*Updated update - Oscar.com continues to move stuff around totally screwing up my links. I'll try to fix them ASAP. Godalmighty.
***I'M WORKING ON IT - overnight Oscar.com added more pix to their site and screwed up all the photo numbering (that's why you got Leo instead of Forrest when you clicked on the link) STILL WORKING ON IT - they seem to have settled down on the moving of photos - but a few links keep changing. Think of it as a challenge or a special guest celebrity filling in for the one you clicked on! Cool!
Oscar Telecast Live Blog (in reverse order)
12:00am - 12:17am
Ellen vacuuming the carpet in the front of the theater and telling Penelope Cruz to move her dress and informs the audience that someone dropped their rolling papers. Announces it was the band. Reese Witherspoon out in a stunning gown - she looks fantastic (if a bit pointy) and is out to introduce the Best Actor WINNER: Forrest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland. Thanks everyone and God - remembers to thank his wife.
George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg out to announce the Best Director WINNER: Martin Scorcese - who has to win it now that the "three amigos" are on stage. Speilberg has the envelope and announces Martin Scorcese the The Departed! I enjoyed The Departed, but I think this is the "about frigging time award" - I would have gifted it for The Aviator. Marty gets a standing ovation and seems nervous like the band might start to play him off. Asks that the boys "check the envelope." Thrilled that his friends are presenting the award. Marty is flipping out with thanks. Tells his 7 year old son he can stay up for ten more minutes. Great shot of the four directors walking off stage. Nicholson gives Scorcese a big hug back stage.
Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson out to present Best Picture WINNER: The Departed
11:51 - 11:57pm
Ellen in sateen tuxedo pants and vest joking that the show is over and she brought it in on time. The suit is unforgiveable. Introduces Philip Seymour Hoffman who needs a hairstylist (he's got a little Nick Nolte going on) out to introduce Best Actress WINNER: Helen Mirren for The Queen. She is so cute "I've got my purse in one hand and my earring in the other." She is so fabulous in sharing her award with the other actresses and all of the filmmakers. She salutes the queen and her dignity.
Pilobolus out to enact The Departed - fanastic!!!
11:34 - 11:49pm
Ellen introducing 2-time Oscar nominee Will Smith who presents a reel of films that seemingly relate in no way to the evening's proceedings.
Kate Winslet out to present Best Film Editing WINNER: Thelma Schoonmaker for The Departed she is giddy and delightful. Jack Nicholson is beaming.
Two-time Oscar winner Jodi Foster out to introduce the reel of people who passed away this year. She is quite choked up.
11:20 - 11:31pm
Jennifer Lopez introduced with "Please welcome film star, recording star and an excellent reason for high definition television?" WTF? JLo introduced the Dreamgirls cast for a number from the film. Jennifer Hudson STUNNING in a read sequin gown she should have worn to the Oscars. Beyonce looks beautiful (though I hate the Cinderella dress she is wearing.) Anika Noni Rose is stunning in her red gown.
Ellen introduces John Travolta (a little doughy) and Queen Latifah (hot!) who are presenting the award for Best Original Song WINNER: Melissa Etheridge for An Inconvenient Truth who thanks her wife and children.
11:06 - 11:17pm
Hugh Jackman and Penelope Cruz out to introduce Best Original Score WINNER: Gustavo Santaolalla for Babel
Ellen cracking a joke about Jack Nicholson (with shaved head) and Jack enjoying the joke. Sid Gannis, President of the Academy in a 60-second film on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst (in a dress she is already regreting) introducing Best Original Screenplay WINNER: Michael Arndt for Little Miss Sunshine YAY!!!!
Pilobolus Dance troupe enacts Pan's Labyrinth. Very cool.
10:40 - 11:02pm
Gael Garcia Bernal and Eva Green (who has on entirely too much eyeliner) introducing the award for Best Documentary Short WINNER: The Blood of Yingzhou District
Jerry Seinfeld looking swell in his double-breasted tux introducing Best Feature Documentary WINNER: Davis Guggenheim for Inconvenient Truth Al Gore and Laurie David take the stage with Davis. Davis is so excited and when Al speaks everyone is listening as if to a preacher.
Clint Eastwood looking dapper with a red pocket square speaking about Ennio Morricone's music for the film A Fistful of Dollars and how it changed the film. Ennio sitting with Quincy Jones (who is wearing quite a swank China silk smoking jacket.) Ennio is honored with a special Oscar for his film scores. Clint accidentally announcing "I should have worn my glasses".
Totally random introduction: Celine Dion performing the world premiere of "I Knew I Loved You." She dosen't look bad, but I'm muting the TV right now. On second glance I hated the performance dress so I put up the arrival dress.
Ennio receives a standing ovation for his award and gives his acceptance speech in Italian. His wife is so cute. I love it. Clint is translating from the teleprompter. Dedicates the Oscar to his wife Maria. So sweet.
10:20 - 10:37pm
Ken Watanabe escorting Catherine Deneuve (and man he knows how to enter with a lady) to introduce the award for Foreign Language Film. Showing a clip reel of famous foreign films - a bit bland, like a college overview.
Clive Owen (without a tie, so I hate it) and Cate Blanchett looking stunning in her (surprise this year) single shoulder gown.
Best Foreign Language Film WINNER: Germany - The Lives of Others
Robert Downey, Jr. and Naomi Watts introduced visual effects. Robert cracks a joke about the 90s that Naomi doesn't get. Hah.
Achievement Visual Effects WINNER: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Ellen doing shadown puppets. Now being consumed by Pilobolus Dance troupe as they enact Snakes on a Plane. Fantastic!
Two words, George Clooney who says "I was just backstage with Vice President Al Gore and Jack Nicholson drinking and I don't think he's running". Crowd laughs. God he's handsome. He's reading the nominees for supporting actress.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role WINNER: Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (I'm happy she took off the little jacket thingy - she looks way better now.) They are letting her run long. Shouts out thanks to Jennifer Holliday too as the orchestra starts to play her off.
9:58 - 10:16 pm
Ellen comes on stage with what she is calling her Oscar "Baby Bjorn" so that winners have a place to put their Oscar while reaching for their notes - and for the after party.
Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt enter to present the award for costume design. On second glance I am not loving Anne's dress. LOVE the way they are showing off the costumes live - that is a nice change of pace.
Best Costume Design WINNER: Milena Canonero for Marie Antoinette (in an unfortunate choice of costume herself - hate the bad tuxedo.)
Tom Cruise in bad tux with improper tie with ill-fitting shirt introducing the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award being given to Sherry Lansing.
Ellen working the aisles again in a white tuxedo (hideous) chatting up Clint Eastwood (who is asking if she has a script for him) now asking Steve Spielberg to take a photo for her MySpace page. Love it. Asking him to retake it - crowd loves it.
Gwenyth Paltrow - hair looking lovely (boobies could have used some direction in the copper colored dress) with the nominees for
Achievement in Cinematography WINNER: Guillermo Navarro for Pan's Labyrinth
Pilobolus Dance troupe introduces Little Miss Sunshine in a very artful way.
9:46 - 9:48pm
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME American Express commercial with Wes Anderson. Damn I liked that! (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Royal Tennenbaums)
9:42 - 9:54pm
Ellen making use of recycled jokes "because the show has gone green" introducing Cameron Diaz in a dress I still hate (thought I do love the shoes). Cameron introducing Best Feature Animation WINNER: George Miller for Happy Feet
Academy Award winning screenwriter Ben Affleck - looking good (not puffy at all) - but I like a bow tie on a man in a tux introducing the screenwriting.
Helen Mirren and Tom Hanks (another one without a proper tie) introducing:
Best Adapted Screenplay WINNER: William Monahan for The Departed
Starts off by saying "Valium does work" and Lawrence of Arabia was what inspired him to write.
9:30 - 9:38pm
Randy Newman and James Taylor singing "Our Town" from the film Cars.
Melissa Etheridge singing the theme to An Inconvenient Truth. Nice. No comment on outfit.
Al Gore and Leonardo di Caprio (who asked him if there was anything he wants to announce - to great applause). Announcing the show has "gone green" and inviting people to visit Oscar.com to get the link to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Leo asking again and Al pretending that he's going to announce he's running for President. The orchestra now playing him off for a laugh.
9:12 - 9:28pm
Ellen clarifying her remark about Dame Judi Dench missing the Oscars because she was having a face lift - Ellen announces that was wrong and she meant to say a boob job.
Steve Carrell and Greg Kinner (both looking quite dashing) introducing the award for:
Best Sound Editing WINNER: Letters from Iwo Jima
James McEvoy and Jessica Biel (in a dress I loathe) introducing Best Sound Mixing WINNER: Dreamgirls
8:53 - 9:07pm
Will Ferrell (sporting a mini 'fro)singing "A Comedian at the Oscars" with Jack Black. Now they've got John C. Reilly singing with them - very charming and funny. They are cracking the audience up - a rarity at the Oscars. Crowd is giving it up to them.
Achievement in Make-up Winner: Pan's Labyrinth
Abigail Breslin and Jaden Smith introducing nominees for Best Animated Short WINNER: The Danish Poet and Best Live Action Short WINNER: West Bank Story
Rachel Weisz in a dress I'm okay with (waiting for the boobies to pop out) introducing Best Supporting Actor WINNER: Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine
Ellen working the aisles and offering Martin Scorcese her screenplay. He says "I'm interested" and takes it from her.
Pilobolus Dance Theater introduces Happy Feet.
Dove Cream Oil commercial winner - Lindsay Miller of Sherman Oaks, California.
Interesting way to start the show with a little chat video with the nominees.
Ellen Degeneres in burgundy velvet tuxedo - which I don't mind - but I hate the white shoes. She's doing very well - love the half a box of chardonnay line. "It's my job to relax you. To not remind you that it's a make or break night." "You should worry that there's a billion people watching." "It's not that we don't have time for long speeches, we don't have time for boring speeches."
Abigail Breslin of of Little Miss Sunshine looks lovely in her dress.
Peter O'Toole enjoying himself - 8 nominations.
The crowd giving it up big time for Al Gore. Fantastic.
Ellen calling out Leonardo di Caprio "because I think the ladies wanted to look at you."
Jennifer Hudson glowing and looking nervous.
Ellen "If there weren't blacks, Jews and gays, there wouldn't be any Oscars."
Gospel choir with Ellen and a tamborine - making people get up out of their seats.
"I would not want to follow that..."
Nicole Kidman (glowing) and "James Bond" Daniel Craig (looks sharp, but dry as toast) introducing the award for Best Art Direction Winner: Pan's Labyrinth
Maggie Gyllenhaal STUNNING in her one shoulder dress congratulating the techhie award winners.
Road to the Oscars pre-show (8-8:30pm)
Leonardo di Caprio looking stylish in his tux and slicked back hair.
Lisa Ling should take that black poofy dress back to its author. Terrible.
Nicole Kidman in a gorgeous red gown (happy she's wearing anything but white!) with a bow at the shoulder. Naomi Watts in pale yellow - looking washed out. Why girls - why do you fall for the pale yellow gowns?
Andre Leon Talley with Jennifer Hudson - great dress and shoes - hate the short jacket. She is glowing.
Steve Carrell kidding accusing Greg Kinnear of intense body odor (during the filming of Little Miss Sunshine.)
Emily Blunt (Devil Wears Prada) in blue sequins (not in love with it, likely to fall down) Ann Hathaway not looking awful in the white dress with black bodice. Patricia fields in burgundy hair and crazy red dress.
Penelope Cruz looks amazing as always.
Andre Leon Talley with Will and Jaden Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith who is performing in the film Pursuit of Happyness with his dad.
Cameron Diaz in a terrible 1980s dress. OMG - it's Valentino? GAH. No, no, no I cannot allow this trend to continue. I do love her earrings. Did she have a little work done?
Eddie Murphy and Tracy Edmonds - Eddie looks perfect in his one button tux. Tracy is stunning but I am not in love with the Star Trek dress.
Andre Leon Talley with Cate Blanchett who is gorgeous and stunning as always.
Ryan Gosling with his sister and his mother. Camera angle not flattering on the family. Sis looks great in the one shoulder red dress.
Mark Walberg looking quite hot in his tuxedo. Shout out from Boston Marky Mark!
The three Mexican directors nominated for Oscars are having fun and making jokes that will be misunderstood across America.
Kate Winslet looking AWESOME in a wintergreen one shoulder gown - perfect skin as always - very dramatic.
Lisa Ling is an idiot - who sports a pony tail to the Oscars? WTF?
Helen Mirren in Christian Lacroix looking stunning. The bodice is a bit chest enhancing - but what the hell, at 61 and nominated for an Oscar she can do anything she wants.
Andre Leon Tally lisping through the Oscar fashion show.
Penelope Cruz, wild but gorgeous dress
Jennifer Lopez - awful dress, fire the designer. I don't think you mean to look like Jaqueline Suzanne.
Portia de Rossi - get a sandwich. RIGHT FRIGGIN NOW!
Maggie Gyllenhaal post-baby looking stunning
Jodi Foster, I've missed you but I hate this dress.
Al and Tipper Gore looking fab!
Oh Cameron Diaz - what year is it in your closet?
Jennifer Hudson, you are gorgeous - that little jackety thing is terrible.