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Live Blog Start Time is 8:30pm EST:
11:54PM - Thanks VivianCostello!
11:53PM - And it's official! "Slumdog Millionaire" is your Best Picture of 2008. Meh, at least "The Reader" didn't win.
11:52PM - Thanks toz!
11:52PM - It's a Slumdog night. I can't see it losing.
11:51PM - @wishmewell: I know, why are they doing that?
11:51PM - Thanks Dee!
11:50PM - I swear, if "The Reader" wins I will throw my computer out of the window.
11:49PM - And seriously, before the last award, thanks to everyone who came out tonight for this live blog. Trust me, I would have *never* made it through without you guys.
11:48PM - Finally! The last Oscar of the night. Is there any doubt it's "Slumdog Millionaire"?
11:47PM - Class by Penn to mention Rourke. rpa1973, you were right.
11:45PM - How much more fun would we all be having right now if Mickey had won?
11:44PM - OK, Penn's line was funny.
11:44PM - I picked Penn but God I wanted Mickey.
11:43PM - Here we go!!!
11:42PM - Ghandi presents Mickey!!!
11:42PM - MICKEY!!!
11:41PM - Ah yes, the "Meet Joe Black" reunion.
11:41PM - I love Richard Jenkins. He won't win, but I am glad Jesus came back to honor him.
11:39PM - DeNiro with the big laugh.
11:39PM - I need this!
11:39PM - We need this!
11:39PM - Come on. Mickey!!! Penn was great but Mickey needs this.
11:38PM - Michael Douglas looks good.
11:38PM - nice, I should say.
11:37PM - This is a nive fivesom.
11:37PM - @Billy Chapel: Leaving Las Vegas
11:36PM - OK. This is it. Please, please please ... I want to see Mickey thank his dog!
11:34PM - OK, the whistle was cute.
11:33PM - You know: I love her in Eternal Sunshine. I'm going to pretend she won for that, not the Nazi who JUST COULDN'T READ...
11:32PM - Kate!
11:31PM - @Billy Chapel: Yeah, I saw that right after I posted.
11:30PM - You know what? I kind of home Meryl wins. It will be a much more fun speech, no?
11:30PM - I need to see this Melissa Leo movie, I've heard nice things.
11:28PM - Is Anne Hathaway taking the Pledge of Allegiance?
11:26PM - Could they spare the theatrics and just give Kate her award.
11:25PM - @wishmewell: Yep, you said it.
11:23PM - Mickey is coming up. Oh please, please, please let it be Mickey!!!!
11:22PM - I added "Danny Boyle" at the last second to the sentence below, but did not change the "is" to an "are." (Mike takes a bow).
11:21PM - And no surprises. Danny Boyle and Slumdog is cleaning up.
11:20PM - Danny Boyle, come get your award.
11:19PM - Here we go, the big ones ... finally. Best Director.
11:18PM - @VivianCostello: Paul Newman, by far.
11:18PM - @Dee Doyle: Heath was in last year's montage actually.
11:17PM - @VivianCostello: Yep, Ricardo Montalban was Kahn.
11:16PM - @Billy Chapel: Nice job on Scheider.
11:15PM - Newman, damn. Love him.
11:15PM - I love Sydney
11:14PM - Brooks was here...
11:14PM - KAHN!!!!!!!!!!
11:13PM - Heath may be back next year for "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," who knows?
11:12PM - Then again, Heath Ledger was on last year's death montage and he just won an Oscar. There's still hope for everyone on this list!
11:11PM - The death montage. This is always hard.
11:10PM - @toz: well, it is his second, possibly third language. Better than I could do. Though, he sounded a bit like Russell in Almost Famous, "I dig music ... I'M ON DRUGS!!"
11:07PM - Well. That was a surprise.
11:06PM - OK, apparently the Best Foreign Language Film comes down to "Waltz with Bashir" and "The Class." I have seen neither. "Let the right one in" should be here. Regardless, I have no idea.
11:01PM - I like those odds. It is a "Slumdog" night.
11:01PM - I have a 66.6% chance
11:01PM - I feel a Slumdog win on this one.
11:00PM - @Rob: HA! I just announced your comment to the party I am at. It got laughs. New comment of the night so far!
10:58PM - @Dee Doyle: But they only nominated three? Why not five like usual?
10:58PM - I just need to make it to Mickey. Mickey. I can make it!
10:56PM - I'm going to cut and paste: Regardless, this should be Bruce's award. Can anyone tell me what happened there?
10:55PM - @toz: Alicia Keys
10:54PM - My Bruce outrage gets to live again for another few minutes.
10:54PM - OK, this was original score. Sorry for the confusion.
10:54PM - Hey ladies: Zack Efron!
10:53PM - @lcinDC: I know! What happened to the Jackman from the opening that I fell in love with ... err ... liked a lot I should say.
10:52PM - Regardless, this should be Bruce's award. Can anyone tell me what happened there?
10:51PM - This pisses me off. They asked Peter Gabriel to perform, but keep it under 65 seconds. Of course he said "Thanks, but no thanks."
10:46PM - Short and sweet. Class Act.
10:45PM - Long overdue.
10:44PM - Jerry looks, well, OK. Right?
10:44PM - WHAT ELSE DID THIS MAN HAVE TO DO? Christ, Charlton Hestin won in 1977. Really? And Mister MS has to wait until 2009?
10:42PM - OK, Jerry Lewis is winning the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award. WHAT TOOK SO LONG?
10:42PM - @toz: it's pretty split between Rourke and Penn.
10:38PM - OK, as long as Mickey wins this entire night is worth it. I need me some Rourke speech!
10:35PM - Film Editing: Nope, "Slumdog" takes a commanding four Oscar lead.
10:35PM - OK, Here we go. TDK is going to catch up to Slumdog!
10:33PM - @Rob: I heard Oscar buzz early. Then agian, it was probably coming from aintitcoolnews.
10:33PM - @wishmewell: Ha!
10:32PM - Damn. Well, you know banks are not in great shape right now anyway. "Slumdog" takes the Oscar lead.
10:31PM - Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight again. Take it to another bank (you can never be too careful).
10:30PM - Wanted: "Oscar Nominee"
10:29PM - Sound Editing; OK, this will be TDK. Take it to the bank.
10:28PM - @healthstudent: Was that a "Men in Black" joke?
10:27PM - @VivianCostello: Yes, they guy who walked between the Twin Towers.
10:26PM - Visual Effects. Hmm, I may have to go with Button on this but I am rooting for TDK.
10:26PM - "fans." Thank you Will Smith.
10:25PM - @wishmewell and Billy Chapel: You want to possiblt miss Mickey Rourke's profanity fueled speech?!?!
10:22PM - OK. Tom Cruise just made me laugh.
10:22PM - @rob who had a broken foot: Really? He was pretty outstanding.
10:20PM - @rpa1973: HA! So far that *might* be the comment of the night.
10:19PM - @Squints: OK, fine. Crazy French guy was great!
10:18PM - To live blog the Oscars: Lucky me!
10:17PM - Documentary short subject. Anyone? Any Nazis?
10:16PM - For anyone who did not see "Man on Wire," it really is fantastic.
10:15PM - Well... don't I look good.
10:13PM - The only documentary I saw was "Man on Wire" so I have to go with that.
10:12PM - @rpa1973: Yes. He had a ton of buzz before he died.
10:11PM - I'm a bit speechless.
10:10PM - How horrible would it be if the band started playing to rush them off?
10:09PM - Seriously, how tough is this for them?
10:08PM - His parents and sister. OK, I may tear up.
10:08PM - Who's coming up?
10:08PM - Heath!!!!
10:07PM - Here we go!!!
10:07PM - The suspense is killing me. Come on!
10:06PM - A speech from the heart from Cuba.
10:06PM - "Show me the envelope!"
10:05PM - OK, I may tear up if Ledger wins. It's been a year and it still sucks.
10:04PM - Heath! Heath!
10:03PM - Well, here we go. Time for Best Supporting Actor. Everyone get your tissues out.
10:02PM - I like how two people during the commercial break, on this website, "rated" a photo of Dolly Parton.
9:59PM - Hey: It's good to see Betty White in a movie again.
9:59PM - @Billy Chapel: actually, "Mamma Mia" did quite well.
9:55PM - I feel this is a good time for a bathroom break.
9:54PM - To be fair, I'm impressed it took me almost two hours before I could say that.
9:53PM - OK here is my earlier joke... Ladies and Gentleman: The 2008-2009 Tony Awards!
9:50PM - @Billy Chapel: "And the 2014 Oscar for Best Picture goes to: "The Ronnie Milsap Story."
9:49PM - I like how they just plugged "Stay tuned, Best Supporting Actor is coming up ..."
9:47PM - And... the Nazis win again.
9:47PM - I'm going for the one with the Nazi's
9:47PM - OK, in the comments. Anyone have an idea? I am lost on this one.
9:45PM - OK, James Franco watching James Franco make out with Sean Penn might have made my night.
9:43PM - "I like to have young boys have sex with Nazis." HA!!!
9:42PM - You know, "The Soloist" was supposed to come out in 2008 for awards season. I do wonder why it was bumped.
9:41PM - @Dee Doyle: There is no way Ledger isn't winning.
9:39PM - "Slumdog" and "Ben Button" are now tied for Oscars with two each.
9:36PM - Argh! Again, Slumdog is a nice enough film, but seriously?
9:35PM - Slumdog's steamroll continues.
9:34PM - OK, I think "TDK" wins this, yes?
9:33PM - @rcurry: That's a good question. We need Jack!
9:32PM - Ladies and Gentleman: A three week old joke.
9:31PM - @toz: that's a good point. A prize to anyone who finds out. (I am not sure I have the authority to offer prizes.)
9:30PM - @VivianCostello: Yes! I did!
9:27PM - You know what: I love montages. I could watch montages all night. I wish there was just a weekly show of montages set to cool music. I am being dead serious. Yes, I just called "Coldplay" cool.
9:25PM - @Billy Chapel: look for TDK to win editing and, of course, Best Supporting Actor.
9:24PM - OK, right now (and this wont last long) Ben Button is the big winner of the night with two awards!
9:24PM - OK, no surprise. Ben Button wins again.
9:23PM - I feel a hunch: Hellboy!
9:23PM - "But, SJP, you get to do three! You're the most important presenter of the night."
9:21PM - The Dutchess: Oscar Winner.
9:21PM - Well, The Dutchess gets an Oscar.
9:20PM - I think Ben Button takes Costume Design, too.
9:20PM - @zombiefightsshark: you are right, sir. I was mistaken.
9:19PM - Ladies and gentleman: your Art Direction winner: Michael Chiklis!
9:18PM - Well, Ben Button will not be shut out. I was not the biggest fan of this film, but, in the technical aspects, it was pretty good.
9:17PM - "oh"
9:17PM - "Art Direction"
9:17PM - "Really? Which one?!"
9:17PM - "Hey SJP, you get to give out an oscar"
9:16PM - I love Jackman tonight, but, he is almost, now, a little too polished. I miss the Jackman that opened this thing up.
9:15PM - @Bill Chapel: If I can make it, you can make it!
9:11PM - @toz: yes, seriously.
9:10PM - I'm guessing the winner was not the one with the bunny. I don't remember him being French.
9:09PM - Best Animated Short. OK, the only one I saw was the one with the rabbit that played before "Wall-E."
9:07PM - No surprise. Seriously, "Wall-E" should have been up for Best Picture. "The Reader"? Seriously?
9:06PM - Wall-E Is your winner
9:06PM - "The Clone Wars" is being shown in an Oscars montage? Ugh
9:05PM - Yes, it was nice to see Jenn and Angie in the same room. Not Awkward at all.
9:04PM - Wasn't Jack Black "Kung Fu Panda"? That joke did not go over well.
9:01PM - We are not in for a (completely) surprising night.
9:01PM - If Slumdog doesnt win we are in for a surprising night
9:00PM - Here is where the "Slumdog Millionaire" machine starts its roll.
8:59PM - OK, his speach was a bit touching. I must admit.
8:58PM - @lcinDC: So far all the schtick has been suprisingly solid.
8:57PM - Yep. Though, Milk was really good. No problem with this.
8:56PM - @Squints: I think this goes to Milk or In Bruges. Probably Milk, but I hope In Bruges.
8:55PM - Wow! A Scientology joke. Yes!
8:53PM - I. Love. Steve. Martin.
8:52PM - I mean: are they going to have five former sound editor winners wax poetically about the five sound editor nominees?
8:51PM - I have to say: I appreciate changing things up but, I really miss the clips intertwined with some bad jokes.
8:49PM - I can't believe she dated Tom Cruise
8:48PM - So much for the "leaked" Oscar list. That was debunked quickly.
8:48PM - And she might faint.
8:48PM - But, the favorite, Penelope Cruz takes it.
8:47PM - OK, I am rooting for Marissa
8:47PM - Seriously, no clips? I love the clips.
8:45PM - Yes, Whoopi with some "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" schtick.
8:45PM - Are they doing all the awards like this?
8:43PM - Lots of Standing o's tonight. Not sure why for this one.
8:41PM - You know, I have always wondered if Meryl Streep was on roids.
8:39PM - @Dee: Seriously, Jackman brough his A Game.
8:38PM - "I'm Wolverine!!!!" OK, yes. That was fantastic.
8:38PM - @boom3r: Yes! It is!
8:37PM - OK, this "The Reader" bit just made me laugh out lous.
8:37PM - See, I like Anne Hathaway better in these five minutes then I liked her in two hours of "Rachel Getting Married."
8:35PM - OK. I'm on the Hugh Jackman bandwagon.
8:34PM - I'm loving the recession theme.
8:33PM - OK, I was going to make a joke about this being the Tonys, but, this is actually kind of funny.
8:32PM - And a shot out against Bret and Jermaine
8:32PM - Huge Jackman is Australian?! (kidding)
8:31PM - Ladies and Gentleman: The 81st Annual Academy Awards!
8:29PM - @laurski: I think it comes down to campaigning more than "who you know" or performance. Unless, the performance is just so good. That's why I have some hope for Mickey tonight.
8:27PM - Hey: Only three more minutes to a, I'm sure masculine, Hugh Jackman intro.
8:25PM - @rpa1973: he did. He said it was for a role.
8:25PM - I do love Leslie Mann
8:21PM - You know: technically this live blog does not start for nine more minutes.
8:20PM - Hey: Our first montage of the night and it's about accountants!
8:18PM - @kreynolds: You just got dibbs.
8:18PM - @hema: you just did.
8:16PM - @Agent Smith: Yeah, I saw that. I really do think it is fake. That seems to happen every year. Remember Harry Knowles at Aintitcool a couple of years ago?
8:14PM - And with the last sentence I should point out: Once I misspell a word ... there is nothing I can do.
8:13PM - This is the second time I have seed Downey interviewd. Oh yeah, the channel switch.
8:12PM - @Guy Nacolojist: You make a good point: No domestic dispute charges yet tonight for anyone so, yeah, we have that going for us.
8:11PM - @Dee Doyle: And you're right: Ledger will be a big moment.
8:10PM - @Dee Doyle: Dee! You're here! Thanks for coming. Starpulse's own Dee Doyle everybody...
8:09PM - @rpa1973: You don't think that was a real question?
8:06PM - Does anyone else think these red carpet interviews are just, well ... awkward?
8:05PM - My other prediction is that Will Ferrel and some other guy will do a funny skit. Put it on the board.
8:04PM - @Squints: Prediction: (Even though I loved "Frost/Nixon") It will walk away empty handed.
8:03PM - @VivianCostello: Ha! Well, at least we agree on "Ben Button."
7:59PM - @squints: Well then, we have a winner: The Superbowl pregame is still longer. But only by three hours.
7:56PM - @VivianCostello: Kate Winslet is a Nazi Death Camp guard, but she can't read ... yes, very unfortunate about her illiteracy.
7:53PM - @squints: Can anyone give me a time today that the "E" coverage started?
7:52PM - @VivialCostello: You are far from the only one who thinks that. I think "Milk," "Frost/Nixon," "Revolutionary Road," "Wall-E," "The Wrestler" and "The Dark Knight" are *all* better than "Slumdog." Though, at least "Slumdog" is better than "The Reader."
7:48PM - @VivianCostello: Exactly!
7:45PM - And just to let people know: Once this think actually kicks off I will be amping up the posts.
7:44PM - @Squints: I'm telling you right now: "Slumdog" will win. Though, seriously, I agree with you.
7:39PM - @Billy Chapel: It's been on "E" all ... day ...
7:24PM - @Xies: Me?
7:12PM - Question to ponder while we wait for this thing to start: Longer pre-event shows: The Oscars or The Superbowl?
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