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Live Blogging the Oscars

  • Feb. 22nd, 2009 at 9:17 PM
cordelianne: (Fred excited)
Since I'm home working on an essay, I figured it would be the perfect time to also live blog my Oscar reactions! Also, this may stop me from bothering my girlfriend by texting her my reactions!

- I LOVED Tim Gunn doing the pre-show, it's nice to watch articulate people ask celebrities questions without sounding like idiots.

- The opening sequence was so awesome!!! If everything goes downhill from here it'll be worth it. Hugh Jackman is awesome! I'd love to see him on Broadway.

- Tina Fey! My gorgeous and funny TV girlfriend who is looking beautiful - and being funny with Steve Martin (who I also adore). Tina Fey, I love you! (It's okay my real life girlfriend knows about this, it's not a secret!)

- I'm doing some of this from memory so I think this is out of order: Penelope Cruz winning, that was awesome (I must see the movie!). I was cheering for Marisa Tomei though because I LOVE the Wrestler.

- Oh wow, I already cried when Dustin Lance Black won for Milk. That was awesome, and I was totally applauding. How could I not cry when he said such sweet things to all the gay kids watching. Heck, I'm a 31 year old comfortably queer woman, and it was nice to hear. We don't hear those things often enough. Well done Dustin, well done. (For my records, Black said: "If Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he'd want me to say to all the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value. But no matter what anyone tells you, god does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally across this great nation of ours.")

- Yay for Wall-E!!!!

- Okay, there is nothing that can make the costume design etc awards interesting to watch, despite me having total appreciation for the work that all those artists do.

- Oh no! RPatz! Blah. Twilight you bore me. Ah, I'll just enjoy Amanda Seyfried, who looks lovely.

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- I am a sucker for a movie montage. It doesn't matter what it is, if it was sneezes in movies I would enjoy it. I feel they did a really funny one last year but now I can't remember what it was.

- Okay, so this whole "new" approach to giving out the awards feel a lot like how the awards are always given out.

- Oh! I love that dress on Natalie! And hee, Ben Stiller is doing such an awesome Joaquin Phoenix. Clearly all you need is a horrible beard, sunglasses and to be completely spaced out! Good job Ben! "Hasidic meth lab!" hee!

- What's impressive, is that so far (up to Cinematography) Entertainment Weekly's projections have been correct. Here's hoping this means a win for Slumdog Millionaire!

- Danny Boyle looks so happy and delighted. It's awesome.


- huh, Jessica Beil's dress is a lovely colour on her but wtf is up with her combo bow-bib. I guess it'll be useful for cleanup when she's throwing up canape and champagne at a party later. (Sorry I recently had food poisoning, barfing is on my brain).

- Oh cool, Seth Rogan and James Franco. Clearly this is a salute to comedies. Aw, I loved James Franco in Milk. Oh no! the staple guy in the Wrestler!

- Aw, I love they're getting a DP to present. Sadly, I have already forgotten his name. Wow, I suck at names (which really shouldn't be a surprise since I always have been).

- Really? Best supporting actor is one of the most talked about awards? I think we're all expecting Heath Ledger to (justifiably) win.

- Random: if you are Canadian and watching, are the Petro Canada Olympic commercials making you all nostalgic for the 1988 Calgary Olympics? We totally collected those glasses.


- This is a good idea: do a broadway type of number to keep us from getting bored. I am enjoying the nods to various musicals. Aw, they have the HSM kids, that's nice. And it's very cool to have Beyonce. Aw, I love her singing Over the Rainbow. You know, I do want the musical to be back, I have no complaints about that. hee, it was cute, Zac Ephron lost his top hat when he bowed.

- Oh! Baz Luhrman, I should have known you'd be behind that number! It gets a thumbs up from me.


- hee, Joel Grey, I only ever see him as Doc (on Buffy) now.

- Oh dear, if Heath Ledger wins this may be my second time crying tonight.

- Oh, I like that it's his family that's accepting.

- And yes, I did cry.

- I like that they're letting the documentary filmmakers talk. And it's a nice music choice.

- And EW continues to predict correctly with Man on Wire winning. Maybe I shouldn't read EW's predictions and the night would be more suspenseful.

- Oh no, was that Ewan McGregor in Angels and Demons? Oh dear, I hope not!


- Ah, now for the action movie montage. Not as good as the romance one. Hee to Will Smith's comment about fans. I agree with him on them not getting the respect they deserve.

- Okay, I totally spaced out during the visual effects awards but that's okay.

- Oh! That's a surprise with the Dark Knight winning for Sound Editing. I think EW didn't predict that. *checks* Aha, they thought Slumdog would win but said Dark Knight could sweep it. I'm glad Dark Knight won something.

- Ahh, sound mixing. I'm trying to keep up because I check off who wins in my EW Oscar ballot. How big a geek am I?! It does make it more interesting when you're not invested in a category. Aha, and since Slumdog won that I now feel confident that it will definitely win best picture.

- Danny Boyle is seriously the most happy guy. He has the best smile ever. He's just beaming in delight.

- Omg, the sound mixing guy from India is so sweet and adorable with how overwhelmed he is. And dedicating it to his country? That was my third cry of the night.

- Ooh, I just spotted Jennifer Anniston with John Mayer - apparently they *are* a couple. Ahem, random celebrity gossip. It's possible I'm really behind on gossip but oh well.

- Ack, we're already on Film Editing. I should be paying more attending to Will Smith. If Slumdog wins this, it's a definite win for best picture. Oops, I realize I already predicted its win, well I'm predicting it again!! Especially since it won.

- Aw, everyone from Slumdog just looks so happy.


- So if I've been checking my ballot off correctly it seems that we don't have many awards yet: best actor & actress, picture, director, foreign film and the music ones.

- Aha, now it's time for the Jerry Lewis' honourary award. I always forget the honourary awards, they always comes along just when I think the awards show is going to end on time. Of course, I do like that they give out a humanitarian award. And it's nice to see Eddie Murphy holding an Oscar, which he totally should have gotten for Dreamgirls.

- Aw, that was a nice classy and short speech. Short speeches=good.


- So, I'm going to bet that now we'll have a music montage number now.

- huh, looks like Benjamin MacKenzie will be in a new show premiering April 9th, Southland, I should tell my BFF who loves him.

- Aha! I was right! Although I was too busy typing away to really hear what we're listening to. Oh well, it's pretty. Ah yes, movie scores, that makes sense. I may be getting tired, which is sad since it's 10:54pm. But I do still feel like I'm recovering from the food poisoning last weekend.

- Aw, Milk. Such an excellent movie. Of the best picture nominees, it and Slumdog are my favourites. I will be happy when Slumdog wins cause it really is an awesome movie. I would remember scenes from it days later and get teary, now that's a good movie. Plus, it has a gorgeous score, which'll likely win.

- Zac Ephron and Alicia Keys are performing together. That's random. Oh darn, they're presenting. I now want to hear them perform. *fingers crossed* I'm not sure why I want them to perform together. Maybe cause it's such a weird combination and cause I'm getting tired.

- And yay, A.R. Rahman totally deserved to win - that makes me happy. And aw, he mentioned his mom. He seems like a very cool guy.

- Oh nice, dancing for O...Saya. Although I think I would have had the dancers in yellow as a homage to Latika.

- Huh, John Legend for the Wall-E song. Oh, I really love the choir backing him. They have on gorgeous outfits.

- I think that Jai Ho may be my favourite of the three songs. Ahh, and now they have a girl in yellow, I am pleased.

- Although I feel there must be a moment of silence for Bruce Springsteen not being nominated for the awesome The Wrestler. I love that song. I'm not sure why they snubbed him. Maybe they could only have 3 songs? But still, I would have preferred that other than the Wall-E song (possibly one of the things I don't LOVE in the movie).

- Alicia Keys looks gorgeous. I wonder if she could be my pretend girlfriend too. Like a TV girlfriend but a musician girlfriend instead.

- Oh yay!!! They went with my song choice! I am pleased. And omg, A.R. Rahman deserves some serious credit for all the word he did including perform tonight!!

- Aw, Danny Boyle has a great reaction. Aw, I love A.R. Rahman's simple comment of "All my life I've had a choice between hate and love, and I chose love."


- Frida Pinto looks gorgeous in blue.

- Oooh, I think the foreign film win is a surprise. I've seen none of them so have no opinion. *checks* Yep, EW did not predict that at all.

- Aw, the director of Departures is trying so hard to speak English and doing such an amazing job!


- I always feel so bad for the devil in this Capital One commercial. It would totally suck to wake up in your nice warm place and find that everything's frozen. My preference for warmth and difficulty dealing with cold is clearly coming through.

- Queen Latifa!! She looks gorgeous. Blue is clearly an in colour this year and it totally works for her! OMG, she's singing!!!! What a great song choice, "I'll be seeing you." Of course it's making me think of my dearly departed grandparents. So I am getting all teary again.

- I thought they were doing to mute the audience's applause this year. Clearly not.

- Oh, ending on Paul Newman is nice. Such an icon.


- That is a present! I appreciate the president of the academy not making a speech!

- Ahh, I thought when Reese Witherspoon came out it would be best actor but it's best director. Poor Resse, it seems hard to talk over the music. Ahh, and she's in blue too, with black accents. And looks lovely. I want something like that. You know, for wearing around the house, of course.

- Danny Boyle!!!!!!! Yay! Oh, he jumped up and down, like tigger! Okay, Danny Boyle you have my total love now. You are a totally kind and awesome guy. And him getting teary? Another teary moment for me.


- CSI: Miami commercials are very annoying. I can only imagine how annoying the show is (I try to avoid it at all costs).

- Aha, now for best actress. And I've lost my pen and fallen behind in my ballot. *finds pen and catches up*

- I do like that they honour each performance, it's kinda neat. I do love Anne Hathaway but suspect she won't win. I think her award is having Shirley Maclaine honour her. Hmm, I suspect Kate will win unless it's a Meryl upset.

- huh, I just realized there's weird random clips on the screen behind the presenters. Somehow Kung-Fu Panda clips seem inappropriate.

- Oh wow, Halle Berry looks phenomenal. How does she keep looking more and more gorgeous? That's a great dress (unless there's something hideous that I can't see, as I've learned from that is often the case).

- Sophia Loren looks very awkward. Oh, but I like Nicole Kidman's dress, it actually works despite being white and her having possibly paler skin than me.

- Ahh, Kate Winslet. That is nice that she finally gets an award. I like that she graciously hugged all the presenters. OMG, her dad is so ridiculously adorable - the hat!! Aw, I love how excited she is and comment for saying "you love me the way I am." And her husband is excited, I liked his dorky cheer.

- Wow, we segue right to best actor. I'm so torn because I love both Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke's performances. I may be rooting slightly more for Rourke because he doesn't have an Oscar and Sean Penn does and will win again, I'm sure. I suspect this is Rourke's only chance for one. Plus, I feel the Wrestler deserved way more accolades so this can sorta make up for that.

- I can't believe deNiro ribbed Penn. The "gently reasoned with paparazzi" was pretty damn funny.

- Oh, I'm getting teary just remembering the Wrestler.

- Oh, this is tense. Ah, I don't know how to feel about this. I'm so excited because it was a phenomenal performance but I'm so sad for Mickey Rourke, cause that was his role, you know? Oh, he thanked Cleve Jones!

- Thank you Sean Penn for asking people to reflect on the shame of voting against gay marriage, and for saying we have to have equal rights for everyone. We really really do. Dustin Lance Black is totally in tears. Me too.

- And I appreciate him honouring Rourke.

- Oh, the montaging is great. My favourite thing is that they intercut Milk with Braveheart. I feel some sense of satisfaction that homophobic Mel Gibson's movie was compared with Milk. hee, hee. Sorry, this is one of my ways of dealing with bigoted people.

- Oh yay!! I love how all the Slumdog people are confusedly milling around. Aw, the kids!! They're so adorable. It's so cool that they all got up on stage. It really emphasizes how it was a community making the movie. The happy kid on the screen is so cute! They did a great close-up on him.

- Well, other than like the Foreign Film award, EW correctly predicted every award. I think next year I won't look at that ahead of time, make it more suspenseful.

- So Hugh Jackman wasn't joking about previews of upcoming movies. I definitely want to see Public Enemies. Johnny Depp is in it? I'm sold. Ooh, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in a movie, he's such a great actor.

Well, that's it. I still feel bad that Mickey Rourke didn't win but I love all the gay rights talk. Hugh Jackman was a fun presenter, and I enjoyed Anne Hathaway's cameo performance - she can sing!

I should now attempt a bit more essay writing then bed. *yawns*


[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I'm here and refreshing liek woah. Except I'm a little behind on Tivo and just spoiled myself. Not on Heath Ledger luckily.
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
p.s. All caught up now.
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Aha!! Cool! I shall now spoil away - if I remember!
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
HI!! Nice to know you're reading! It's okay, I keep forgetting to actually comment on the winners. A lot of time I space out during the speeches - and instead comment on the commercials!
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Ahh more Slumdog! Plus a nice 'western friendly' bollywood number(s)
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Hee! Yes, it was neat to have Bollywood at the Oscars, even the Western version. I think one of my highlights tonight is Danny Boyle's reactions, he often looks more delighted than the winners (who seem pretty delighted).
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
I'm watching the post show and Ben Mulroney is looking very orange
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
OMG, isn't he?! I really despise him, he's so orange and plastic looking.

Although, I shockingly agreed with him: I saw him on CTV saying that he feels too many awards are given out. The Oscars should do like the Grammys, cut almost all the awards and have more cool performances, and shorten the whole thing.
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
I refreshed this all through the Oscars! I loved you doing the EW checklist.
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Oh cool!! It's nice to know I wasn't rambling away to myself, er, not that that would have stopped me! :D And yay for liking my EW checklist, I've been doing it for over 10 years now, it's my Oscar tradition!
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
I ended up missing almost all of the pre-show, and only caught Tim for a few minutes.

hee, Joel Grey, I only ever see him as Doc (on Buffy) now.

I know, we had 2 Buffy alums there, with Amy Adams. And I know Amanda Seyfried is also on Big Love, but all I could think of was her role on VM.
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 23rd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Tim was fun! A nice articulate change from the E! people.

Oh yes! Amy Adams, she looked lovely. Yes, I always think of Amanda Seyfried as being from VM too!
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 24th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
totally unrelated
how do you text the states without paying through the nose? are you using skype? i've been grumbling for months on my own lj about US texting fees.
[identity profile] wrote:
Feb. 24th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: totally unrelated
Heh, well my phone is owned and paid for by my work, so I'm not 100% sure about my plan. I *do* know they haven't come to me and been mad about astronomical texting fees (vs we're not to use our work phones for phone calls in the US because of astronomical roaming fees). Also I have texted with my phone *in* the US with no problem (as far as I know!). I know it's a Rogers plan, and I believe I have unlimited texting - I got a new phone recently and I think they might have confirmed that. You may just need to be on a certain type of texting plan?

My girlfriend (texting to Canada from the US) doesn't pay anymore for texts to Canada. She just pays $5-$10/mnth for a certain number of texts (of course that's through a US phone provider - Verizon).

Sorry to not have more info about my plan but I always try to not to bring it to the attention of the powers that be! Although I do a lot of texting for work too, but still a lot more to the US for personal reasons!


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