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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. Justin Tysdal

    Penelope really appreciated that award

    February 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  2. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    @ Anderson, I was just thinking the same thing, I like how they are making it more personal but also thought this is going to last forever! They could have just given out 3 awards in the time they took for one

    February 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  3. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Ashley, The Godfather is more than just great lines, it's a saga about the love of a father for his son, it's about the raw intense life of a mafia world. It's about the betrayal, deceit, disappointment. Relationships between a husband and wife, relationships between a father and his sons, relationships between friends and enemies. Yes you might look at the movie and say it's a typical mafia film, but it's more.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  4. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    Hugh Jackman is sexy and very talented. The opening was GREAT!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  5. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    What will you ever stop working Anderson ? you can muti-task if any can you can right?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Chris Sosa – Boston, MA, I guess not, he left already!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  7. Fay - California

    What is up with people and the Godfather?

    The Godfather is one of those classic movies that I'm embarrassed to say I've never seen – maybe someday...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  8. Isabel, Brazil

    Anderson,
    then again in the end, please!

    Good work!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  9. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    how do you top hugh jackman and that performance, anderson?

    its downhill from there.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    is it just me or does this all seem kind of slow and dull already?

    Yes!!!! I don't mind!!! but I never bored at all!!! Anderson.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  11. EJ (USA)

    is it just me or does this all seem kind of slow and dull already?

    If one is trying to work while watching these Awards, there's a possibility that person may get that "dull" feeling. : ) Have a great night Anderson.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  12. Pati Mc

    Happy writing Anderson. Come back if you are able.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  13. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Thanks for visiting Cooper, enjoy work. Don't forget to take a break.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  14. Amanda - Leesburg, Florida

    Penelope Cruz's win might be the biggest upset. I hear that woman from Benjamin Button had it in the bag. So much for that.
    If Slumdog Millionare doesn't win, that'll def. be the biggest upset.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  15. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    No, Anderson, its not just you! I usually am not an Oscar watcher but I thought since Jack was blogging tonight I'd give it a go but I'm not really all that into it so far.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  16. Jack Gray

    That Best Supporting Actress presentation was WAY TOO LONG. It was like a group therapy combined with a sorority induction.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  17. Stacy

    @anderson: Yes, the show's been on for 20 minutes and we only now get the first winner. This could last forever. We'll still be blogging this thing when you go on the air tomorrow.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  18. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Anderson – Yeah, a bit dull. I actually just saw the VC Barcelona recently at the urging of a store clerk. It was incredibly interesting, quite a bit more depth than I expected. I'm glad Penelope won.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  19. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    No it's allways slow Anderson the catogories take forever.The theater does look different more grouped together according to the flims.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  20. Mave

    My response to Whoppi...It's not easy being taught by a nun! or a I like to think of them, a squadron of nuns...but dang it, none of them ever flew!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  21. Mindy

    Oh, I was hoping she'd say something in Spanish! /linguaphile

    Lol, like anything is going to beat WALL-E.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  22. Michelle

    Wall E gets best animated.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  23. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Cooper, you read my mind. How's the script going? I'm envious of your workload.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  24. Holly, CA

    If they keep up at this pace they will still be handing out awards when AC360 comes on tomorrow night... hurry up people!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  25. Pati Mc

    @ Anderson – you crack me up,. Agreed, dude, agreed.

    BTW it is totally cool of you to do this.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  26. Dulcie - Denver

    Thanks Jack. Felt like an idiot when he told me. I was "Who's she? What's she been in?"

    D'oh! He forgave me.

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

    I gotta go work a bit...will try to stop by later... have fun... jack...dont be too mean to all those nervous actors.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  28. gill - north of 49

    @anderson – I concur – slow and dull is creeping in...(and I'm not even into Martini #2 yet) !!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  29. Vanessa, TX

    That was my first though, Anderson..seems pretty dull already..how long is the show anyway? YIKES

    February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  30. Esma

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....huh? What? What'd I miss?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  31. Polly, OH

    Watch out, Anderson– we'll come to judge your 60 Minutes piece like an Oscar-worthy film when you dish out that kind of smack!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  32. Michelle, CT

    This format makes me feel like Penelope Cruz was just inducted into a cult.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  33. Mindy

    It's just you, Anderson, bb.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  34. Renee

    Congratulations! Penelope! She seems so nice.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  35. Pati Mc

    @ Lori from IL – LOL Told ya!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  36. Skeen

    haha Anderson has the inside scoop. I'm just waiting for the performances. The Oscars are gettin INDIA-FIED. I heard Britney will be performing an Indian sequence with "Me Against The Music". Should be interesting.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Did anyone even think that Penelope Cruz even had a chance? Now that was a surprise!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  38. Isabel, Brazil

    Anderson,
    You saw Benjamin Button?
    ------------------------
    Jack,
    What did you think of Benjamin Button?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    WOW!!!!!!! Penelope won best actress tonight!!! Congrats..... Hey bloggers you got it right!!!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  40. Molly

    It has only been open since 2001 so they must have made those changes just recently

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

    The supporting actress Penelope Cruz looks great good for her first oscar yeah!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  42. Jack Gray

    whoohoo - Penelope Cruz...she was my choice! LOVED Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She stole every scene.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  43. Mindy

    That was quick. I'm liking this so far.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  44. EJ (USA)

    So Jack – if I go see this Slumdog movie based on your rating of "excellent" ... it better be no less than excellent.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  45. andersoncnn

    is it just me or does this all seem kind of slow and dull already?

    VC Barcelona was a good movie...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  46. Pati Mc

    YAY! Penelope won for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. I am stoked!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  47. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Chalk it up for one for Gray!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  48. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Jack...there really is no one cooler than Jack Nicholson! Except for maybe Anderson, maybe...but Jack certainly pulls off the sunglasses in a dark theatre look better. 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  49. Renee

    Anyone think Goldie has had some work??

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  50. Mave

    No surprise there...all the papers I read where picking Penelope.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
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