08:47 AM BEN AFFLECK’s beard has a twitter account!
Worked on options to be able to watch it live – streaming, Skype, etc. Finally, I decided to subscribe to Fox Movies Premium. I hit the blue button on my service provider’s controls and I’m on the show. I couldn’t stand the thought of missing this historical broadcast – I lapped up the hype of tributes to the movie musical and to James Bond’s 50th year! And of course, my eldest brother’s text message saying that I was already one for one with Christoph Waltz’s Best Supporting Actor win for “Django Unchained”.
10:40 AM Seth McFarlane makes an Abe Lincoln joke and snaps back at an uncomfortably passive audience, “150 years and still too soon?” That cracked me up!
10:41 AM From the cataclysmic disaster that was Gigli – I waited for the camera to pan to Jennifer Garner – to one of Hollywood’s most brilliant and most respected directors, Ben Affleck!
10:45 AM Really liking how Seth McFarlane is hosting this show! Even with just announcing what’s coming up puts me on the edge of the sofa. Hahaha! Back with Jessica Chastain, Hugh Jackman, and Anne Hathaway. I wonder if Anne will thank Lea Salonga when she wins. Hahaha!
10:48 AM “It’s Sunday, everybody’s dressed up. It’s like church, but only with more people praying.” Hahaha!
10:49 AM Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain – Sydney Bristow and Maya – presenting. Wow! Gorgeousness overload! Amour wins Best Foreign Language Film!
10:51 AM The camera zooms on to Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva! A lot are looking forward to a Riva upset tonight!
10:52 AM Danny Zuko – make that, John Travolta – is in the house! This means only one thing. It’s time for the movie musical tribute – the best in the last decade. Amazing.
10:53 AM Oh my God! He just rattled off the cast of Les Miserables, Dreamgirls, and Chicago!!! OH–EM–GEE! Catherine Zeta–Jones emerges from beneath the stage with “All That Jazz”. The singing sounds live!
10:56 AM No no no no way!!! It’s Jennifer Hudson now with “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)”. The arrangement is subdued. Nothing subdued with the voice though! And she is gorgeous.
10:59 AM The lights on stage thumped with the sound as the song builds to a raging crescendo. Wow!
10:59 AM Wow! Standing ovation already! With Jane Fonda shaking her head in amazing disbelief of that talent she just witnessed.
11:00 AM “I Dreamed The Dream” is playing! Goosebumps all over!
11:00 AM Hugh Jackman emerges from the darkness. Lovin’ his voice live! I think he is singing “Who Am I?” Oh no, I think it’s the original “Something Suddenly.”
11:01 AM OH–EM–GEE! Anne Hathaway starts “One Day More”! She’s just so beautiful.
11:02 AM Russell Crowe redeems himself! He does sound good live than on record.
11:03 AM Go Eddie Redmayne!!! And that’s the BC’s – Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen!
11:04 AM I give the Les Mis cast a standing ovation – right here in my living room! Amazing! And that’s a camera pan to The Daniel Day–Lewis!
11:06 AM The producers of the show should seriously consider releasing this on DVD. It’s turning out to be a very historical telecast. I’ll be first in line to buy!
11:06 AM Thought to self: Nicole Kidman is here and was gorgeous on the red carpet. How come no “Moulin Rouge!” on the production number???
11:09 AM “I made Ted!” One of Seth’s best lines so far.
11:10 AM It’s Mark Wahlberg and Ted presenting!
11:11 AM Les Mis wins Best Sound Mixing!
11:12 AM Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman beaming! Anne breathes really heavily.
11:13 AM Ted is so cute! Hahaha!
11:14 AM Mark Wahlberg says, “We have a tie. No BS. We have a tie. The first Oscar goes to Zero Dark Thirty.” I predicted ZDT will get it. Haha!
11:15 AM The second Oscar goes to … “Skyfall”. I totally agree! Good judgment call on Mark’s part to not call the two winners at the same time. It allowed for each to have their own moment.
11:17 AM Note to self: When was the last time the Oscars had a tie? Was it still the one between Katharine Hepburn (The Lion In Winter) and Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl).
11:18 AM Oh my God! I’m lovin’ their parody of “The Sound of Music” at the part when the Family Von Trapp went MIA. “Ladies and gentlemen, the Von Trapp Family Singers!” Hahaha! Perfect introduction for Christopher Plummer! It’s Best Supporting Actress time!
11:19 AM The nominees are all so beautiful! Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, and Jackie Weaver.
11:22 AM And the Oscar goes to… Ms… Anne Hathaway! Oh my God! It came true! She gives Hugh a buss. And acknowledges Amy Adams on the way to the mic. (Nipple much?!)
11:23 AM The girl who played the Assistant with the talent and a heart of gold in “The Devil Wears Prada”… is wearing Prada!
11:24 AM Coming up… A special Oscar performance of Skyfall by Adele. (Ok, time for a bathroom break. Not an Adele fan here. Hahaha!)
11:33 AM Bummer! I missed my Mama’s favorite, Sandra Bullock, presenting.
11:34 AM Jennifer Lawrence introduces the unstoppable Adele. Her words, not mine.
11:35 AM Not to self: I loved loved L–O–V–E–D “Skyfall” and even wrote about it. But I never cared for the song. But know what, it is actually quite nice.
11:38 AM Sally Field looks very pleased with the performance.
11:42 AM My all–time favorite, the eternally gorgeous Nicole Kidman introduces Best Picture nominees “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Djanggo Unchained” and “Amour”.
11:46 AM Harry Potter and Bella Swan present! Together, they are all that is wrong with Hollywood, according to the Christian right. Hahaha! Seth, you’re cracking me up. Daniel Radcliffe is very professional and polished. Kristen Stewart? It looks like she’d rather be somewhere else. I think she hasn’t outgrown being Bella. (Note to self: She came in crutches at the limo drop. So I’ll cut her some slack.)
11:50 AM Salma Hayek sashays on stage. Hmmm… She has all the options in the world of haute couture and she comes out in that? But at least the velvet accentuates her hour glass figure.
11:51 AM I suddenly feel hunger pangs. What to have? ORIGINAL two–bite brownies and Ben&Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream!
11:52 AM Seth McFarlane is winning brownie points from me for his hosting skills. Up next, George Clooney, and the IN MEMORIAM tribute.
11:54 AM George Clooney introduces the IN MEMORIAM.
12:00 NN Barbra Streisand hums the introduction to “The Way We Were”. Wow, she looks… young. It’s a really touching tribute – her voice, her presence, Marvin Hamlisch’s images on the giant screen wall above. Goosebumps.
12:03 PM Fox cuts the telecast just when you can hear the crowd going really wild for arguably a really legendary, historic performance.
12:07 PM This year, Chicago marks its 10th year. Oh my, the whole cast! Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta–Jones, Queen Latifah, and Richard Gere. Wait, what’s with Renee’s incessant squinting? And oh, I’m reminded. I want a sunny side up for breakfast. I know where to fry! Haha!
12:14 PM Norah Jones performs the song from “Ted”! I hope Seth McFarlane wins! I sincerely do. As the song says, “Everybody Needs A Best Friend”.
12:15 PM Adele officially becomes a multi–hyphenate! When Barbra Streisand sang “Evergreen” on Oscar night, she won for it too. And now it’s Adele’s turn! And hers is the first James Bond Original Song win ever! Wow all over!
12:17 PM It’s the big ones when they come back! Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, and Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture when Oscar returns!
12:21 PM Dustin Hoffman and Charlize Theron! Beautiful. Dustin complements a visibly “embarrassed” Charlize for her dancing. Wait, did Fox cut yet another amazing portion of the show?! It’s Best Adapted Screenplay. I hope “Argo” wins!
12:23 PM And “Argo” wins!!!
12:24 PM Weird but none of the speeches has moved me so far.
12:26 PM Quentin Tarantino wins Best Original Screenplay for “Django Unchained”! Wow, 20 years after “Pulp Fiction”!
12:27 PM The cameramen love Kerry Washington. They keep showing her reaction.
12:27 PM “And since we’ve been here this long, we’re going to start the 2014 Oscars after this.” Bwahahaha!
12:31 PM Seth introduces children of Hollywood screen legends – from when it was all cocaine trees to as far as the eye can see (Haha! – who have become screen legends themselves, Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas. That’s “Nobody Does It Better” playing!
12:33 PM It’s Best Director. Ang Lee wins. It should’ve been Ben Affleck. You Academy!
12:36 PM Ang Lee says Xie Xie and Namaste.
12:36 PM Coming up next, three–time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and the awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Will it be Quvenzhané Wallis, who is nine? Or Emmanuelle Riva, who was nine when this show started. Hahaha!
12:39 PM It’s Jean Dujardin (with a shot of a bored Kristen Stewart thrown in for good measure)! Lovin’ the accent. Best Actress is up. Oh, Jessica Chastain’s forced smile looks like conceding that she has lost. Oh my. Jennifer Lawrence claps for herself. Emmanuelle Riva’s clip is heartbreaking. Wow, lots of love for little Quvenzhané Wallis! And now, my personal bet – Naomi Watts.
12:42 PM Wow, “My Cherie Amour”! Jennifer Lawrence wins?! Really?! Wow. Up to the last minute, I was thinking of an Emmanuelle Riva upset (the song suits her too!). Jennifer falls. Must’ve been so surprised. Wait, is that Jean Valjean to the rescue??? I find it so sweet that she greeted Emmanuelle Riva a Happy Birthday. Ms. Riva turns 86 today, on Oscar night!
12:44 PM The presenter who needs no introduction – The Meryl Streep.
12:47 PM And now, the first actor to win three Oscars for a leading role – Daniel Day–Lewis. It is the speech worth waiting for. I’ve always admired Mr. Day–Lewis for the calm, composure and crispness with which he delivers his speeches. His hint of surprise is always sincere. He never assumed he would be the one up there at the microphone. He speaks with the grace and the intellect that sometimes I think could only come from the Irish. And his tributes to the two women in his life – his wife and then, his mom – were so touching.
12:51 PM Jack Nicholson, one of my father’s favorites (loved him in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”). I adored him in “As Good As It Gets”. US First Lady Michelle Obama introduces the category before turning it back to Jack! What a casting coup! My fingers are crossed for “Argo”!!!
12:54 PM And the Oscar goes to… “Argo”!!! I’m so jumping up and down – in my head. “I know what you’re thinking. Three Sexiest Producers Alive.” Hahaha! Oh my, Ben Affleck’s closing speech tear me up. Congratulations, Ben Affleck! You’re one of my iDOLs ever!
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