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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oscars Night

BUMPED: Please scroll down and check the comments section for Oscar 2009 Night Live-Chatting.

Regrettably, Twitter is out, but I will be here and possibly over at Althouse to live comment.

I am extremely annoyed that the Oscar winners have possibly been leaked, since usually I would tell you my predictions beforehand. But the winds seem to have been cut out of my sails, rather, now.

Here is the leaked letter, showing the winners. It's been debunked, of course, but I don't know. The picks look precisely what the Academy would honour.



For a person like me, who so disliked "Slumdog Millionaire" for reasons I have stated innumerable times, it's a disaster if true. Also the fact that "Waltz with Bashir" is not leaked as having won Foreign Picture leaves me cold.

On the other hand, I was fairly sure Kate Winslet would have won for Best Actress, with Amy Adams almost definitely getting the Best Supporting Actress award.

The latter is not because she was so amazing (Adams was good, but her colleague Viola Davis is more deserving), but because she fits the bill perfectly for actresses often honoured by that statuette -- good character actresses, who have an impressive body of work behind them or who give a standout one-time performance, aka the Marisa Tomei Nomination (she already surprised once; I doubt she would repeat) The only other one which qualifies for the body of work is Penelope Cruz, mostly in the Spanish language, and she was going to be my surprise pick.

Mickey Rourke for Best Actor, I can see.

Jenkins is the token "Just Happy to be Nominated" actor, Langella is more suited to the Best Supporting Actor category, whereas Penn has already won it. That leaves Pitt or Rourke, and there is no way Brad Pitt should get anywhere near an actual Oscar win. He's not quite as bad an actor as Tom Cruise, but it's close. Heath Ledger, may God rest him, is a lock for Best Supporting Actor, and we have known that since The Dark Knight debuted.

Instapundit wondered if anyone watches the Oscars anymore. Hardcore fans like me do, but each year has seen an utter decline in viewership.

It's because Hollywood doesn't honour mainstream films as much anymore. Indies are fantastic for people like me, but most could care less about a film like Frozen River. Now, Iron Man even my father would know about. It was a decent film, which furthermore was a box office hit, but it wasn't judged to be worthy of inclusion.

If these popular, worthy films are left out, the Oscars then become a night for insiders to preen, almost as if they didn't need an interested audience. That's why Oscars night have lost their appeal. We are completely superfluous to the process.

I rather suspect this year will be different though. Maybe it's Brangelina being dually nominated, with the casual tabloid turners tuning in. Or maybe it's the fact that I suspect this year people want glamour and fun when our national edifice is so stressed.

It's like Halloween 2008.

I have never seen a livelier Halloween than last year's. Sunday night will turn out a different class of witch, warlock and broomstick all together.

OSCARS 2008-9 NIGHT LIVE-BLOGGING

8:26 PM: The first mention of the night of Louis Prima. I'm sure it won't be the last.

8:29: Amy Adams (Doubt) and her necklace arrive at the Oscars on February 22nd. That's a Harry Winston necklace or my name isn't Ethel McGillicuddy.



8:30: Commenter Laurie has a new crush -- Aussie actor, Hugh Jackman (which has always sounded rather sophmoric to me, like Hugh Arse). He's our host for the evening and personally I couldn't be happier. He seems just the right type of antidote to the Billy Crystal/Whoopi Goldberg/Jon Stewart wisecracks.

Good Lord, he's launched into song. Somewhere up there, near the hanging icicles above the stage, an angel called Ethel Merman is smiling.

8:34: First reference to pubic hair at the Oscars since that streaker interrupted David Niven...

8:35: After a sweet musical number and a quick shower (by me, not Jackman/Hathaway!) we have the first three ex-Best Supporting Actresses up on stage, including last year's winner, Tilda Swinton. Unusually, it is usually one presenter of the opposite sex, who turn up, so this is a change.

8:47: PENELOPE CRUZ! My surprise pick to win this year. And now we have absolute knowledge that the leaked list was totally fake. Starless knew it all along.

Incidentally, is the broadcast rather strange? It looks unusually delayed and therefore static.

8:57: The ex-Mormon screenwriter for MILK wins for Best Original Screenplay, and he's giving a sentimental acceptance speech about living his sexual lifestyle and encouraging kids out there who are in that position, to have hope.

9:00: Simon Beaufroy wins for Best Adapted Screenplay (Slumdog Millionaire). Something strange happened just before. When Langella/Nixon said he orders cheeseburgers, in the excerpted screenplay, something inside me clicked. So I'm off for a moment to grab a burger! I'll be back for the major Awards later.

9:07: WALL-E wins! Of course. That and Ledger winning are the biggest locks this year.

9:28: I asked the restaurant attendant who brought the burger to my car, "are you watching the Oscars inside?". "They are, but I am not. From what I hear, it's really bad." "Heh, yeah, you're not missing much." "I don't even know who is nominated, other than Brad and Angelina."

Says it all, really.

9:29: Digital Animation being honoured, but already there was a reference to Jerry Lewis -- who is finally getting his honourary statuette today.

9:43: James Franco: "Who do you think is the better actor: Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama?"

Sarah Palin, of course.

9:58: I'm not sure if the musical is back, but I sure know the Oscars would be back if they had more Jackman/Beyoncé musical numbers. That was perfect.

10:04: Best Supporting Actor coming up and Laurie has an apposite remark about one of the presenters.

"Lord! I thought Joel Grey was dead!"

10:08: Well done, Heath! You stripped the Joker bare, and what we got was the Ur-Joker -- reinventing the comic book heavy for all time.

Rest In Peace, boyo.

10:15: Philippe Petit, the man who walked between the Twin Towers, got up there and reminded us why the movies work -- magic.

If only others would be more whimsical, and not nearly as too-cool-for-all-of-you, we would have an inkling of what Hollywood used to be like.

10:20: Does Brad Pitt have this Clark Gable look happening? There was a quick shot of him as Benjamin Button's awardees were up on the podium for Visual Effects.

10:30: In an absolutely touching moment, Oom the Sound got a dedicatory Oscar.

10:42: They say (who? sorry a little Wikifying there) Jerry Lewis is a singularly unpleasant person, and has been for years. Nevertheless, he is an American institution, and his good work for his extreme dedication every Labour Day during his telethon should be rewarded. And he is.

Ooh, shot of Sophia Loren. I had no idea she was there, God bless her.

11:21: Danny Boyle is accepting in the spirit of Tigger from Winnie The Pooh. That sums up this quixotic night perfectly.

As for the new format, with the Director award going before the Big Actor/Actress ones, what can I say -- do not like.

11:33: Kate Winslet's dad just whistled, and we have an iconic Oscars moment right now.

I do not like the format change, but I admit that having the 5 legendary actresses presenting each individual nomination for each actress made it perfect. They are five Oscars incarnate.

11:39: Robert DeNiro: Talking about Penn who "advises world leaders", oh God. That includes Saddam Hussein. Jesus Christ.

Peggy commented:

I noticed that Marion had the envelope...and Kate won...does this mean that Frank Langella will win? Michael Douglas has the envelope?

Let's see!

11:44: You Commie, homo-loving sons of guns says Penn on accepting his Oscar, besting Mickey Rourke in the category.

I'm bereft, but not because Penn didn't deserve it. It's just that he's won before...incidentally, TIBORE totally called it before.

Okay... I have this funny feeling that Sean Penn's going to upset Mickey Rourke for Best Actor.

Hate to say it, but that's the vibe I'm getting.

The Fake List is well and truly fake.

11:55: Finally, Slumdog Millionaire wins for BEST PICTURE, and all is all right in the world again.

I have to say that ultimately, I thought this tidy Oscars was an unusual mixture of graciousness and grappling awkwardness. I do not think it does anything for a generation which is each time further removed from the Old Hollywood Glamour of actors whose names they do not even know anymore.

It's very little wonder then, that the Oscars are still waited with baited breath abroad, but most people have long since turned in for the night?

Not Sundries commenters though. And here I would like to add a very humble thanks to all who turned this thread into a monumental success.

I couldn't have reached 200 plus comments without you all. Thank you SO MUCH for honouring this blog with your presence.

Carry on, guys!

ADDED INFO: My Twitter page. When Peggy Gero DaValt joined, I found a little Dutch courage by pouring a G and T, and joined too. All of that is true, except the Gin and Tonic.

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224 Comments:

  • Ruth Anne, I need you to hold my hand with the Twitter thing. I feel left out of the fad!

    Live-commenting here and you know where, is better for me. :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 02:41:00 am GMT-5  

  • Victoria, I too, am on twitter! I will "follow" you once you join!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Feb 22, 03:49:00 am GMT-5  

  • That list is a software-generated fake, not a scanned document. Its a nicely detailed fake, but someone clearly created a background that looks like folded and wrinkled paper and then put a layer of text over it.

    If I were making that (which I think I could), I'd put the text down on a white layer and then apply the paper effects.

    Don't be like Dan Rathernot!

    By Anonymous Starless, at Sun Feb 22, 07:41:00 am GMT-5  

  • Vic, if you start twittering, please don't neglect your blog here. I enjoy blogs with longer posts.

    By Blogger knox, at Sun Feb 22, 09:40:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'm disappointed that my fave movie Gran Torino got snubbed.

    I'll be watching with the family anyway, sipping french 75's.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 22, 12:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Why on earth would there be a master list?

    Silliness.

    By Blogger blake, at Sun Feb 22, 03:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm so hoping for Mickey Rourke to win and Slumdog/Boyle will probably win unless the Academy rewards "Milk", Gus Van Sant and/or Sean Penn as an anti-Prop 8 shout-out.

    I too thought "Slumdog" highly overrated, it was very formulaic and predictable. IMO Boyle's "Trainspotting" is a much better film.

    Agreed; "Waltzing with Bashir". Excellent.

    Hollywood, as usual, deserves an epic fail for passing over "Gran Torino" it's too un-PC in the current political climate.

    Of course if there were any fairness or honor in Hollywood "The Wrestler" would have been nominated instead of the gimmicky "Benjamin Button" with a woefully inadequate Brad Pitt, who IMO does comedy far better than drama.

    I feel about Pitt as I did Redford, blond pretty boys who never manage to pull off a character outside their image.

    However I'm not surprised that "The Dark Knight" was snubbed. Hollywood has an aversion to rewarding blockbusters since since giving Cameron, Scott and Jackson a gaggle of statues only watch them sail away from the Hollywood system with a boat load of cash.

    I agree that Penelope Cruz is long overdue for recognition, she was hauntingly brilliant in "Volver" but she and Winslet both were fighting out of their weight class against Mirren, Streep and Dench. While we enjoyed "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" it's not an Oscar winning role.

    We didn't see "Doubt", not our cup of tea, so I haven't an opinion there, but Viola Davis may edge Adams out based on her solid body of work and this being the year of post-racial kumbayah.

    I don't have favorites in all categories, other than "Wall-E" and Peter Gabriel for "Down to Earth". I'm also pulling for "The Duchess" to win costume design, which is on a par with "Marie Antoinette", but then I am overly fond of period films.

    I always enjoy the snarky red carpet coverage on E! and am curious to see how long time favorite Hugh Jackman does, however, the last few shows have been deadly, so I'm outta there at the first Obama butt-kiss.

    By Blogger BJM, at Sun Feb 22, 04:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm outta there at the first Obama butt-kiss.

    Me too--or else I'll have to pour myself something a little stronger than a french 75.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 22, 05:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria:
    What's your Twitter identity, so I can follow you?

    Here's a hint: if you want your Twitter commentary to be seen widely, include the hashtag link [which, for tonight, would be #oscar] and you'll get a whole lotta' lookers. You can tweet links back to your blog, too.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun Feb 22, 06:18:00 pm GMT-5  

  • OMIGOSH! I just finished watching Baba Wawa's Hugh Jackman interview - I don't care how much Bush-bashing they do, I will not be able to turn away from Hugh tonight! I think I am going to become an offical stalker!

    Hahahahaha... verification word is matramp! How appropriate!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 08:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Matramp, LOL. Kismet, Laurie.

    ...okay guys, who is here for Oscar chatting? I would prefer to be here than elsewhere!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 08:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hey Ruth Anne. :)

    I have none. I am not on Twitter yet. In fact, I am not really on Facebook (well I once registered, but never checked again), MySpace or elsewhere. I like blogging, but that's about it. :P

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 08:25:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Be still my heart! & I loved Anne Hathaway's little turn!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 08:39:00 pm GMT-5  

  • She was fantastic, Laurie and Jackman so far is delightfully apolitical and a throwback to the stars of Oscars' heydeys.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 08:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Just for that smile on Taraji Henson's face, which is filled with genuine pride and humility, I hope she wins it.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 08:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Just for that smile on Taraji Henson's face, which is filled with genuine pride and humility, I hope she wins it.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 08:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow, Marisa Tomei is starting to look her age -- and is aging into a Grande Dame.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 08:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The broadcast as I mentioned, looks static and is making it unnaturally flat.

    I hope they sort this out...oh God, Steve Martin and Tina Fey.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 08:54:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh Gawd.. nothing worse on Oscar night than nobodies talking too long and thinking themselves funny!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 09:03:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Martin was great, though. But Black and Aniston prove yet again that the younger generations just don't have the right blend of tinsel that makes Hollywood work.

    WALL-E WINS!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:07:00 pm GMT-5  

  • SJP isn't playing herself-she's playing Carrie!

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 22, 09:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm back! I had to order at an expensive restaurant around my house, so as not to be too long. Even BK takes a while.

    007 and SJP (who looks like a crazed psychotic sugarplum fairy -- just kidding! She's great) are presenting.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • SJP isn't playing herself-she's playing Carrie!

    LOL! The bridal scene, part deux (actually part three, or is that a Spoiler?).

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria- too bad you're not monitoring twitter--Ruth Anne, Reader and Darcy are live-tweeting the Oscars--Michael_H is watching a NASCAR race and keeps blurting in---fooking hilarious stuff! :)

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 22, 09:25:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow, when does reading a list of people to thank become incredibly stale?

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:25:00 pm GMT-5  

  • On a teleconference call - Board of Directors' meeting....so I'm watching the Oscars via closed caption and reading this....

    I don't Twitter, but I like Facebook and blogs....all sure-fire timewasters...*grin* or way to cure Adult Deficit Disorder...*lol*

    I am glad that the sheet was bogus....

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 09:25:00 pm GMT-5  

  • LOL! What a shame, CL. I dare not add yet another "angle" as I am talking to my mother, live-blogging and live-commenting all at once. Oh and now eating a burger!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:27:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I am glad that the sheet was bogus....

    Hey Peggy! It sounds you have a lot more important stuff on your plate, than my cheeseburger (okay, enough about the burger).

    Without Ruth Anne, it just lacks a certain punning sizzle. :P

    See you in a bit!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:31:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Ben Stiller in a beard. This is going to be soooooo bad.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:32:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Stiller is like a combination Saddam Hussein, George Burns, and that old guy in the public library who shuffles around the magazine racks.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • yes, please stop with the burger talk - am on a diet! Ok, I'm not gonna lie, I think Stiller's poking fun at Phoenix is pretty funny & I applaud him for taking the risk!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 09:35:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh dude, is that what he was doing? I heard he was on the Letterman show, but had no idea that was being poked fun at now.

    The Phoenix family were once members of that cult, The Family, you know. Talk about delayed messed up reaction...

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:37:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I think that Tuba player just ran out of breath.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:38:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "Watch young boys have sex with Nazis"? This is definitely not a family-friendly Oscars...

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I dare not add yet another "angle"...

    Actually, good for you. I'm sure there's a Babel angle lurking in all this internet diversity.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 22, 09:45:00 pm GMT-5  

  • A burger, eh Vic? I had one from Culver's earlier with my mom's friend....after spending most of the day working on PCs for folks.....and my weekend is now done...*sigh*

    I am not thrilled with the winners...so far...and thank the Lord, the teleconference call is done...

    Enjoy the burger....I had custard too....I was starvin'....

    May the Reader win!!

    *lol*

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 09:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I have never, in my increasingly long young life, seen a more flat, less interesting Oscars.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • .and my weekend is now done...*sigh*

    Take a load off, Peggy! It seems you deserve it. :)

    Warning: East German accepting an Oscar and he threatens to go to long. That music will kick in any moment.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hmm, you know who hasn't been here for a while? Bekah! I miss her.

    Also, JSU seems AWOL.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:51:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hugh Jackman looks absolutely perfect in white tie and tails.

    One of the most awful recent trends is that suit-like tuxedo. Men have one moment of utter glory -- when they wear a classic dinner jacket. And one of the best occasions to do so, at the Oscars, has been consigned to the suit category.

    Sigh.

    I wish we were to see more Jackman and more musical numbers (and I say this as someone who abhors musicals).

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:54:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My God, the best part of the Oscars so far -- Jackman and Beyoncé! Why does the Academy not realise that THIS is what makes the Oscars worth watching!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 09:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Lord! I thought Joel Grey was dead!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 10:03:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Best Supporting Actor! I wonder who will accept for Heath this time.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:03:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Lord! I thought Joel Grey was dead!

    Money makes da vorld go arount! The vorld go arount! Boom tish!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:04:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The Gay Oscars.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:05:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Ahh, Heath Ledger's family is in attendance. Well done.

    Kevin Kline is giving a wonderful little speech about him, in that sonorous voice of his.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:07:00 pm GMT-5  

  • HEATH WINS! Of course.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:08:00 pm GMT-5  

  • A very dignified acceptance by Heath's family -- and I thought due to the dour music, that it would be followed by that moment in the Oscars that I confess I look forward to.

    The honouring of those who passed away last year. I confess, I never fail to be surprised by the announcement that this or that actor has gone. No matter how closely I listen to the news, there is always one that slips away from my notice.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:12:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Bill Maher, blech. He looks like a lounge lizard with that shiny suit. Paging Bobby Darin.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Bill Maher - ugh - I'm gonna go get a burger now!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 10:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Bill Maher - ugh - I'm gonna go get a burger now!

    God, bad. Documentarians, good.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • MAN ON WIRE YES YES! One of my Top 10 best movies of all 2008.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Philippe is there! Come up!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Yes! He did a magic trick.

    Now can he make Bill Maher disappear?

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:16:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Inspiration Cafe? A restaurant for the homeless. I should blog about this.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm tweeting, Vics, but I'm keeping a window open for my beloved Sundries...

    Althouse bagged it, so keep going!

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun Feb 22, 10:21:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Vic!! Funny that you posted that about Inspiration Cafe - I'm working on a report and listening, but had to stop everything for that commercial - I'm very intrigued!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 10:22:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I will put Man on a Wire on my Netflix Wish List.

    Did I miss the tribute to those no longer here on earth? Darn...

    Okay...time to feed dogs and get a load of wash started....geeze, I need a week of vacation...*lol*

    Hey Vic...if you get Twitter...I'll get it too and we can bug Ruth by twittering her when she least expects it....

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 10:22:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm tweeting, Vics, but I'm keeping a window open for my beloved Sundries...

    Aww, thank you, Ruth Anne!

    Althouse bagged it, so keep going!

    Dude, really? That's unlike her. She's magnificent during such occasions.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Laurie, I have a soft spot for the homeless. I will definitely look that up.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Did I miss the tribute to those no longer here on earth? Darn...

    Not yet! It's still to come, so hang in there, Peggy. :)

    How does this Twitter work...do you have to sign up with your telephone? It then sends you an sms-like message? I wouldn't like that.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I like this montage. It's not as good as the Chuck Workman one, but it'll do for action sequences.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:25:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Florida lad saying that Hollywood seemed a million miles away when he was growing up.

    Really? I go to Hollywood, Florida all the time.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:30:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm having my last french fries as I type. I will have to do more than 100 sit-ups tonight, lest they go straight to my hips.

    Where's Trooper York, when you need him?

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:31:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Go to Twitter.com and sign up. It can be accessed by phone or iPhone, but I've always just used the keyboard.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun Feb 22, 10:32:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Notice, he's saying BOMBAY and not MUMBAI. Yes!

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun Feb 22, 10:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Go to Twitter.com and sign up. It can be accessed by phone or iPhone, but I've always just used the keyboard.

    Well, I have a RAZR, and not one of those fancy-schmancy i-Want thingies. It's got internet, but it's not user-friendly.

    Thanks though! I'll see. :P

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Aw, damn, Victoria. If I'd have known you were liveblogging too, I would've been over here sooner.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 10:35:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Notice, he's saying BOMBAY and not MUMBAI. Yes!

    It's galling how politically correct that is, in the West. Indians themselves when speaking English, ALWAYS say Bombay.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:35:00 pm GMT-5  

  • TIBORE! Welcome friend. :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:35:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Thankfully, Hugh Jackman is set to make a return.

    It would've been so much better if he just handled all the connecting moments of the Oscars, instead of that rolodex of famous names.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:37:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Incidentally, aren't Americans nice?

    I can't imagine other countries allowing a foreigner like Jackman handle such a hallowed institution like the Oscars.

    You think the French would ever let Candice Bergen host the Cesars? Mwahaha.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:38:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I went to Althouse and it wasn't nearly as fun as the sundries owner off for a burger.....and the NC gal explaining Twitter to us and the WI gal doing a teleconference call....I told my fellow board member that between watching two blogs, typing emails to dog people, watching /err...reading the captions while on the teleconference call, I think I'm on sensory overload.....*lol*

    Thanks, Vic....glad I didn't miss the tribute....I'll grab the Kleenexes...

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 10:40:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "In the Motherhood" looks promising for a sitcom.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:40:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Needless to say I agree about more Hugh! - Hosting the Oscars is def. not the same job it was in Johnny's day!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 10:40:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Thanks, Vic....glad I didn't miss the tribute....I'll grab the Kleenexes...

    I just looked up Celeste Holm. She's still alive and all is all right with the world.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:41:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Needless to say I agree about more Hugh! - Hosting the Oscars is def. not the same job it was in Johnny's day!

    I don't recall him hosting it, oddly enough. I just remember Bob Hope.

    (Kidding!)

    Hey Ladyyyyyyy is up for his honourary award. All of France must be so proud.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:42:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Does anyone else think it's weird that Eddie Murphy is the presenter for Jerry Lewis' honorary award?! I mean, I know they're both comedians, but I thought there was usually more of a connection in these things.

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 10:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • You know, I seem to be in the minority in this over at Ann Althouse's blog, but I think Jackman's doing fine tonight. I think he's got better charisma live than many people give him credit for.

    My 2 cents. And thank GOD there's another not-boring liveblog going on. When the Go Fug Yourself girls closed theirs down (because they were only doing the Red Carpet), I thought Althouse would be it. God knows the CNN, MTV, and Cinematical blogs are just snoozy tonight. Blech.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 10:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Heh... Laaaaaaaaady!

    Anyone ever seen the Animaniac's spoof of him? Fraueinlaven!


    ----

    Technical blog hilarity to point out - word verification: "finuckin". No kidding. I feel so double-entendred now. ;)

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 10:45:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I mean, I know they're both comedians, but I thought there was usually more of a connection in these things.

    Wow, short speech by Jerry Lewis. I guess he has to save his voice for September...

    Yes, I agree it was a little odd, but you know, it's good that it was Eddie Murphy. It easily could've been a trendier comic, but in his heydey, Murphy was the Lewis of his day (Dr. Doolittle was directly inspired by him, of course).

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wha?? A special award, and the recipient gave a short speech???

    Jerry Lewis just became cool again!

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 10:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • God knows the CNN, MTV, and Cinematical blogs are just snoozy tonight. Blech.

    My coverage is usually more formalised, but I like this informal, happy vibe we have going on right now.

    It's time for the BIGGIE awards, so I wonder if the comments section will break 100 for the first time ever. :)

    Thanks, Tibore!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "finuckin"

    LOL! A new cool coinage for the f-bomb surely.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Jerry Lewis just became cool again!

    I remember reading that he bloated beyond recognition -- but he looked great (aged of course, but still good).

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I've done it....I'm a Twitter addict now....*lol*

    Jerry Lewis surely has aged and doesn't seem very healthy...anyone know about that?

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 10:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wasn't it Randy Newman who is boycotting the Oscars because he was not allowed to sing a full rendition of his nominated-song?

    Spoilt baby.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:51:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "vbspurs said...
    Wasn't it Randy Newman who is boycotting the Oscars because he was not allowed to sing a full rendition of his nominated-song?

    Spoilt baby."


    No. Peter Gabriel. Ryan Seacrest actually managed one of the most uncomfortable moments of the E! Red Carpet special by asking him about it. Peter handled it great, but man, did Seacrest ever seem awkward.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 10:54:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I've done it....I'm a Twitter addict now....*lol*

    Copy-cat! Me, not you. I just signed up too. :)

    ID: vbspurs

    (original, I know)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:54:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Peter handled it great, but man, did Seacrest ever seem awkward.

    So, business as usual for him then.

    ;)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "finuckin" is an Irish surname.

    (Actually, it's spelled Finucane)

    RE: Newman. No, it was Peter Gabriel. They wanted to allow him 65 seconds. I don't blame him

    By Blogger Randy, at Sun Feb 22, 10:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • MUMBAI. Oh well.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Slumdog again!! I saw the group that did the theme song from that movie on Jay Leno the other evening....it was very nicely done.

    Glad to hear that Bombay is not Mumbai....on some of the blogs....I thought I had fallen asleep in India geography...but I guess everything gets renamed.

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 10:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Just looking over the "bogus" list on the front page--so far, beside Penelope (yay), what's the difference?

    Peggy--I think you will like "Man On Wire"

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 22, 10:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Well... at least SDM's beating out Milk whenever they're head-to-head. Let's hope that holds true; like I said, I can't imagine how unbearable the speech will be if Milk takes Best Picture.

    ---

    Heh! Word verification: "myloca"... man, blogger's having fun with me tonight!

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 10:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Heya, Randy!

    ...sorry, I was updating my Twitter profile with a pic. I had to find one of Stephen Fry in drag. He looks exactly like my grannie.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • but I guess everything gets renamed.

    United States of North America.

    Mark me.

    ;)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 10:58:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hey, V, there's one good thing that's not yet been mentioned about your liveblog here: No hectoring prick is present>.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 10:59:00 pm GMT-5  

  • so far, beside Penelope (yay), what's the difference?

    Hmm, good question. Once it was disproven, I immediately put it out of my mind.

    I was thinking about this earlier -- theoretically, the faker COULD have gotten each and every pick right, despite us knowing that it was fake (due to what Starless mentioned as the tell-tale signs of fabrication).

    But the chances of getting every pick right are still low.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:00:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Tibore, is that lad still there? Barack won, get ova urself.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:00:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Heh! Word verification: "myloca"... man, blogger's having fun with me tonight!

    Loca is the Spanish slang word for gay man. :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I see the Indian dancers and think of The Office's Kelly Kapur.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun Feb 22, 11:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Rachhhhhh-man. Lots of phlegm.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Actually....I thought Milk was very good....Sean Penn became Harvey Milk, despite the material/topic....but I also loved the Reader.

    SDM was not one of my favorites....it was good, but I saw many others that were much better.

    Just my two cents...

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:02:00 pm GMT-5  

  • You know, there was a really good number in Bolt, written by Miley Cyrus and others and performed by Miley and John Travolta. Kinda surprised it didn't get a nom.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun Feb 22, 11:02:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My God, enough Slumdog and Rahman already. He's mailing it in now.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:02:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "vbspurs said...
    Tibore, is that lad still there? Barack won, get ova urself."


    People have been telling him that, but he seems to need an outlet anyway.

    Just goes to prove how some people are just fundamentally unhappy wet-blankets.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:03:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Gah! Can't believe I missed Sophia Loren!! How did she look? Good I hope! Houseboat with her & Cary Grant is one of my top 5 all-time favorites! Yeah, I know I'm easily pleased!

    Ok - getting down to crunch time!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 11:04:00 pm GMT-5  

  • @Peggy: I agree on both counts. I thought Penn was transformative in Milk, and much better as Harvey than he was when he was honoured for Mystic River.

    (Josh Brolin was a perfect foil)

    Unfortunately, I hated the Reader. :(

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:04:00 pm GMT-5  

  • At laaaaaaaaaaast. The real Etta James version, not the syrupy Beyoncé one.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:04:00 pm GMT-5  

  • 104 and counting, Vic.....and there's probably another 30 minutes to go.....

    Let's make Vic the primo Oscar bloggess...(is that a word??) (kinda a combination between blog/goddess)...

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:05:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "vbspurs said...
    Heh! Word verification: "myloca"... man, blogger's having fun with me tonight!

    Loca is the Spanish slang word for gay man. :)"


    Huh? My gay man life??

    ;)


    (Must be specific to Mexicans or something, because some Peruvians I knew, including an old roomate, told me that the slang pejorative was "mericon").

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Laurie, check out Sophia, the Neapolitan Bombshell here.

    They don't make 'em like that anymore...

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • DEPARTURES WINS!!! Not Waltz with Bashir.

    That's it. I'm officially pissed off.

    And Chickenlittle is right -- so far the fake list is exactly the same. Yikes.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:07:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The conspiracists will say that they jimmied with the Best Supportin Actress winner just to disprove the authenticity...

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:08:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The Japanese are having a great Oscars.

    Sank U. I hop!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:08:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "vbspurs said...
    At laaaaaaaaaaast. The real Etta James version, not the syrupy Beyoncé one."


    Oh, man, when Beyoncé started in on that tonight, I was half wondering if that were a slap at Etta. Thank goodness they kept it short.

    Right after I thought that, I had a quick, funny vision of James rushing out on stage and backhanding her. Couldn't suppress the thought. :D

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:08:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Tibore, maricon is the universal Spanish slang term for gay man. But note! It's the equivalent of fagg*t.

    It's very rude.

    Loca is no less rude, or offensive, like "pajaro" (bird) and the like, but at least it sounds softer. :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:09:00 pm GMT-5  

  • @Victoria -

    It's okay if you hated the Reader...:)

    Sometimes, I think I become hardened from all the movies I see....and sometimes I say I like all of them....some I don't like...but because of friends like you and my movie-going buds, we do pretend we are Siskel and Ebert and analyze movies....

    It's my hobby, second to my dogs!!

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:10:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Right after I thought that, I had a quick, funny vision of James rushing out on stage and backhanding her. Couldn't suppress the thought. :D

    Hey me too! I thought that somewhere out there Etta James was hurling something at her plasma.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:10:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh God, I think this is the I See Dead People commemoration.

    YEP.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:10:00 pm GMT-5  

  • check out Sophia, the Neapolitan Bombshell here.

    They don't make 'em like that anymore...

    Wow! She's 75-friggin' years old!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 11:11:00 pm GMT-5  

  • NICE! Very classy touch, and Queen Latifah has a great voice.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:11:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Bernie Mac...Van Johnson...Michael Crichton DIED??????

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:12:00 pm GMT-5  

  • See, it never fails.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:12:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh wait, yes. I even commented about that on Althouse. LOL.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:13:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Richard Widmark! I used to have a crush on him believe it or not.

    Hey remember when I Love Lucy snuck into his house?

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • One of the greatest actors EVER -- Paul Scofield. RIP.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • CHUCK!

    ...Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella. Paul Newman.

    They saved the big guns for last.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Ahhh... that was well done - I really liked Queen Latifah's singing with the montage. Was afraid it would be Ledger at end, so glad it was Paul Newman!!!

    P.S. Clearly I need to learn how to do the italicized quote thing...

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 11:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • That flick of the nose is one of the iconic moments in film. This may sound churlish, but I didn't think much of his acting talents in life. Nevertheless, he was a great man -- just because he was a liberal, doesn't mean I cannot acknowledge that.

    Another sneaky reference about Barack Obama by Jackman. Ah well, no worries.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:18:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The quote by Newman, awesome...."pleasure and love is those that haven't..." (I hope that's close enough)....

    Wow...Queen Latifah did a lovely job and I just about missed this....blogging too much...*giggle*

    Jason and the Argonauts was a movie that I so remember...as Mom let me stay up to watch it....as a youngster....

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:18:00 pm GMT-5  

  • BEST ACTRESS! No, Director??

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:18:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow...Queen Latifah did a lovely job and I just about missed this....blogging too much...*giggle*

    There you go, Peggy. You are cleared for sleeping. ;)

    I have to say, that was the best part of the Oscars so far, other than the Jackman/Beyonce dance.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • This is incredible. Usually Director is the penultimate award!

    I do not like this new format.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Danny Boyle for SDM. That fake list strikes again...

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Heh... I was hoping they'd do what the Cinematical blog joked: Put currently living actors in the "In Memoriam" piece.

    "Jeremy Irons, 1948-Present"... that'd be the harshest snark. :D <- Evil grin.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • SDM won the Directing Award. I see them taking Best Pic.

    Of course, splits have happened before...

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:21:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Just sticking my head in to bump your comment count and say, "I told you so". So: I told you so. ;) (I knew those hours screwing around with GIMP would pay off some day.)

    My nephew came over--played video games, watched cartoons. No Oscars. Totally worth it.

    By Anonymous Starless, at Sun Feb 22, 11:21:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Vics:
    I cannot locate you on Twitter. When you sign on, please follow me and I'll follow you.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun Feb 22, 11:22:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Of course, splits have happened before...

    Rare but yes. I recall it was Driving Miss Daisy without that Bruce Beresford guy even being nominated!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • It's vbspurs, Ruth Anne. What is yours? :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Mumbai....grrrrrrrr....

    Meredith Viera will be thrilled with SDM....

    It'll be a SDM slam-dunk....but I would....be so happy for a dark horse...to sneak in for Best Pic.

    Peggy
    PS - I'm gorsetr (so original on Twitter)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Kins- I'm following you on Twitter...

    I searched ya an found ya.

    Peggy ;)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My nephew came over--played video games, watched cartoons. No Oscars. Totally worth it.

    Honestly, after Jack Palance did pushups on stage that time, it's been one anticlimatic Oscars after the other.

    Welcome back, though, Starless!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • please follow me and I'll follow you.</i

    Peter Gabriel and Genesis!

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 22, 11:25:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow, did Julia Roberts really yell out that possum laugh that time?

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:25:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.

    My version would be "I'm just a girl from a condo in South Beach who dared to mock."

    Not quite the same ring.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:26:00 pm GMT-5  

  • SOPHIA!!!!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:26:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow...those ladies are stunning!!

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:26:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Okay - I thought it was lame when they did it for supporting actress, but I'd stand for this group!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 11:27:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Ugh, Shirley McLaine totally letting down the side with that Hillary Clinton pantsuit.

    Hey laddddddy! Dress up for chrissakes.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:27:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I currently have a similar haircut.

    I am totally getting it styled tomorrow.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:27:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow, Marion Cotillard is so nervous. She needs some of Edith Piaf's balls right now.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I love Kate!!

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Here's to Kate. For Revolutionary Road, in my heart at least.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:29:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Melissa Who??

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:29:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I love that Melissa Leo, an obscure jobbing actress, got the nod, though.

    She was exceptional indeed. Frozen River must be seen, Peggy. Netflix it!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:29:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh dear, Sophia looks a little too "freshened" tonight. Still, I am glad they saved her for Meryl.

    Two legends.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:30:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Nicole Kidman's Aussie accent is so jarring after the purring pimento one of Sophia.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:31:00 pm GMT-5  

  • YEEE HAWWWW

    It's Kate!!!

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:32:00 pm GMT-5  

  • KATE WINSLET!! YAY!! That fake list is still there guys...............

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:32:00 pm GMT-5  

  • What strikes me is that Kate already looks like one of the legends behind her.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Yay! I love her dress (hair not so much).

    Wait, I thought she'd already won an Oscar?

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 11:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I wish I could squeal like that.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:35:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Awhh - speech/moment of the night- very well done! I loved her dad's whistle thing!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 11:36:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I was hoping she'd say "Gather" again, as she did for the Golden Globes...I love her....

    She is truly a star!!

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:36:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wait, I thought she'd already won an Oscar?

    Many times nominated, never won. She did it the old-fashioned way, therefore. :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:36:00 pm GMT-5  

  • She is truly a star!!

    She's a throwback who rolls her own cigarettes, can do informal with style, and has a lot of range.

    She's the Meryl Streep of her age...

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:37:00 pm GMT-5  

  • And the comment to Meryl was awesome....

    I loved Meryl in Mamma Mia!! Boy can she sing!!

    Peggy :)

    Now onto the guys...go Sean!!

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:37:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I loved her dad's whistle thing!

    That was very Essex. ;)

    (I loved it too)

    You know, it strikes me that a lot of people who didn't tune in before, are tuning in now -- especially the nightly news people.

    If so, they'll have liked the Best Actress segment in its entirety.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:38:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I noticed that Marion had the envelope...and Kate won...does this mean that Frank Langella will win? Michael Douglas has the envelope?

    Time will tell...

    Peggy

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:39:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Best Actor! Great line by Robert DeNiro.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:39:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Okay... I have this funny feeling that Sean Penn's going to upset Mickey Rourke for Best Actor.

    Hate to say it, but that's the vibe I'm getting.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:40:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Goodness, Tibore. Perish the thought. I think Mickey will give one of the most memorable speeches in Oscars history. ;)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:41:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh, wait... I take that last "hate to say it" back. I thought Penn already won one in the past. Wikipedia's contradicting that.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:41:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Sir Anthony....I love him....too...and Essex is the middle name of my grandfather...

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:41:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Gandhi honours a bleached blond battered bruiser, and it's not Pam Anderson.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:42:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh, yeah, I wanna see Rourke get it too, and just for the speech too!

    But again, I got this funny vibe...

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:42:00 pm GMT-5  

  • SEAN PENN!!!

    Tibore, you called it!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Sean penn....

    I'm two for two on the actor/actress....

    Do I get free popcorn???

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Called it.

    Damn... and I wanted to see Rourke get it.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • OK here it comes

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 22, 11:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • List = BOGUS.

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:44:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I think this basically guarantees that SDM will win over Milk, though. This is the token nod towards PC-ness.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:45:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow.Penn... I thought he'd won one before too. He says "Commie, homo-loving" line like it's a surprise?? weird!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 11:45:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Just poured a straight gin...

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 22, 11:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "vbspurs said...
    SEAN PENN!!!

    Tibore, you called it!"


    Yeah, and I don't know why that vibe hit me when it did. It just did... I think it was something about the way the audience reacted to his introduction. It sort of tipped the hand, so to speak.

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • There goes the liberal slant....

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • gulped it quick...

    (good for him for mentioning Rouke)

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 22, 11:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • It says something that I didn't expect Sean FINUCKIN Penn to mention something political.

    Which he did. But thank goodness for small mercies, it wasn't that bad...

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Do I get free popcorn???

    Peggy, you get a free gin and tonic too. ;)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Ooh, Tibore, what are you implying?! ;)

    Don't worry, I know what it is. The people who get to vote for the Best Actor tipped their hand. Not really a conspiracy at all.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hahaha - CL, - you just made me have to wipe off my monitor with the gin comment! I take a little pleasure in knowing Penn garbled up his "moral" diatribe! ... an elegant president - WTF?!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun Feb 22, 11:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • (good for him for mentioning Rouke)

    Classy. For a man who is anything but, despite apparently liking it in a President.

    Oh, the irony.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • LOL from the MTV liveblog:

    "11:34: Rod Cone says “It’s good to see Sophia Loren wearing Montalban’s chestpiece from ‘Wrath of Khan’"

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Penn garbled up his "moral" diatribe! ... an elegant president - WTF?!

    Ridiculous. I am convinced that some liberals like who they secretly wish to emulate, because they find it too onerous to live up to their ideals themselves.

    BTW, I didn't read Chickenlittle's gin comment before my G&T one!

    Gin is the booze of the night!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:51:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "11:34: Rod Cone says “It’s good to see Sophia Loren wearing Montalban’s chestpiece from ‘Wrath of Khan’"

    LOL!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 22, 11:52:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "Elegant..." Once again, we get a demonstration of projection rather than analysis.

    Oooops, did I political-snark on entertainment night? Please forgive me... ;)

    By Blogger Tibore, at Sun Feb 22, 11:52:00 pm GMT-5  

  • SDM? or CCBB or The Reader?

    Hmmmmmmm....

    Tough one....

    CCBB....

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Sun Feb 22, 11:53:00 pm GMT-5  

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