are trying a number of new things, so we'll see.

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

    Hugh Jackman is doing a great job hosting the show! Meryl Streep looks beautiful!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  4. Dulcie - Denver

    Huh, really interesting with him talking to everyone like that. I dunno, I haven't watched the Oscars in forever. Only Jack Gray dragged me to watch tonight.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  5. Anthonia-California

    Oh jeez! isnt so good to live in California, and not to be able to watch the Academy Awards live! Someone pass me the box of tissues!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  6. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hello everyone, I hoping for a really nice show tonight.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Hey Anderson,
    Who is best choice actress or actor in the movie?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  8. Lori from IL

    Bring back Jon Stewart, please.

    Anderson - thanks for join in. Do you ever just chill?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  9. Mave

    Angelina looks great. Just watched the Changeling and she broke my heart without saying a word...those eyes!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  10. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Hugh reaching out to the stars Anne Hathaway was a great sport in the number good choice of host

    February 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  11. EJ (USA)

    got to give it to hugh jackman for putting it all out there.

    Yeah – that was interesting! Is this what they do on all Oscars? I can't remember the last time I watched it.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  12. Michelle

    Wow Hugh Jackman is awesome.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  13. Mindy

    Aww Anderson, take a break for once! I have a midterm tomorrow but you don't see me doing any work.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  14. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    True Jack, true. He's not a celebrity, but an actor.

    Cooper--favorite movie?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I know they are supposed to be "entertaining," but these opening numbers usually bore me.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  16. Vanessa, TX

    when are we gonna see you try a number like that, anderson?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  17. Gisselle, TX

    Okay I give Hugh credit for the singing...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  18. Bonnie

    Just think Anderson – you could have been there

    February 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  19. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Anderson are you eating cheetos or baked lays chips this is the dispute?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  20. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    "got to give it to hugh jackman for putting it all out there"

    I'd say! He had his choreography down and everything. Haha.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm |
  21. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    YEAH!!! Standing O for Hugh. Well deserved.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  22. Jack Gray

    Like Barbara Walters said in her special, Hugh Jackman is the kind of all-around star: actor, singer, dancer that seems rare these days.

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

    Well have fun working on that script Anderson. I bet we all wish we had a script to work on.... not... : )

    February 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  24. Pati Mc

    Hugh is going to be exhausted. LOL. He is amazingly talented.

    So Anderson, who is your choise for Best Pic?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  25. Esma

    Wow, now they're stealing the AC360 Floor Crew's thunder.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  26. andersoncnn

    got to give it to hugh jackman for putting it all out there.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  27. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Hi Anderson I was wondering what is your piece on 60 minutes about ? What are your picks tonight ?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  28. gill - north of 49

    Hugh brings broadway to Oscars – Go Anne !

    February 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  29. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    So cute. Hugh's out of breath.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  30. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    k, does that remind anyone else of the B-52's?????

    February 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  31. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Pssh, Cooper. Put the work away – we have the sexiest man alive and Anne Hathaway singing.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Hi Anderson!!!!
    I am happy see you tonight! No problem!!!!! missed you!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  33. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Woo Hoo! Hugh "Mr Sexy" Jackman dancing and singing! It's good but just a tad lame, IMO.....

    February 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  34. Polly, OH

    This opening number is FABULOUS!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  35. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Wow, Anderson got the little picture thing to work, welcome!

    I didn't know Hugh Jackman could dance that well or that Anne Hathaway could sing, where is this coming from?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  36. Don, WA

    What did Hugh just sing to Kate Winslet while on his knee? Did'nt sound like a flattering pick-up line – Oh now he's hassling Anne Hathaway.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  37. Bonnie

    Anne changed her dress

    February 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  38. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I agree, Dulcie, quite strange. 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  39. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Pretty Goood Number Hugh Jackman brings the broadway feel to it different

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

    OMG!!! the benjamin button head through the hole thing was great!!!! lol

    hey anderson!! you aren't wearing fleece are you? oh, and you dont have a winchester, do you? rofl

    February 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  41. Molly

    working...always working!!!!

    Hey Anderson!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  42. EJ (USA)

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

    That is a very hard question!

    I like the scary thriller types – so I'd say the ones that have (or will) go down in history as classics – like Silence of the Lambs. Maybe Dark Knight – we'll see (DK definitely was a Rated R movie).

    I like Bruce Willis's past action movies. Most movies he stars in I like. I like the Bourne series – especially the last one. There was a movie called "Copycat" that I used to love watching – but its a serial killer movie. But favorite movie of all time? Man – that's too hard. I guess I don't have one. : )

    February 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  43. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Hey Anderson! Who you got for best film?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  44. Pati Mc

    Anderson Cooper, do you ever stop? Honestly, I am glad to hear that you are doing another piece for 60 Minutes. Thanks for joining us.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  45. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    All right, I appreciate the mocking of the movies and acting by Jackman. It's got to be nerve-wracking up there. I love how cheap the props look...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Hugh should have refrained from singing.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  47. Esma

    Oh, this is rich...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  48. Gladys

    WOW everyone on the red carpet looked good. I like class.

    Go Hugh Jackman is doing a good job.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:34 pm |
  49. Dulcie - Denver

    Oh my, this is incredibly... strange! Interesting, but strange

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

    oh man! i thought he was supposed to be naked!!! i feel jipped!

    snazzy lyrics.

    the hugh man dances!!!!!! lol ok, maybe he deserved the sexiest man title. rofl

    February 22, 2009 at 8:34 pm |
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