80th Academy Awards Live Blog!

Live Blogging the Oscars Red Carpet!
It is (almost) time for the 80th Academy Awards (1 hour and 15 minutes to be exact). And I can’t wait! In fact…
I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it, I know, I know, I know…. I want the Oscars to start!
Okay, I got that out of my system. I’m live blogging and having some friends over to celebrate Hollywood’s most fabulous night! The
8:09 The Red Carpet with Regis Philbin is 1000 times better than the Red Carpet with Ryan Seacrest. Regis just gives entertainment reporting a level of class and professionalism that Ryan Seacrest can never attain.
8:19 Some of my favorites from the Red Carpet:

8:27 3 MINUTES 3 MINUTES 3 MINUTES!

 

8:41 OMG! JON STEWART KILLED IT. He was amazing!! I have never laughed that hard during an introduction in so hard.
8:43 Best Costume Design: Alexandra Byrne, Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
8:47 George Clooney is talking about the history of the Oscars. IT’S A MONTAGE and it was a good one.
8:52 Steve Carell: “Thank you Jon for that lovely introduction. You never need for attention never ceases to amaze me.”
Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille. Pingu is sad about that one. Cute, “Dreamers supporting a rat who dreams”
8:56 Katharine Heigl presenting Best Make-Up to…. Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald La Vie En Rose

 

9:00 Amy Adams performing “Happy Working Song” And they say I’m awkward. You can tell they had no idea what to do with the sets for this performance.
9:07 Achievement in Visual Effects: Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood, The Golden Gompass9:10 Cate Blanchett is gorgeous. Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti (Art Direction); Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration), Sweeney Todd

9:14 A Best Supprting Actor mini montage! Yay! Wow. J-Hud, you are so not a professionally trained actress.

Best Supporting Actor goes to….. JAVIER BARDEM! Fantastic acceptance speech. Although the speeches are far more rushed this year.

9:23 A writer-less Oscars: “Please enjoy Oscars salute to binoculars and periscopes.” “Bad dreams and Oscars” Hahaha!

9:28 Performance from August Rush. That little girl can sing. Lets see you do that, Hannah Montana.

9:29 Best Live Action Short: Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)

9:32 Best Animated Short Film: Peter and the Wolf. Was it necessary to have Bee Movie present that?

9:35 Supporting Actress mini-montage! I love montages sooo much.

Best Supporting Actress goes to… TILDA SWINTON! Woah. Was not (really) expecting that. Hilarious speech, Everyone loves poking fun at George Clooney. And I am so happy that Michael Clayton won something.

9:45 Technical awards presented by Jessica Alba and Jon Stewart making fun of Jack Nicholson.

9:46 Josh Brolin and James McAvoy presenting Best Adapted Screenplay. They were funny. Joel and Ethan Coen win for No Country Old Men.

9:48 Sid Ganis and the presentation on how Academy members vote was actually kind of cute.

9:52 Miley Cyrus: what are you doing at the Oscars? Please go away.

9:53 Kristin Chenoweth. I thought she would make Miley Cyrus being there better. Alas she did not.

10:04 Dame Judi Dench and Halle Berry! Oh wait. It’s not It’s Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, presenting Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The Bourne Ultimatum.

10:10 Best Actress mini-montage! Best Actress goes to…. MARION COTILLARD! OMG!

10:20 Performance of “Falling Slowly” from Once. My favorite of the Best Original Song nominees.

10:23 Oh Jack Nicholson. He’s a great ambassador for Hollywood. Time for a Best Picture montage! Loved it!

10:28 Best Editing: Christopher Rouse, The Bourne Ultimatum

10:32 Honorary Oscar: Robert Boyle. He has had an amazing career and completely deserves this award. Not only do I love old men who wear white scraves, I love old men who give excellent speeches.

10:43 Best Foreign Language Film: The Counterfeiters

10:44 Patrick Dempsey. Collective gasp in the room. You have no idea how much I hate Grey’s Anatomy.

10:49 Best Original Song: “Falling Slowly” from Once. So good; I love that movie and that soundtrack.

10:53 Complaint: Why when two people win, the Academy cuts the other person off? It has happened almost every time tongiht

10:56 Thank you for letting Marketa Irglova say her acceptance speech. The best one of the night by far.

10:58 Apparently if you’re Cameron Diaz you need talent and beauty to get ahead. Really? She’s not that talented and really not that pretty. And she can’t pronounce cinematography.

Best Cinematography goes to… Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood

11:09 Best Score: Dario Marianelli for Atonement

11:14 Documentary Short: Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth, Freeheld I am so happy that this film won; it was filmed near where I live in New Jersey so there is a big hometown connection to this film

11:17 Documentary Feature: Alex Gibney and Eva Orner, Taxi to the Dark Side

11:23 Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno. A well-deserved win.

11:29 Best Actor mini-montage!! I really am enjoying these mini-montages.

Seriously who needs a vibrator when you can listen to Helen Mirren present an Academy Award.

Best Actor goes to: DANIEL DAY LEWIS! He is by far the classiest actor in Hollywood.

Mhhmm, Daniel Day Lewis is also better than a vibrator.

11:41 Best Director mini-montage!

MARTIN SCORSESE!!!! He’s not nominated but I love him oh so much.

Best Director goes to… Ethan Coen and Joel Coen.

11:44 Best Picture goes to… No Country For Old Men.

And Oscar night 2008 is OVER. With 13 minutes to spare. What are we going to do with all this time?

Note to Sid Ganis: Please have Jon Stewart host again, he was fantastic.

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2008 Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, air tonight on VH1 at 9pm. The red carpet starts at 8pm. Here is the list of nominees.

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7: 45 pm: Normally I wouldn’t be live-blogging the Critics Choice Awards, but since it seems that the Golden Globes aren’t happening next weekend unless Zeus himself ends the WGA strike, I’m getting my kicks in when I can.

8:28 – The red carpet for this award show is kind of ridiculous, as any event that features Ross Matthews as a red carpet presenter would be. The woman, Kerry Keegan (?) has to be on something; she offered to go drinking Emilie Hirsch after the show and is just a bad interviewer. The guy, whose name I don’t know, attempted to speak French to Marion Cotillard. There are just some things that people should not attempt to do and speaking French is one of them.

8:50: Not even Zeus can save Hollywood from itself. The Golden Globes are officially cancelled.

 

9:06 – D.L Hugley was funny. Well, it depends what you’re definition of funny is.

 

9:08 – Best Acting Ensemble goes to Hairspray. I think I have a crush on Nikki Blonsky.

 

9:10 – “Ideally it would be great if the writers came back and the critics went on strike” – Said by Steve Zahn before he and Keira Sedgewick present the Best Writing award to Diablo Cody for Juno.

 

9:18 – Wow. Ahmad Khan Mahmoodza from The Kite Runner wins Best Young Actor.

 

9:24 – Yup. I adore Nikki Blonsky. Mount Holyoke is getting to me because I seriously have the biggest crush on her. And now I’m sad that she doesn’t get to go to the Golden Globes.

 

9:31 – Tom Cruise released Katie Holmes from her cage long enough so she could present the award for Best Comedy. To Juno of course.
9:42 – Awards for Best Composer and Best Aong. Presented to Jonny Greenwood (There Will Be Blood) and “Falling” from Once.

 

9:47 Amy Ryan wins the award for Best Supporting Actress. Casey Afflect accepts. Funny speech.

 

9:52 – Allison Janney, best quote of the night, “Not that I mind a little foreign tongue”, said when presenting the award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly wins.

 

9:55 – A lovely tribute to Joel Siegel.

 

9:57 – Dear Hollywood (and maybe even the world). You should listen to George Clooney. He is Zeus.

 

10:01 – Or maybe Don Cheadle is. Everyone should see Darfur Now.

 

10:09 D.L. Hughley bombing.

 

10:11 – I’m in looooove with Nikki Blonsky.

 

10:12Ratatouille wins for Best Animated Feature. I’m still holding out that Persepolis will win the Academy Award.

 

10:15Enchanted wins for Best Family Film. Good. My roommate will is happy now.

 

10:24 – Eddie Izzard just made up for D.L Hughley’s inability to tell a decent joke. Sicko wins for Best Documentary.

 

10:30 – I love Javier Bardem because not only is he an amazing actor but he is unbelievably humble.

 

10:34 – Leslie Mann presents an award to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. JK Simmons said something funny but I missed it because I was listening to Tegan and Sara.

 

10:40 – Daniel Day Lewis wins for There Will Be Blood further proving that I need to see this movie. Plus, he made the best acceptance speech I think I have ever heard at an award show. “It is the mystery of their performances…” so good.

 

10:43 – I love the fact the VH1 isn’t cutting any acceptance speech short.

 

10:45 – “In Memoriam” I enjoyed the tribute to the Golden Globe Awards.

 

10:51 – Julie Christie wins for Away From Her

 

10:51 – Best Director – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, accepted by Javier Bardem, who has stolen the show.
11:00 – No Country For Old Men wins Best Picture.
Now it is time for the Un-Golden Globes on Sunday. See you then.