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Oscar Night is Here. Live-Tweeting

Each year we stress ourselves out with live blogging of all the big events but for Oscar... Since it's my favorite holiday I usually throw a party and recap later right here. Tonight I'm taking a cue from the fatigue I see all over the red carpet. As I turned on the TV Berenice Bejo had the microphone in her face. Why are the Oscars so special?

Because it's the last one."

While that's a genuine truth, "the last one" came out with something like a squinting faraway desperation for a week in bed. The cast and crew of The Artist have been working it for months you have to admit.

They're so committed I wouldn't be surprised to have seen them helping to roll out the red carpet. Bejo's high heel imprints are still faintly visible on red carpets all over the state.

I am party-less so I'll be live tweeting. Something more low key. I miss so much when I'm typing and photoshopping and polling and everything all at once. And I don't wanna miss the Oscars. I'll update this post a few times during the night with my tweets as guide so remember to refresh your screens. 

Red Carpet

• I was hoping that Michelle would come as Marilyn but she's very Michelle.

• Tate Taylor (The Help) so handsome. And I just noticed for the 1st time this morning that he's one of Steenburgen's sycophants in The Help.

• E! Claims "Total Departure!" for Rooney Mara because she's in white not black. Get back to me when she's in a pink ball gown
It's a little chilly"
-Rooney Mara
... weather and personality.
• Best Actress Fashion Watch. Thus far Davis > Close > Williams > Mara. Not exactly the order I expected. Where's Streep?

• Tate Taylor (The Help) so handsome. And I just noticed for the 1st time this morning that he's one of Steenburgen's sycophants in THE HELP

• "the man who loved best actresses too much" that'll be the title of my self-help book if i ever get help.

• Jessica Chastain looks amazing but better than the dress is that unexpectedly girlie bouncy personality . she brought her Nana!
"I love the energy, the light, the american faces and the cinammon rolls"

-Jean Dujardin

• It'll be hard to top Jean Dujardin's red carpet quote about his awards season experience.


• I'm really quite annoyed that ABC asked Nick Nolte about his pet crows and then they didn't let him finish talking about them. one is named "John David" but the other one is named....? NOoooooo I must forever wonder.

• BREAKING: Cameron Diaz still invited to Oscars

The stars seem to be filing in... 

• Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie would totally look like twin superheroes. Let's name them!

• The crowd is totally enjoying Billy's return. There's also a lot of Tom Hanks already. Old White Guys for the wins I guess.

 • Speaking of Old White (Haired) Guys...
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Robert Richardson for Hugo
BEST ART DIRECTION Dante Ferretti (sans hair) for Hugo

• I'm so going to lose the Oscar pool.

• More Fabulous Old White Guys!

BEST COSTUME DESIGN Mark Bridges for The Artist
BEST MAKEUP The Iron Lady. Meryl looked so happy for her longtime collaborator.  

Two biggies in a row

First standing ovation of the night. Tate Taylor took every step up with her. Train dresses are dangerous on staircase, don'cha know. 

See it just moves too fast. Too fast. People complain that the Oscars are too long but I can never keep up. Feels great to watch it again instead of typing it. We shall discuss in greater detail the rest of week. I approve of these little clips of the craft fields.

I loved the idea of that Wizard of Oz test screening skit (execution not quite so much) but I sure miss the Christopher Guest crew.

EDITING The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall are the first back-to-back winners since 1935/1936.
The sound editors thank Thelma Schoonmaker first.
Hugo is really doing well. It was tonight's true wild card in terms of number of statues.  

I was prepared to be all snarky about Cirque Du Soleil but it was kind of cool. Too bad about the direction/editing. When people are dancing you leave the camera in longshot, dumbasses. Sometimes you couldn't even tell what clip their dancing was related to. Argh.


• And that win was followed by a commercial for Brave. Wow They're letting movies advertise finally at the Oscars?

This is my first time presenting an award. Hiiiii."
-Emma Stone 

• Emma Stone is joy and hilarity. Can she just host the rest of the night? Please? 

Wow. It's just magnetized for trophies tonight.


You're only two years older than me. Where have you been all my life"
-Christopher Plummer to Oscar.

LOVE.  He's the oldest person to win an Oscar.

Humorous Billy Crystal bit about reading people's thoughts by looking at them. Punchline was Nick Nolte Growling.

• Funny. That's just what I'm thinking half the time anyone wins an Oscar.

I was going to get worried if they lost that one. 


Lots of cheers for that one.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
Angelina accepted on behalf of the Academy accepting for Woody Allen who never shows to collect.

Woody Allen is the male version of Katharine Hepburn the only idol they're okay with being ignored by.

LIVE ACTION SHORT The Shore by Terry George
DOCUMENTARY SHORT Saving Face by Daniel Young
ANIMATED SHORT  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

• The Bridesmaids cast (presenting all three) made this entire year so much better. Someone throw them a pizza party or something.

• "SCORSESE!" [gulps back drink] Apparently Martin Scorsese doesn't watch the SAG Awards as that joke entirely confused him.

• They cut to commercial with "Best Director coming up" while showing a Hugo clip...


• Honorary Oscars. you're so important you get to stand up while we pan up to a violinist and cut to commercial. 

• In particular I'm pissed we didn't get to see that Dick Smith makeup artist tribute because he looks so genuinely touched.

• IN MEMORIAM: all the white fade to white photographs were like the beginning of a very special episode of Six Feet Under

• The "In Memorium" ended with Liz Taylor's Oscar speech "thank you with all my heart" followed by a Cleopatra wink. Great. 

BEST ACTOR Jean Dujardin

I love your country."

 He tap danced on his way off the stage but they didn't cut to the camera that would see it well. What is up with the direction tonight?


 When they called me I had this feeling I could hear half of America going 'Oh no. Oh come on why? Her. Again?' You know. But, whatever."
-Meryl's funny intro. 

Beautiful speech as per always.

Taking my prediction score to a decent but unspectacular 17/24... t'was Hugo that threw me. 

My new phone suddenly stopped taking pictures / working just as Meryl won which is surely a sign that I should sleep on it and come back tomorrow evening with a clear head, and final words... and quite possibly a new new phone. Not that I blog from my phone. I need all ten fingers to type like the wind.

Good night. 


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Reader Comments (137)

Alright, a few last-minute "no guts, no glory" predictions to shake things up a bit (note: these are not my actual predictions).

-Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wins Best Adapted Screenplay, meaning both The Descendants and Moneyball get shut out
-Harry Potter wins both Makeup and Visual Effects
-Hugo has the most total wins (actually, this probably isn't that farfetched )
-Drive pulls off the win for its only nomination

And most unlikely of all:

-The Artist wins ONLY Picture, Director, and Original Score

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn-Paul

I'd love for DESCENDANTS to get shut out. don't tease me!

February 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

here's hoping...


February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteraddewitt

I don't have anything against Octavia Spencer but I don't want her to win (though I think she will)... I'd love to see McCarthy, Chastain or McTeer winning...

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFernando Moss

I would freak out for either a Malick or Pitt shocker, taking a shot each for hope!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDean

Was feeling Clooney for the last few days, but now feeling a NGNG for Pitt. They like him, and I think maybe (or hopefully, Ole Marsha) they sense an opening.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

Glenn Close RULES! My favorite dress so far...

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstjeans

Glenn promised the Irish to wear green for the Oscars, and wear it she is.

Other than that, I'm obviously smitten by Jesicca Chastain. Rooney Mara looks stunning.

Why do I care about the Red Carpet fashion?

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Right Profile

Meryl Streep is wearing gold. It will match nicely with the Oscar if she wins.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin in Flagstaff

Meryl's in GOLD Nathaniel. And not just any gold, it looks like some 80s-ish gold sack. Does that mean she thinks she's going to win? Or is it more a historical tribute, with the style being a shout-out to the decade when she last won?

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

I'm still processing Viola's hair. Can't believe I never noticed the wigs before.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

what time does it start? in few mins? or in half an hour? am i watching it live?

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSomeone

Starting in 29 mins, it seems.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Right Profile

Thanks.... the live tv in the country where i am is telling me it starts in 28 mins... red carpet is still on... i thought i am watching delayed telecast

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSomeone

OMG... Meryl, why?

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTDLewis

Off-topic... but does anyone have a link to a stream of the Oscar ceremony?

Thank you!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael F.

Here's a livestream, but not sure how it's going to work: http://oscar2012live.com/live/.

There's also an Oscars app for the iPad, that will give access to the backstage, control booth, thank you camera (where the winners go after winning).

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin in Flagstaff

@Nathan, Gwyneth and Angie LOL!!!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTDLewis

The Pitties!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTDLewis

Sigh...the one category where I would cry foul if the favourite didn't win and of course it's an upset; maybe in another lifetime Emmanuel Lubezki.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMDA

Oh my god, the iPad app shows us what's going on in the stadium during the commercial break. We can see people tweeting, moving around talking to one another. The hosts, one who is Sherri Shepard, are hilarious giving us made-up conversations for nominees. I'm liking this!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin in Flagstaff

and the ''you are soo a future honorary oscar recipient my darling'' award goes to Emmanuel Lubezki :(

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChecko

Yeah, my night can't possibly be amazing now -- El Chivo lost! Again! And his tiny clip was better than the rest! Life is unfair, ya'll, don't get it twisted~

Montage #1.

Costume goes to The Artist.
Makeup goes to The Iron Lady.
Those montages were certainly loving, weren't they? And strange.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

The Iron Lady winning makeup means Viola's fucked.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtfull

The Iron Lady? The make-up was one of the aspects which made me fail to believe in the character.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterUnhappy

La vie en rose won best makeup and we know how that turned out!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtfull

a separation won this is when i'm proud to be iranian..........................
sorry but i want write something in persian....first
زبونم بند اومده نمی دونم چی باید بگم فقط تبریک میگم و برای اسکار دوم دعا میکنم

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramir

i'm hoping that makeup artist win means meryl is winning !!! but not very confident

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterviolet hour

A Separation winning FLF is the best thing to happen to so far. Ya'll, that category could've gone so badly!

Octavia didn't even really get her moment so blah.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

woah dragon tatoo won!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterviolet hour

Surprise win for Dragon Tattoo!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

maybe the artist will sweep later on in the big categories, so far hugo winning

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterviolet hour

I was about to applaud for Drive winning its only category...No such luck.

And it's Hugo again...

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Right Profile

That's probably it for Hugo tonight, but if Adapted Screenplay or Actor break against The Artist it will have tied it for the most wins tonight (and it could be the leader if it doesn't get either of them).

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

That Dragon Tattoo win was pretty awesome, I gotta say. And I'd happily vote for it as well among those random nominees too. A film that relies on its editing thrusting the rhythm and beats getting the win? You don't say!

The Muppets! And they're funny!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Wait. forgot about Score. So it'd need to lose Actor and Screenplay.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

Thank God for technology. A singing engagement kept me occupied for the first part of the telecast, but thanks to this website and YouTube, I'm not missing a thing

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Emma was a lot of fun, though I don't know what she was wearing. And an unexpected callback to Superbad!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

The Best Picture/VFX stat continues!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

Give Emma Stone a musical please! Love her

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHonduran

One more for Hugo! (now back to watching Rear Window)

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Right Profile

Okay, at this point "Hugo" can tie "The Artist" if the latter loses either Actor or Screenplay.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

Yay, Christopher! The first Canadian male to win (and the fifth Canadian overall)!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

acting winners on par for the season, keeping fingers twist for jean dujardin

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterviolet hour

Emma stone was totally mocking anne hathaway

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Plummer is two years younger than the Academy, but seven years older than the Best Supporting Actor trophy (established 1936).

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

Thank god Emma Stone livens up the ceremony! I guess I just don't care about it that much anymore, but I think the show is seriously boring, and if Hugo wins everything, it will be even MORE boring...I thought we did the Scorsese honorary tour already...did I just say that out loud on this website? lol

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarshall1

Emma Stone was a riot. I could watch that desperate ingenue presenter bit THE WHOLE NIGHT. "Let's dance! Let's daaaaancccce."

Yay Christopher Plummer. Now, about those continual pesky Ewan snubs...

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

oh wait, this is not awardsdaily.com....so I can actually say something negative about Scorsese and Hugo...lol

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarshall1

finally the artist wins a big category ludovic bource music was great

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterviolet hour
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