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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. Jane - Australia

    We normally receive a delayed telecast of the show, however it's live this year, but as I am working you guys are keeping me up to date. However, Anderson's comment "slow and dull already" maybe means I should just cut to the chase and check out the highlights! Enjoy watching and blogging. Looking forward to reading all the comments later as the boss probably doesn't appreciate blogging as a part of my workday!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  2. Esma

    Yay, "Milk"!!! Mustaches all around!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  3. KIm

    Doesn't look like we're in an economic crisis in Hollywood ! Good !

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  4. Pati Mc

    @ Esma – Your Sarah Palin – John McCain comment was freakin' hilarious!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  5. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    I haven't seen any of these movies for a long time .The last movie i saw was Sex And the City i know get with it Michelle -The cost is too high at the movies !

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  6. Isabell, Indiana

    Anderson made me laugh when he said, "is it just me or does this all seem kind of slow and dull already?" That is my thought exactly, I started cleaning house because I was getting bored.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  7. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Best Screen Play goes to Milk. Didn't see the film, but everyone said it was good.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  8. Jack Gray

    Tina Fey and Steve Martin - both beyond brilliant. Thanks for stopping by, Anderson. I'm almost out of champagne. Please send some over.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  9. Stacy from NJ

    Yea for MILK!

    Harvey we miss you.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  10. Michelle

    So we will not know who is presenting until
    they come out. Tina Fey was a surprise.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  11. Renee

    @ Jack: What's the deal with a CNN lady live blogging from the Kodak Theater at CNN.com? I thought you were Mr. CNN? Can you get some extra scoop from her with the Marquese blog?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  12. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I love how they showed the screenwriting though. You never think about how much work that takes....

    Although this show will take forever. I am going to go get the air mattress...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  13. Dulcie - Denver

    I'm not surprised by that at all.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  14. Stacy

    Okay, the show is getting boring. Somebody needs to get drunk and pull a Christian Bale or I'm going to lose interest pretty quick.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  15. EJ (USA)

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

    But she sure has a cute little accent doesn't she?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Anderson,
    Thanks for coming to live blog tonight!!! See you tonight soon!!! 🙂

    February 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  17. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Jack, much like a sorority induction, believe me I've done it before. All they need now is some candles and they'll be in business

    February 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  18. Stacy from NJ

    I hope MILK wins screen play!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  19. Michelle, CT

    I think I'm the only one who saw Happy Go Lucky. So I'll pass on that it was very cute.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  20. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Tina Fey and Steve Martin... love them more by the day.

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

    I love Happy-Go-Lucky.

    Still can't get over my Tina Fey squee.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  22. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Bye Anderson. Don't work too hard.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  23. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Ashley...my favorite movie of all time? That's kinda like trying to choose a favorite star in the sky right? I really enjoyed Deterrence but I tend to be a documentary watcher, I loved The US vs. John Lennon.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  24. Stella

    The Godfather is a cinematographic gem; everyone seems to have a different opinion toward it

    February 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    As usual it is dragged out and boring, but at least we have the blog!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  26. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Fay, how could you have not seen The Godfather? You must go to blockbuster tomorrow and rent it, and rent The Godfather 2 as well.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  27. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    The rating have been down and they have tried to change it this year appealing to younger auidence excuse me i'm sipping my glass of wine cheers to you Jack!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  28. Anthony Guiliano

    Have a good night Anderson, Thanks for the info.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  29. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Steve Martin and Tina Fey, that was genius and brilliant...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  30. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Yes, the show does have a interesting feel about it.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  31. EJ (USA)

    Hey – what movie did Cruz win for? VC Barcelona? I've never even heard of that.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  32. Lori from IL

    Anderson - yes, it seems slow - always does. Jack Gray's blog is the only reason I'm watching tonight. Usually just watch Barbara Walter's special and tune in at the end for best pic.

    Jack is too funny - and I love a good sense of humor. Thanks for doing this Jack.

    I really liked Vicky Cristina Barcelona – glad Penelope Cruz won.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  33. Don, WA

    I always thought Steve Martin would do a great "Raiders of the Lost Ark" spoof.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  34. Vanessa, TX

    I love Tina Fey...she's a very good writer

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  35. Esma

    Hey, look! It's Sarah Palin and John McCain!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  36. Stacy

    Tina Fey. Always good to see her.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  37. Gisselle, TX

    Tina Fey always looks great!!!!! And oh my Steve Martin is getting younger or is it me???

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  38. Pati Mc

    Whoa – killer pair – Steve Martin and Tina Fay. Love it.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  39. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    HA! Steve Martin and Tina Fey.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  40. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i sense that anderson has a very short attention span since he has already checked out on us. lol

    February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  41. Mindy

    TINA FEY, WOOT!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  42. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Anderson says be nice, and the first thing you do is insult Cruz? Oh, Jack...

    February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  43. Lorna

    and I love anne hathaway!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  44. Roweena D'Souza

    I agree Jack, way too long for one award... i hope the rest are not announced in the same way! and I was rooting for the lady from Benjamin Button, guess she did not have much of a chance!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  45. Lorna

    that was one unexpected start from hugh jackman

    February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  46. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Ok, I was so captivated I completely forgot about the blog. I think this revamping of the show is great.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  47. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    @Anderson....no it's not just you...seems like the awards are going slow or they are dragging them out. The Golden Globes went a lot faster....

    February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  48. Don, WA

    Gotta love that Penelope. (Don't work too hard AC, it's Sunday – but I guess the news business never stops huh).

    February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  49. Stacy from NJ

    I can already tell that the Actors talking about the nominees will be panned. But I kind of like it.

    Although I found it funny that the actresses seemed to be paired up. I would have sworn that Goldie would have been presenting Marisa due to that whole hooker thing.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  50. Renee

    @ EJ: My most favorite film of all time was Pretty Woman. I still have it on tape with Richard Geer. Dating myself for sure with you.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
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