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LIVE BLOG: Terry Terrones on the Academy Awards
Final thoughts - That's it folks! Four hours of live blogging is in the bag. I hope you enjoyed it. I sure had a good time. A couple of items to touch on before I call it a night. I thought that overall, host Seth MacFarlane did a pretty good job. He mixed current pop culture with older references, giving a little something to everybody. I wouldn't have minded a little more Seth in fact. He seemed to have more to do during the first half of the show, then disappeared a bit after that...After reviewing the list of winners, I can't see anyone who can really be miffed. I think the right people won and nobody was screwed over. There were a couple suprises, which broke up some of the night's predictability, but overall it was satisfying...It was nice to see "Life of Pi" do well. It was a fantastic picture. To be honest, after all the early season awards, I didn't see it earning as much as it did. It was a pleasant surprise...I almost (almost) feel bad for Hugh Jackman. I think he would have won the Best Actor Oscar if "Lincoln" had come out a different year.
If you're reading this after the Academy Awards has ended and want to get caught up on the commentary, start at the bottom of this post and work your way up. That might seem counter intuitive but this post is written in reverse chronological order. Thanks for hanging out!
9:55 - And the Best Picture Oscar goes to "Argo!" Jack Nicholson scurries off to find his sunglasses and his limo full of Los Angeles Lakers cheerleaders.
9:52 - Jack Nicholson introduces Michelle Obama via Skype to talk about the Best Picture category. Time to put this bad boy to bed.
9:48 - And Meryl says, without even looking at her card because it was such a foregone conclusion, "The Oscar goes to Daniel Day-Lewis". It was as if she said, "By the power invested in me, I choose DDL." Game over.
9:45 - Speaking of Meryl Streep, here she is to hand Daniel Day-Lewis his Academy Award.
9:43 - And J-Law wins! And then proceeds to trip on the stairs on her way to accept. The win is very well deserved, Lawrence was fantastic. She's the next Meryl Streep.
9:40 - The dude who won last year's Best Actor award (Don't ask me his name, I've been live blogging for almost four hours, cut me some slack.) is out to hand out the Best Actress Oscar. I'm rooting for my ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence.
9:34 - Whoa! Our second surprise of the night! Ang Lee wins Best Director for "Life of Pi." I guess the name Richard Parker got stuck in Academy voters' heads as well.
9:33 - Alright, time for Best Director. Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda (who still looks amazing at 75, she's America's Helen Mirren) are out to present.
9:26 - And Tarantino wins Best Original Screenplay for "Django Unchained." Note to self, start writing screenplays with revisionist history and lots of violence.
9:24 - Chris Terrio wins Best Adapted Screenplay for "Argo." Ben Affleck is getting all sorts of love tonight. That Best Pic win is starting to look more and more like a certainty.
9:15 - How pathetic is the Best Original Song field? A song from the movie "Ted" and a song sung by ScarJo were nominated. Naturally, Adele wins for "Skyfall." Cue Iago the parrot from an earlier link.
9:11 - "Life of Pi" wins for Original Score. I guess if it has no shot at Best Picture (sadly) it'll clean up on some of the lesser awards.
9:09 - Little known fact, Renee Zellweger had to memorize her lines for tonight. She can't read the cue cards because her eyes are always closed.
9:08 - And again we're given some actors who were in the movie "Chicago" who are out to present an award. The Academy is treating this film like it was "Casablanca."
9:01 - Babs is dead?!? Is this one of those Tupac holograms or something?!?
9:00 - Who will be the final In Memoriam person? Place your bets!
8:57 - Time for the "In Memoriam" part of the program. Here's where you say, "Oh my gosh, I didn't know (insert name here) died."
8:56 - I've just seen the third KRDO promo featuring Matt Meister. The dude is getting more air time tonight than Jennifer Lawrence.
8:50 - Selma Hayek is out to talk about the Governors Awards. I know what you're thinking. Why is she wearing that? You KNOW what I mean.
8:48 - Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart are out to present an Oscar for production design. I really like Radcliffe but Stewart should be called Pinocchio for how wooden her acting is.
8:46 - Just saw a clip from "Django Unchained." While I enjoyed the film, I felt it was the weakest of the Best Pic nominees. Discuss.
8:45 - Nicole Kidman came out to talk about some of tonight's Best Picture nominees. I just checked with my bookie and the over/under on the number of plastic surgeries she's had is five.
8:38 - Okay, that last comment might be a sign I've been sitting for too long and I'm starting to get punchy.
8:37 - What would make this "Skyfall" song cool was if Daniel Craig was rolling around with a PPK shooting at bad guys as they fall off of balconies. Then Javier Bardem could come out and they could fist fight! Yeah!
8:35 - Adele is out to sing "Skyfall." You can tell I've watched too many episodes of "Glee" because I keep waiting for her to mash up the song with "Rolling in the Deep" or "Someone Like You."
8:33 - "Argo" wins its first Oscar of the night for flim editing. Off camera Ben Affleck is giving the bird to the Academy under his suit coat.
8:31 - Sandra Bullock is out to present and compares film editors to butchers with a straight face. THAT is why she won an Oscar.
8:23 - And Anne Hathaway wins. Here's how surprised I was.
8:21 - Time for Best Supporting Actress. Anne Hathaway is a shoe in but I wish Sally Field would get the Oscar.
8:19 - A "Sound of Music" joke! Sure it was made in 1965 but I thought it was funny. Seth is showing his pop culture knowledge tonight with his wide range of jokes.
8:15 - "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" share the Oscar for Sound Editing. I don't really know what that is. However, this is the first tie I can remember seeing on the Oscars. I think they should Rock, Paper, Lizard, Lizard, Spock to see who wins.
8:13 - "Les Mis" won an award but I didn't catch what it was for. I was too stunned by Marky Mark's performance to concentrate.
8:10 - The stuffed bear Ted (from the movie "Ted") makes an appearance with Mark Wahlberg. Pretending to talk to a CGI bear is the best acting I've ever seen Wahlberg do.
8:07 - A couple thoughts on the "Les Mis" song. First, I kept waiting for Hugh Jackman to pop out his Wolverine claws. Second, whoever told Russell Crowe he could sing is a liar liar pants on fire.
8:02 - Or they could have shown this clip from "Family Guy" where Stewie dances with Gene Kelly.
8:00 - If the Academy wants to celebrate music in film, they should have had Travolta dress like his character from "Saturday Night Fever" and do a dance routine with Jennifer Lawrence. Now THAT would have been impressive.
7:51 - Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Garner give the Best Foreign Language Film to "Amour." Not surprising. What is surprising is that Garner looks like Kareem Abdul Jabbar standing next to Chastain.
7:44 - "Searching for Sugar Man" wins best documentary feature. I didn't see it but I did see the "60 Minutes" feature on it and it was pretty interesting. Mostly because it was the Cliff Notes version of a documentary and that's how I can most easily digest them.
7:43 - Ben Affleck is out to talk documentaries. He's rocking a beard which makes him look like a young Steven Spielberg. If he starts wearing glasses it's another sign that he really wants to be taken seriously as a director.
7:37 - Anything Liam Neeson does is cool. Don't believe me? Watch him order a pizza.
7:35 - "Inocente" wins Best Documentary Short. This might be the slow section of the night where it's a good time to grab something to eat. On the menu for tonight is chili. In case you were curious.
7:33 - Do you want to know who won the Oscar for Live Action Short Film? It was "Curfew." Unless you're an Academy member, chances are you never saw it.
7:29 - They already said it wouldn't happen but it would've been nice if all the actors who had played Bond had come out on stage. I guess Roger Moore doesn't like to go out much now that his hair looks like Donald Trump's.
7:26 - I like to turn songs into jokes by changing the lyrics. "Goldfinger" is really easy to do that with. Since this is a family site I'll leave it to your imagination. That and I don't want to get fired.
7:21 - Yes! Time for a Bond celebration! Where's my shaken not stirred martini?!? And my Walther PPK? And Judi Dench to tell me what to do? And George Lazenby? Whatever happened to that guy?
7:20 - "Les Miserable" wins for hair and makeup. I'm not impressed. Have you seen Helena Bonham Carter's hair? It always looks like that.
7:19 - "Anna Karenina" wins for costume design. I think this is where "The Avengers" should have cleaned up. Can you imagine how hard it is to make an Iron Man suit?
7:16 - Lots of humor on tonight's show. Or I should say "attempted" humor. Each presenter has had a mini-skit to perform. Sadly most of them aren't working.
7:12 - So now the hurry-up-your-speech-is-over tune is music from the movie "Jaws." That's actually not a bad idea. Now if a land shark came out if a person refused to leave the stage, that would be even better.
7:10 - And "Life of Pi" again wins for Visual Effects. What a great movie. I saw it with my family and we all had the name "Richard Parker" in our head for days afterwards. My version of "Richard Parker" was voiced by the guy who plays Raj on "Big Bang Theory."
7:07 - Claudio Miranda ("Life of Pi") wins an Oscar for cinemetography. I wish George Lucas would have talked to him before he filmed "Star Wars" episodes 1-3. He seems to actually know how to use CGI.
7:04 - Best Actress nominee Quvenhane Wallis is nine. Nine! When I was nine my world revolved around Star Wars action figures and she's got an Academy Award nom.
7:00 - "Brave" wins Best Animated film. The award is accepted by a guy wearing a kilt. I give him my "Best Dressed Man" award. Suits are so dull.
6:58 - "Paperman" wins the Oscar for Best Animated short. More shocking is that there's a short film of "The Simpsons" that I never saw.
6:56 - I'm pretty sure Seth MacFarlane is NOT to blame for the lame Paul Rudd/Melissa McCarthy monologue.
6:50 - Wow, Christoph Waltz is the winner! A bit of a surprise. When I talked to my brother earlier today that's who he had but my choice was Tommy Lee Jones. I love Waltz, one of my favorite actors.
6:47 - Time for our first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor. Still wondering why Alan Arkin was nominated but John Goodman wasn't.
6:45 - MacFarlane is killing it! He gives more jokes per line than anybody I know. If you don't pay attention, you'll miss them.
6:41 - And now we get to the movie spoof part! I hope there's a Muppet version.
6:37 - I appreciate that boob list of movie's Seth MacFarlane just sang about. He went too fast though, I didn't have time to write them all down.
6:30-6:36 - Good start for Seth MacFarlane (who I love). The best parts included a dig at "The Artist" (still can't believe it won Best Pic), Tommy Lee Jones laughing, an inappropriate slavery joke, and a visit from Captain Kirk!
6:30 - And here we go! Hoping for a movie spoof montage from Seth.
6:26 - I keep getting asked (by the voices in my head) who I'm wearing tonight. Well my gray Broncos sweatpants are from JC Penny. A friend bought me this Beatles hoodie and my wife bought me some colored socks for Christmas. I'll be tweeting a pic of my cool socks at @terryterrones later.
6:21 - While you're waiting for the Academy Awards to start, I highly recommend this short Funny or Die Oscar clip. Very funny. It's only five minutes long. And it has Sally Field! And Emmanuel Lewis! (BTW it's NSFW)
6:13 - The E! ladies are talking about Sandra Bullock. Somene please explain to me why she's considered attractive. I feel the same way about her that Seth MacFarlane feels about Sarah Jessica Parker.
6:10 - Oh yeah, I'll also be posting some pictures as I deem them relevant. Be sure to check the photo album on the right.
6:07 - Before things start getting "serious" allow me to set the scene for you here at Casa De Terrones. I'm not hosting an Oscar party. That didn't make much sense since I have to write during the event. So, I'm here in the ass groove of my couch with my dog Butters, the Mrs, and a large flat screen TV. And maybe a beverage of some sort. Feel free to share your evening on the comments section of this post or you can email me at email@example.com.
6:06 - Danggit! I spoke to soon. Here's Seacrest talking about clothes. Gah!
6:04 - Coming to you live from the basement of my house! It's the first annual Gazette Academy Award Live Blog (or GAALB for short). I'm currently watching the E! networks red carpet show. I can't handle Ryan Seacrest, unless Borat is dropping ashes on him.
Hello everybody! Welcome to the Gazette live blog for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. I'll be providing running commentary throughout the evening's festivities. You can expect discussion on the night's big winners and also some quips on anything else that's going on that might be water cooler worthy.
If you've read any of my Bachelor posts (here and here are a couple of samples) you'll know what to expect from this live blog. I love movies and take them very seriously, but I'll certainly have fun with Hollywood's big night as well.
If you haven't already, take a quick peek at my Oscar preview which ran in the Gazette on Friday. That way you can call your bookie and lay some money down before things get started.
To keep up with the action here all you have to do is refresh the page every now and then. If you'd like to participate, feel free to leave a comment on this post or you can email me (my email address is below my name). Since this is a live blog, posts will be done in reverse order so if you jump in late, start at the bottom and work your way up.
Enjoy the show!