Sunday, February 24, 2013

LIVE Blogging of the 85th Annual Academy Awards

In about one half an hour from now, the 85th Annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC, hosted by comedian and animator (among things) Seth McFarlane.  The stars are out tonight for Hollywood’s Biggest Night of the year.  The Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln” leads with 12 nominations, including Best Picture.  However, the film that has dominated the major accolades has been “Argo”, with seven nominations.  There are a lot of headlines that could be made tonight, such as the most wins for Best Actor by one individual, the oldest winner for Best Actress, and the youngest winner for Best Actress (and when the nominees were announced, we saw the first time an acting category was filled with past winners – Best Supporting Actor).  Sit back, stay tuned, and grab some snacks, because it will be a long and exciting ride.

8:08PM - Only Brad Oltmanns and Rick Rosas from the Accounting Firm of Price Waterhouse know who the winners are right now, as the two accountants walk down the Red Carpet.  Within the next 3.5 hours, we’ll know who the winners are.

8:13PM- Okay, Kristin Chenoweth has been asking what is in the secret box.  What the hell was in it?  Oh, Ruby Red Slippers, on loan from the Smithsonian Institute (yes, Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers, Chenoweth was on “Wicked” in Broadway).

8:28PM- The Oscar Ceremony is just two minutes away.  Here is a recap of The DJBC Happy Hour’s final Oscar Predictions: (oh, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 swept the Razzies last night, taking home seven awards, including Worst Picture, Director, and Worst Actress for Kristen Stewart, who arrived on the Oscar Red Carpet in crutches)

8:28PM- LIVE New York Times Oscar Updates (Scroll Down for their 538 Blog Post Predictions): 

8:30PM- It’s Showtime!  (Yeah, we know it’s the Oscars)

8:31PM – “Welcome to The Oscars.  The quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins now!”

8:31PM – “From Whoopi to ___, they finally came down to me.”

8:31PM – “The story was so top secret, that the film’s director is unknown to the Academy.”

8:32PM – “Jean Dujardin won Best Actor for ‘The Artist’.  Now he’s everywhere.  His story is a sad old story.  He couldn’t make it in the talkies.”

8:33PM – “He is the sixth member of the Coppola Family to get an Oscar nomination.  ‘Look, ma!  I’ve got an ‘A’ in Spanish!’  ‘That’s impressive.  Everyone in your family has an Oscar nomination.”

8:33PM – “If you saw a cell phone, did you have to say ‘My god, what is that?’”

8:35PM – “She told me, ‘No matter if she wins or loses, thank God Meryl Streep isn’t nominated.’”- Seth MacFarlane (about Jennifer Lawrence)

8:36PM – Captain Kirk tries to prevent Seth MacFarlane from hosting the Oscars.  “Your jokes are tasteless and inappropriate.  Why couldn’t they get Tina and Amy to host.”

8:38PM – A song, “We Saw Your Boobs” with MacFarlane and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles; “Oh, trust me.  In July 2015, you joined that chorus.” - Kirk

8:39PM – Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron are dancing on the Oscar stage as Seth MacFarlane sings “The Way You Look Tonight”.

8:41PM – “Flight” with sock puppets

8:42PM – “You’re a white guy in 2013.  You can’t play a black man.”

8:43PM – MacFarlane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Daniel Radcliffe soft shoe to “High Hopes”.

8:44PM – MacFarlane (dressed as Sister Bertrille) chatting with Sally Field.

8:45PM – “I’ve got a bottle of wine and some Boniva waiting.”

8:46PM – MacFarlane sings a parody of “Be Our Guest”.

8:47PM – Last year’s Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer is here to present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (a combined 21 nominations and all five are past winners).

8:48PM – “This must be the most impressive field of nominees in this category.” – Octavia Spencer

8:50PM – Christoph Waltz wins his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar (and his second for a Quentin Tarantino film) for his role in “Django Unchained”.  Wow, upset!

8:52PM – First Commercial Break

8:55PM – Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy present the second Oscar of the night, Best Animated Short Film.

8:57PM – “Paperman” wins the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for its animator, John Kahrs.

8:59PM – McCarthy and Rudd also present the third Oscar of the night, which is Animated Feature.

9:00PM – “Brave” wins the Academy Award for Animated Feature for directors Mark Andrews (on stage wearing a kilt) and Brenda Chapman.

9:01PM – Reese Witherspoon introduces “Les Miserables”, “The Life of Pi”, and “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, one-third of this year’s Best Picture nominees.

9:04PM – “You got nominated for an Oscar.  Something that a nine year-old can do.”; “I hope I don’t lose to that old lady…Jennifer Lawrence.” – Seth MacFarlane (on Quvenzhane Wallis)

9:05PM – The Cast of “The Avengers” (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson) is on stage to present the Oscar for Cinematography, which is the fourth category of the night.  Can Roger Deakins finally win it?

9:07PM – Claudio Miranda wins the Academy Award for “Life of Pi” for Cinematography.

9:08PM – The “Avengers” quintet are also on stage to present the fifth Oscar of the night, Visual Effects.

9:10PM – The Visual Effects team (Donald R. Elliott, Bill Westenhofer, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Guillaume Rocheron) from “Life of Pi” wins the Academy Award for Visual Effects.

9:12PM – The Visual Effects team from “Life of Pi” gets cut off by “Jaws” and “The Magnificent Seven” theme…and it’s time for another commercial break.

9:16PM – Channing Tatum and Jennifer Aniston present the sixth Oscar of the night, Costume Design.

9:17PM – Jacqueline Durran wins the Academy Award for Costume Design for “Anna Karenina”.

9:18PM – Tatum and Aniston also present the seventh Oscar of the night, Makeup and Hairstyling, of which there are only three nominees.

9:19PM – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell win the Academy Award for Makeup and Hairstyling for “Les Miserables”.

9:21PM – “There are a lot of beautiful women out there tonight.  And for those you who gave themselves the flu two weeks ago to get there, it paid off.” – Seth MacFarlane

9:22PM – Halle Berry introduces the James Bond 50th Anniversary segment.

9:22PM – We are being treated to a musical montage of .007 through the last five decades of film, from “Dr. No” to “Skyfall”.

9:24PM – Dame Shirley Bassey takes to the stage to sing “Goldfinger” in the James Bond tribute.

9:28PM – Commercial Break Time

9:31PM – MacFarlane acknowledges Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the show’s producers) and the show’s director.

9:32PM – Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx present the eighth Oscar of the night, Live Action Short Film.

9:33PM – “Curfew” wins the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for Shawn Christensen.

9:35PM – Washington and Foxx also present the ninth Oscar of the night, Documentary Short Subject.

9:36PM – “Inocente” wins the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject for filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine.

9:38PM – Liam Neeson introduces three more Best Picture nominees: “Argo”, “Lincoln”, and “Zero Dark Thirty”.

9:41PM – “I can really argue that the actor that got into Abe Lincoln’s joke was John Wilkes Booth.  150 years is way too soon?  A Napoleon joke.”; “The guy goes from starring in ‘Gigli’ to becoming the most respected filmmaker.  In six months, we’ll be calling him Benjamin Affleck.”- Seth MacFarlane

9:42PM – Ben Affleck presents the tenth Oscar of the night, Documentary Feature.

9:44PM – “Searching for Sugarman” wins the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn.

9:45PM – Commercial Break

9:50PM – Jessica Chastain and (Ben Affleck’s wife) Jennifer Garner present the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

9:51PM – “Amour” wins the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for producer-director Michael Haneke.

9:52PM – MacFarlane introduces us to the Oscar Orchestra.

9:53PM – John Travolta introduces a segment on Movie Musicals from the last decade, with a performance from the cast of “Les Miserables”, but it starts off with…

9:54PM – Catherine Zeta-Jones singing “All That Jazz” from the film that won her an Academy Award from the 2002 Best Picture, “Chicago”.

9:58PM – Jennifer Hudson sings “And I’m Telling You That I’m Not Going” from her Oscar-winning role in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls”.

10:01PM – And the cast of this year’s nominated Best Picture nominee “Les Miserables” perform “One Day More” on the stage.  They sang live every day of filming, a motion picture rarity.

10:09PM – Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana introduce a segment for the Scientific and Technical Awards.

10:11PM – Mark Wahlberg and Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) introduce the next award, for Sound Mixing.

10:12PM – “Les Miserables” wins the Academy Award for Sound Mixing for Mark Paterson, Simon Bates, and Andy Nelson.

10:14PM – “I am Theodore Shapiro and I would like to donate my money to Israel forever.” – Ted Bear

10:14PM – Wahlberg and Ted also present the nominees for Sound Editing.

10:15PM – OH, shit!  We have a tie!  “Zero Dark Thirty” wins the first of two Oscars for Sound Editing for Sound Editor Paul N.J. Ottosson.

10:16PM –  The other Sound Editing Oscar goes to “Skyfall” for Sound Editors Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers.

10:19PM – Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer presents the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

10:20PM – “These actresses have been acting since they were teenagers.  And I expect them to act until they are older than me.”- Christopher Plummer

10:22PM – Anne Hathaway wins the Academy Award for her role as Fantine in “Les Miserables”, in one of the most challenging roles for an actor in cinematic history.

10:23PM – “It came true.” – Anne Hathaway on accepting her Academy Award

10:25PM – Another Commercial Break, but I heard that Adele will be performing “Skyfall” coming soon.

10:29PM – Huck Kotch, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gives his speech.

10:30PM – The Academy of Motion Pictures Museum in Los Angeles will be the first of its kind when it opens, as Kotch said.

10:30PM – Kotch introduces the six college students handing out Oscars tonight, who were winners of a nationwide contest on how they would contribute to the future of film.

10:31PM – “That’s a good idea…a bunch of co-eds and drunk producers in an open bar.”- Seth MacFarlane

10:32PM – Sandra Bullock presents the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.

10:33PM – William Goldenberg wins the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for “Argo”.

10:34PM – Lovely little Jennifer Lawrence introduces “the unstoppable” Adele, who will be performing her nominated song “Skyfall”, the title song from the latest James Bond film “Skyfall”.

10:39PM – Commercial Break

10:43PM – Nicole Kidman introduces the other three Best Picture nominees “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Django Unchained”, and “Amour”

10:44PM – “A funny, uncomfortable, viscerating look and an homage to the Spaghetti Western.”- Nicole Kidman on “Django Unchained”

10:47PM – “He’s a boy wizard and she’s a girl vampire.  They are everything the Christian Right says is wrong with Hollywood.” – Seth MacFarlane introducing presenters Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart

10:48PM – Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart present the Oscar for Production Design.

10:50PM – The ceremony is more that two hours in and “Lincoln” finally nabs an Oscar as Production Designer Rick Carter and Set Decorator Jim Erickson win the Academy Award for Best Production Design.

10:51PM – Salma Hayek-Pinault introduces the Governor’s Award winners for Honorary Oscars: D.A. Pennebaker, George Stevens Jr., and Hal Needham, plus Jeffrey Katzenberg won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

10:53PM – Pennebaker, Stevens, Needham, and Katzenberg are saluted on the Oscar stage as we segue to another commercial break.  There will be more presenters, plus the “In Memoriam” tribute coming up.

10:57PM – A bearded George Clooney introduces the “In Memoriam” segment.

11:00PM – In Memoriam: Ernest Borgnine, Eiko Ishioka, Ralph McQuarrie, Jack Klugman, Celeste Holm, Adam Yauch, Michael Clarke Duncan, Charles Durning, Carlo Rambaldi, Erland Josephson, Richard Robbins, Stephen Frankfurt, Harris Savides, Tonino Guerra, J. Michael Riva, Ulu Grosbard, Herbert Lom, Bruce Surtees, Andrew Sarris, George A. Bowers, Tony Scott, Theodore Soderberg, Lois W. Smith, Geoffrey G. Ammer, Neil Travis, Mike Hopkins, John D. Lowry, Hal David, Nora Ephron, Charles Rosen, Jake Eberts, Mike Kohut, Frank Pierson, Chris Marker, Charles C. Washburn, Ray Bradbury, Richard Rodney Bennett, Robert B. Sherman, Richard D. Zanuck, Matthew Yuricich, and Marvin Hamlisch were among those in the film industry, both in front of, and behind the camera, whom we lost in this past year.

11:02PM – Barbara Streisand pays tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch with “The Way We Were” which won two Oscars for Hamlisch back in 1974.

11:05PM – Commercial Break

11:08PM – The cast of “Chicago”: Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, and Queen Latifah (on the 10th Anniversary of the film’s Oscar Win for Best Picture) present the Oscar for Original Score.

11:10PM – Mychael (with a Y) Danna wins the Academy Award for Original Score for “Life of Pi”.

11:12PM – Gere, Zellweger, Latifah, and Zeta-Jones are also presenting the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

11:14PM – But first, Norah Jones is performing the fifth and final nominee, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from MacFarlane’s film “Ted”.

11:16PM – “Skyfall” wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song for composers Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.

11:18PM – The Lead Acting, Screenplay, Directing, and Best Picture categories are left…but more commercials….

11:23PM – Dustin Hoffman and Charlize Theron (one’s 75 and short, the other is tall and a great dancer in a dior dress) present the Screenplay Oscars.  First, Adapted Screenplay.

11:24PM – Chris Terrio wins the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Argo”.

11:26PM – Next up, Original Screenplay.

11:27PM – Quentin Tarantino wins the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Django Unchained”, Quentin’s first Oscar win since penning the Screenplay for “Pulp Fiction”.

11:27PM – “Charlize is my neighbor…” – Quentin Tarantino upon accepting his Oscar

11:28PM – “I have to cast the right people to make this film alive.” - Tarantino

11:28PM – “This will be the writer’s year!”- Tarantino

11:29PM – “Coming up, the Oscar for Best Director.  And since we’ve been here this long, we’re going to start the 2014 Oscars…after this!” – Seth MacFarlane

11:32PM – “They were here when this island was nothing but cocaine trees the eyes can see…”

11:32PM – Academy Award winners Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas present the Academy Award for Best Director, which was a surprising batch of nominees this year.

11:34PM – Upset Alert! Ang Lee wins the Academy Award for Best Director of a Motion Picture for his film “Life of Pi”.

11:37PM – Only three more categories…Actor, Actress, Picture

11:37PM – “Will it be Quvenzhane Wallis, who is nine, or will it be Emmanuelle Riva, who was nine when this show started?” – Seth MacFarlane on who will win Best Actress

11:40PM – Last year’s Best Actor winner, Jean Dujardin presents the Oscar for Best Actress.

11:41PM – “If I were an actress, I would be an even better actor.” – Jean Dujardin

11:43PM – Jennifer Lawrence wins the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for “Silver Linings Playbook”.

11:44PM – “You guys are standing up because I fell and this is embarrassing.” – Jennifer Lawrence

11:45PM – “Our next presenter needs no introduction.” – Seth MacFarlane (on Meryl Streep)

11:45PM – Last year’s Best Actress winner Meryl Streep presents the Oscar for Best Actor.

11:48PM – Daniel Day-Lewis wins the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for “Lincoln”.  (And Meryl is such a pro, she didn’t need to read the envelope.  She’s THAT good).  Daniel Day-Lewis is the first person to win not one, not two, but THREE Lead Acting Academy Awards.

11:51PM – Seth introduces Jack Nicholson to present the Best Picture Oscar.

11:53PM – First Lady Michelle Obama gives a message via satellite from The White House as she helps Jack Nicholson present the Best Picture Oscar.

11:56PM – “Argo” becomes the fourth Best Picture winner to win WITHOUT a Best Director nomination.  Bearded Hollywood hunks Ben Affleck and George Clooney go home with Oscars.

11:58PM – “…I want to thank my wife, whom I don’t associate with Iran…”- Ben Affleck rambling on in the Best Picture acceptance speech

12:00AM – “We’re going to come back with a proper goodbye, but first, here’s who’s paying for this stuff.” – Seth MacFarlane, closing out the show

12:01AM – Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth sing a tribute to the losers.

12:05AM – That’s all she wrote on the 85th Annual Academy Awards.  Movie Awards Season 2013 is in the books!  On Wednesday (knock on wood), the Top 10 Pre-Nominations for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmys will be announced.  IN about less than 20 hours, “The DJBC Happy Hour” will broadcast live.  But, I’m going to stay up and watch Jimmy Kimmel Live’s After-Oscar Special.

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