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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. Stacy

    @Jack: Yes! That's what I'm talking about. Is a little insane creativity too much to ask for? This is Hollywood, is it not?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  2. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Thanks for stopping by, Anderson. I’m almost out of champagne. Please send some over.

    @Jack: Almost out? And you are not slurring yet on your blog comments....I'm impressed!

    It was nice of Anderson to drop by tonight especially considering how busy he is. Us groupies do appreciate both you and Anderson letting us blog tonight!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  3. Gisselle, TX

    Now why did they have to take a shot of Angelina when Jennifer was speaking! Hmm...wanna start some trouble dontcha people????

    February 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  4. Renee

    @Thomas, we all cried during Milk too on Friday night! Mixed audience of men and women crying.

    Good Night all! I got to leave for the airport at 4AM! Ugh! Time to pack! Wishing Slumdog and Milk good luck!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  5. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Haha! Good job cameramen... I love how they cut to Brangelina with Aniston on stage. Niiiice

    February 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  6. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Wow talk about akward Jennifer Anniston presenting Brad in front row please cue the camera shot of Brad

    February 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  7. Lori from IL

    Jack – and multiple other bloggers – yes Steve Martin and Tina Fey are both beyond brilliant. I thought Steve Martin was a good host a few years back. How many years has it been since his "King Tut" debuted?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  8. Vanessa, TX

    OOH I like Jennifer's dress..don't like her hairdo though..

    February 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  9. Amy

    what a start studded night

    I know, lets see some one do a handstand!

    Where's Anderson?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  10. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    'its okay to be gay!' woohoo!

    i rented all 3 Godfather movies after watching them the 1st time out of order which completely confused me. i watched all 3 in that one night and now know them in and out! lol

    truly a classic.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  11. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I love it when people win when they never expect it. Much more genuine. I've always been ticked that Johnny Depp has never gotten an Oscar. He's done such amazing work.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Jack,
    I agree with Anderson, Don't be mean to Actors and Actress LOL!!! He is so funny!!!!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  13. Lili

    If you saw Vicky Christina Barcelona, you will see why she won. She has been robbed this whole awards season. By the way, I loved Amy, Viola and Taraji in the other roles. Tough category this time around. Amy was a bit ti subtle and Viola's part a bit to small. Taraji was the only one who had a chance of beating P C.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  14. Jack Gray

    @ Stacy: I was just thinking - when Marlon Brandon refused his Oscar and sent Native American Sacheen Littlefeather up on stage to reject it on his behalf? Can’t we have something like that?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  15. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Jack, you must really be gulping them down if you're already out of champagne!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  16. Esma

    And Slumdog whips out its broom and starts sweeping.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  17. Michelle

    That is 1 for Sumdog.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  18. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Slumdog wins i'm sure they'll win best picture too

    February 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  19. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Slumdog wins. I bet this movie cleans house tonight. I guess I should go see it.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  20. erier2003

    I think CNN should have gone live for the Oscars with the Best Showbiz Team on Television. I really need to know what Wolf Blitzer thinks of the winners.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  21. Isabell, Indiana

    "if you noticed, they’ve changed the front part of the kodak theater, so that the people on the stage are much closer to the ground, so it feels much more intimate. And im told all the nominees are seated much closer to the front than normal so there is less time spent with people walking to the stage."

    Thanks Anderson, that was one of the most interesting things I've heard this evening. I have an B.A. in design – that is why I found this information interesting.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  22. EJ (USA)

    Hey Renee – my dad used to bring home vhs tapes of Police Academy for me & my siblings to watch when we were little. LOL I think they were one of the first movies I've ever seen. Hilarious.

    The 1st movie I ever saw in a theater was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was 11. Definitely not a movie I remember. : )

    February 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  23. Stacy from NJ

    Congrats to Slumdog for their first award of the night!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  24. Mave

    Hard to believe I was 18 and in agony behind the Zion curtain when Harvey was killed. Such a shame.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am disappointed, but I can't say that I am surprised.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  26. Polly, OH

    YES! Get it, Slumdog Millionaire!
    I love that they flew all the child actors up. They are beyond adorable.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  27. Stacy

    @Fay: I saw the Godfather and wasn't all that into it. *ducks tomatoes*

    February 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  28. Pati Mc

    Anderson was right. Sweet Lord, this is draggy as all heck.

    Agree with Stacy and Jo Ann – would not stick this out were it not for Jack, Anderson, Erica, and all you wonderful people out there blogging in the dark.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  29. Anthony Guiliano

    What does the white ribbon represent that everyone is wearing?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  30. Michelle

    The Oscars for this year has definitely been
    upgraded.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  31. Mindy

    Slumdog's first win of the night!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  32. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    EJ did you see the entire film of The Godfather?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  33. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    "Don't fall in love with me!" haha all I can see is a taller John McCain and Sarah Palin

    February 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  34. Lorna

    ah, i wish I had Anderson's diligence right now. I have to go back to my work too, but this blog is way too tempting!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  35. Stacy

    That was a nice speech from the Milk winner. Ditto to what he said.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  36. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I hope Frost Nixon wins adapted screen play!

    February 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  37. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    "Sleep with me?"
    "Absolutely"
    That was the line they chose? Really?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  38. Mindy

    Lol wtf, Steve Martin?!?

    February 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  39. Michelle , Fonthill, Ontario

    Maybe you should try the boxed wine Anderson should spring for that
    I agree Tina Fey and wild and crazy guy Jack Gray i mean Steve Martin
    is so funny.

    February 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  40. Jack Gray

    Milk was amazing. Much deserved screenplay Oscar.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  41. Lisa Griffiths Benalla - Australia

    We have the TV on in the cafeteria at work. Shameless.
    Hugh Jackman rocks – lovely man and not bad looking either...
    Ann Hathaway always looks so good
    I am hoping Best Actress-Kate Winslett
    Good watching Jack, Anderson and bloggers, have a good nite, for me its back to work.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I thought Milk would win for best original screenplay. I am hoping "The Reader" wins for adapted screenplay.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  43. Vanessa, TX

    aww Jack..out of champagne already??! I still have some...whoops..nevermind!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  44. Thomas, GA

    Hoorah, MILK!
    I saw this movie with a load of friends from my school's Gay-Straight Alliance. We were all sobbing over each other by the movie's end.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  45. Lorna

    did penelope cruz ever win an oscar before? i don't remember that.

    i wish i could speak spanish - more so, wish i could speak it w/ penelope's accent

    February 22, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  46. EJ (USA)

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

    I tried to see it a few weeks back. I just couldn't get into it.

    Renee – who doesn't remember 'Pretty Woman?' : ) One of the classics as well.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  47. Mave

    Milk is my sentimental favorite. My life is the opposite of the screen writers...spent my childhood in the Bay area and parents moved me to a repressive Mormon environment. Makes you appreciate this film even more!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  48. Stacy

    @Jo Ann: I'm not sure I'd even be watching if it wasn't for the blog. But who can resist mocking celebs with Jack Gray?

    February 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    My favorite is best actor Steve Martin and Tina Fey are so great people!
    "Congrats Milk"!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  50. Holly, CA

    Congrats to Milk, you can hear the cheering outside my window in the Castro here in SF. So cool!

    February 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
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