The Oscars: Live Blog

I’ve decided to live blog the Academy Awards. I’m hoping I don’t regret this when the show runs past midnight! Hang in there, readers! And let me know what you think of the show, the dresses, the speeches and anything else Oscar in the comments section.

7:01 – Kate Winslet looks fantastic! I love her! This will not be the last time I say this tonight – or ever. I think Robin Roberts looks great, too.

7:02 – Josh Brolin and Diane Lane look nice. Some guy from US Weekly is interviewing them.

7:03 – Amy Adams has a beautiful red dress on. Gotta love a girl who has red hair and puts on the crimson dress, too!

7:03 – Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are on the red carpet. SJP looks like a pirncess. Matthew looks uncomfortable. SJP says Michael Patrick is working on a sequel to “SATC.”

7:04 – Taraji Henson is so cute! Her white dress is lovely. And that necklace – oh my!

7:05 – Frank Langella, looking un-Nixon like. I wish he was a little more excited. His date is his daughter, Sarah.

7:06 – First Brangelina sighting! They look lovely. They just say “thank you” to a gushing Tim Gunn.

7:09 – Tim Gunn is talking to Valentino. He’s had a whole lot of his dresses make appearances at the awards show.

7:10 – Danny Boyle and the entire cast of “Slumdog Millionaire” are together – including the kids. It makes me happy to see the little ones because they were fantastic in the movie.

7:11 – Mickey Rourke is wearing a white tuxedo, black vest and strange things are hanging off his pants. He talked about his beloved dog, Loki, who died.

7:12 – Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens look like they’re at prom. Maybe it’s because they’re young. Wait – was “HSM” nominated? Why are they there?

7:13 – Robert Downey, Jr., and his wife, Susan, look lovely. She’s producing Robert’s next movie “Sherlock Holmes.”

7:14 – Viola Davis and her husband are cute! She’s wearing a gold dress an some sparkly bracelets. Wonder how many carats she’s wearing?

7:15 – Miley Cyrus is wearing a dress that looks like scalloped potatoes to me. I liked it from the waist up. Again, why is she there?

7:16 – Anne Hathaway can do no wrong. She looks absolutely amazing in her sparkly dress! Very simple jewelry – love her!

7:19 – OOH! The accountants!

7:20 – Meryl Streep brought her daughter, Louisa. Meryl is wearing a grayish dress. I would have liked to see her in a bright color.

7:21 – Penelope Cruz is wearing a vintage dress that looks like cotton candy – if cotton candy were a creamy white color. It’s princessy.

7:22 – Richard Jenkins is wearing just a regular ol’ tux.

7:23 – Jack Black. Could he have combed his hair?

7:23 – Marisa Tomei. Hmmm. Not so sure I like the dress.

7:24 – Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Judd Apatow are in the bar. Seth says if there was an earthquake he would save Judd. Judd says he would save Leslie (his wife). That’s a strange question to ask the three random people standing there.

7:30 – The show has started. Here we go, Mr. Jackman. He talks about the range the nominees have played (Kate Winslet, Brit who plays German; Robert Downey, Jr., white guy who plays black guy). Hugh points out he is an Australian playing an Australian. The opening number starts with a homemade-like set of “Millionaire.” I’m glad he can sing. He gives a shout out to the stars in the audience, even singing right to Kate Winslet. Next movie, “Milk.” He dances with The Craigslist Dancers. Next movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” He picks up Anne Hathaway for the next movie, “Frost/Nixon.” Anne sings along. Hey! She’s wearing a different dress! She gives a peace sign, a la Nixon. Hugh does some strange dance about “The Reader.” He starts to laugh. Now, “The Wrestler.” And he ends it by singing “I am Wolverine!” Standing ovation. Well done!

7:39 – Hugh takes a seat on Frank Langella’s lap.

7:40 – Hugh tells Mickey that have a 20 minute delay ready if he wins.

7:40 – Hugh says he’s contractually obligated to mention Brad & Angelina.

7:40 – Meryl Streep. Hugh’s impressed by Meryl’s Oscar record. He suggests steroids helped her.

7:41 – Clips of all the women who have won “Best Actress.”

7:43 – Angelica Huston, Whoopi Goldberg, Tilda Swinton, Goldie Hawn and Eva Marie Saint present “Supporting Actress.” Penelop Cruz wins! Now, I’m really wishing I would have set some time aside today to watch that “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” movie! Penelope says she might be the first one to faint. She shares the award with her nominees and the actors she worked with in the movie. She thanked Woody Allen for writing great roles for women. She seemed to be having a hard time breathing.

7:52 – The process of making a movie – from the writer’s perspective, of how the story of Academy Awards might be told. Then, we see Steve Martin and Tina Fey – both writers. They’re funny. They’re presenting “Original Screenplay.” Interesting. With each clip, they’re showing the script. Dustin Lance Black wins for “Milk.” Sean Penn looks proud! He says he moved from San Antonio to California when he was 13. He says that’s where he learned the story of Harvey Milk. That gave him hope that he could be who he is – and maybe some day marry.

7:59 – Steve & Tina stick around. Tina is staring at Steve. He tells her, “Don’t fall in love with me.” Next award: “Adapted Screenplay.” Simon Beaufoy wins for “Slumdog Millionaire.” He says he never thought he’d be standing on that stage. He thanks everyone he knows.

8:03 – Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black present the year in animation. Quick screen shot of Angelina Jolie laughing at a weak joke. See? No drama! The award for “Animated Feature” goes to “Wall-E.” The award for “Animated Short Film” goes to “La Maison en Petits Cubes.”

8:15 – Sarah Jessica Parker and Daniel Craig present “Art Direction.” Before the nominees are read, we get an explanation about what this category means. YAWN. The award goes to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Thank whomever for cuing the music to get those dudes to bail.

8:19 – Carrie Bradshaw and James Bond present the award for “Costume Design.” The Oscar goes to “The Duchess.” Can’t they do these categories on another night? People really just care about the basics of the movie business (actor, actress, picture). They could do this show in less than an hour. ABC, are you listening to me???

8:23 – SJP & Mr. Bond present the award for “Makeup.” The Oscar goes to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

8:25 – Robert Pattinson and Amanda Seyfried introduce a clips of romantic movies from the last year – and it ends with a little bit of robot love.

8:31 – Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller present “Cinematography.” Ben is dressed like Joaquin Phoenix. It’s funny and awkward. Not as funny as the real deal on “Letterman.” Stiller says he’s going to retire from being a funny guy. He says maybe he’ll do cinematography. He walks around the stage while Natalie keeps on reading. The winner is Anthony Dod Mantle for “Slumdog Millionaire.”

8:38 – Jessica Biel! What the heck is that dress? She hosted the sci-tech awards. Does this mean we’ll be spared another one of these categories that makes me yawn? YES!

8:42 – Guys from “Pineapple Express” watch the movies that were not nominated. Then, they laugh through the ones that were. Best part: Who do you think was a better actor – Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama?

8:45 – James Franco, Seth Rogen and Janusz Kaminski present “Live Action Short Film.” The winner is “Toyland.” I wasn’t going to attempt to type the German name for it.

8:52 – Hugh Jackman announces, “The musical is back!” Then, dressed in a top hat and tails, he starts singing and dancing. OOH! Beyonce! They sing and dance together. It’s a medley of musicals! Yay! Oh, now I know why those HSM kids were there – they sing on the stage, too. Oscar people: more of this, less of the lame-o awards, please!

9:02 – Clip of past actor winners.

9:02 – Christopher Walken, Kevin Kline, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Alan Arkin and Joel Gray present “Best Supporting Actor.” Loving Cuba! The winner is Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight.” Not surprised. His family accepts the award. His father thanks everyone who was a part of the movie. He says the award would have validated Heath in an industry he loved. Very moving. His mother says Heath was a compassionate and generous soul. She says they are celebrating what Heath achieved. His sister accepts the award on behalf of Heath’s daughter, Matilda.

9:11 – Clips of the documentaries.

9:13 – Bill Maher, who was NOT nominated for his documentary, presents the award for “Documentary.” The winner is “Man on Wire.” Nice tricks from the guy who walked the wire!

9:17 – Maher presents “Documentary Short.” The Oscar goes to “Smile Pinki.”

9:23 – On to post-production. YAWN. I know it’s an important part of the movie process, but can’t it just be magic – without telling us that real people make this happen? I like thinking the actors are REALLY *this* close to being blown up!

9:25 – Will Smith presents the award for “Visual Effects.” The winner is “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Seriously, if these people are sooo important, why are they practically sitting in the balcony?

9:28 – Big Willie presents “Sound Editing.” The winner is “The Dark Knight.”

9:31 – Will’s back for “Sound Mixing.” The winner is “Slumdog Millionaire.”

9:33 – One more time, Will! The Oscar for “Film Editing” goes to “Slumdog Millionaire.”

9:41 – Eddie Murphy presents Jerry Lewis with the Jean Hersholt Award. Standing ovation. He looks great! Very humble speech.

9:50 – Hugh introduces music from the movies as played by the show’s orchestra.

9:53 – Zac Efron and Alicia Keys present “Original Score.” They speed through the nominees (good sign, no?). The Oscar goes to “Slumdog Millionaire.”

9:55 – Zac & Alicia present “Original Song.” It’s a performance! Bollywood in Hollywood! John Legend sings the “Wall-E” song. More Bollywood! The winner is “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire.”

10:05 – Liam Neeson and Freida Pinto present “Foreign Language Film.” The Oscar goes to “Departures.”

10:10 – Queen Latifah (wearing an unusual blue dress) introduces the memoriam piece while singing “I’ll be seeing you.” So sad to see the film greats who have passed. Lovely tribute!

10:18 – Hugh points out the President of the Academy is leaving and (thankfully) there is no speech.

10:18 – Reese Witherspoon. Not sure about her dress. She’s presenting the award for “Direction.” As she reads the nominees, it seems like everyone thinks Danny Boyle will win. And he does for “Slumdog Millionaire.” He jumps up and down. He says he told his kids years ago if he won, he’d accept the award in the spirit of Tigger. He left off the guy who choreographed the last dance scene in the credits. That should make it right!

10:25 – More clips of ladies who have won Oscars. Love that!

10:26 – Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotilliard present “Best Actress.” The winner is Kate Winslet for “The Reader.” YAY! Loved her in this movie! Love her in anything! What a fantastic speech! I love the shout out to Meryl Streep!

10:36 – Clips of the guys who have won Oscars.

10:37 – Robert DeNiro, Sir Ben Kingsley, Michael Douglas, Anthony Hopkins and Adrien Brody present “Best Actor.” The winner is Sean Penn for “Milk.” I totally did not see that coming! Love a self-deprecating speech!

10:47 – Steven Spielberg introduces clips of the nominees in the “Best Picture” category – and it includes some past winners. It would be a shame for “Slumdog” to lose this one, since it’s won all the little ones. The final Oscar of the night goes to “Slumdog Millionaire.” Wow! What a night for that little film! Loving the little guy talking to someone in the audience. What a great movie!

10:56 – Hugh closes it out!

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