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Liveblogging: The 82nd Annual Academy Awards

Nice to introduce the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees, but a bit pointless.

Neil Patrick Harris singing in a sparkly jacket = WIN.

Who I expect to win tonight: Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Christoph Waltz, and Mo’Nique for the acting awards; The Hurt Locker and Up for Best Picture and Animated Feature Film, respectively; and Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director. Avatar will sweep all the technical/artistic awards. Not sure about the writing categories.

“And this is Alec Baldwin.” Well said, Steve Martin.

Steve Martin: “In Inglourious Basterds, Christoph Waltz played a Nazi obsessed with finding Jews. Well, Christoph (spreading his arms over the auditorium) … the motherload!”

OK, Steve and Alec need to move on from this pseudo-roast. This is exactly the kind of timewaster that makes the Oscars run two hours long.

Christoph Waltz takes the Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar.

Cameron Diaz looks like a living Barbie doll. Oddly enough, I think this is the most put together I’ve seen her in years.

Dug! And the winner for Animated Feature Film: Up!

Way to try to class up Miley Cyrus by pairing her with Amanda Seyfried. Miley looks like a 45-year-old while Amanda, on the other hand, looks like a beautiful young princess.

Colin Farrell can sing, too. Love him.

Original Song goes to Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett for “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart.

Loved Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr.’s banter. I’m guessing Fey wrote it since it’s been the funniest, best-written bit since NPH’s opening song.

Mark Boal takes the Oscar for Original Screenplay for The Hurt Locker. I have to see this movie ASAP.

Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick presenting a tribute to John Hughes. I now feel very old, and am saddened all over again that Hughes died so young.

Nice to see John Hughes’ family at the Oscars. I don’t remember any other tributes like this.

Zoe Saldana is gorgeous, but what is she wearing? Are Barney or Grimace missing? Any purple Muppets that haven’t been seen in a while?

After a boring short feature about short films, Logorama wins the Oscar for Animated Short Film. Nicolas Schmerkin “I have to thank the three thousand non-official sponsors that appears in the film. And I have to assure them that no logos were harmed during the making of the project.”

The Oscar for Documentary Short Subject goes to Music By Prudence. And Elinor Burkett just very rudely interrupted Roger Ross Williams’ acceptance speech. What the hell?

I’m over this “short” category. The New Tenants wins for Live Action Short Film.

Ben Stiller’s dressed as a Na’Vi from Avatar. I can only hope this is funnier than his Joaquin Phoenix fiasco last year.

Nope. Not funnier.

Star Trek‘s team wins for Makeup.

The Oscar for Adapted Screenplay goes to Geoffrey Fletcher for Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. He seems very sincere and incredibly humbled. And nervous. I can tell he’s going to make me cry.

“The thought when I get home that I’m gonna have a two-legged man in my room is so exciting I can hardly stand it.” Lauren Bacall is made of awesome.

Surprising absolutely no one, Mo’Nique wins for Actress in a Supporting Role for Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

Why the face, Samuel L. Jackson? Didn’t like Mo’Nique’s speech? Hmm.

Sigourney Weaver looks fab, and her dress is a gorgeous red. We should all age so well.

In another non-surprise, Avatar wins for Art Direction. The Oscars are beginning to feel like the Superbowl in that we’re past “halftime” and now it’s becoming predictable.

I noticed this during the red carpet special, but what the hell did Sarah Jessica Parker do to herself? Roll around in self-tanning lotion? She looks splotchy orange.

The Young Victoria wins the Oscar for Costume Design.

Oh, Charlize. No. Bad dress! Bad dress!

Loved the Paranormal Activity spoof with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

It’s about time the Oscars had a tribute to horror movies.

In retrospect, this horror retrospective is going to probably give me nightmares tonight. Too many boogeymen and scary characters/situations too close to bedtime.

Edward Scissorhands is not a horror movie. And not one zombie movie that I saw among those clips (unless I blinked and missed one). For argument’s sake, I’ll say Twilight isn’t a horror movie, either. Horrible, maybe, but not horror.

The Hurt Locker wins for Sound Editing. I’d love to see Jeremy Renner in an upset win for Lead Actor; he’s always made really fascinating movie choices and has been underrated for so long. But I think this is Jeff Bridges’ year. But I digress … Double sound category victory for The Hurt Locker, this time for Sound Mixing.

Sandra Bullock looks gorgeous tonight. And Avatar wins for Cinematography, yet another stroke to James Cameron’s ego.

Demi Moore introduces the In Memoriam segment. Now I’m definitely going to cry.

Alas, James Taylor singing along to the In Memoriam segment sucked the emotion out of it for me. Never been a fan of his.

The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers takes to the stage to highlight the nominees for Original Score. First up: Hans Zimmer’s jaunty Sherlock Holmes score.

Michael Giacchino wins for Original Score for Up. I need to add that one to my collection (ditto Sherlock Holmes).

Thank you to the Oscar director for not pairing Gerard Butler with Jennifer Aniston in presenting the Visual Effects Oscar. Bradley Cooper is a vast improvement.

Avatar wins the Oscar for Visual Effects. Color me shocked.

The Cove wins for Documentary Feature. I love what the filmmakers aimed to do with this movie, but I honestly don’t think I have the stomach to watch it. The sign reading “Text Dolphin to 44144” was a nice touch during the acceptance speech, though.

The Hurt Locker wins for Film Editing. I wonder if this is another harbinger over the ultimate win over Avatar.

Oh, Keanu. You look a wee bit too skinny. I hope it’s for a role.

Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodovar introduce the Foreign Language Film winner: Argentina’s The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos).

Squee! Colin Farrell! Did I mention I was thisclose to him in Toronto? The boy cleans up real nice.

Sigh. This is yet another timewaster that is making the Oscars run long. Is anyone else out there still watching? Boring. And yet I’ve watched this long into it …

The Dude wins! It’s Jeff Bridges’ year: He wins the Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for Crazy Heart.

I’m over these tributes, but I’m really hoping tonight is Sandra Bullock’s night.

Really disappointed/disgusted to see Sean Penn presenting the Actress in a Leading Role award after his comments the other day. Blech.

YES! Sandra Bullock wins her first Oscar, for Actress in a Leading Role for The Blind Side. Despite my innate dislike of sports movies but because of my love of Sandra, I will have to watch it now.

Sandra’s words about moms, particularly her own, got to me. Tears.

Oscar history in the making: Kathryn Bigelow is the first female director to win the Oscar for Directing (for The Hurt Locker). Woot!

It’s Bigelow’s year: The Hurt Locker wins Best Motion Picture.

That’s all folks. Goodnight!

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30 Rock: Filling the Arrested Development Void

Song Lyric of the Day:

Boys becoming men / Men becoming wolves

Tracy Jordan / “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah”

One of the TV shows I’m enjoying the most this season (and which, as of last night, I’m caught up on) is NBC‘s deservedly Emmy-winning comedy, 30 Rock. As someone who has (1) been a Tina Fey fan since first seeing her on Saturday Night Live and (2) a somewhat offbeat sense of humor, this show is right up my alley. Filled with brilliantly absurd bits of comedy, 30 Rock has firmly secured its place in my heart, in the same spot left empty since Arrested Development‘s cancellation (you can catch repeats on G4).

Set behind the scenes at a New York City-based late-night sketch comedy show (sound familiar?), Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon is the show’s head writer and primarily sane voice of reason, dealing with her crazy boss Jack Donaghy (a phenomenal Alec Baldwin) and crazy stars Tracy Jordan (the uninhibited Tracy Morgan) and chronically insecure Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski). Add to the mix the golly-shucks Kenneth the Page (an underrated Jack McBrayer), and you’ve got a terrific primary cast in one of the few comedies (at least, I think) on the air today that is genuinely funny.

From something as simple as a framed movie poster hanging on the wall in Tracy’s dressing room (for his movie Fat Bitch — tagline: She’s Off the Leash) to the revelation of Jack’s secret cookie jar collection to an in-show product promo about not having an in-show product promo (Diet Snapple) to Tracy’s personal demons making him hallucinate a Blue Man to Kenneth vocalizing the Seinfeld theme music to European countries that only rich people know about to an avenging Elizabeth Taylor (“WHITE DIAMONDS!!!”), the show revels in the absurd. If only I had the time to get into all of Jack’s classic, instantly quotable lines (“Businesswoman? I don’t think that’s a word.”)

I’d already been a casual viewer of 30 Rock its first season; if I could catch it, I’d watch. And I enjoyed the occasional repeat here and there. But, really, what truly cemented 30 Rock as weekly appointment TV for me this season was the hysterical — and very unexpected — snippet of a Tracy Jordan music video for the song “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah.” It wasn’t so much the video itself (which is very funny and very short), it’s that within the context of the scene it was hilarious. It’s been a long time since I laughed until I cried, but this scene did just that to me the other night. And any show that can make me laugh like that is worth making the time to watch.

*(Aside to Tina Fey: I read that your family is being cast for the show. Just letting you know I’m available.)

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