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Oscar liveblog #9
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Billy Crystal informs us that Michael Douglas was Occupying Wall Street before it was cool, and I just don't even have the strength to think of a way to turn that into a hipster joke. He is here to tell an old story about director Leo McCarey looking for a bank and to present:

Directing

"The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Alexander Payne
"Hugo" Martin Scorsese
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick

Aw, they let actors from each movie explain why their director should win. Despite Sir Ben Kingsley explaining how important it would be to give an Oscar to Martin Scorsese, America's Film Professor (again), the winner is Michel Hazanavicius. "I have an Oscarr. I forgot my speech. I am the happiest director in the world right now." He thanks everyone possible, including "Uggie, the dog, I don't think he cares, I don't think he understands that much, he's not that good..." Heh.

Please welcome! Billy Crystal argues that Meryl Streep has lost so many Oscars that she deserves to win another one for pretending not to hate everyone.Judging by this Wall o' Gifs, I think she's genuinely happy for other people, though. She informs us that they've moved the Governor's Bathroom Break Lifetime Achievement Awards to a separate ceremony before the show, and so we only see clips of James Earl Jones and Oprah Winfrey accepting honorary Oscars. NO BREAK FOR YOU! Let's have a big hand for them now and HURRY UP HURRY UP HURRY UP.

Next up: the Death March of Deathly Death. While we're waiting:

@thelindsayellis: See the Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore free on iTunes! 


The Death March. Laura Ziskin and Gil Cates in particular were producers of the Oscar show. The montage, backed by Esperanza Spalding (I am told) singing "What a Wonderful World" and a choir of young girls, and somewhat unusually done as mostly black and white headshots with only a few clips here and there: Jane Russell, Annie Girardot, John Calley, Polly Platt, Ken Russell, Donald Peterman, Farley Granger, Whitney Houston, Bingham Ray, Tak Miyagishima, Bert Schneider, Michael Cacoyannis, David Z. Goodman, James Rodunsky, Peter E. Berger, Jack J. Jayes, Peter Falk ("As you wish"), Cliff Robertson ("With great power comes great responsibility"), Laura Ziskin, Sidney Lumet, Sue Mengers, Steve Jobs, George Kuchar, Hal Kanter, Theadora Van Runkle, Tim Hetherington, Gene Cantamessa, Gary Winick, Bill Varney, Jackie Cooper, Gil Cates, Richard Leacock, James M. Roberts, Marion Doughtery, Norman Corwin, Paul John Haggar, Joseph Farrell, Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Taylor ("Thank you with all my heart"), and ending with a shot of Taylor as Cleopatra.



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Patton Oswalt! He should host next year along with Chris Rock. They can turn it into a dueling stand up show and the audience will vote on who heckled the best and the other one has to take a shot.

from your mouth to the producers' ears

please

Wow that would be pretty great.

I did like it when Streep seemed to give deliberate emphasis to pulling out her reading glasses & putting them on before she started speaking. Definite nod to the whole "forgot my reading glasses" at the golden globes. it was the golden globes, yes?

WHY DID A RANDOM PERSON JUST START SINGING IN THE "GO TO COMMERCIAL MUSIC"?

LMAO. That's what I was thinking.

Like, it went from Jean Dujardin being adorable to RANDOM MAN SINGING VERY EMOTIONALLY OVER WEIRD OUTRO MUSIC. I am very confused.

I think that was A.R. Rahman.

I thought that's who it was, but I still remain very confused as to why.



Apparently, they didn't switch to his mic early enough, so they caught him halfway through his singing.



What I've seen of Demian Bichir...wow. Brilliant. And Gary Oldman? Gods, I love that man.

I want my eulogy to be read by Colin Firth. His voice is pure gorgeousness.

Or Alan Rickman, I'm not too picky...

;)

Both of these are great picks. ^_^

I'd rather fake my death and run away with Colin Firth and seek immortality together.

Edited at 2012-02-27 04:40 am (UTC)

Aww, I'm happy for Jean Dujardin and The Artist, but sad for Gary Oldman.

I'm just sad for Gary Oldman. :\

Did you see The Artist? I liked it.

...It's not about Prince, is it?

I haven't. I don't think it was playing in any theater near me. Now considering the irony of a film made by Frenchmen celebrating American film winning over an American film celebrating a French filmmaker. ;)

I still think Scorsese should have won for The Aviator, though, but that's just me.

Re: ...It's not about Prince, is it?



It's not just you. "The Aviator" was superior to "The Departed". Goddamned Oscars.





How has Gary Oldman not won an Oscar by now? The man is fantastic!
Being French, I was rooting for Jean Dujardin (aka OSS 117). But deep down, I would have been okay with Gary Oldman winning.



I thought I heard them say it was his first ever *nomination* which is ridic! He's amazing, and fantastic, and that just floored me.

Colin Firth fanboying Meryl Streep. Hee! <3

I am irrationally annoyed by both Michelle Williams and Rooney Mara. I think it's because they both look so twee on the red carpet all the time.

Wow, Meryl! That's a bit of a shocker, no?

Haha! The one I've seen won!

Oh thank God, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close didn't take Best Picture. I am satisfied.

I was 4 for 5 in the big categories. Meryl came out of almost nowhere.

Meryl! Huzzah!

I think part of me always wanted to grow up to be Meryl Streep, even when I was a little boy.

Fantastic Flying Books won. It's now $1.99. >.<

FAIL

Love the Wall O' Gifs. Someone needs to make one for music awards, so we can have Faith Hill blurting out "WHAT?" on an endless loop.

someone posted in the comments this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc5uF1I1eNk

watch Samuel L Jackson. that seriously made my night lol

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