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Oscar liveblog, part 3
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Please welcome! Cameron Diaz and Steve Carell! "When you're as beautiful as Cameron and I..." (Her dress looks great under the lights.) I can't tell if this is for real or as a joke, but she accidentally calls Steve "Jude," and Steve says that he stepped in at the last minute for Jude Law. Diaz has always been really nervous at these things, though. Best animated feature film! We have a little interview with each major animated character. Well, at least none of them are presenting. Aw, Dug licking the camera. "I WILL EXPLORE THIS NOW! THIS IS NOT FOOD!" (Huge cheer for Fantastic Mr. Fox, btw.)

Best animated feature film of the year

    *      "Coraline" (Focus Features) Henry Selick
    *      "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox) Wes Anderson
    *      "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) John Musker and Ron Clements
    *      "The Secret of Kells" (GKIDS) Tomm Moore
    *      "Up" (Walt Disney) Pete Docter

Pete Docter wins for Up! No one is surprised! Poor Coraline. The show seems to be moving along at quite a clip, by the way.

Steve Martin: "Two young actresses who have no idea who we are!" Please welcome! Miley Cyrus, who must be wearing the tallest heels known to man! And Amanda Seyfried, who looks great in another pale sparkly strapless gown! They are hauling their skirts across the stage in both hands! Also, they are kind of giggly, and possibly tipsy. Best original song! Wow, they really don't give a shit about the music this year, do they? Third award up, man. No one's performing any of these live.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

    *      "Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
    *      "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
    *      "Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" (Sony Pictures Classics) Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
    *      "Take It All" from "Nine" (The Weinstein Company) Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
    *      "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

"The Weary Kind" wins! No surprises so far! Is it just me, or is there something about the camerawork that's different this year? The lighting? It's a lot more brightly lit in the auditorium than usual. Aw, Ryan Bingham: "I love you more than rainbows, baby." I want someone to say that to me one day. Mr. T Bone Burnett says nothing. His shades say everything necessary.

Please welcome! Chris Pine on the mid-room dais! He's here with a clip from District 9, because he was in a space alien movie, get it? (Side note: My mother and I were at Sam's, and she happened to see the DVD on the just-come-out display, and shrieked, "DISTRICT 9 IS OUT? I WANTED TO SEE THAT!!!!!" "You did?" "WELL IT HAS ALIENS IN IT, DOESN'T IT????!????" Well, that's true. And yet I can't get her to go see Avatar. Snap.)

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Is it just me or was Miley Cyrus slouching? I just wanted to smack her and tell her to stand up straight.

Also really surprised that District 9 was nominated.

I saw her from the side on the carpet. She was definitely slouching.

I missed the clip from District 9 and the one recognition that Star Trek was going to get tonight? Crap. I was actually looking forward to that.

I'm still really bummed about Coraline. People need to stop handing awards to Pixar just because. Up wasn't as good as the others in that category.

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Old farts like me probably liked it better. Besides, it's all the animators voting for other animators. Blame them.

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Wait, did I miss part 2? I can't see it!

Do you think the Steve/jude thing was deliberate or not? I thought it was supposed to go down like that, but I'm not certain.

I think it was planned. But that's just me!

I love RDJ and I always will. <3

I love that his tie matched his lenses.

I LOVE Amanda Seigfried's dress. Granted it is silver and sparkly and I'm a magpie, but still. Also also, I'm a bit sad that they didn't zoom in closer on Chris Pine. If the Twifans can have their jollies with Wolfboy then I see no reason why I can't have mine with Chris Pine.

There's some rumor going around that Kristen Stewart and RPattz are in a relationship (according to my 12 year old sister)...is he not here tonight?

I was wondering why Molly Ringwald was there, until she mentioned John Hughes.

What happened to part 2?

Great reporting BTW.

That was actually a VERY well done thing for John Hughes...

I was kind of disappointed that the audience reception wasn't warmer. I would have been on my feet applauding had I been there.

I'm in the UK, television-less, and don't want to take my chances with a live feed in case the men in grey come and ask for the £150 licence fee that I'm too broke to afford--so, between the 20 windows I'll be frantically refreshing over the next few hours, I probably won't be commenting much (also, this year I'm more addicted to the proceedings themselves than investing in particular nominees), but I had to say "Thaaaaanks!" for the very entertaining liveblog. It's definitely the best part of my catching-up evening. :)

Have they ever done a tribute like this for just one person before? I loved his stuff, but it must suck for everyone else in the death montage.

I was wondering the same thing.

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Beauty and the Beast was nominated for Best Picture.

The John Hughes montage and his casts made me cry. :\

And in twenty years, no one will get sentimental about Twilight... That and the Up montage got me.