I'll be here all night-red carpet to Best Picture-live-blogging the awards. I'll post newest posts to the top. Feel free to comment as well!
11:35: Best Picture.... of course to The Artist. It makes history by being the first "foreign" film to win Best Picture. I ended the night 18/24.
Overall, it wasn't a particularly great ceremony, but it was full of minor surprises and I was riveted the whole way through. I do feel bad for Viola Davis. She was so great, expected to win, and yet lost in the last moments, even though she gave a much deeper performance than Octavia Spencer.
11:29: Best Actress.... to Meryl Streep. Wow! She finally wins her third. I was just hoping it would be for a better movie. I'm at 17/23.
11:18: Best Actor to Jean DuJardin. Pretty amazing how this charming frenchman came in and so suavely took this Oscar from George and Brad. I'm at 17/22. An exuberant and heartfelt speech.
10:53: Best Director to Michel Hazanivicius for The Artist. He beat the 4 big American directors. Must feel strange. 16/21 for me. And the "In Memoriam" always ends with the biggest star, so Elizabeth Taylor
10:48: Only the Top 4 left. Could this be the shortest ceremony in a long time? I'm thinking we just have the dead folks to go.
10:40: Live Action Short to The Shore. 12/17 for me, but my wife Emily is rocking our 52-person Oscar pool. Way to go! Documentary Short to Saving Face. 13/18. Animated Short goes to The Fantastic Flying Books or Mr. Morris Lesmore. I've miscounted somewhere but 15/20.
10:27: Adapted Screenplay to The Descendants. This is where I hoped Moneyball would come through. 12/16. Original Screenplay to Midnight in Paris. Woody isn't there....as usual.
10:18: The very odd 2-song category goes to Man or Muppet of course. 11/15. Who knew The Flight of the Conchords would be Oscar winners?
10:14: Score to The Artist, its second win of the night. I'm 10/14.
10:00: Supporting Actor. Christopher Plummer makes history as the oldest actor winner at 82! Well deserved. I'm 9/13..
9:56: Visual Effects goes to Hugo. Hugo is doing extremely well tonight, although I still don't think it has a chance for Best Picture. I went with the Apes, so I'm at 7/11.
9:47: Animated to Rango. 7/10. I didn't really like this movie-it mostly made me exhausted.
9:43: Best Documentary to Undefeated. Looks a bit like Friday Night Lights and I've heard it's good. I did pick this one so 6/9.
9:38: Cirque Du Soleil. Not necessary for the show but so freaking cool.
9:26: Sound Editing to Hugo, as I predicted. 4/7. Sound Mixing to Hugo as well. 5/8.
9:24: Best Editing for The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo?? Wow! No one was really expecting that. At least this keeps things a little interesting. I'm only 3/6, so screw my predictions for the year.
9:21: Christopher Guest troop doing The Wizard of Oz test screening! So funny. Is he making another film?
9:14: Supporting Actress to Octavia Spencer. Not my favorite in the category, but what an excited winner. 3/5.
9:07: Foreign Film to A Separation. Thank God. This category often makes weird picks, but they picked one of the best movies of the year this time. 2/4. Also, a beautiful speech by the director.
8:58: Best makeup for The Iron Lady. And the ass-showing by Cameron and J-Lo was quite trashy.
8:55: Best costumes to The Artist. The first of many, I imagine. I picked Hugo, so I'm only 1/3 so far.
8:53: So not only was Justin Bieber in the opening, Twilight was in the classic movies montage. Ugh.
8:43: Cinematography goes to Hugo. AGGGH! How could The Tree of Life lose this? Now the great Emmanuel Lubezki has lost for two of my favorite movies-Children of Men and The Tree of Life. Art Direction also goes to Hugo. 1 for 2 so far.
8:41: This feels a bit like 1995 so far.
8:25: Chris Rock: "I'm wearing FUBU!" I kind of wish he was hosting.
8:12: Brad looking good. Where is Angelina?
7:53: Nick Nolte is CRAZY.
7:46: Jean Dujardin loved the cinnamon rolls in the US. That's great.
7:37: Not on this red carpet, but word is Sacha Baren Cohen doused Ryan Seacrest with "the ashes of Kim Jong II" Pretty funny-will he pull any pranks inside?
7:28: Viola Davis has gone natural and looks stunning in emerald green. And Michelle in a very "coral" (according to Tim Gunn) dress. I also love Christopher Plummer's velvet tux.
7:21: Emma Stone's big bow? Yay or nay? Best dressed so far. I say Jessica Chastain, Emily says Jessica Chastain, Barb says Octavia Spencer.
7:13: Jessica Chastain is absolutely gorgeous and what a year she had. Not to jinx her with overpraise, but she reminds me of a young Meryl Streep.
7:00: And the Red Carpet begins. Any red carpet where I don't have to listen to Joan and Melissa Rivers is great. Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia are both here! And here's Octavia Spencer. Jonah Hill here with his mom-he seems like the kind of dude you'd just talk to at a party.