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Oscar liveblog, part 12
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Please welcome! Michael Sheen, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Stanley Tucci, and and Peter Sarsgaard! Forest Whitaker is here for Sandra Bullock because--Hope Floats, right? Ah, yes. Some people miss the delicacy and complexity of her work, you guys. I love Sandra Bullock, but--I just. The Blind Side. I'll stop now. Michael Sheen! Yay! He's here for Helen Mirren because obviously. "Is it wrong to be so wildly attracted to a queen? Because she was Elizabeth." Except for when her makeup would start to wear off and the spiderweb tattoo (!) on her hand started to show, "and that made her even hotter." Sarsgaard: "Carey Mulligan has fallen in love with me twice, actually"--ah, they were on stage together.He's in An Education with her. "I'm afraid I treated her badly. I'm sorry, Carey, I should have told you I was married." Look, she was in Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley so she gets a free pass forever, the end. Oprah is here for Gabourey Sidibe, who skipped school to audition and got the part two days later and is now in the same category with Meryl Streep. "If that isn't a Hollywood fairytale, what is?" Stanley Tucci: "Meryl. What can I say? Like most people in the world, I have been in love with you for  years, and the two movies I did with you have been the highlight of my career... but everyone already knows that." She is a dream to work with and a wonderful friend and a saint on earth except for... her "selfishness" at the Oscars. Heh. Thus, Tucci has spearheaded a movement in the Academy to cap the number of nominations at 16, so that "no one will ever have to stand up here again and say that you are the best."

Performance by an actress in a leading role

    * Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.)
    * Helen Mirren in "The Last Station" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    * Carey Mulligan in "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    * Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)
    * Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia" (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Please welcome! Sean Penn! He never officially joined the Academy, even though he won, which I think usually gets you in pretty automatically! But he will start fresh tonight with the Academy! Why are we talking about Sean Penn? I do not know. Winner: Sandra Bullock. Yeah. That happened. Y'all. I love her. I love her so much, and she's been so much fun on the awards circuit. But for this? Over those other four performances? Over Sidibe and Mulligan? I just... that happened. "Did I really earn this, or did I just wear all y'all down?" Then she turns to Sidibe and says that Sidibe's talent and beauty makes her sick (in the best way possible), and she tells Meryl that Meryl is "such a good kisser." I... I think I missed something. (Okay, rewind. She said, "I love you, Gabby," then the talent and beauty bit to Mulligan, and the kissing thing was a reference to the SAG Awards. People, it is hard to type, watch, listen and think all at the same time.) "I thank everyone who was mean to me... George Clooney threw me in a pool years ago..." And then she thanks the mothers "who take care of the children no matter where they come from." And then she tears up and thanks her own mother "for not letting me ride in cars with boys until I was eighteen, because I would have done what she was afraid I'd do," and for making her practice the piano, and for being a trailblazer, and thank you to these extraordinary women, and something about her love for Meryl Streep. I love her, I really do. I'm genuinely happy for her. I just. Yeah.

Please welcome! Barbra Streisand! Ohhhhhhhhh, Barbra Streisand was nominated for directing Prince of Tides. (ETA: Oh, wait, she WASN'T, that was the whole big thing about that.) Tonight, the director could be, for the first time, "A WOMAN," she intones disdainfully (as if to say, that shouldn't be the only way to think of Kathryn Bigelow), or African-American (Lee Daniels), or one of three directors who wrote their own movies. I don't know that that's actually a first, is it?

Achievement in directing

    *      "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) James Cameron
    *      "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) Kathryn Bigelow
    *      "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) Quentin Tarantino
    *      "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) Lee Daniels
    *      "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Jason Reitman

Winner: "Well, the time has come." In the audience, Bigelow makes a face like she wants to believe it, but she can't. SAY IT, WOMAN! "Kathryn Bigelow!" AMERICA, FUCK YEAH! "There's no other way to describe it... it's the moment of a lifetime." She sounds like she can't breathe. She thanks her fellow nominees, and the Academy, and Mark Boal, the writer, who has tears running down his face, and her cast, and dedicates the award to the men and women in the military who risk their lives all around the world. Cameron's in the audience shaking his head--affectionately, it looks like. For those of you just joining us, he and Bigelow were married way back in the day, but have been friendly for a long time and even worked together since, and he's been vocally rooting for her the entire season. Which, in contrast to all the King of the World tyrant-director shit he's pulled, is really nice.

Please welcome! Tom Hanks! ALL RIGHT LET'S GET DOWN TO THE BUSINESS. "The last time 10 movies were nominated, it was 1943 and Casablanca won. And the winner is The Hurt Locker." Seriously, he doesn't even pause. Cameron hugs Boal out in the audience. The three main actor guys are leaping and hugging onstage. UP YOUR PONYTAIL, CATPEOPLE!

Best motion picture of the year

    *      "Avatar" (20th Century Fox)
      A Lightstorm Entertainment Production James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers

    *      "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.)
      An Alcon Entertainment Production Nominees to be determined

    *      "District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
      A Block/Hanson Production Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers

    *      "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics)
      A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

    *      "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)
      A Voltage Pictures Production Nominees to be determined

    *      "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)
      A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production Lawrence Bender, Producer

    *      "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)
      A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers

    *      "A Serious Man" (Focus Features)
      A Working Title Films Production Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers

    *      "Up" (Walt Disney)
      A Pixar Production Jonas Rivera, Producer

    *      "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
      A Montecito Picture Company Production Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Bigelow is still shaking. After a lot of producer talking (what? I'm typing here), she dedicates this award as well to the armed forces. Martin and Baldwin each help Bigelow hold up one of her Oscars. Also: "This show took so long that Avatar now takes place in the past." And then, as the credits roll, they show Ben Stiller in his Na'vi makeup again, and it is just as terrifying the second time around. You know what else is terrifying? Summit Entertainment: the home of Twilight and this year's Best Picture. There's going to be no living with them now. 

ETA: New Iron Man 2 trailer, hot off the truck.

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I love love loved that Barbra Streisand got to give the Oscar to Kathryn Bigelow. That was amazing.

I ADORE MICHAEL SHEEN. Haha. Such a nice surprise to see him pop up.

Babs was not nominated for Prince of Tides, and it was a HUGE THING (I remember lots of snarky commentary from female presenters at those Oscars).

Like I said on Twitter, they had to be pretty damn sure of the Bigelow win to send Babs out there.

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Sandra Bullock's win doesn't offend me because she's been doing successful movies for so long but they were never the things that could win Oscars, so I understand giving her one for a movie that, while not great, could pass the Academy's Litmus Test as a way of saying "You've been doing great work for a long time, even if it was a lot of action movies and romantic comedies."

As for Bigelow. I have no words. Except that I went and sat in front of my tv like a three year old to listen to everything she had to say. I am so, so happy right now. Women still have a shit time in the film industry, but I'm hoping that her win will open a new door and some real change will start (it probably won't, but I can dream)


They were playing "I am Woman" as Kathryn Bigelow left the stage for the Best Director Oscar.

which I thought was tacky, actually. she won because she directed the year's best picture, not because she's female (altho it's a nice side benefit, 'cos... yeah, not enough women directors)

And then, as the credits roll, they show Ben Stiller in his Na'vi makeup again, and it is just as terrifying the second time around.

did that really happen? it was just SO WEIRD idek


Oh man, I feel you completely on the Sandra Bullock win. I wanted Gabby Sidibe to win SO BAD, but no. Sigh.

You know what else is terrifying? Summit Entertainment: the home of Twilight and this year's Best Picture. There's going to be no living with them now.

I'm sick to my stomach now.

I second all you said.

I have not seen Avatar (nor do I really want to) but what is up with the ponytail thing?

They insert their ponytail whatever into matching whatever things in the wild animals on Pandora to tame them... aaaaand it's also how they have sex with each other.

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Summit Entertainment: the home of Twilight and this year's Best Picture. There's going to be no living with them now.


When Kathryn Bigelow was on stage for best director, I wanted to jump into my screen and hand her a paper bag to breathe into. And I have to admit actual screaming and clapping when best picture was announced, which is okay because it's only 4pm in Australia.

I thought it was cute how Barbra Streisand basically straightened her up and kind of fluffed her like a pillow so that she was able to speak.

I was deeply deeply committed to Meryl Streep winning (yes, again, she blew me away in Julie & Julia I have never been so entranced by a performance) and Sandra Bullock's speech won me over. Also, I have looked it up online, I can find NOTHING about Meryl and Sandy kissing. WHERE IS IT? WHY DON'T I HAVE IT?

Kathryn Bigelow FUCK YEAH. Although, I have to admit during the end bit with Martin and Baldwin, I was sort of afraid she was going to hyperventilate and pass out.

I think my favorite part of the Best Picture speech was when the three guys from the movie were standing in the back with their arms around each other all giddy, and Kathryn Bigelow looked back at them as stunned as she had been from the moment they announced her name for Best Director all, "Is this really happening?!", and all three boys got the same "Yes, Mom, this is really happening" look on their face at the same time. It was delightfully adorable.

I'm with you - I love Sandra, so was happy for her, but I wouldn't have picked her to win over the others' performances. Wasn't Meryl considered a shoe-in when Julie & Julia came out? I guess not! :-/

And wow, yeah - Tom Hanks didn't even pause, did he?

Go Kathryn Bigalow! And I do give Cameron props for being so classy all awards season in his support of her.

Thank you, Cleolinda, for watching this so I didn't have to!

No one here has seen the pic of Sandra and Meryl locking lips, really locking lips after they tied I think for the SAG Best Actress award? lol. Sandy and her keep playing it for laughs on the talk show circuit.