83rd Annual Academy Awards Live Blog

Via AntonioJDuran

Update: The King’s Speech wins 4 awards, including, Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture.

Inception wins 4 technical awards, including Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Visual Effects.

The Fighter picked Supporting Actor and Actress awards.

See the rest of the winners after the jump.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards begin at 8 pm ET.  Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will be presenting song of the year tonight (look how pretty!)

I’ll be live-blogging the winners here.  The red carpet is happening now on E! TV and MTV.com

Plus, for fun, we’re playing in a Oscars Pool which you can sign up for before 8 ET HERE. I’ll announce the winners after the broadcast.

Live Blog, Photos and Video after the JUMP…

  • Opening has hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco CGI’d into the nominated films. Funny. Alec Baldwin makes an appearance!
  • James Franco’s grandma “I just saw Marky Mark!”
  • Films from year’s past are woven into the presentations. It’s a little awkward. But it’s better than inane patter.
  • Tom Hanks presents Best Art Direction to Alice in Wonderland.
  • Best Cinematography goes to Wally Pfister for Inception
  • Here comes Kirk Douglas. Wow. Going for the one liners with the stroke-affected speech impediment. Yikes. He’s presenting Best Supporting Actress. But…good for him?
  • Best Supporting Actress goes to Melissa Leo for The Fighter
  • Melissa Leo tries to pick up Kirk Douglas. Alrighty.  Melissa is so nervous, she’s having a mini-meltdown. Oops. She just got bleeped.
  • Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake take the stage. Justin: “I’m Banksy” lulz.
  • Best Animated Short Film goes to The Lost Thing
  • Best Animated Feature Film goes to Toy Story 3
  • Let’s look back to the very first Academy Awards ever.
  • Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin take the stage to talk about the very first Oscars.
  • Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network
  • Best Original Screenplay goes to David Seidler for The King’s Speech
  • Anne Hathaway sings an anti-ode to Hugh Jackman! Now, James Franco in drag. Wack! I don’t really like him as a blond.
  • Russel Brand and Helen Mirren take the the stage. Helen looks AMAZING.
  • Best Foreign Language film goes to DenmarkIn A Better World
  • Reese Witherspoon Presents Best Supporting Actor. Nice Ponytail!
  • Best Supporting Actor goes to Christian Bale for The Fighter
  • Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman on the history of music in the movies. Aussies for the WIN!  An orchestra appears, playing several well-loved themes.
  • Best Original Score goes to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network
  • “Is this really happening?” says Trent. Who woulda thunk, eh?
  • Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey take the stage! I like Scarlett’s dress even if the E! crew didn’t.
  • Best Sound Mixing goes to Inception
  • Best Sound Editing goes to Inception
  • Marisa Tomei takes the stage to introduce highlights from the scientific and technical awards. “Congratulations nerds,” says James.
  • Cate Blanchette takes the stage to talk about the crazy makeup of Lord of the Rings.
  • Best Makeup goes to The Wolfman
  • Best Costume Design goes to Alice in Wonderland
  • Oh look. There’s President Obama. His favorite movie theme is “As Time Goes By.”
  • Kevin Spacey “Good evening, I’m George Clooney” after he sings “Top Hat”. He introduces the performances for Best Song.
  • Randy Newman sings “We Belong Together”  the theme from Toy Story 3
  • Mandy Moore and some dude sing “I See the Light” from Tangled
  • Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal take the stage to discuss short film. Jake seems to be having a problem reading the teleprompter.
  • Best Documentary Short Subject goes to Strangers No More
  • Best Live Action Short Film goes to God of Love
  • “Doesn’t he Own a Shirt” by Edward Cullen. LULZ.
  • Oprah!!! takes the stage. She’ll present best documentary.
  • Best Documentary Feature goes to Inside Job
  • Whoo. The Oscars get political! One of the producers of Inside Job laments that no financial officers went to jail after the  economic meltdown.
  • Many-time Oscar host, Billy Crystal takes the stage. Standing O! The 1st televised Oscars were in 1953, hosted by Bob Hope. He hosted 18 times.  Funny Bob Hope anecdotes before a montage of Hope on the Oscars.
  • Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law present Visual Affects (after being introduced by Bob Hope via the magic of technology).  Poking fun at Robert’s drug past? Hm.
  • Best Visual Affects goes to Inception
  • Best Film Editing editing goes to The Social Network
  • James Franco is offended by some of the movie titles.
  • Jennifer Hudson takes the stage!!!
  • Florence Welch and A.R. Rahman sing “If I Rise” from 127 Hours
  • Gwyneth Paltrow sings “Coming Home” from Country Strong
  • Best Original Song goes to Randy Newman for “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3.
  • I <3 Randy Newman. That is all.
  • Celine Dion sings “Smile”. It’s time for “In Memorium”. Halle Berry pays tribute to Lena Horne. She introduces a clip on Lena singing “Stormy Weather”.
  • Cory Haim. Scorned.
  • Hilary Swank takes the stage to introduce Kathryn Bigelow who will present Best Director.
  • Best Director goes to Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech
  • Tom Hooper’s mum found “The King’s Speech” at a play reading “Always listen to your mum.”
  • Annette Benning takes the stage to present clips of the Governor’s awards. Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach and Kevin Brownlow were winners and take the stage for applause.
  • Oscar winner Jeff Bridges takes the stage to introduce the actresses nominated for Best Actress.
  • Best Actress goes to Natalie Portman for Black Swan
  • Oscar Winner, Sandra Bullock takes the stage to introduce the actors nominated for Best Actor. Ha Sandra is hilarious.
  • Best Actor goes to Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
  • Steven Spielberg introduces the 10 Best Picture nominees
  • Best Picture goes to The King’s Speech

Jennifer Hudson introduces performances and presents Best Song to Randy Newman (Check out Gwyneth Paltrow and Florence Welch performing)

Jennifer Hudson with Tim Gunn on the Red Carpet

Jennifer Hudson – TV Guide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waCiywELAN8

Jennifer Hudson – E!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii4fj2_a37w

Jennifer Hudson – Extra

  • madnessinmotion

    Wow, Jennifer looks gorgeous. I sure hope there is a live stream like there was of the Grammy’s so I can watch with everyone else.

  • lorismile

    Jennifer looks great.

    Umm…. I always think Keith Urban needs a shower. It’s called shampoo. He needs to learn what that means.

  • lorismile

    You know. most of the women look stunning tonight.

  • lorismile

    I only like Halle’s dress from the waist up…

  • poster

    Scarlet Johannsen looks wonderful…love the dress. Glad she went for elegant tonight..she’s so beautiful.

  • lorismile

    Scarlet Johannsen looks wonderful…love the dress. Glad she went for elegant tonight..she’s so beautiful.

    I didn’t like her hair at all. Love her dress though.

  • lorismile

    Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages? WTF….. Autotune’s not going out of business anytime soon.

  • lorismile

    so anyone else wonder about this Twilight Musical number tonight?

  • poster

    I didn’t like her hair at all. Love her dress though.

    I loved the hair and the dress. It’s so much better than her ratted-up witch hair from the last awards show.

    Also love Jennifer Hudson..she’s just radiant lately. Looks so good. So glad for her.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t like the color of Jennifer’s dress and I hate the hair.

    Halle Berry looks gorgeous, love the hair and the dress.

  • bridgette12

    Nicole’s gown looks like a badly bedazzled wedding dess. As for Keith,I wish he would change hair styles.

  • connie0128

    I do like the color of Jennifer’s dress but what is up with those shoes??? They clash horribly with that dress. Wonder how much the bling costs?

  • lorismile

    Honestly…I think Jennifer’s face looks old or something and I agree, the shoes do not look good at all.

    I LOVE Tim Gunn!

  • Eileen99

    Jennifer looks fabulous.

  • certain1

    Really Jennifer, red dress and purple shoes :( Maybe the shoes go with her presentation dress and she didn’t want to change.

  • Miss Chaos

    I just cant wait to watch James Franco, hes so funny and cute, I am excited for that. Gosh everyone looks old and wrinkled, the makeup, or what??

  • madnessinmotion

    Does anyone know of a live stream?

  • Kirkee

    Jennifer Hudson looks amazing
    .

  • poster

    I seriously don’t think I’ve ever seen Jesse Eisenberg smile.

  • sr4mjc

    Loved the color of Scarlett’s dress, the top not so much. Gwyneth’s dress is not flattering at all. Nicole, bad wedding dress gone bad.

    Loved Helen Mirran and Mila Kunis. And Reese Witherspoon is adorable in her Sandy from Grease ponytail extension.

  • madnessinmotion

    OMG, I am such a nut. I was about to miss the Oscars because I thought it would be time delayed like everything else is and start at 8pm. I happened to check the TV guide to see what channel it would be on and found out it’s getting ready to come on right now. I’m so excited to actually get to see it on TV live. :)

  • bridgette12

    I Love how Helen Mirran and Reese Witherspoon look. Helen’s dress fits perfectly and is age appropiate. Reese looks gorgeous in that black and white gown, which reminds me a bit of the dress that Julia Roberts wore years ago to the Oscars

  • Marie23

    Wow Jennifer Hudson looks stunning

  • girlygirl

    everyone I saw (I just turned tv on half hour ago) looked good. loved the color of Natalie Portman’s dress

    Oh and I think this confirms Adam isn’t there :)

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  • webster

    The opening montage is hilarious.

  • steph6449

    Jennifer Hudson looks good. Some of the other ladies in the photo gallery, not so much. Annette Bening, Helena Bonham-Carter for a couple. And yeah, Nicole Kidman. Maybe in person that looks good, but the stiff embroidered pieces coming off her waist over her hips? Not a good look IMO.

    Though I did enjoy reading a quote recently from Helena saying someone had to dress like a train wreck for occasions like this, and why not be that person and have fun with it. Lol.

    And to be equal opportunity, I truly hope Christian Bale’s beard is for a movie role :shock:

    Cate Blanchett looks good. She almost always does.

  • girlygirl

    James Franco is twitvidding stuff from backstage

    http://www.whosay.com/jamesfranco/videos/14025

  • Ratna12

    madnessinmotion,

    You’re too funny.
    It used to be only the Oscar that is shown live on the West Coast , but lately there were several other award shows that were live too. I forgot what they were.

  • lorismile

    Natalie Portman looks gorgeous!

  • kvwicks13

    I don’t think Jennifer looks that good. The orange dress is too much!

  • madnessinmotion

    So far James Franco and Anne Hathaway are off to a great start.

    So far I am off to a 1-1 start on the pool. :)

  • madnessinmotion

    Kirk Douglas used to be in a wheelchair. Great to see him walking!

  • Ratna12

    Jennifer looks OK, but I just don’t like too much cleavage for Oscar, maybe Grammy.
    Love Mila Kunis and Halle Berry dresses and Helena B Carter managed to not dress up too weird.

  • ptslittlecomment

    I tried to join the pool too, thought I did this afternoon but just opened up my computer to see it didn’t go through. Oh well. Maybe next time :( Anyway, I’m 2-1 so far (at least I printed it out so I can see what picks I made :)

  • Kirkee

    Yeah Melissa Leo!

  • Ratna12

    Oh no, leave it to Melissa Leo to get bleeped.
    how long is this speech ??

  • madnessinmotion

    That is one of my favorite acceptance speeches of aaaallll time…thank you Melissa Leo!!

  • jersey

    These speeches are annoyingly long.

  • girlygirl

    i’m already bored

  • madnessinmotion

    James and Anne still on the right track….not so for me; 1-4 so far. :)

  • steph6449

    I don’t get it, why the matching white suits?

  • Ratna12

    i’m already bored

    It just seems so disorganized.
    Hate the Kirk Douglas thing, not funny at all to me.

  • useless

    Melissa Leo wasn’t beeped here in Canada. Frankly, I could have done without her faked surprise completely. Somebody described her her whole “bit” as as “actressy”………”phoney” is more like it… Ratna12, I agree

  • madnessinmotion

    I absoultely loved King’s Speech. The best movie I have seen in years. Black Swan was also awesome but King’s Speech left me feeling a happy high that lasted for days.

  • girlygirl

    I wonder how old that screenwriter who just won for TKS is? He doesn’t look THAT old — certainly not old enough to set some kind of record

  • ptslittlecomment

    As for Melissa Leo, well there was real talk in Hollywood that she had blown it when she paid for full page ads campaigning for the Oscar herself – that is simply not done (the movie’s production company or the publicist normally handles that. She created LOTS of backlash in the biz for so blatantly going after it. Several handicappers predicted an upset.

  • madnessinmotion

    OMG, James. :)

    ETA: That dress was funny but could have ruined his good hosting run if he wore it very long.

  • Dakota01

    Reese looks perfect … like a movie star. That’s how you dress for the Oscars.

  • webster

    wonder how old that screenwriter who just won for TKS is? He doesn’t look THAT old — certainly not old enough to set some kind of record

    I read an interview with some other writer in their 50s who was saying writers were stoked by his nomination. Apparently it’s an award that goes to youngins. Seems odd.

  • Miss Blue

    Oh good. Christian Bale wins. This was probably the most-deserved of all the awards. So glad.

    Guess I’m now up to 18 points in the pool, if this was a 4 pointer.

    I’m really enjoying the show this year. Couple of bumps – I could have done without the Anne Hathaway singing – but overall, pretty good so far. And I haven’t seen anyone who is an utter train-wreck, dress-wise.

  • Grammie Kari

    Well, I have them all except for Animated Short (one point) but I didn’t see that film. YAY! I wish I could eliminate the photos because it is taking 5 minutes to get to this thread. Bad computer service.

  • useless

    girlygirl, I THINK he was also referring to the fact that he wrote it a long, long time ago and the Queen Mother asked him to hold off until she died to bring it to the screen. So out of respect he waited and waited…..and waited. She died when she was about 102 yrs old.

  • Ratna12

    I absoultely loved King’s Speech. The best movie I have seen in years. Black Swan was also awesome but King’s Speech left me feeling a happy high that lasted for days.

    Agree, I did not think I would root for any movie this year. But after watching The King’s Speech, I am rooting for that movie. It is like an underdog movie and I love Kings and Queens. I feel for the Queen Mother because some say she resented the fact that because of the abdication of her brother in law, it shortened her husband’s live after he became king.

  • girlygirl

    useless

    oh, interesting. yeah she died fairly recently, from what I remember

  • Grammie Kari

    Ratna12:
    02/27/2011 at 8:52 pm
    Jennifer looks OK, but I just don’t like too much cleavage for Oscar, maybe Grammy.

    I thought the same thing. The dress is gorgeous, but the top does look bad. Jennifer looks proud of her body – good for her.

  • madnessinmotion

    No slam on the score for Social Network but the score for 127 Hours went a long way in carrying that movie and keeping it moving since a very large part of it had no dialogue at all. I really thought 127 Hours would get that one.

  • Grammie Kari

    I chose, “How to Train A Dragon”. No such luck. I saw it three times and loved the music. Of course, I saw Toy Story 3 four times. LOL!

  • idolfan92

    I think Inception should’ve won Best Score. Hans Zimmer is a musical genius. It’s kind of ridiculous the Social Network beat it.

  • useless

    At the 2008 Emmy’s when Ricky Gervais came out to give pointers to making a good acceptance speech he said, “Keep it short…particularly if you are not on-screen talent…nobody wants to hear from the producers…don’t cry, it’s pathetic, it’s just an award.” They should replay his advice and not just for the producers…. Yikes…..what the heck is Cate Blanchett wearing ?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that it’s really unnecessary to thank wives/husbands/partners/children unless s/he/they contributed to the movie/work.

  • lorismile

    I think that it’s really unnecessary to thank wives/husbands/partners/children unless s/he/they contributed to the movie/work.

    I disagree. They have to live with the crazy hours, time away from home, etc….

  • Lucy1234

    Anybody else think this is one of the most BORING Academy Awards?

  • Grammie Kari

    Mandy Moore’s dress is perfect for her!

    Did anyone go back and change a choice and your first choice was the right one? I’m out of it now. Lost a big one.

    I really thought 127 Hours would get that one [score].

    I voted this for Best Song.

  • s0x_prisoner

    “Some dude” who sang with Mandy Moore is Zachary Levi! He was the one who sang with Katharine McPhee in “Terrified.” He’s also the star of Chuck, aka my favorite TV show ever… haha.

    Anyway, I think these Oscars are pretty boring so far. I haven’t laughed that many times.

    But LOL, Jake Gyllenhaal is totally right about short films and Oscar pools… hahaha

  • sillypraguer

    I think that it’s really unnecessary to thank wives/husbands/partners/children unless s/he/they contributed to the movie/work.

    If nothing else, it’s kinda like saying “hi mom” when you’re on the news. Doesn’t irk me.

  • useless

    I agree with everyone here who’s finding this sooooo boring … except for this guy who DOES need a haircut….

  • Ratna12

    LOL, ” I should have a hair cut.”
    Yeah, but it won’t be as memorable.

  • madnessinmotion

    “I shoulda gotten a haircut” haha. At least we know Adam will never be saying something like that in an acceptance speech. That was cute.

  • steph6449

    Eeps, this phony musical thing is pretty stupid :?

    Cute with Anne H. having fun with the fringe, though. Lol.
    .

    Not a good look for Oprah.

  • useless

    Why can’t i stop staring at Oprah’s chest? Geez, with all the money she has, couldn’t she have gotten a more flattering dress? Liked Anne’s dress moment. She’s just so darn likeable! Can’t wait to see her on Glee!

  • Miss Blue

    Cool. Inside Job is a movie everyone in this country should see, as it explains why we’re in the economic mess we’re in.

    Plus, it moved me up to 35th place in the pool, lol.

  • Grammie Kari

    Anybody else think this is one of the most BORING Academy Awards?

    Lucy, I think Anne Hathaway is doing fine, but James Franco seems a bit sleepy. Or something else. Yes, I do find it to be a bit b-o-r-i-n-g.

  • girlygirl

    Inside Job was co-written and edited by a friend of Jim Cantiello’s!

  • Ratna12

    I don’t think they will give hosting jobs to actors next year. This show needs some energy and Anne has it but James is too low energy. Sometimes it is the fault of the movies nominated, but I don’t know about this year.

    OK, Billy, save this show.

  • Miss Chaos

    OOOOO Billy I hardly know ya!!!!!

  • madnessinmotion

    Loved the interaction between Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. One of those rare moments when the scripted “banter” was actually funny.

  • Ratna12

    If they want to give the hosting job to an actor, someone like Robert Downey will be OK.

  • madnessinmotion

    I love Robert Downey Jr. I am so glad he got his sh** together. Would have been a major loss if he had not.

  • useless

    OK, guys, since the Academy was trying to get young people to watch the show, which “Young Hollywood” stars would you have picked to host? I still like Anne bc of her energy, but Franco is just to low key… (Even timberlake is not a “real” actor and I don’t particularly like him, he can be pretty witty…) I like Downey, too, but I don’t think he is considered “young hollywood”…

  • madnessinmotion

    I hope “Rise Up” takes the Oscar for best song. I remember the emotion that song created in me when I saw 127 Hours.

    ETA: OK, I meant “If I Rise”. Sorry it didn’t win. I am not doing very well on my guesses tonight. I have only gotten 5 categories correct.

  • steph6449

    Gwyneth looks really uncomfortable for some reason starting out this song. And kinda stiff. ETA: And finishing the song, also stiff. I forgot it was going to be such a short excerpt.

    Jennifer Hudson didn’t look extremely comfortable either but good for her for her first (?) appearance as a presenter for the Oscars.

  • Ratna12

    Yeah Randy Newman !

  • ptslittlecomment

    Well congrats Randy! You were my first choice – but I changed it at the last minute!

  • madnessinmotion

    Gweneth’s performance at the Grammy’s was panned pretty badly. I wonder if that had anything to do with her seeming so uncomfortable up there this evening.

  • Grammie Kari

    Awwww… although I loved the song from 127 hours, I am happy for Randy Neuman. Loved Toy Story 3! I am out of the pool, but it’s been fun.

    My DH commented that James Franco is not looking at Anne. I watched when she asked him how he was doing, and he never looked at her to answer. Where is this supposed chemistry? Again, Anne is doing the best she can. Loved the moment when Billy Crystal came out!

  • Reflections On Life

    i’m glad they are withholding applause during the memoriam. it always seemed pretty tacky to clap for some and not for others.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    The show is AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :)
    Im happy mostly but Country Strong shouldve totally won for best song-the toy story one SUCKED

    STFU celine dion, i dont want to smile D: she’s annoying…

  • madnessinmotion

    Wow, they didn’t show Corey Haim in this memoriam either. How sad for his family and friends. :(

  • lovingadam

    boring ……

  • steph6449

    Gweneth’s performance at the Grammy’s was panned pretty badly. I wonder if that had anything to do with her seeming so uncomfortable up there this evening.

    She almost looked to me as if she had trouble seeing or with her audio. Or both.

    Whatever it was, wasn’t fun to watch :? And that song, just not interesting in the first place to the degree I can judge from the short portion she performed.

  • Banished

    The top front of Cate Blanchette’s dress reminds me of the back of a dining room chair!! This show is dragging. Anne H. is adorable, but the whole show seems too subdued. Then again, I loved Rickey Gervais!

  • ptslittlecomment

    That is why you thank your mother!

  • Ratna12

    Awwww, I love that kind of anecdote. Love it.
    And Tom just gave a great tribute to all the moms.

  • Grammie Kari

    Gweneth’s performance was bland; Celine Dion’s was beautiful.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Aw jeez, Melissa Leo and Tom Hooper ruined this Oscar pool for me. :P
    Really surprised, I thought David Fincher had this! I’m probably going to come somewhere in the middle then.

  • useless

    I think the only person Natalie missed was her dog walker…

  • steph6449

    Aww. Sandra. Love her.
    .

    Celine isn’t one of my favorites usually, but she did well. Nice restrained performance.
    .

    I think the only person Natalie missed was her dog walker…

    She left out the dogwalker? :shock:

  • Ratna12

    Yeah, Mr Darcy got an Oscar !

  • steph6449

    Yay for Colin Firth.

  • Reflections On Life

    sandra bullock is doing such a fantastic job as a presenter!
    james franco should stick to acting. seems super smug.
    natalie portman seems so natural, unassuming, grounded, articulate, like a normal human being, not like a movie star.
    love colin firth ever since bbc’s pride and prejudice 15? yrs ago.
    never realized how beautiful nicole kidman is.
    looks like colin firth’s personality is the role that hugh grant usually plays.

  • madnessinmotion

    Yay, Colin. Loved the speech, too. :)

  • girlygirl

    yay Colin! Such an amazing actor — and he’s adorable. Good speech, too

  • madnessinmotion

    I didn’t realize James Franco also stars on a daytime soap. I thought actors gave up their day job once they made it to the big screen. He must just really love to act.

    I have been a fan of his since the beginning. He was great in 127 Hours. I knew how it would end and he still kept my attention even though he went a lot of the movie with no dialogue.

  • Ratna12

    Spielberg should say ET as film that did not win an Oscar.
    It was most deserving, still makes me mad every year I watch that movie.

  • madnessinmotion

    I have seen all but 1 of the best picture nominations. I think this is the 1st year that has ever happened.

  • steph6449

    love colin firth ever since bbc’s pride and prejudice 15? yrs ago.

    I hope that wasn’t really 15 years ago?? :shock: ETA: eek, I guess so. 1995.
    .

    Didn’t like the way they used the King’s Speech voiceover over all the other nominees.

  • madnessinmotion

    Yay!!!!! Yay!!!! Yay!!!! King’s Speech wins so its okay that I only guessed 7 categories right. I got the one that really matters. :)

  • Grammie Kari

    Really surprised, I thought David Fincher had this! I’m probably going to come somewhere in the middle then.

    Me, too sOx – I lost major points on this one too. Talk about the time, I was 35 minutes off but I thought the show started at 8:00 PM. Still would have lost, though.

    This was certainly a long show. They do need a comedian to be a host! It’s finally over…

  • Ratna12

    I didn’t realize James Franco also stars on a daytime soap. I thought actors gave up their day job once they made it to the big screen. He must just really love to act.

    He was on and off as this madman creating havoc.
    On last Friday’s episode, he appeared for about a minute at the end wearing a tuxedo because he had to go to an important event.

  • webster

    I’m glad King’s Speech won, but I actually picked Social Network in the pool. Love that Colin won – I’ve been a fan since I saw him way back in this film with Kenneth Branagh. I think they must have both been in their 20s.

    A lot of good movies this year. The hosts were good, but the show still dragged. They need to tighten up e speeches.

  • glambotgram

    I didn’t realize James Franco also stars on a daytime soap. I thought actors gave up their day job once they made it to the big screen. He must just really love to act.

    He has a recurring roll on General Hospital, a mad murdering artist. Here’s a funny connection, every time he is on they play Adam’s Mad World as background music.

    He will be on tomorrow.

  • madnessinmotion

    lol, glambotgram. I had never heard that. Considering how I feel like a vacuum that picks up every bit of Adam trivia I am surprised that slipped by me. I am tempted to tape the show tomorrow just to see that happen. :)

  • sonyab

    Ratna12:

    Hate the Kirk Douglas thing, not funny at all to me.

    Oh that’s to bad! I enjoyed him tonight. He made me laugh. Always love seeing him. :)

  • sonyab

    That guy who said he needs a haircut! ROFL! I have never seen him before. I actually like his afro hair. :) What’s his name? I forgot. It’s nice seeing Cate Blanchet! What’s with that dress though? Hey Cate you spilled mustard on it! Were you eating a hot dog before the awards? :) Great to see Billy Crystal! YAY! :) LOVED seeing Bob Hope.

  • standtotheright

    Pros:

    1) The Academy actually honored the winners as a group, as opposed to that one year where they set up the caste system where the “boring” technical and less-marquee film nominees had to accept their awards in the middle of the aisles (still the worst telecast I’ve seen; I was appalled). Bringing them all back out to sing with the kids was kind of cute.
    2) RDJ delivers all his banter with impeccable comic timing. Invariably.
    3) Aaron Sorkin’s daughter’s guinea pig is ON NOTICE.

    Cons:
    1) The Best Actor/Actress puffery presentations were streamlined to one presenter when they should have been entirely eliminated. I’ve hated that “innovation” for three years running.
    2) If only one co-host is even trying to seem enthusiastic about being there, the team sinks. Franco is a super-smart guy, but he should have been smart enough to turn it down if he didn’t want to give a shit.
    3) I’ll be honest: TKS was a well-done film, but picking it felt safe. I think TSN is going to hold up better over time.

    Here’s hoping they tighten up for next year.

  • Miss Blue

    Okie doke. Very happy with the show. Would have preferred a few different winners, but this year all of the actors/movies were deserving so I can’t be upset.

    First time in a poll here and I finished in 21st place. I’ll take it. And next time, I’ll follow my gut instead of Roger Ebert, lol.

  • useless

    Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey JR should host next year.

  • AZIdolFan

    useless:
    02/28/2011 at 12:07 am
    Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey JR should host next year.

    or just Robert Downey Jr. he has proven his great comedic timing. maybe he just doesn’t want to do it :)

    I’m very happy with the results. I got all four actor awards right! yay me! as soon as Tom won best director for The King’s Speech I knew the academy was going to give best picture to it too.

    I loved how they used The King’s Speech over all the movie clips. It just fit. I loved it!

    If I Rise should have won for best song. I love me some Randy Newmann but this wasn’t the best song of the year. But oh well I don’t wanna take away from his 20th(!!!!) nomination and only his 2nd win.

    I love Anne Hathaway and I think James was so nervous he just couldn’t relax. I guess. IDK. :D

  • Indigobunting

    Late to the party and didn’t watch the Oscar’s because I was out with Hubbie watching The King’s Speech! LOL.

    J Hud looks gorgeous. Fantastic dress.

    I’ll have to read the thread since I wasn’t able to watch.

    Thanks for the thread, MJ

  • Marie Ruffin

    Opening has hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco CGI’d into the nominated films. Funny. Alec Baldwin makes an appearance!

    Mj, they stole the opening from Billy Crystal who has done it many times before. Don’t their writers have original material? must they go to the vault for their material?

    Here comes Kirk Douglas. Wow. Going for the one liners with the stroke-affected speech impediment. Yikes. He’s presenting Best Supporting Actress. But…good for him?

    No, IMO…it was embarassing. If they wanted to bring a WWI Hollywood actor out to present, how about Mickey Rooney or Borgnine? Usually the last year’s male best supporting presents to the female.

  • webster

    Interesting little process: the engraving. On the oscars iPad app I’m watching the winners go up to this special bar to get their names on the Oscar. Just watched the haircut guy get his. They check in with this lady on a lap top, then hand their Oscar over to one of several men dressed like bartenders in whir gloves. They put Oscar gently into this reclining stand and un fasten part of his base. Somebody brings over a replacement part of the base with that’s engraved. They show it to the recipient for spell checking, then screw it on to Oscar and then polish him up real well.. It’s kind of a genteel herd, sipping drinks. Hadn’t thought of the logistics.

  • Miss Chaos

    James Franco kinda has that layed back personality, on everything I have seen him on, but he kinda looked like he had the deer in the headlights look, I didnt expect that from him, I think he was just trying to do a good job. In the previews of him hosting the show, he was very funny. Or maybe he was drunk, heck if I know. I still am a fan. wWy is it that Bob Hope has been dead for so many years yet is funnier than all the cussing comics of now adays. I say bring back Bob Hope for next year, they can dub him in like they did tonite.

  • sf3456

    Ratna12:
    Hate the Kirk Douglas thing, not funny at all to me.

    Kirk Douglas was the best. He was funnier than the actual hosts.

    Yay to The King’s Speech. Haven’t seen it; looks good. I just know I didn’t want The Social Network to win so I’m glad King’s Speech won Picture and Director.

    No surprise winners, though. I was really rooting for a surprise win. Didn’t get one. That sucks.

  • bridget

    James Franco kinda has that layed back personality, on everything I have seen him on, but he kinda looked like he had the deer in the headlights look, I didnt expect that from him, I think he was just trying to do a good job.

    Headlights – very bright ones. That would explain this twitpic Franco tweeted of himself, his co-host, and Oprah:

    http://www.whosay.com/jamesfranco/photos/14073

  • Grammie Kari

    THE AWARDS WERE PRETTY WELL DISTRIBUTED FOR THE TOP THREE ON TV:
    The King’s Speech = 12 Nominations 4 Wins

    Inception 8 4

    The Social Network 8 3

    The Fighter 7 2

    Toy Story 3 5 2

    Alice in Wonderland 3 2

    Black Swan 5 1

  • Grammie Kari

    I think Kirk Douglas gives hope to thousands who have strokes each year. Bravo!

  • mmb

    Much as I love Franco and Hathaway, and I had actually seen a fair number of the best pic nominees, last nights show was terrible. The set was bad, the hosts did virtually nothing, there were no surprises in the major categories. Just nothing interesting or water cooler worthy happened. I liked both tks and tsn. Would have been happy with a win for either, but probably would have preferred social network because it’s more modern. Oscar too often goes to period pieces. If you haven’t seen the kids are all right do! It’s terrific

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Got the major awards right. Would have been even happier with an award to Geoffrey Rush, but I love Christian Bale too. I haven’t seen the entire show (taped most of it), but looked up Robert Downey Jr. and Sandra Bullock on youtube and agree that they were great.

    Sandra Bullock http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW-tuW85LK4

    Robert Downey Jr. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_hdIrrG-q0

  • BootStar

    Yay, Mr. Darcy!!! He is so made of win in every way, but that show last night was bloody awful. What a colossal bore. The only truly entertaining moments were Christian Bale forgetting his wife’s name, Colin’s acceptance speech, and that hilarious dude with the afro who won best short something or other.

    And, man, can we please officially lay to rest the ridiculous claim that Gwyneth Paltrow is ANY kind of country singer, let a lone a “rising star of country music” or whatever nonsense was proclaimed last night? That may have been the worst singing I’ve ever seen on any awards show. Taylor Swift is sending her roses this morning.

  • Ladybug

    I embarrasingly agree with the Tweeter I read last night who said she just wanted to run her fingers through Colin Firth’s hair. Sigh… He most deserved the win this year and even more so last year for “A Single Man.” So I think he won for both movies, frankly. I, too, was delighted that “Speech” won. Most deserving.
    I guess I didn’t much mind the hosts, but I miss Billy Crystal. Hell, I miss Johnny Carson and Bob Hope, but there you go. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great either and awards shows are, by nature, just kinda dull.
    I did think the opening sequence with the “Inception” theme was genius and laugh out loud funny. Not much else quite measured up to that, except, of course, for Colin’s acceptance speech. ;)

  • LK11

    Jennifer Hudson is gorgeous!

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    jhud looks pretty :) shes still fat for hollywood (but gorgeous) but skinny for real life

  • steph6449

    And, man, can we please officially lay to rest the ridiculous claim that Gwyneth Paltrow is ANY kind of country singer, let a lone a “rising star of country music” or whatever nonsense was proclaimed last night? That may have been the worst singing I’ve ever seen on any awards show. Taylor Swift is sending her roses this morning.

    I thought she was pretty awful, but more from total lack of camera connection and performing ability than being extremely off pitch. On balance, I’d prefer to have seen (not heard) Taylor :shock: who at least looks pretty and charming vs. ill, stiff, and terrified.

    I did read in a country blog today though that Gwyneth is shopping for a record deal as a solo recording country artist :?