March 7, 2010

Live Blogging the 82nd Annual Academy Awards!

We'll be starting in force soon (Joey's note: We've now started), but I just wanted to point out that Vera Farmiga just accidentally admitted on the red carpet to voting for Kathryn Bigelow instead of her director Jason Reitman in Best Picture. Consider this the first post here at 6:30, but at 7 things will get underway big time here, so stay tuned!

And we're off:

6:50- Jeremy Renner brought his mom...1, 2, 3 "awwww". (Joey)

6:55- I appreciate that Tom Ford finally stopped a reporter from asking about what he's wearing tonight, insisting he's "just here for film". (Myles)

7:00- The Barbara Walters pre-show special is on. It's her last one ever, if anyone cares. (Joey)

7:03- Barbara is bringing up how disparrate Mo'Nique's performance in "Precious" is compared to her comedic roots. Also some light biography stuff. (Myles)

7:05- Woah, I guess not so light after all. Apparently she based her performance on her brother, who sexually abused her. I don't know what's more disturbing, her story, or how nonchalantly she's recalling it. (Myles)

7:10- Mo'Nique has remarkably open views about having sex outside of marriage. I have absolutely no idea how this relates to the Oscars, but there you go. Also, her views on not shaving her legs. What am I watching right now? (Myles)

7:14- I don't shave my legs either, so Mo'Nique and I have something in common...(Joey)

7:16- Barbara Walters on why this is her last Oscar Special: "I'm just sick of it." Say it like it is, Barbara. (Myles)

7:25- No offense to Barbara, but this is taking forever. (Joey)

7:27- Demi Moore teaching Walters to do a striptease. Could two more dissimilar women be doing the same motion at the same time? (Joey)

7:29- Over 10 minutes of Barbara looking back at all the Oscar specials she's done. You get the sense that she absolutely hated every minute of it. (Myles)

7:35- A brief shot of Nicolas Cage reminds us that no matter what he does with it, his hair will always look atrocious. (Myles)

7:37- George Clooney is apparently the man of her dreams. Good to know... (Joey)

7:40- "After getting a lapdance from Hugh Jackman, I had nothing left to prove." I wish all shows ended on such a flashy note. (Myles)

7:45- All this attention on Sandra Bullock tells me two things...one is that she's likely to win tonight, and two is that she is a very cool gal. I'd rather it be for a slightly better film, but it's all good. (Joey)

7:49- The show is getting closer, so sit tight everyone! (Joey)

7:52- It's interesting that Sandra Bullock keeps going on about how her work has improved literally the day after winning Worst Actress at the Razzies for "All About Steve". That's called accentuating the positive. (Myles)

7:54- Myles, I think they're mistaking box office with quality (The Blind Side and The Proposal), but hey, I liked The Blind Side just fine and gave it a good review here, so I shouldn't complain. (Joey)

7:58- The Barbara Walters Special is finally over, and we're ready to get started soon. Hold onto your hats. (Myles)

8:00- Nope, another half hour of the red carpet. At this point, I've almost forgotten what I'm supposed to be watching. (Joey)

8:01- Holy cow, Kathy Ireland? I completely forgot she existed. Should she even be allowed near this kind of ceremony? (Myles)

8:05- At this point, really all I can say is "25 minute warning". (Joey)

8:12- They've flashed us the 18 minute countdown. The generic red carpet interview brigade. Not much to really comment on here. (Myles)

8:20- The guys with the envelopes are walking the red carpet now, and oh my, to be them for a moment and know what they know now. (Joey)

8:25- 5 minute warning, finally. (Joey)

8:30- And we're off! And we have the Best Actor and Actress nominees taking the stage. This is already unusual. (Myles)

8:31- It's like a wedding procession. (Joey)

8:32- Neil Patrick Harris is leading a musical number while wearing a frankly irresponsible amount of glitter on his jacket. (Myles)

8:34- Apparently nobody took notice when the general consensus at last year's awards was that all the musical numbers were an absolutely terrible idea. The hosts are out. (Myles)

8:36- Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are off to a decent enough start. (Joey)

8:37- Well, they started off alright. They appear to be getting worse and worse with each joke. It's starting to get sort of painful. (Myles)

8:38- They also used the 10 Best Picture nominees to begin discussing "Invictus" and "The Last Station", neither of which were nominated. Fail. (Myles)

8:40- Wood sprites, really? (Joey)

8:42- That being said, I'm laughing much more than I should at their opening bit. It's not classy, but then again, neither am I. (Joey)

8:43- The hosts proceed to tell Zac Efron and Taylor Lautner that this will be them in a few years. I deeply appreciate that. (Myles)

8:45- Best Supporting Actor is the first award of the night. We all know Christoph Waltz is winning this, but hey, let's pretend it's a race. (Joey)
And the winner is...Christoph Waltz!

8:50- Great speech by Waltz. It was an obvious win, but very much deserved. (Myles)

8:51- The Blind Side is the first Best Picture nominee to get the full presentation treatment. (Joey)

8:55- An interesting bit where the stars of the Best Animated Features talk about being nominated. Even the other nominees have never heard of "Secret of Kells". (Myles)

8:58- Best Animated Feature is up. It's almost definitely "Up", as well. (Myles)
And the winner is...Up!

9:00- No surprises so far, but it's early. (Joey)

9:02- We come now to Best Original Song. This should be a slam dunk for 'The Weary Kind' from Crazy Heart, but this is a tricky category. (Joey)
And the winner is...'The Weary Kind' from Crazy Heart!

9:04- Congrats on "The Weary Kind" winning. Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett are hilariously disproportionate when it comes to height. (Myles)

9:06- "District 9" is the next film to get the highlight reel. (Myles)

9:09- It's almost as if they're getting the least competitive categories out of the way first on purpose. Then again, it could just be wishful thinking on my part. (Joey)

9:12- Best Original Screenplay time. It's between "Hurt Locker" and "Inglourious Basterds". Who's it gonna be? (Myles)
And the winner is...The Hurt Locker!

9:15- This win for Mark Boal leads me to think that Inglourious Basterds is not winning Best Picture and step 1 for The Hurt Locker winning has been completed. We'll see if the tech categories boost it more. (Joey)

9:18- Now is a special tribute to John Hughes. This should be quite touching. (Joey)

9:21- Excellent tribute to John Hughes. I'd forgotten just how many movies he did. They've also managed to dig up all the actors that used to work with him but who you haven't seen in anything else since. (Myles)

9:24- "Up" gets the presentation now, perplexingly offered by one Samuel L. Jackson. (Myles)

9:28- The short film categories are up now. We start with Best Animated Short, and Wallace and Gromit's latest should be locked, but who knows? (Joey)
And the winner is...Logorama!

9:32- Wow, didn't see that one coming. Hopefully we get a few more surprises, eh? (Myles)

9:33- Best Documentary Short now. It's anyone's guess. (Joey)
And the winner is...Music by Prudence!

9:35- We finish this category with Best Live Action Short. Again, guess away. (Joey)
And the winner is...The New Tenants!

9:38- Ben Stiller is doing some sort of "Avatar" skit. His makeup is absolutely terrifying. So naturally, he's presenting Best Makeup. I'm guessing "Star Trek". (Myles)
And the winner is...Star Trek!

9:42- If anyone cares, it's a close race to see who on the staff does the best prediction-wise. (Joey)

9:44- A Serious Man gets the classy treatment now. (Joey)

9:47- Best Adapted Screenplay is on deck. Up in the Air looks like a lock. (Myles)
And the winner is...Precious!

9:51- So much for Up in the Air winning anything tonight... (Joey)

9:53- The Governor's Awards are now being shown. (Joey)

9:54- A nice hand for Lauren Bacall and Roger Corman, who are actually in attendance. (Joey)

9:57- Best Supporting Actress is up now. We can all pretend Mo'Nique isn't 100% winning this, but she still is a lock. (Joey)
And the winner is...Mo'Nique!

10:00- Congrats to Mo'Nique, and Precious in general. It's doing better than expected tonight. Could we perhaps be seeing an upset? (Myles)

10:01- It's time for "An Education" to get the presentational treatment. (Myles)

10:04- It hasn't been a real predictable show yet. Now I'm really anxious to see what happens with the tech categories, namely Cinematography and Film Editing. (Joey)

10:06- Best Art Direction time. Avatar, or something less predictable? (Myles)
And the winner is...Avatar!

10:09- Now it's time for Best Costume Design. This one's a bit open. Who will take it? (Myles)
And the winner is...The Young Victoria!

10:12- Precious, the surprise juggernaut of the night so far (will it last?) gets the presentation treatment now. (Joey)

10:15- Anyone else now second guessing themselves a lot? (Joey)

10:17- A send-up of Paranormal Activities, now that's something Oscar needs to do. (Joey)

10:18- We come now to a tribute to the horror genre. Very cool, in my eyes. (Joey)

10:22- It's official...Morgan Freeman narrates everything. (Joey)

10:24- The awards for Sound come now, and it's going to be interesting to see if Avatar can sweep this or not. First up is Best Sound Editing. It's between Avatar and The Hurt Locker in my eyes. (Joey)
And the winner is...The Hurt Locker!

10:26- Now is Best Sound Mixing. Will there be a split or will The Hurt Locker surprisingly sweep? (Joey)
And the winner is...The Hurt Locker!

10:28- I'm still reeling from Twilight's inclusion in the best of Horror. But congratulations on The Hurt Locker for taking both Sound categories. It's doing well so far tonight. (Myles)

10:29- Wow, did they give the sci/tech awards the shaft this year. (Joey)

10:30- Inglourious Basterds just got the big montage treatment. (Joey)

10:34- Best Cinematography time. This will be the first real test for Avatar vs. Hurt Locker. Who's it gonna be? (Myles)
And the winner is...Avatar!

10:38- Get out the hankies, it's time for the tribute to those who've passed this year. And what a remarkable many there were. So many wonderful artists, who gave us so much. (Myles)

10:41- That was pretty classy. (Joey)

10:43- Way to miss out on Farrah Fawcett, guys. (Myles)

10:44- Indeed. Tisk, tisk. (Joey)

10:46- Next up is Best Original Score, which is being honored through...dance? Now I've seen everything. Up is in the driver's seat for this one, but hey, with how this night has gone, I'm sure of nothing anymore. (Joey)
And the winner is...Up!

10:53- I'm not entirely sure the dance choreography works for this category (especially half these nominees), but congrats to Up. (Myles)

10:55- Now it's time for Best Visual Effects. Don't pretend anything other than Avatar will win this.
And the winner is...Avatar!

10:57- Up in the Air is now the one getting the big presentation treatment, though Jason Reitman is still likely stinging from his loss earlier, so he's probably not beaming as much as you'd expect. (Joey)

11:01- A lot of writer jokes tonight... (Joey)

11:02- Best Documentary Feature is up now. I'd think this is The Cove's, but you never know. (Joey)
And the winner is...The Cove!

11:05- Best Film Editing is up now. Avatar vs. Hurt Locker. Who's it gonna be? (Myles)
And the winner is...The Hurt Locker!

11:09- Right after getting a nice boost in its Best Picture hopes, The Hurt Locker gets its tribute played. (Joey)

11:11- Anyone want to pretend that they're sure they know how the rest of the night will go? (Joey)

11:14- Best Foreign Language Film up now. There are 3 or 4 ways this award could go, so let's just sit back and see who wins it. (Joey)
And the winner is...The Secret in Their Eyes!

11:18- Bit of an upset there. I suppose we should have paid more attention to the spectacular round of applause it got on nomination morning. (Myles)

11:20- Avatar gets presented. By Kathy Bates. I swear, they're pulling these presenters out of a hat. (Myles)

11:22- Not to brag, but I've only gotten 4 wrong so far, and hit on a couple of upsets. Go me...until I next screw up! (Joey)

11:24- It's time for one of the big ones, Best Actor. They're doing the thing they did last year where previous nominees discuss each nominee in depth. This is obviously Bridges' to lose. (Myles)
And the winner is...Jeff Bridges!

11:33- I love the enthusiasm that The Dude has. (Joey)

11:38- The Actress nominees will now get the same treatment as the boys just did. (Joey)

11:44- We finally now will find out who wins the award for Best Actress. Is it still Bullock versus Streep, or is an upset coming, perhaps from Carey Mulligan or Gabourey Sidibe? (Joey)
And the winner is...Sandra Bullock!

11:50- Congrats to Sandra Bullock for her incredible modesty, despite being the obvious winner since the nominations were announced. (Myles)

11:52- Random bit of trivia...all 4 acting awards went to first timers...same for both writing awards. (Joey)

11:54- Time for perhaps the most important race of the night, Best Director. Will Kathryn Bigelow make history? (Myles)
And the winner is...Kathryn Bigelow!

11:56- Congrats to Kathryn Bigelow for breaking the glass ceiling for female directors! (Joey)

11:58- The Hurt Locker wins Best Picture! (Joey)

12:00- Congratulations to The Hurt Locker for a wonderful night, and to all the winners! And so this season finally comes to an end. I'd like to thank my co-writer Joey Magidson for LiveBlogging with me, our fearless leader Clayton David, our fellow writers Keith Lucas, John Foote, and Jackson Truax, and all our devote readers for making this website as popular as it has become. Thanks to everyone for the spectacular season, and here's looking forward to the next one!
Cheers,
-Myles

12:05- I couldn't have said it better myself, so we'll wrap up now. Thanks for reading! (Joey)

-Thoughts on the big event?

128 comments:

  1. 7pm on the East Coast is when the official Live Blog begins, so hang tight!

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  2. Haven't Jason Reitman and Quentin Tarantino also said they're voting for Bigelow. I wouldn't be surprised if Cameron voted for her as well.

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  3. I think they are, but it's unique to see someone who was directed to a nomination by one of the nominees voting for someone else, but hey, girl power is strong and she's the best of the bunch (in my opinion). I just found it amusing, especially when Vera realized she shouldn't have said that out loud.

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  4. Maybe MoNique's done a lot of work to desensitise herself to the abuse. Maybe the more people open up about it, the more the world will realise just how prevelant it is.

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  5. Yeah, she went on to say as much. It's just surprising is all.

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  6. Considering I'm caught in the middle of ABC and Cablevision's slap fight, I intend to strictly follow the ceremony from you guys.

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  7. Good man. We're happy to have you.

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  8. What's the chemistry like between Baldwin and Martin?

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  9. Mediocre, but passable. I'm laughing more than I should.

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  10. Disappointing. I was hoping they'd be better than that.

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  11. It's very vaudevillian. They could be better, but they're playing it off well.

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  12. They had excellent chemistry when Martin guested on 30 Rock.

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  13. They were far from bad, believe me.

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  14. I'm seeing so many alternating reports, either love or hate. Look forward to judging later on when it hits the Web.

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  15. I think ABC might have it back on now...but yea, you missed the opening bit.

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  16. Yup, just got a connection now. Looks like I'll know what you guys are blogging about after all.

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  17. Feel free to still follow along...

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  18. I intend to. And that JK commercial was masterful.

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  19. Cute bit for the animated films. Of course, I am a sucker for animation.

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  20. I still maintain it's a shame that, with the animated category, no animated film will ever have a legitimate shot at the big prize.

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  21. I don't think it's impossible for one to win, like a Foreign film...just very difficult.

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  22. Tina Fey and Robert Downey have to be the highlight of the night thus far, in my opinion anyway.

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  23. And granted, I wouldn't say impossible. But even more improbable than it was before, which is sad.

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  24. That tribute to Hughes was very, very well done.

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  25. Ben Stiller bit, funny at first, but drawn out too long.

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  26. Wow, when was the last time we saw a standing ovation for supporting actress? She deserved it.

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  27. Everything is going right according to script so far. Though it's amazing how Up In The Air has picked up nothing, considering how hyped it was not three months ago.

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  28. Costume goes to the British period piece. Shocker.

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  29. 11 categories to go. Jeeze, we are going to be here all night. Not that I mind.

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  30. The big upset of the night so far...

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  31. Okay playing the Young Frankenstien score behind Rosemary's Baby was cheeky. But I loved it.

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  32. Liking the well placed, yet quite random, tribute to horror. And honestly, I'm not even a big fan of the genre.

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  33. If they are going to include Silence of the Lambs in the montage, then they can't say that the Exorcist was the last time a horror film was represented in the awards. But maybe I'm being too picky.

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  34. We're well on our way to Sweep City for The Hurt Locker, which I must say, I don't agree with.

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  35. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion.

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  36. Earlier the presenter said that Up was one of only two animated features to also be nominated for Best Picture. What was the other?

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  37. Beauty and the Beast. It lost to Silence of the Lambs.

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  38. Titan, I agree with you about Hurt Lucker. Thought it was highly overrated (and Precious highly underrated, as was A Single Man).

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  39. I think the exact opposite, but it's all good.

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  40. Beauty and the Beast, no kidding? Man I would have blown my load on final jeopardy for that one. I was guessing Snow White. B&B wasn't even in my top five. I am so ashamed.

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  41. It's not that I thought Hurt Locker was bad, but there are three films nominated that I think are head and shoulders more deserving of a Best Picture Oscar (in my opinion anyway)

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  42. Okay, I'm a chick, so just let me say with some authority that Sandra's lipstick is a no-no.

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  43. Fair enough on for The Hurt Locker.

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  44. And good looking out, as me being a guy makes me blind to that.

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  45. Every year I have two reactions to the posthumous tribute -- "OMG, they died??" and "OMG, they were still alive??" Patrick Swayze deserved to have his name on the screen.

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  46. They zoomed in too late, it seems.

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  47. That tribute was very well done. Made me a bit teary again.

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  48. OMG, Myles you are right about Farah! For shame!

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  49. And now for the ever popular Westside Story-Rent tribute.

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  50. They got sloppy, and wow, is this random...

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  51. Were Fawcett and Swayze ignored, or was the camera on Taylor when they were show?

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  52. Agreed Joey on Martin and Baldwin. Laugh more often at Martin than Baldwin. Ben Stiller was as funny as leprosy.

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  53. So, they cut the performances of the original songs, but we get interpretive dance?

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  54. Sandra's looking fantastic in my book! Love her outfit! They missed Farrah? Disgusting! I felt Taylor didn't fit the bill - where's the sweeping strings that is so fitting in movieworld? Now strings always make me tear-up. lol

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  55. Titan, Swayze was the second one shown and the camera was still pulled back from the stage. I didn't see Farah at all.

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  56. Going out on a limb and guessing Avatar for this one.

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  57. Hubby just pointed out that most of the set is Avatar blue. Coincidence? Hmmmmmmmm. :-)

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  58. I'm pretty sure that was Steve playing banjo on that intro after commercial. Okay, I know I'm the only one here who would have noticed that.

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  59. I have to say, I actually think Baldwin and Martin have been quite good.

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  60. You fellers apparently aren't remembering Hugh Jackman the same way I am. :-) Love Steve and Alec, but whew....

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  61. Okay, I have to admit that last scene they just showed of The Hurt Locker (with the 4 bombs) gave me the shivers in the theater.

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  62. I feel like I've seen Alec & Steve twice.

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  63. And indeed boss man, double the hosts, half the time on camera...

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  64. Kathy Bates. On of the all time greats IMO. Oh, and that's another horror film that has been honored since the Exorcist -- Misery.

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  65. I know this is going to go to The Dude (Hollywood loves a good drunk) but I honestly thought Colin Firth gave the best acting performance this year.

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  66. My favorite performance wasn't even nominated...

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  67. I would have given the award to Clooney, but I have to say, I do feel really good for Bridges.

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  68. The Dude abides. You gotta love the guy. Waylon himself couldn't have said it better.

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  69. I'm not a fan of The big Lebowski, but he always does real good work.

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  70. Joe, you are the ONLY other person I've ever found who doesn't care for that film.

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  71. Let me just interject that Meryl is having a seriously bad hair night.

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  72. BTW, Joe, make that two of us re Lebowski. Dream sequences annoy the tar out of me.

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  73. I don't hate it, but it just never thrilled me.

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  74. Way to go Sandy!! Okay, now that's out of the way, I guess I'm the only person in America who truly thought Gabby deserved this one. But I would have been happy with Bullock, Streep, or Gabby. Very tight race.

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  75. No standing O for Sandra. Poor form audience!

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  76. Happy for Bullock. Now, here comes The Hurt Locker's time to shine. Though I'm still holding out hope for Avatar.

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  77. Congrats to Kathryn Bigelow for breaking the glass ceiling for directors!

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  78. (that was about best picture Joey, not your comment above mine)

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  79. Well guys, thanks for a loving evening. I enjoy your site all year long. Keep up the good work!

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  80. We do our best, and we appreciate it!

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  81. Sorry, that should say "lovely evening." LOL it's late.

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  82. I think Bigelow deserved the directing Oscar, but I don't feel Hurt Locker was a better all around film than Avatar, Inglorious Bastards, or Up.

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  83. Brilliant live-blogging guys. I look forward to continuing to read the site.

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  84. We're honored by the kind words, I assure you!

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  85. Wow, I was lousy at predicting this year, just goes to show why I'll never get a job as an Oscar predicter. :P

    Congratulations to all the winners! A great Oscar season has ended, and we can look forward to predicting the 2011 Oscars. :)

    Seriously, thank you guys at the awards circuit for providing the best and most entertaining awards tracking website I've ever been to. A whole ton of hard work has been invested into this site, and I really hope it pays off for ya. I love coming on here and reading the blog and checking out the movie news, and I'm happy to have it on the list of websites I frequently check. To all those who contribute to this website, bravo, and a job incredibly well done!

    Cheers!
    Anthony

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  86. I am alone in feeling that was a pretty boring Oscars? No real surprises except for poor Jason Reitman losing, hosts were kinda flat, and I didn't feel the show had any real highlights except maybe Stiller. Glad for female directors everywhere though. Good for Bigelow. Still kinda disappointed :(

    I will echo the thanks to Awards Circuit. An amazing year of predictions for you guys and in the end it seems you guys were pretty spot on for most of the season. Thanks heaps for great Oscars year. Anyone else ready to start the next?!!!

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  87. Overall this year seemed to be doing everything that last year tried to avoid. The musical number at the begining was horrible, though Patrick sound good. The hosts were painful to watch, seriously, I felt bad for the crowd. The fact that they tried to spend so much time with the 10 pics was also bad cause all the other categories had .5 seconds of speech time. The dancing from the soundtrack category was way off, and the actors that congratulate the nominees weren't even winners and few of them actually worked with them during their nominated movie, which mad most of them talk about past movies that more than often showed how horrible they were. Overall C+. and the plus comes from the John Huges Tribute.

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  88. You're not alone- the oscars were abysmal.

    But great site. Looking forward to more!

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  89. We shall provide more! We promise.

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  90. Wow! Interesting, I really enjoyed the ceremony.

    Being a film score fan, I'm really happy they chose to at least give a more-than-5-second presentation of the film scores. But that's just me. I thought the hosts were funny enough, and Ben Stiller's makeup really made me crack up.

    Really? You guys thought the music numbers were bad? Huh, I guess I'm alone in that one. I really enjoyed em. Oh well :)

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  91. Well let me clarify that personally. I thought that the performance, the dance of course, was good but way of place. They should have focused on the orchestra or they should have had the original music people also have some cool chorographed dance. I thought it was just an isolated, out of place thing.

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  92. It'll never appeal to everyone...

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  93. Just want to inteject something, the presenters for the Best Picture nominees were all people who were either in the movies or worked with the directors before. Kathy Bates presented Avatar because she worked with James Cameron on Titanic. Keanu Reeves presented The Hurt Locker because he was in Point Break, which Kathryn Bigelow directed. Samuel L. Jackson provided a voice for The Incredibles, so he presented Up (seemed fitting to me) and Jeff Bridges presented A Serious Man because his iconic performance as The Dude was directed by the Coen Brothers. I don't think I need to explain John Travolta with Inglourious Basterds, or Jason Bateman for Up in the Air.

    As for the dance performances, I loved them, partly because it gave me a chance to hear the scores again and reminded me what a good category that was this year. I really enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes dance, as well as the Avatar dance, even though my favorite score was from Up (which won the OScar, yay!).

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  94. Indeed, it was meant more for humor than anything.

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