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February 27, 2011

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2011 Online Oscar Party

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About the hosts

About the host

Host: Liz Kelly

Liz Kelly

Accredited Celebritologist Liz Kelly monitors the ups, downs and in-betweens of the stars. She is uniquely qualified to write this blog because of her alarming interest in celebrities and pop culture -- and because Sandra Bullock, Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty attended her high school (not at the same time, but still...)
Host: Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday is a film critic for The Washington Post.
Host: Dan Zak

Dan Zak

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About the topic

Don't watch the Academy Awards alone. Spend Oscar night on washingtonpost.com.

Join Celebritology blogger Liz Kelly and Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday for a live chat beginning when the first feet hit the red carpet -- Sunday at 6 p.m. ET -- and running until the last award is given. We'll talk fashion highs and lows, red carpet snafus, the ceremony's best (and most cringe-worthy) moments, winners and losers and, of course, the films that make up this year's slate of nominees. We'll also be evaluating this year's unconventional hosting duo, James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

The red carpet discussion will kick off at 6 p.m. ET with Liz. Ann will join in at 8 p.m. ET when the official ceremony kicks off. Style writer Dan Zak may also be dropping in, live from Hollywood."

So pop the popcorn, don your gown and settle in for this year's online Oscar party.

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Q.

Liz Kelly :

Here we go. Time to kick off the 2011 online Oscar party. I'll be kicking off the chat as the stars hit the red carpet. I'll also keep my eyes peeled for my Celebritology blogging partner Jen Chaney who is somewhere in the scrum of reporters lining the carpet.

Ann Hornaday will be joining us -- probably closer to 8 p.m. -- and Dan Zak, who is also on the scene in L.A., will be popping in and out to add his perspective at some point. So stay tuned.

And, this is a bittersweet night for me. It will be my last chat as a Celebritologist. Tomorrow is my last day with The Post. I will miss you guys, but I have a feeling we'll cross paths -- at least virtual paths -- again someday very soon.

Okay, here we go! I'm hoping the Ryan Seacrest Drinkers are along for the ride, but if not -- well - I'm sure they're with us in spirit.

Q.

Ryan Kellett :

Just a quick tip from this producer: Our live chats appear with the latest chatter at the bottom (scroll down if you want to see the latest). There is no need to refresh - the latest question and answers appears automatically. Finally, while it says "Submit Your Question," don't feel like you need to submit a question -- comments are welcome!

Enjoy the live chat.

Q.

Charlie Sheen

Over/under 7 minutes before the first Charlie Sheen joke?
A.
Liz Kelly :

During the broadcast -- I don't know. I'm not seeing that as something that James Franco or Anne Hathaway would want to touch with a 10-foot pole. But there is apparently a "surprise" host who will do a monologue at some point through the show. If one of the presenters hasn't already hit Sheen, maybe the mystery guest will.

Speaking of which, Sheen just gave GQ an interview in which he said he believes in doing everything 100 percent -- whether sober or loaded. If I wasn't here chatting with you fine people, I'd probably be posting on it. But, hell, Ryan Seacrest is talking to Jennifer Lawrence from "Winter's Bone" -- who looks fab in red -- so Charlie can take a seat in his home theater with his porn family and watch professionals at work.

– February 27, 2011 6:02 PM
Q.

2011 Online Oscar Party

Yeah you are right. It won't be good to watch it alone. Well I will be watching it with my girl friend at my place. Got my self hooked with one of the sites to watch Oscars live. Enjoy.

A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, very cool. I wonder if that's officially sanctioned by ABC.

– February 27, 2011 6:02 PM
Q.

EPJD

Sniff, sniff. Last chat with you Liz. We shall miss you. Good luck at Zapwhatever.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Hey now! Zap2It.com. I'm sure The Post wants me to mention it as many times as possible during tonight's chat, so thanks for providing another opportunity.

– February 27, 2011 6:03 PM
Q.

Could Hailee Score an Upset

I haven't seen The Fighter so I don't know how good Melissa Leo's performance was but I saw True Grit today and thought Hailee Steinfeld was amazing. Could she score an upset over Leo since some Academy members may have been annoyed by her "vote for me" campaign? I would love to see Hailee win, especially since she really should have been nominated for Best Actress.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, anything can happen. But I defer to the experts -- Jen and Ann who made their Oscar predictions last week.

– February 27, 2011 6:06 PM
Q.

Jennifer Lawrence

Poor Jennifer Lawrence, first down the carpet means no escape from Seabiscuit.

A.
Liz Kelly :

Hey, as someone releatively new to the game, she should be glad that Seabiscuit gave her the time of day.

Kelly Osbourne is really turning into a fixture of E! coverage. Whoever would've thought?

– February 27, 2011 6:07 PM
Q.

Witless

I'd like to nominate Juliana for worst dressed

A.
Liz Kelly :

Oh, I dunno. I think Giuliana looks fine. The dress is a little busy, but the girls are at attention and that spray tan is impeccable.

I just caught a glimpse of Melissa Leo and her gown -- at least the neckline -- was reminiscent of late-era Elvis. Not liking it.

– February 27, 2011 6:09 PM
Q.

luvlinsey

liz, i'm going 2 miss u! jennie never answers my questions! are u going to hang out with linsey out in LA? u guys should meet up all the time, and then also with dina, my 2nd mom! wouldnt that be cool? will u have a new chat at yr new job so we can ask u how u and linsey are doing?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I plan to haunt the Chateau Marmont just waiting for Lindsay to show up. She'll be a little sad, a little lost, then she'll see me across the darkened bar and we will be instant soulmates. I will become Lindsay's guru -- taking over control of her life, her career, her fashion choices, even her hair extensions.

You'll see. It'll happen.

– February 27, 2011 6:11 PM
Q.

First Time with E

This is my first time watching the pre show on E. Are they always babbling fools like this? I want to poke pencils in my ears to rupture my eardrums to avoid hearing them.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Oh yes. That's half the fun -- snarking at the idiotic crap that comes out of their mouths. Trust me, both Ryan and Giuliana have inserted their feet firmly in their mouths.

Ooh, here's Melissa Leo in her Elvis dress. It's a Mark Bauer dress, she says, "built" especially for her.

Just got a shot of Mila Kunis, who looks absolutely stunning -- and kind of obscene -- in lavender.

– February 27, 2011 6:13 PM
Q.

Dan Zak is a good looking fella

Is he now part of Celebritology? Liz, to mark your farewell I will be shaping a topiary into an Oscar statuette...
A.
Liz Kelly :

Nope. Dan transcends terrestrial labeling. He's just out there on the scene and thought we'd all enjoy a little insight from the West Coast.

I think Jen's Twitter feed is also now displaying on this page. If not, you can follow her at @celebritology. She's accepting questions that she will attempt to ask the bold namers as they sweep past on the red carpet. So send them to @celebritology with the hashtag #oscarspotting.

– February 27, 2011 6:15 PM
Q.

Liz in LA

So I ran into Brad Wollach from Chelsea Lately while at Starbucks. Well, ran into not really - just stood near and felt nerves like he was Brad Pitt or something. What part of LA are you moving to? I'm sure to get celeb-sighting nerves if I stand behind you in line at Whole Foods or something. Not to worry, I know what you look like and you have no clue who I am and I won't creep you out by saying hi.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm headed out on Tuesdsay to look for a place. So not 100 percent certain yet. But we're hoping to settle in the Miracle Mile area -- somewhere near the Farmer's Market. It just seems like a nice walkable neighborhood and it will be a quick commute to my new office.

But I am open to suggestions from any L.A.-based folks who have recommendations for good neighborhoods.

– February 27, 2011 6:17 PM
Q.

Snarky Squirrel

First of all, bon voyage as you set off on your next adventure, Liz. I'll miss you but promise to check in on the new site. Thanks for getting me hooked on Celebritology as an avocation, thereby no doubt delaying my dissertation completion! Now, to my question: what in the world do attendees arriving now DO from now until the show starts in 2.5 hours?? I mean, those tiny clutches aren't big enough to hold a paperback or a Kindle!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Good question. Remember, this is not just a stop with Ryan Seacrest and then head into the theater thing. The red carpet is loooooooong and it can take a mildly sought after celeb an hour to make it from one end to the other -- there are probably five reporters there for every single celebrity. Not to mention the fans. My hope would be that once they make it through that gauntlet, there's a nice tray of cocktails waiting for them.

And thank you for the send off!

– February 27, 2011 6:20 PM
Q.

King's Speech

I guess "The King's Speech" is the favorite tonight, but do you think some voters will hold it against the film that it isn't historically accurate?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm not going to wade into the weeds on this one. So I'll keep my answer short: No. The Academy members are evaluating the films as works of art. They aren't going to penalize anyone for taking liberties to up the drama or supress some unfortunate alliances/sympathies.

– February 27, 2011 6:22 PM
Q.

Drinking at the Oscars

What do the poor attendees under 21 do for fun at the Oscars (not to mention the after parties)?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Umm, Shirley Temples? Salvia?

Here's one now -- Seacrest is talking to Hailee Steinfeld, who looks adorable in pale pink.

– February 27, 2011 6:23 PM
Q.

L.A. fav spot

Liz--I'd suggest Culver City, a suburb right near L.A. near LAX and home of Sony or Paramount , can't remember which. A good friend of mine lives there in a nice stucco home, tree lined street, friendly little downtown, plus is close to L.A. downtown. And near the beaches.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Thank you. Friends of mine in L.A. have mentioned Culver City, so we've got it on our radar. Love Santa Monica, too, but it would be too much of a commute to the new office.

– February 27, 2011 6:26 PM
Q.

More on Sheen

Rumor hath it that ABC is irked beyond belief that the MPAA won't let it run promos of the GMA interview with Charlie Sheen.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, that is irksome. I see where they're coming from.

Mila Kunis just told Ryan Seacrest that she first auditioned for "Black Swan" via iChat. And she is, in fact, shorter than Ryan.

– February 27, 2011 6:27 PM
Q.

Male Camera operator

Tough to judge Mila Kunis' dress when the shot is her cleavage from above.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, he's got to work with what's put in front of him. And, well, she is kind of putting herself out there. Like I said, I think she looks fab and trashy all at once. Which is the look to which I always aspire, but usually fall short. 

– February 27, 2011 6:29 PM
Q.

ugh

I just mistook Amy Adams for Avril Levine. I'm sorry.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I only caught a glimpse, but I'm not wild about Amy Adams's cap-sleeved gown.

– February 27, 2011 6:29 PM
Q.

jes11

After being out of work for over a year I finally got a job last summer with a company that has the worst net nanny ever. I can see Celebritology but I can't join in any more. I can't imagine I will be able to view zap2it.com during regular business hours. My days will not be the same without you Liz Kelly. I've felt like Celebritology is my safe haven for snark.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think it's time to get a smartphone or an iPad with a 3G connection and circumvent the net nanny.

But, if that's not an option, bookmark both Celebritology and Zap2It.com and catch up with us at night.

Here's Russell Brand who has brought his mother with him to the red carpet. Where, pray tell, is wife Katy Perry? People will talk. She's apparently on tour, by the way.

– February 27, 2011 6:33 PM
Q.

Seabiscuit

Anyone feel sorry for all the ladies walking by Seabiscuit in off the rack Oscar gowns?

A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, dude, we can't all have Rachel Zoe in our closets.

– February 27, 2011 6:38 PM
Q.

Colin

I can't wait to set my eyes on Colin Firth. I hope the camera is on him a lot tonight and I think it will be.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm hoping he says "Harley-Davidson" again. Or, even better, "Miss Elizabeth Bennet." That would pretty much make my evening.

Ann Hathaway looking beautiful in red.

And I'd like to amend my Giuliana Rancic observation. She does look hideous. She reminds me of a big orange spider.

– February 27, 2011 6:41 PM
Q.

Russell Brand

On TV guide channel Russell Brand is telling some dude he's seen lots of foreign films. Being from the United Kingdom wouldn't Hollywood films be foreign to him?

A.
Liz Kelly :

Indeed.

– February 27, 2011 6:43 PM
Q.

Guiliana

Is it just me or are her shoulders so boney they're practically Gaga-esque?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Totally. And they're pointing forward in a somewhat threatening manner.

– February 27, 2011 6:43 PM
Q.

Kelly Osbourne -- The Articulate One

She just said boobs on global tv.

A.
Liz Kelly :

Yes, and checked herself for it, too. She may be glammed up, but at the end of the day, this is Ozzy and Sharon's daughter. And I'm sure "boobs" is pretty tame talk around the Osbourne houseold.

– February 27, 2011 6:44 PM
Q.

Nikki Finke

Liz, can you ask Jen or Lisa DeMoraes if they heard anything about the Nikki Finke credential kerfuffle?

A.
Liz Kelly :

I can ask Jen, sure. Stay tuned.

– February 27, 2011 6:52 PM
Q.

Sunrise?

Who is Sunrise and wtf is she wearing??
A.
Liz Kelly :

That's Mark Ruffalo's wife and mother of his three children. Not a big fan of her dress, either. She looks like she has one huge pumped up arm.

But, speaking of hideous dresses, just saw Cate Blanchett who -- although she's usually amazingly styled -- is wearing a total fail. Lavendar and yellow?

– February 27, 2011 6:55 PM
Q.

MY EYES

What on earth is Cate Blanchett wearing. It's purple and yellow with a big circle on her chest.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Agreed. I think she may walk away with Worst Dressed honors. Well, wait a minute, we haven't seen Helena Bonham Carter yet.

– February 27, 2011 6:56 PM
Q.

Cate Blanchett

Oh my! what was she thinking?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, she's very fashion forward. We're just not high-brow enough to appreciate it.

– February 27, 2011 6:57 PM
Q.

Speaking of boobs

Do you think Jennifer Hudson's had a boob lift? As a big boobed gal, I'd like to know if she has a non surgical secret to keeping them up.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm going to guess there was some fashion tape involved in that whole situation.

– February 27, 2011 6:57 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

See -- Kelly and Giuliana are loving Cate's dress. We are clearly not smart and creative enough to understand.

Q.

I wouldn't want their job

I know these "stars" are taught how to do this, but just watching them have to walk the red carpet, with a million cameras and stupid questions pointed their way cannot be easy. So I wouldn't want the job, but sure would like the money.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, it comes with the territory. This isn't the only thing they do. These people don't actually just walk red carpets and count money. As Jennifer Aniston so ably proves, not everyone is capable of acting. It ain't as easy as it looks.

(Ducking now.)

– February 27, 2011 6:58 PM
Q.

Drugs

It must be drugs. How can Giuliana and Kelly say Cate's dress is gorgeous? Of course they liked Jennifer Lawrence with no jewelry.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Seriously, where is Kathy Grifin or Joan Rivers when you need her?

– February 27, 2011 7:00 PM
Q.

Good Luck Liz!!

The cats moving west? Good luck. Thanks for all the fun and snark and information. Thursday afternoons won't be the same.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Thanks -- yep, the cats and the dog are headed to Cali with us. We wouldn't go without the whole family.

Marissa Tomei looks great from the hips up. From the hips down, she's a flamenco dancer.

– February 27, 2011 7:01 PM
Q.

Lovin Marissa

She doesn't always get it right, but this year it works. Very lovely.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Like I said, I liked the bodice, but not the skirt. And I usually am a big fan of her style picks.

Giuliana and Kelly are now evaluating whether or no ScarJo's dress is too see-through. This is important work we're doing here, people.

– February 27, 2011 7:03 PM
Q.

Helen Mirren

Helen, if at first glance I think you're Tilda Swinton, your fashion has gone too far forward.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Oh, I missed Helen. Is it really Tilda bad?

– February 27, 2011 7:04 PM
Q.

Scarlett Johansen

Who's arm is she on? OMG , poor Ryan Reynolds.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm sure Ryan Reynolds is finding comfort somehow.

– February 27, 2011 7:04 PM
Q.

ABC - Robin Roberts

ABC has started their red carpet coverage. Gotta say I think Robin R looks great in her ivory sparkly gown.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Thanks -- I'll have to switch back and forth. But I take your word for it.

– February 27, 2011 7:05 PM
Q.

Jennifer Hudson

She has lost some weight but she has kept her curves. Shazaam!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Yes, Jennifer looks fab. A true "Idol" success story.

– February 27, 2011 7:06 PM
Q.

ScarJo

Not loving her dress, but at least she's less Frankensteiny than the Globes.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Agreed. Her hair looks much more soft and natural than it did at the Globes. Still no sign of Helena Bonham Carter. Maybe she's skipping the red carpet?

– February 27, 2011 7:07 PM
Q.

Aaack!

I didn't mean Helen Mirren, I meant Cate Blanchett! I haven't even started drinking yet!
A.
Liz Kelly :

I thought that might be the case. Sharon Stone has arrived -- Giuliana and Kelly think she looks stunning. Me, I'm thinking she looks a little busted. But even Sharon Stone busted is still Sharon Stone.

– February 27, 2011 7:10 PM
Q.

Facebook

So Jesse Eisenburg essentially played himself? He talks just like he did in the movie. Or is he still playing Zuckerberg, a la Bale?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think he's an intense young man, much like Mark Zuckerberg. So, the role was a good fit, yes.

– February 27, 2011 7:11 PM
Q.

Guiliana's Hair?

What's the deal with Guiliana's hair? Looks like it's been sucked up into a vacuum cleaner.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think Giuliana and Sharon Stone used the same stylist.

– February 27, 2011 7:11 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

Justin Timberlake showed up with his mom. Maybe he and Russell Brand can link up after the show to take their moms out for a drink.

Q.

The Stonester

I may or may not have thought that Sharon Stone was HBC. I think she should go ahead and take that as a compliment, though...
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think she looks like a blonde Elvira.

– February 27, 2011 7:14 PM
Q.

Speaking of Tilda

on CBS Sunday Morning they had an Oscar do and don'ts segment. One was to pick up your Oscar yourself -- unless your Tilda Swinton and then you could have David Bowie do it (flash to side by side photos of both) as they are essentially the same person. Too funny --she does look a lot like him.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Nice. I'm sure Tilda would take that as a compliment.

– February 27, 2011 7:15 PM
Q.

Justin Timberlake

He brought his mother to the Oscars instead of Jessica Biel? They are dunzo. The only other reason for her not being there is that she's dead.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, come on now. I can think of a few reasons. She could have rotavirus, for instance.

– February 27, 2011 7:16 PM
Q.

JT

To continue the boob discussion, JT's mom needs a bra, stat.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Oh, come on now -- surely moms -- and their girls -- are off limits.

– February 27, 2011 7:17 PM
Q.

Guiliana

Why isn't Guiliana actually on the red carpet interviewing celebrities? Has she been banished to the sky box for some reason, leaving Seabiscuit to do all the actual interviewing? Has that happened before?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Maybe because she makes a fool out of herself yelling after people like George Clooney in Italian? Though it does seem like a bit of a demotion for her to be confined to the balcony coverage with Kelly Osbourne.

– February 27, 2011 7:18 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

Ooh, here's HBC and she doesn't look. Awful. I mean, It looks like a panther got a hold of her dress, but it's not *horrible.* Waiting for them to flash to her shoes.

Q.

Not Liking Melissa Leao's Dress

I don't even think it's all that flattering.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Agreed -- so far she and Cate Blanchett are tied for worst dress.

– February 27, 2011 7:20 PM
Q.

Mom's girls

No way. My mom would never go out with such saggy boobs. And I'd never let her. I guess it's harder for guys to tell their moms that their boobs are too low.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Wow. Maybe you should start some kind of awareness campaign. The Foundation for Celebrity Mom Foundation Garments?

– February 27, 2011 7:20 PM
Q.

Ryan Seacrest

told Helen Bodham Carter her dress is "slimming"?? Guess that's the last he will see of her.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well she did ask if it made her bum look big.

And there's an aerial shot of Colin Firth. Looking dashing. Of course.

– February 27, 2011 7:21 PM
Q.

Boobs

Jennifer Hudson should host a formal wear bra seminar this week
A.
Liz Kelly :

For JT's mom?

– February 27, 2011 7:22 PM
Q.

Watch Oscars 2011 Live Online

is this the good resource to watch Oscars 2011 Live online http://goo.gl/7pWtX Please Suggest
A.
Liz Kelly :

Our producer Ryan assures me the official stream is here: http://oscar.go.com/

– February 27, 2011 7:23 PM
Q.

Run over

So what are the odds that they are going to end on time?
A.
Liz Kelly :

With James Franco hosting? It's anyone's guess. We could be watching at 6 a.m.

– February 27, 2011 7:24 PM
Q.

Bingo help

I don't get E! can you let me know if Guiliana does the 7 Sweetie thing so I can mark off the square???
A.
Liz Kelly :

Unfortunately, Giuliana has been relegated to a balcony above the red carpet, so no opportunity to "sweetie" anyone. She must be on some kind of probation.

BTW, we just got a shot of Helen Mirren, who looks absolutely stunning.

– February 27, 2011 7:25 PM
Q.

#oscarspotting

Has Charlie Sheen made an appearance or is he still in rehab!?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm guessing he's still in rehab -- meaning his house.

– February 27, 2011 7:27 PM
Q.

Have I watched too many award shows?

Hilary Swank's dress looks like the peach one Diane Lane wore. And that Penelope Cruz wore. Strapless with feathers at the bottom - we got it.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Agreed. I wasn't overwhelmed by Hilary's gown. She's done better.

– February 27, 2011 7:28 PM
Q.

Not much jewelry

Is that a nod to the jobless recovery? Oh, Cate Blanchett -- you're usually so good. Eeehhhh. Just saw Penelope Cruz -- lovely and a killer bod not long at all after having a baby.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Maybe Lindsay Lohan has jewelers playing it conservative this year.

– February 27, 2011 7:29 PM
Q.

Mila Kunis

Who would have thought the girl from "That 70's Show" and the voice of Meg Griffin would be in an Oscar-nominated picture?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Who would've thought Justin Timberlake -- the guy from n sync -- would be in an Oscar-hominated movie.

Rut roh -- Nicole Kidman's dress is so not working.

– February 27, 2011 7:30 PM
Q.

Honesty

Since G and Kelly are on Fashion Police and good and harsh there, is it wrong that I expect them to say something other than "I'm not sure..."?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think we should consider "I'm not sure..." their worst approbation.

– February 27, 2011 7:33 PM
Q.

Nicole Kidman

A hot mess. Not sure what is going on with that.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Yeah. Any dress that's capable of making Nicole Kidman look wide through the hips is not a good choice.

But, you know, it may be stunning in person and just not translate well on camera.

– February 27, 2011 7:35 PM
Q.

Paltrow

She's been everywhere this year and Chris Martin is nowhere to be found. Is he being a house husband or should I have hopes that her Yokoing of Coldplay is over?
A.
Liz Kelly :

They are never seen together. It's their thing. By the way, I liked her dress. Anyone?

– February 27, 2011 7:37 PM
Q.

Gwyneth

Gwyneth is rocking the gold/white gown! Rowr!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Right on.

– February 27, 2011 7:37 PM
Q.

Can someone hold Christian Bale down & shave that beard! Please

Oh & Helen Mirren did look fabulous.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Oh my, it is getting pretty big. It's starting to look downright Victorian. Lets hope he's grooming it for a role. I can't wait to hear Jen's take on it. She's got a bit of a crush.

– February 27, 2011 7:38 PM
Q.

Gwyneth

I almost mistook her for the actual Oscar.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Nice.

Whoa! Here's Sandra Bullock with no bangs. She was sporting a heavy fringe at the Globes. Either she's got them pasted up or she was wearing one of those little clip-in bangs.

– February 27, 2011 7:39 PM
Q.

Yay

The Balebeard is back! And the accent!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Shine your boots, guv'nah?

– February 27, 2011 7:40 PM
Q.

Red is the Color of the Night

Someone should have sent Halle Berry the memo because that color does nothing for her. But silver is coming up fast on the power of Gwyneth Paltrow alone.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I tink Halle looks lovely. She looks soft and girlie. But, yes, Gwyneth is at the top of my best-dressed list.

– February 27, 2011 7:41 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

Somebody please explain to me why Donald Trump is at the Oscars.

Q.

Liz Kelly :

Check out Jen's Twitpics live from the red carpet here. She just got a great shot of Gwyneth. And by "great," I mean kind of scary.

Q.

trump

because he is rich and can go wherever he wants
A.
Liz Kelly :

I guess so.

– February 27, 2011 7:47 PM
Q.

Meanwhile on ABC ...

Annette Benning and Warren Beatty are on ... she is stunning. But the interview was awkward ... Robin R. basically telling her she won't win. (I hope she does.) BTW, does anyone else miss Joan Rivers? She didn't always get it perfect, but she was more fun.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I do. The red carpet is just way too tame without the Joan factor. At least we'll get her post-show Fashion Police take.

– February 27, 2011 7:47 PM
Q.

Nicole Kidman's Dress

No. Just plain NO.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well said.

– February 27, 2011 7:48 PM
Q.

The 'artist' formerly known as JLo

Did she spend all the pop star money & now she'll do anything for the twins college fund? First Idol and now I've seen her in 2 commercials this evening, one for Loreal and another for Venus razors!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, I've seen Natalie Portman in a perfume ad tonight, too, but no one is accusing her of desperation.

I can't believe I'm defending J.Lo, but I've actually been enjoying "Idol" so much this season that she's growing on me. Dammit.

– February 27, 2011 7:50 PM
Q.

What

Is Marky Mark's wife wearing? Good lord.
A.
Liz Kelly :

My grandmother's circa 1966 couch.

– February 27, 2011 7:50 PM
Q.

abc/sheen

just saw an ad on abc for the sheen special
A.
Liz Kelly :

Hmm, maybe they will withhold during the actual Oscar broadcast.

– February 27, 2011 7:51 PM
Q.

Hair Police

Really. The actresses put so much thought and effort into their gowns, shoes and jewelry. Then their hair looks like they just did whatever to it in 5 minutes. WHY? The overall look is ruined by bad hair.
A.
Liz Kelly :

That isn't true of oall of them. I mean, I think Gwyneth looked well put together from head to toe. But I can see your point when I look at ScarJo. Cameron Diaz is usually a big offender in this department, too.

But I think given the chance, I'd probably go with as natural looking a 'do as possible. I'm just not into big helmet coifs.

– February 27, 2011 7:53 PM
Q.

Tim Gunn

ABC watcher here again--think Tim Gunn's doing a good job w his red carpet spots, just interviewed Anne Hathaway and Valentino, and liked his Mila Kunis talk too. He looks well groomed and conservatively dressed as usual.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Tim Gunn can do no wrong.

– February 27, 2011 7:54 PM
Q.

JLo vs. Portman

Being the face of Chanel (I think) perfume is a little different than being the face/legs/hair of disposable razors and shampoo
A.
Liz Kelly :

Okay, you may have a point there. But my point is that they all have a price. J.Lo's just isn't quite as high as Natalie's.

– February 27, 2011 7:55 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

We're five minutes out from the broadcast. Ann Hornaday will be joining us momentarily. So get your movie-centric questions ready.

Q.

Scarlett

Does she own a brush?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm going to go out on a limb and say yes. What do I win?

– February 27, 2011 7:56 PM
Q.

Paltrow's dress...

Has a real mid-60's vibe going on top. I like it -- but you need to be pretty flat-chested to carry it off.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Agreed.

Seabiscuit has Portman in his clutches. She looks tired. I feel for her. I know how it feels to be super pregnant and have to stand for an extended period of time. Not to mention needing to pee constantly.

– February 27, 2011 7:58 PM
Q.

Ann Hornaday :

Hi everybody! Ann Hornaday here, hope everybody's Oscar-ific and ready to chat!

Q.

Natalie Portman

Did she not walk the red carpet? Or did I miss her?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think she showed up at the very end to avoid having to be on her feet for more than necessary. And, again, she looked lovely.

– February 27, 2011 7:58 PM
Q.

A totally positive comment

Just watching Natalie makes me smile.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Me too. I have a massive girl crush on Natalie.

– February 27, 2011 7:59 PM
Q.

Valentino

What shade of orange is he? George Hamilton orange or Burnt Umber orange?
A.
Liz Kelly :

We nee to put him next to Giuliana for comparison.

– February 27, 2011 8:00 PM
Q.

Melissa Leo and Cate Blanchett

Sorry, I liked them both. Nice to see some different silhouettes and choices of color. Hope we continue to see more variety.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Hey, there's something for everyone. Kelly Osbourne loves Cate's dress, too. So you are not alone.

– February 27, 2011 8:01 PM
Q.

Natalie Portman's Voice

Is it just me, or is her voice really annoying? Struck me as nasal and flat and just...off.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think it's just you.

She's now talking to Robin Roberts on ABC, btw.

– February 27, 2011 8:02 PM
Q.

WHERE'S JACK??????????

Any sightings of Jack Nicholson?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think Jack was AWOL last year and, no, I haven't seen him yet this time around.

Folks -- Ann is here, so please hit her with your movie questions. Gown snark can only take us so far.

– February 27, 2011 8:03 PM
Q.

ScarJo

Remember when she used to look like a blonde, voluptuous movie star? You know, like Jennifer Lawrence.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Oh, come on. She doesn't look that bad.

– February 27, 2011 8:03 PM
Q.

Streaming is not the same.

ABC just crashed thank you Time Warner Cable Northeast oh dear god why are ALL MY OTHER CHANNELS WORKING AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
A.
Liz Kelly :

It's clearly sabotage.

– February 27, 2011 8:05 PM
Q.

Funny

Watching the promos for Red Riding Hood. The Villagers want to give Amanda Siefried to the wolf. All I can think is those villagers saw Mamma Mia.

A.
Liz Kelly :

Agreed. I love that she quit "Big Love" to be a movie star and THIS is what she comes up with?

– February 27, 2011 8:05 PM
Q.

Best picture

For once I've seen all of these, except for 127 Hours because I couldn't stand to watch him cut off his arm (even though I knew it wasn't really happening). I didn't like The Social Network, tho' I agree it was a good movie. My only real problem is with Black Swan, as I thought both it and Natalie Portman's performance were so overwrought as to be laughable --the thing you see on weekend midnights along w/Creature Feature and the like. But I also hated Crash, which won over Brokeback Mountain and other excellent nominees. It's always interesting to see how far I differ from mainstream opinion, assuming Oscar winners can be considered "mainstream opinion."
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Well said -- but may I please urge you to *please* for the love of all things cinematic see 127 HOURS? It's a truly wonderful movie -- and the sequence of which you speak lasts literally less than a minute. Turn away if you have to, cover your eye s-- but it's not worth missing this amazing experience (and seeing an incredible performance from James Franco) just because of that. Also -- there's far fewer disturbing images in 127 HOURS than, say, BLACK SWAN -- or even SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, which I found much more disturbing in terms of violence and torture and children. End of rant. Enjoy the Oscars!

– February 27, 2011 8:06 PM
Q.

NATALIE - AGAIN

Me again ........... I take back what I just wrote about Natalie's gown. I was watching her on E & now she's on ABC & looking like one of best dressed of the night. Who knew a change in channels could make such a difference!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Agreed. Natalie's dress read much better on ABC's cameras.

– February 27, 2011 8:07 PM
Q.

Anne Hathaway

There's something weird about her face. Am I the only one thinking this?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Can you elaborate?

– February 27, 2011 8:08 PM
Q.

Jennifer Hudson

Best dressed of the night! She looks fabulous--perfect color, fit, not overdoing anything; nothing falling out...just glamorous and beautiful! Gwyneth runs a close second, tho...
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think she looks great, too, but I think Helen Mirren and Gwyneth Paltrow both topped J. Hud.

– February 27, 2011 8:09 PM
Q.

Hi Ann!

Do you have a favorite film from any of the Best Actor nominees? Doesn't have to be one of the nominated flicks this year...
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Hello! Hmm, that's a toughie. It's not a movie but I'm a huge FREAKS AND GEEKS fan, which is where I first saw James Franco -- and I thought he was adorable and hilarious in PINEAPPLE EXPRESS. As for Jeff Bridges, that's almost impossible to choose...I'll go for FEARLESS. Great movie.

– February 27, 2011 8:10 PM
Q.

Cate Blanchett

Bizarre! Not sure why G and Kelly think it so fabulous.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Because they are fashionistas and we are mall shoppers.

– February 27, 2011 8:10 PM
Q.

Anne Hathaway

Just saw the red dress, it so gorgous except for the tumor lump on the back. What is up with that? And how many changes do you think she will have during the show?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I missed the tumor lump. Was it worse than HBC's bustle?

– February 27, 2011 8:11 PM
Q.

Social Network

It was a slightly interesting story, told is a very professional way, but it just wasn't special. Is there something I'm missing in not seeing it as Oscar worthy?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I totally understand if people aren't grabbed by THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and in fact I was not expecting to be as compelled as I was...But honestly I just found it completely absorbing, and the filmmaking is/was so subtle in the way it drew the audience into being invested in these otherwise off-putting characters. The way I put it is, Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher, plus the actors, made us lean forward into a story that otherwise might have left us utterly cold and un-caring. Plus I thought it was very provocative in terms of how this emerging technology is affecting our culture and relationships. So it had the zeitgeist-thing going on, at least for me.

– February 27, 2011 8:13 PM
Q.

Bullock bangs

Looks like Sandra B's stylist sprayed down her bangs without mercy. She seems a little wan, but then, she's had a hard year.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Indeed. And she has a baby at home. And I know what that means. No regular sleep.

Tim Gunn now talking to Gwyneth. She says she wants to duet with Jay-Z.

– February 27, 2011 8:14 PM
Q.

Nicole Kidman

Does anyone else think her dress is absolutely terrible??
A.
Liz Kelly :

See above. Yes.

– February 27, 2011 8:15 PM
Q.

SO Many Best Pic Nominees

Ann - I really don't like that there are 10 Best Pic nominees because a movie could win with something like 11% of the vote. Since Inception wasn't nominated for many other categories besides technical categories, might it win to throw it a bone for not having been nominated in other areas?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Short answer: No. Not a chance INCEPTION will take Best Pic -- although if you'd asked me when it came out, I would have said it was a front-runner. What a difference a few months make, right?! As for the ten nominees -- it doesn't bug me that much, probably because this ysear they had such a strong list. We'll see if every year produces a strong ten-film crop.

– February 27, 2011 8:16 PM
Q.

Social Network

Is it really that good? I have a hard time believing a pic about the founder of Facebook could be as riveting as they say it is. Your take?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Short answer: Yes. It really is that good (see my previous post for the full sermon).

– February 27, 2011 8:17 PM
Q.

The problem with Cate's dress

It's those little balls stuck on it and when I look at them that big sweaty guy in the rubber suit and those pusballs all over his face from Dune pops into my head.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Okay, good to know.

– February 27, 2011 8:18 PM
Q.

best picture

I liked social network, but kings speech was so much better. I hope they don't try to split awards and give best picture to social
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I haven't checked the Vegas odds but I think it's still THE KING'S SPEECH's to lose for Best Pic...Another theory has KINGS and SOCIAL NETWORK splitting the vote so that TOY STORY 3 or THE FIGHTER might sneak in...Ya never know!

– February 27, 2011 8:19 PM
Q.

The colors

They're totally different on ABC than E. I thought Scar Jo's dress was magenta but on ABC it's purple. Amy Adams's dress got a lot bluer too.
A.
Liz Kelly :

And they may look completely different in real life. We'll have to get Jen's opinion when she gets a second to breathe.

– February 27, 2011 8:21 PM
Q.

Hailee Steinfeld

Do you think she has a chance? She's just so cute, and was great in True Grit
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I know, totally adorbs. Love the transformation from her character to this graceful swan who's been wowing the awards shows...Just fabulous. You know, she *might* have a chance, especially if Melissa Leo's trade ads alienated her peers...But I'd be shocked. This won't be her first dance, though -- and she's made a very poised and auspicious debut!

– February 27, 2011 8:21 PM
Q.

James Franco

I must admit I've only seen Toy Story 3, but is Colin Firth's performance that much better than James Franco's in a movie where most of the screen time is just him and a rock?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Very good question. Although you're absolutely right about James Franco and the sheer endurance it took to carry that movie, you could argue that Colin Firth had a tough job too, in playing a kind of chilly, recessive character and, pretty much within the first few minutes, getting the audience to care *a lot* about whether he succeeds or not. That's a tough job. I loved 127 HOURS and Franco's performance but I must admit I'm rooting for Mr. Firth tonight.

– February 27, 2011 8:23 PM
Q.

Bale

I will never get tired of Christian Bale. I even found him hot in The Machinist. It's a sickness, I know.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Oh you have a Christian Bale problem! I have a Mark Ruffalo problem! Totally get it. Don't apologize. Fly your flag proudly, my friend. You have flawless taste! (Go NEWSIES!)

– February 27, 2011 8:26 PM
Q.

Vegas Betting Odds

The King's Speech is the overwhelming betting favorite. You need to bet $10 to win $1 if you choose the King's Speech. Social Network is the distant 2nd choice. Colin Firth as best actor is more overwhelming. You need to bet $20 to win $1.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I. Love. Our. Chatters.

– February 27, 2011 8:27 PM
Q.

Weird Anne Hathway Face:

She just looks kind of...distorted? I think that the nicest way I can say it is that she looks a little more horse-faced than usual. Sorry. I do love her.

A.
Dan Zak :

I received this text from my dad: "Anne Hathaway reminds me of Mrs. Potatohead: Her eyes and nose don't fit her face." Also, hello everybody. I'm chatting from my bed at the Standard on Sunset Blvd. Slipping into a zen state before Vanity Fair party duty later tonite.

– February 27, 2011 8:29 PM
Q.

Annette Benning?

Ann, Does she have a chance? I thought her performance was layered and interesting. Best of the year. Or am I the only person in the world who thought Natalie was fine, but not statuette-worthy?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

There was a little bit of chatter that it was turning Annette's way, but I still think Natalie's as lock. (Don't you love how I use their first names like they're my peeps? Ugh.) Anyway -- I actually feel exactly the opposite about those performances. I thought Natalie Portman was just phenomenal in BLACK SWAN, whereas I felt like I'd seen Bening's character before -- most recently in MOTHER AND CHILD -- that sort of bitter, sardonic edgy woman. I'd like to see her do a softer character soon.

– February 27, 2011 8:30 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

And here we go.... show time!

Q.

Your. Chatters. Love. You.

For. Real.
A.
Liz Kelly :

On behalf of whoever it is you're addressing, I thank you and would like to say the feeling is mutual.

– February 27, 2011 8:36 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

Where's Billy Crystal? I'm waiting.

Q.

opening

Morgan Freeman and Alec Baldwin need to work together.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Brill. Loved the Ambien juice pack.

– February 27, 2011 8:38 PM
Q.

Best Actress

I think the reason I can't see Benning winning Best Actress is because the role wasn't THAT much of a stretch for her. She's a mom, albeit not a lesbian mom, and she's passionate. On the other hand, Natalie Portman did an amazing job in Black Swan that she really worked hard at. I don't like the idea that the Academy would just give it to Benning as a sentimental favorite. Your take?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I agree. I like NP for the award, too. Well put!

– February 27, 2011 8:39 PM
Q.

Not That I Mind

But a Back to the Future clip?
A.
Dan Zak :

What's your beef? Best film trilogy ever.

– February 27, 2011 8:39 PM
Q.

Billy Crystal

I know he was the best!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, I dunno that I'd go that far. But I was waiting for him to turn up in the movie montage.

– February 27, 2011 8:39 PM
Q.

127 Hours

Ann, can you use your influence in Hollywood to have them put out a sanitized version on DVD without that one minute? A redacted version rather than an extended version?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Heaven forfend! It's as crucial point albeit not the huge deal everyone's making it. Aw, just suck it up and go see the movie! You'll thank me!

– February 27, 2011 8:39 PM
Q.

So the message was apparently

go youthful. Not a bad thing.
A.
Dan Zak :

Well James seems high as a kite. And Anne seems like she's running for class president. So, youthful. Yeah.

– February 27, 2011 8:40 PM
Q.

Tony Kornheiser

Bring back Billy Crystal!
A.
Ann Hornaday :

TK. Tough room. Almost as tought as McManus.

– February 27, 2011 8:40 PM
Q.

Mom boobs

Anne's mom's boobs look great.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm glad to hear they pass muster. How about James Franco's grandmother?

– February 27, 2011 8:41 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

And Ann's already wearing a new dress. If Nikki Finke's leaked show sked is right, she's due for five costume changes tonight.

A.
Liz Kelly :

Hathaway, that is. I'm pretty sure Ann Hornaday is still wearing the same dress.

– February 27, 2011 8:41 PM
Q.

Tom Hanks

So I never realized this, but Tom Hanks's acceptance where he says "the streets of Heaven are too crowded with angels" was later used in "The West Wing" for a speech President Bartlet gave, which was of course written by Aaron Sorkin.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Aha! I think we have a scoop!

– February 27, 2011 8:41 PM
Q.

Opening sketch

I loved the opening sketch. Dance of the Brown Duck - hee hee! And Anne Hathaway's first on-stage dress (the white one) is what Nichole Kidman's could have been.
A.
Dan Zak :

Montages always go smoother than the live stuff. Especially when your hosts aren't film talent, not stand-up or theatre talent.

– February 27, 2011 8:41 PM
Q.

Winter's Bone

Just wanted to show Winter's Bone a little love. We watched it last night and I thought it was terrific. Certainly as engrossing as The Kings Speech, IMO.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Glad you liked it -- I had some problems with the characterizations and the gothic horror, but...Oops they're starting, hold on!

– February 27, 2011 8:42 PM
Q.

Please save us, Woody (tom hanks)

this show has the flow of frozen molasses.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well, look on the bright side -- we've only got like three hours to go.

– February 27, 2011 8:44 PM
Q.

GWTW

What's with the Gone with the Wind reference?
A.
Dan Zak :

The Academy loves to harken back and honor its legacy at the expense of good television. A "Titanic" homage? Geez. And we also have Celine Dion coming later, singing "Smile" under the In Memoriam tribute.

– February 27, 2011 8:45 PM
Q.

My first reaction

James Franco and Anne Hathaway are awfully nice young people. Why they are hosting the Oscars is beyond me (and probably them)....
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Maybe it's just jitters, come on kids keep it together...

– February 27, 2011 8:45 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

Dan -- "BTTF" was the best film trilogy ever?

I'm going to buy you the original "Star Wars" trilogy. And the "Lord of the Rings" while I'm at it.

A.
Dan Zak :

LOTR? Ew. I will never again watch a movie with a hobbit in it. Also, terrible first speech from the first winners!

– February 27, 2011 8:46 PM
Q.

Tom Hanks

Phoning it in much?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Does anyone else remember when Tom Hanks was like this really funny, down to earth guy? I want that Tom Hanks back. He went wrong somewhere after Forrest Gump.

– February 27, 2011 8:46 PM
Q.

Overlooked movies

Ann, what did you think of Blue Valentine and Ryan G. not being nominated?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I was bummed but that was an awfully competitive category. He'll get there. No question an Oscar is in his future.

– February 27, 2011 8:47 PM
Q.

I'm calling it early

Worst.Oscars.Ever. I hope it gets better, but Anne Hathaway is amazingly unfunny and James Franco evidently has glaucoma.
A.
Dan Zak :

It's certainly looking bleak thusfar. But at least King's Speech didn't win cinematography. I was concerned about a Britsweep.

– February 27, 2011 8:48 PM
Q.

Sharing an Oscar

If you're cutting an Oscar in half (art direction winner reference), do you want the top or bottom half? Or do you think they can slice it right down the middle?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm going to guess Tim Burton would figure out a way to make the most grotesque, yet beautiful, cut of all.

– February 27, 2011 8:48 PM
Q.

Why

Why are they starting with the most boring awards? This is not helping me stay up. Thankfully you all are.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

It's cool that INCEPTION is getting early love, but man I'm sorry for Roger Deakins. Never won an Oscar and he deserves to!

– February 27, 2011 8:48 PM
Q.

Tom Hanks

When was the last time he was in a good live-action film?
A.
Dan Zak :

"Splash."

– February 27, 2011 8:49 PM
Q.

Christopher Nolan

Why was I passed over for Best Director?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Ask Danny Boyle, maybe he knows.

– February 27, 2011 8:49 PM
A.
Dan Zak :

He might get a consolation prize in the form of the original screenplay Oscar. But yeah, what gives? Nolan has never made a bad movie. Batting 1.000.

– February 27, 2011 8:50 PM
Q.

Politics

First political shout out, to the union crew on Inception. What other causes do you think we'll hear about?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm thinking we won't hear much in the way of support for Libyan dictators.

– February 27, 2011 8:50 PM
Q.

Anne Hathaway

Um, so what movie did Anne go nude in?
A.
Dan Zak :

Love and Other Drugs, right? Didn't see it.

– February 27, 2011 8:50 PM
Q.

Harry Potter

How many awards is Harry Potter nominated for this year? After all these years it'd be nice to see them honored in some way. Maybe next year?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Two, art direction and visual effects. I bet we do see a slew next year, just to mark the passing of a great franchise.

– February 27, 2011 8:50 PM
Q.

JF

Is James Franco high?
A.
Dan Zak :

I believe this will be the ongoing question throughout the night.

– February 27, 2011 8:50 PM
Q.

hosting a

worst opening montage ever. I yearn for Michael j Fox to host...
A.
Liz Kelly :

I can't say I'm overwhelmed at this point by their hosting prowess. They haven't reached even Hugh Jackman levels of hosting goodness yet.

– February 27, 2011 8:51 PM
Q.

Why Tom, why?

Why does Tom Hanks have to remind us of the Titanic?

A.
Liz Kelly :

So far, this whole broadcast is reminding me of the Titanic.

– February 27, 2011 8:51 PM
Q.

Britney

Any idea what announcement she has that has everyone talking? Did I miss it or is the tense of that statement off?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Does it have everyone talking or just the people who write the GMA promos?

– February 27, 2011 8:52 PM
Q.

GH mention

James Franco referenced his turn(s) on General Hospital. Think that's the first time someone's referred to themselves as a soap star on the Oscar telecast?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Might could be. I love James, so I'm holding out for him to step up his game.

But at this point, I'm thinking Kirk Douglas would make a better host.

– February 27, 2011 8:53 PM
Q.

Titanic

And playing the old lady, Kirk Douglas.
A.
Dan Zak :

Ahahaha. I mean, Kirk Douglas: Great. Keep on kicking, guy. But wow. Poor production choice. ALSO, A CONTROVERSIAL PREDICTION: Amy Adams wins this.

– February 27, 2011 8:53 PM
Q.

Kirk Douglas

Wonderful to see Kirk Douglas at the awards - still full of spunk.
A.
Dan Zak :

Kirk Douglas could kick all our asses.

– February 27, 2011 8:56 PM
Q.

Britney

I couldn't care less about Britney, but compared to this Oscars, yeah, I'm curious? It better not be something lame like "I'm announcing a comeback tour!"
A.
Liz Kelly :

You were hoping for something more along the lines of "I'm getting ready to go crazy again, y'all."

– February 27, 2011 8:56 PM
Q.

Oh, Kirk Douglas

This is a Dick Clark moment. So sad to do this to an icon!
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Oh lord those poor women....

– February 27, 2011 8:56 PM
Q.

epjd

"thhis whole broadcast is reminding me of the Titanic." You owe me a new keyboard Ms. Liz.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Done. We'll charge it to The Post.

– February 27, 2011 8:57 PM
Q.

Is that Kirk Douglas or Charlie Sheen?

Wow.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well done!

And Melissa Leo wins. Get up on that stage in your Elvis dress, girl!

– February 27, 2011 8:57 PM
Q.

Kirk Douglas

For host next year.
A.
Dan Zak :

That would be a 15-hour show.

– February 27, 2011 8:58 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

And Melissa drops the F-bomb! Bam!

Q.

Ms Leo

Annoying!!!!
A.
Dan Zak :

Melissa's lovely -- had lunch with her for an interview last year -- but she's a little screwball. And she may be the first person ever to utter the "F" word in an Oscar acceptance speech!

– February 27, 2011 9:00 PM
Q.

B'More Cat and Fashion Lover

It's not an Elvis dress. It's a doily dress. I made something like that in craft class when I was a kid.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Ziiing! My prediction of is coming true. Acceptance speech from h-e-double-toothpicks....

– February 27, 2011 9:00 PM
Q.

Yes. A bleep.

I just won $50.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Dang it. We should've included a bleep moment on the Oscar Bingo cards. Oh well, there's always next year.

– February 27, 2011 9:00 PM
Q.

Kirk Douglas

Time to leave the stage, dear. Although Melissa looked like she had fun flirting with him. P.S. I like her dress. It's different, but it works.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Where the frick is Bill Conti?!

– February 27, 2011 9:00 PM
Q.

I know he's Kirk Douglas

But I really wanted a Monty Python "Get on with it!" from the audience.
A.
Liz Kelly :

And now for something completely different.

– February 27, 2011 9:01 PM
Q.

F-bomb

At least it is picking up the show. Might not be a loss after all.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Okay, so for next year's co-hosts: Melissa Leo and Kirk Douglas!

– February 27, 2011 9:01 PM
Q.

Melissa Leo

What was that whole "respecting the work" part of Leo's speech?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Hey Dan aren't you besties with Melissa Leo? Please explain!!!

– February 27, 2011 9:02 PM
Q.

Melissa Leo

She seems like kind of a mess...
A.
Dan Zak :

She is a bizarre lady. Here's my interview with her: http://wapo.st/9QiMHX

– February 27, 2011 9:02 PM
Q.

Melissa Leo Fail

Aaargh! Melissa Leo has played so many tougher-than-nails characters that I guess I expected her to sound like one of them. She didn't even sound .like a grown-up. Am so disappointed.
A.
Dan Zak :

It's weird, right? So much poise and concentration onscreen, but totally lacking it in person, when she's herself. I guess the mark of a true actress?

– February 27, 2011 9:02 PM
Q.

Billy Crystal

get these awful presenters off the stage.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Truly this is quite painful...

– February 27, 2011 9:03 PM
Q.

Actors get more self-absorbed with each passing year

If you ever watch clips of actors collecting Oscars 50-60 years ago, they managed to collect the award, say something reasonably intelligent and not turn it into a impromptu soliloquy. For God's sake, get on, get the award and get off, people!
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Exactly! This just does not bode well...

– February 27, 2011 9:04 PM
Q.

Banksy

Explanation please?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Banksy is nominated in the documentary film category tonight. Banksy being the elusive British graffiti artist who no one has ever seen. So, really, he could be JT.

– February 27, 2011 9:04 PM
A.
Dan Zak :

He's the anonymous street artist slash director of "Exit through the Gift Shop," a doc nominee. No one knows his true identity. It's kinda tiresome.

– February 27, 2011 9:04 PM
Q.

f-bomb

It got bleeped for some of us. Bummer. The hosts suck.
A.
Dan Zak :

Was bleeped here in L.A. Was it not bleeped for some?

– February 27, 2011 9:04 PM
Q.

This is getting so bad,

I'm starting to enjoy it.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Sure it's fun until someone loses an eye....

– February 27, 2011 9:05 PM
Q.

Future hosts

Justin is a complete entertainer, not unlike NPH. Maybe he could host for once
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm liking that idea.

Is the lesson here that James Franco is no good without a script? Wait. He does have a script.

– February 27, 2011 9:05 PM
Q.

Justin and Mila

At least they look a little more lively.
A.
Dan Zak :

They look livelier, but they're not really acting livelier. Someone get Meryl onstage.

– February 27, 2011 9:06 PM
Q.

Mila Kulis' decolletage

the swirly details are not part of the dress, they're tattoos. Right? Young and Hip Oscars continue?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Someone else posited that they might be pasties. I'm thinking they are in fact part of the dress or a really matchy-matchy bra.

– February 27, 2011 9:06 PM
Q.

The winners for The Lost Thing

"Also known as Little and Large" -- my girlfriend, who went on to comment that one of them already won an Oscar, as a hobbit.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Man. Rough crowd.

– February 27, 2011 9:06 PM
Q.

The Kirk Douglas-Melissa Leo duo

probably put the show about 15 minutes behind schedule all by themselves. And BTW, I'm in favor of Mila Kunis' breast display, so there!
A.
Dan Zak :

Some positivity!

– February 27, 2011 9:07 PM
Q.

Hold up

So those cartoon guys who were stuck sitting in the rafters got hustled with a get off the stage song and Leo got to spout off for an hour? Unfair.
A.
Liz Kelly :

You wanted more of the cartoon guys?

– February 27, 2011 9:07 PM
Q.

Mila

Her cleavage is the best thing about this show so far. JT & NPH that would be a great show.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I second the JT/NPH idea, FWIW.

– February 27, 2011 9:08 PM
Q.

Meh

Hathaway is too perky. Franco is too laconic. The producers just got this wrong, both as a pairing and a concept.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

When is she going to sing?! When Hugh Jackman hosted he gave her the microphone and boy can she belt! I still have an open mind...

– February 27, 2011 9:09 PM
Q.

"it's the young and hip Oscars"

Broken Hip.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Rim shot!

– February 27, 2011 9:10 PM
Q.

New Oscar Category

Does the ABC Censor, the one with finger on the button get an Oscar next year for fastest use of bleeping an F-bomb and saving ABC and affiliates millions in FCC fines?
A.
Dan Zak :

Give the guy or gal a raise. I still don't understand how that type of thing can be bleeped in a matter of 7 seconds, or whatever it is.

– February 27, 2011 9:11 PM
Q.

Relax people and just try to enjoy the show

Why all the negative comments?
A.
Dan Zak :

Well, to be fair, the show is a mess so far. Messier than usual. And the Oscarcast exists for people to squabble about it. That's why we're all here. That's why you're here, right?

– February 27, 2011 9:11 PM
Q.

Melissa Leo

Yes, she is an actress. She can memorize words and be directed. Plus she gets many takes to get it right on film. Give her a break.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I'm with you vis-a-vis her acting chops, it's just that by now (after her Globes win, etc.), you'd hope she could keep it together up there.

– February 27, 2011 9:11 PM
Q.

The Pixar Oscar

goes to Pixar, strangely enough. Is there anybody in the business better than those people?
A.
Dan Zak :

No, actually. I still think their masterpiece is "Monster's Inc."

– February 27, 2011 9:12 PM
Q.

As a young person,

I demand an apology from Hathaway and Franco. We're better than this, I promise.
A.
Dan Zak :

I'm a year younger than Hathaway, I think, so as a fellow young person, I have to say: I'm not sure I could do a better job. Could you?

– February 27, 2011 9:13 PM
Q.

Party

I was invited to an Oscar party, but I decided I'd rather watch it in bed with ya'll. Does that make me kinda sad or kinda genius?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Scoot over.

– February 27, 2011 9:13 PM
Q.

Hip Oscars

If they were trying to sell the Oscars as hip, they would have put it in 3D
A.
Dan Zak :

Smell-o-vision too?

– February 27, 2011 9:13 PM
Q.

No Clips

Seriously. The only montage should be the in Memoriam part. The show would come in well under 3 hours if they cut the 2.5 hours of clips.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I call it the Welfare for Workman program (Chuck Workman, the genius editor who does all those montages).

– February 27, 2011 9:15 PM
Q.

Kirk Douglas

No disrespect, but doesn't the winner of Best Supporting Actor from the previous year usually present Best Supporting Actress and vice versa?
A.
Dan Zak :

Not always. Last year, that didn't happen. As I recall, the Europeans don't always show up the next year after winning, so maybe Christoph Waltz was hewing to that tradition.

– February 27, 2011 9:15 PM
Q.

Bardem and Brolin

Ridiculous matchy matchy with no explanation? This is a surreal show.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Somewhere in Iowa a wedding cake is missing its ornament...

– February 27, 2011 9:15 PM
Q.

The Fighter - Art and cinematography

I did not see the movie, but the scenes they are showing from The Fighter pop off the TV screen with vivid color. not nominated, but visually stunning.
A.
Dan Zak :

I agree. But art direction always goes to historical/fantasy pieces and cinematography goes to epics or very very artful movies.

– February 27, 2011 9:17 PM
Q.

Aaron Sorkin isn't lacking in confidence, is he?

He also knows how to ignore a musical cue.
A.
Dan Zak :

That musical cue is pretty ignorable though. It's like a gentle nudging -- something you'd hear while laying in one of those vibrating chairs in Brookstone.

– February 27, 2011 9:18 PM
Q.

This is a serious question

Why is "The King's Speech" not in the Foreign Film category? What makes a film eligible for the "Foreign Film" category? This show has forced me into serious questions.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

It's 'foreign language film,' although there are some Scottish burrs that I need subtitles to understand...

– February 27, 2011 9:18 PM
Q.

Why cueing the music over Sorkin

He's not going that long. Stop it Orchestra.
A.
Dan Zak :

The orchestra is going to be very trigger happy bc Kirk Douglas and Melissa Leo singlehandedly put the show back a good 8 minutes I bet.

– February 27, 2011 9:19 PM
Q.

Aaron Sorkin - of speeches and guinea pigs

I did hope such a gifted writer with rapid banter would have beat the clock (composer) and not spent time with the laundrey list of names. But he saved the best for last with the guinea pig.
A.
Dan Zak :

For it to have been a true Sorkin speech, he should've given it while walking briskly down a corridor.

– February 27, 2011 9:20 PM
Q.

The Kings Speech Writter

Too bad he doesn't have a stutter...
A.
Dan Zak :

Too bad Kirk Douglas didn't present the award.

– February 27, 2011 9:20 PM
Q.

They appear to be giving the winners

a longer time to speak. Do you think so?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Based on Seidler's speech just now, and Sorkin's attempted play-off notwithstanding, I think you're correct...

– February 27, 2011 9:20 PM
Q.

Hey Dan...

Where in LA are you hanging? Are you going to party with the stars later tonight?
A.
Dan Zak :

I'm staying on Sunset Boulevard and I'm off to the Vanity Fair party after the telecast. Now, the real question: To shave or not to shave? Is scruff still in?

– February 27, 2011 9:22 PM
Q.

Melissa Leo F Word

Now THAT is improv.
A.
Dan Zak :

Yeah, but it didn't really make any sense, right?

– February 27, 2011 9:22 PM
Q.

And thank you too, Ann

Sorry, I hadn't spotted you in my rapid skimming of the chat feed. Love the writing of all three of you and will miss LIz a lot!
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Aw thankee! As I said to Liz earlier, I'm definitely punching above my weight tonight, so thanks for making me feel welcome!

– February 27, 2011 9:23 PM
Q.

going over

does anyone really care that much if it goes over? what people are just dying to see their local news or something. It never ends on time which is okay with me.
A.
Dan Zak :

I'm with you. It wouldn't be the Oscars if it wasn't REALLY long. I think griping about how long it is is an invalid criticism. Criticize its pacing, its content, its whatever, but you can't really begrudge its running time.

– February 27, 2011 9:23 PM
Q.

Best Original Screenplay

I saw the King's Speech and I saw Inception. I thought if a movie literally made your head explode you were a lock. Dear Mr. Nolan, it took Steven Spielberg a long time for the Academy to notice him, too.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Never thought I'd say "Poor Chris Nolan." But...Oh, here's my Anne Hathaway number! Silence, please!

– February 27, 2011 9:24 PM
Q.

Zak scruff

Matthew McConahey is a yes tonight. Robert Downey Jr. looks like a no
A.
Dan Zak :

Are you giving me examples of good scruff/bad scruff? I don't recall seeing either of them so far...

– February 27, 2011 9:25 PM
Q.

Alternatives

I can't believe I'm missing Big Love, Californication, and Shameless for this. But I can't turn it off!
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Dude I'm missing my C-Span Book TV! That *really* hurts!

– February 27, 2011 9:25 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

And it took less than an hour for James Franco to appear in drag AND make the first Charlie Sheen joke. Things are looking up.

Q.

Anne and the Aussies

Nicole Kidman just gave Anne Hathaway the stink-eye!
A.
Dan Zak :

That's because Kidman is of a higher species than Hathaway, and knows it.

– February 27, 2011 9:26 PM
Q.

And there's the Charlie Sheen shot

that is all.
A.
Dan Zak :

We can all go to bed now.

– February 27, 2011 9:26 PM
Q.

I've got the closed captioning on ...

She said Hugh Jackass, not huge.Captions make things funnier. Or at least help me get jokes I miss.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I really do think she has a fabulous voice. That's all, I'll shut up now.

– February 27, 2011 9:27 PM
Q.

Helen Mirren's face

what in this world happened to her face? botox much?
A.
Dan Zak :

Hmm. I saw her up close in person Thursday nite and she seemed as natural as can be. Not liking the dress though.

– February 27, 2011 9:28 PM
Q.

Anne Can SIng

What a set of pipes. I hope she does more. And the song was funny.
A.
Dan Zak :

Put her on Broadway and let's see how she does. I vote for "Once upon a Mattress."

– February 27, 2011 9:29 PM
Q.

Ha!

Announcer flub! Is that on the bingo card?
A.
Dan Zak :

Rare!

– February 27, 2011 9:29 PM
Q.

reese witherspoon

All I can see is Barbie!
A.
Dan Zak :

All I can see is a startling lack of real talent.

– February 27, 2011 9:30 PM
Q.

Foreign Film

These Dane's sure know how to make great movies none of us will ever see
A.
Dan Zak :

Snappity snap.

– February 27, 2011 9:31 PM
Q.

Blaspsphemy

Dan, you are not allowed to criticize Dame Helen. Her dress was lovely and age appropriate.
A.
Dan Zak :

Also, I didn't like "The Queen." (But I love her.)

– February 27, 2011 9:31 PM
Q.

Wow...

The Winter's Bone actor looks so different in real life!
A.
Dan Zak :

And he was good too. But not as good as Bale.

– February 27, 2011 9:33 PM
Q.

Helen Mirren

Whatever horrible, terrible things she's doing to helpless creatures in the dungeon of her mansion to keep herself looking so young, it's worth it..
A.
Liz Kelly :

She does indeed look smashing. And she and Russell Brand would also be a good Oscar hosting pair.

– February 27, 2011 9:33 PM
Q.

Ann Hathaway is awesome

She's gorgeous and witty. She's like our generation's Lucille Ball - sort of.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I think you're on to something!

– February 27, 2011 9:33 PM
Q.

What has Reese been up to?

That woman could host without breaking a sweat. Sign her up!
A.
Dan Zak :

She's not physiologically able to break a sweat, I bet. Stepford Wife.

– February 27, 2011 9:34 PM
Q.

Bale - this where I'd expect the F bomb

Not from Melissa Leo.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Lord hearing his real accent makes all those performances even more amazing. Richly deserved!

– February 27, 2011 9:34 PM
Q.

Reese's hair

Couldn't she get better extensions? Looks like she borrowed barbie's wig.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Oh, I htought she looked cute. And did Christian Bale almost forget his wife's name or was he just choked up?

– February 27, 2011 9:35 PM
Q.

Musicals

Has Hollywood stopped making them? Because Anne Hathaway needs to be in one with Hugh Jackman.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

This is what I'm saying! Let's get a movement going, people! (She's rumored to be playing Judy Garland in an upcoming biopic, I think that would be great.)

– February 27, 2011 9:36 PM
Q.

You don't call during the OSCARS!

Now my sister has put me behind by 15 minutes. Total Foul.
A.
Dan Zak :

You didn't have to answer, did you? Or is your sister too intimidating, like one of the sisters in "The Fighter"?

– February 27, 2011 9:36 PM
Q.

Christian Bale

Choking up or did he forget his wife's name?
A.
Dan Zak :

Choking up. Bruce Wayne would've have lost his cool.

– February 27, 2011 9:36 PM
Q.

forget wife's name

Did he just forget his wife's name?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think he was just choked up.

– February 27, 2011 9:37 PM
Q.

Bale was choked up

I think he really did get emotional up there. Great plug for Dickie's website!
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I agree, loved it all. Great example of being spontaneous but keeping it under control, kind of like...acting!

– February 27, 2011 9:37 PM
Q.

Franco = Meh

Russell Brand should host
A.
Liz Kelly :

Well he did host the MTV VMAs and wasn't all that amazing, as I recall. But it is a tough job to host one of these things. It isn't just you, it's the writers, the production, the mood. Talk about pressure.

– February 27, 2011 9:38 PM
Q.

Speaking of the sisters from The Fighter

Isn't one of the actresses Conan O'Brien's sister?
A.
Dan Zak :

Yes indeed.

– February 27, 2011 9:39 PM
Q.

Mark Wahlberg

So the fact that he was the creative spark behind a multiple Oscar-winning movie make up for the fact he won't be getting one of them?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

He's amazing as a producer. Totally respect him (and totally hilarious in THE OTHER GUYS!).

– February 27, 2011 9:39 PM
Q.

Christian Bale

Why is Christian Bale's beard lighter than his hair? Great comment about the "F" bomb.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I suspect some kind of conspiracy.

– February 27, 2011 9:39 PM
Q.

Musical

But didn't Hugh Jackman play Peter Allen in A Boy From Oz and wasn't he married to Liza Minneli, who is Judy Garland's daughter?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

You're scaring me.

– February 27, 2011 9:40 PM
Q.

More hosting - Will Smith and Queen Latifah?

The smoothest nominees of past years that appeal to the younger demographic. Nothing would trip them up. Clever and Unflappable.
A.
Dan Zak :

I'd watch it. As long as they both performed their early hip-hop.

– February 27, 2011 9:40 PM
Q.

Who ?

Who were those people and why do we care that ABC will be broadcasting the Oscars for the next 9 years?

A.
Dan Zak :

One was the Academy president, the other was someone from Disney (which owns ABC). It was a stupid station-identification thing. No one cares.

– February 27, 2011 9:43 PM
Q.

Movie Music

I just have to say that I am huge fan of movie music. It can make or break a picture.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I agree and YAYZERS Trent Reznor just won for THE SOCIAL NETWORK. *That* is cool. Well deserved.

– February 27, 2011 9:44 PM
Q.

Leo F Bomb

Is this going to be the big story from the Oscars? Her F bomb has already been referenced by at least two recipients. I feel bad for her, I think she might be somewhat mortified. Wasn't exactly the classiest moment, but at least it was genuine.
A.
Dan Zak :

Unfortunately it might be a semi-big story. Does anyone know if anyone has ever dropped the F bomb during an Oscarcast?

– February 27, 2011 9:44 PM
Q.

Franco?

Seems like Anne is doing a lot more work tonight. Where's James gone to?
A.
Dan Zak :

James probably refuses to get out of his dress. The guy likes drag.

– February 27, 2011 9:45 PM
Q.

Reznor

I'm always surprised to see him looking all suited and kinda chubby. So not "Closer" material anymore.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Remember, when he wanted to do us like an--

nevermind.

– February 27, 2011 9:45 PM
Q.

Hans Zimmer got robbed!

The score for Inception was AMAZING! I demand a recount...
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I loved it too, and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, but I thought the music for TSN was so perfect for the subject matter and tone. Thought it was seamlesslly integrated.

– February 27, 2011 9:45 PM
Q.

Where did James Franco go?

Did he get a crazy case of the munchies and had to hit the snack trays backstage?
A.
Liz Kelly :

He had to get out of all that makeup.

– February 27, 2011 9:46 PM
Q.

Oscar Presenters

Who decides the pairing up of the Presenters? So far they have no chemistry.
A.
Dan Zak :

I assume the producers do. With studio input (hence Mirren and Brand together, bc they'll co-starring in "Arthur" later this year).

– February 27, 2011 9:47 PM
Q.

Chris Nolan

Why does my movie keep losing?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I'm glad it won for sound. Brilliant layering of sound design and worked beautifully with the visuals.

– February 27, 2011 9:48 PM
Q.

Lora

Whoever that is, she's really cute.
A.
Dan Zak :

And I believe she's the first woman to win a sound mixing Oscar. I quickly scanned the list of past winners and didn't see a woman's name among them...

– February 27, 2011 9:49 PM
Q.

F-Bomb

If that is the highlight of the Oscars than it will cement that this was the worst show ever.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I still think Kirk Douglas was the highlight.

– February 27, 2011 9:49 PM
Q.

3 wives?

This must be the night of the lesbian
A.
Dan Zak :

If Annette wins. And if Ellen was hosting again.

– February 27, 2011 9:50 PM
Q.

Presenters

Who decides who gets paired up with whom?
A.
Dan Zak :

Someone who's not very good at the job, apparently.

– February 27, 2011 9:51 PM
Q.

Jack Palance

Missed the Kirk Douglas moments--was it truly more special than the Jack Palance one-armed pushups? (for old guy performance)
A.
Dan Zak :

It was not more special, no. I don't think any old guy is going to top Palance in that category.

– February 27, 2011 9:54 PM
Q.

Hosts

The best ones are comedians. Most actors can't ad lib so they can't roll with it off the cuff. But I vote for Robert Downey Jr. for next year.
A.
Dan Zak :

I can get behind that.

– February 27, 2011 9:54 PM
Q.

Didn't Reznor

do the music for Seven?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

He was on the soundtrack but the *great* Howard Shore did the score.

– February 27, 2011 9:55 PM
Q.

Saving Oscar

Do you know what could save this Oscar broadcast? Colin Firth accepting his award dripping wet.
A.
Dan Zak :

Is this a Mr. Darcy reference? Does all Firthlove stem from that? Have never understood.

– February 27, 2011 9:56 PM
Q.

Cate Blanchett

Whoa, what is she wearing? It looks like part of an old sofa...
A.
Dan Zak :

She's wearing Givenchy. And she is the best. "That's gross" is my favorite line of the night thusfar. Nobody beats her. Cate Blanchett to host!

– February 27, 2011 9:57 PM
Q.

Marissa

I <3 Marisa Tomei
A.
Dan Zak :

Me too. She's never not good. Hosting the technical awards is a bit of a step down for her, though, right? They normally get ingenues or budding starlets to do it.

– February 27, 2011 9:58 PM
Q.

Clothing Error

It's great seeing Cate, and usually she can do no wrong, but that dress is a whoops - great ad lib though "Gross!"
A.
Liz Kelly :

Agreed on all counts. And apologies for being absent a bit, but I'm trying to update the blog while chatting, too.

So glad Dan and Ann are here.

– February 27, 2011 9:58 PM
Q.

Trent Reznor

Mr Industrial Goth sure grew up and cleaned up well, din't he?
A.
Dan Zak :

And the score is boss.

– February 27, 2011 9:58 PM
Q.

Cate Blanchett

I think somone just hit Dan's soft spot!
A.
Dan Zak :

I'll say it again: Nobody beats her. The woman can do anything.

– February 27, 2011 9:59 PM
Q.

Rick Baker

That dude had great hair. I assume it wasn't a special effect.
A.
Dan Zak :

He's won a ton of Oscars for makeup too. He's the Edith Head of the makeup category.

– February 27, 2011 10:00 PM
Q.

Kudos to Ann

I have to go to bed but before I reluctantly leave I wanted to give a shout out to Ann. I swear I've read movie chats with her before but I don't remember the hilarious snarkiness before. I have an even deeper respect for Ann now. I look forward to reading the rest of the chat tomorrow.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Why goodness! May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest and just wait till I get *really* punchy! Thanks for joining us, we'll miss you!

– February 27, 2011 10:00 PM
Q.

She holds the piece of paper with two hands

But has that Oscar precariously dangling ....
A.
Dan Zak :

I mean, weren't the costumes in "Alice" computer generated? Tim Burton movies confuse me.

– February 27, 2011 10:01 PM
Q.

Cate

Lighten up, Dan. Everyone has an off day, this is her. She looks like a porthole.
A.
Dan Zak :

Yeah, the dress is a little woo-woo, but she's Cate Blanchett.

– February 27, 2011 10:02 PM
Q.

Movie Music

Trent Reznor, Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead - we need more rockers working on film scores. And more TV comedy writers writing movie scripts.
A.
Dan Zak :

Although I gotta say, Alexandre Desplat (The King's Speech) is the best working film composer. Look up his music for Birth, The Painted Veil, etcetera.

– February 27, 2011 10:04 PM
Q.

Unions?

You know, if I didn't know that many, many films are made overseas (especially in Canada) to avoid paying union wages, I'd actually think it was nice to hear some of the winners praise their union crews. But I do, so it's a little hypocritical of them to try to wear the union label.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

You raise a good point -- although if they really did have union crews, they no doubt deserve the shout-out.

– February 27, 2011 10:04 PM
Q.

Best Song

I love this category!
A.
Dan Zak :

Randy Newman, still churning out these little ditties for Buzz and Woody.

– February 27, 2011 10:04 PM
Q.

Randy Newman....

...is starting to look like Randy Quaid!
A.
Dan Zak :

Don't tell the Star Whackers.

– February 27, 2011 10:04 PM
Q.

Randy Newman

In a just universe wouldn't Randy Newman have won about 7 Oscars?
A.
Dan Zak :

He would've at least won for his score for "The Natural."

– February 27, 2011 10:05 PM
Q.

Is Kevin Spacey still an A list celeb?

He seems to have fallen off from his American Beauty peak. Now he's introducing Randy Newman like an emcee at an airport Holiday Inn. Wow, Randy is such a hack! Why do people keep hiring him.
A.
Dan Zak :

Spacey's been doing the theatre thing at the Old Vic in the UK. He exec-produced "The Social Network," though, so he's kinda in the game still. And the guy's already got two Oscars, so he can coast or disappear and still have a legacy.

– February 27, 2011 10:06 PM
Q.

We Belong Together

Darn you Toy Story - for making me cry at each of those 3 films like a little girl!
A.
Dan Zak :

When I'm feeling really down, I listen to "When She Loved Me" to feel even downer.

– February 27, 2011 10:06 PM
Q.

Snooki

I should be the Oscars Host next year.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Good point, Snooki. You and Deena. Both meatballs.

– February 27, 2011 10:07 PM
Q.

Horn doggie

Ann Horn is not snarky!! she quotes Will Shakespeare, Hamlet. she's phunny. and smart.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Snark? Smart? Smark? I'll take 'em all!

– February 27, 2011 10:07 PM
Q.

Zach Levi

Is that the same guy from Star Trek? If so, when did he get unhot?
A.
Dan Zak :

Are you thinking of Zachary Quinto?

– February 27, 2011 10:07 PM
Q.

Mandy Moore

She looks amazing!
A.
Dan Zak :

If only she sounded amazing.

– February 27, 2011 10:08 PM
Q.

As Time Goes By

Really, Mr President? I'd go with the Boss's "Streets of Philadelphia"
A.
Dan Zak :

Good choice. In terms of Oscar-winning songs, I like "Windmills of Your Mind," cuz why not?

– February 27, 2011 10:09 PM
Q.

Randy Newman

This is some Dylan-esque schlock. Is he losing it?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

That's not his strongest song. I'm kind of rooting for Gwyneth and her COUNTRY STRONG song. Is that a cry for help?

– February 27, 2011 10:09 PM
Q.

Insouciant

Is it too much to ask that Gwyneth sings her lousy song during the commercial break?
A.
Dan Zak :

A Twitterer I respect recently tweeted to ask Gwyneth to stop treating America like her own personal karaoke booth.

– February 27, 2011 10:09 PM
Q.

Who knew Chuck could sing?!

How often do they actually sing all the original scores? I feel like I've missed these in past years...
A.
Dan Zak :

They always perform the original songs. It's the only reason the category exists: So the telecast has an aspect of live performance, to draw in some music lovers. Of course there's no Sting this year. Or U2. Or Bruce. Or Beyonce. Or whatever. But Celine is coming up to serenade the dead people!

– February 27, 2011 10:10 PM
Q.

Spacey forever

Honestly, did we know he had pipes? (Last time I heard that song was sung by Rudolf Nureyev on "the Muppet Show," awfully recently thanks to 1st grader/Xmas/DVD).
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Played Bobby Darin in BEYOND THE SEA, did a good job there.

– February 27, 2011 10:12 PM
Q.

Are you thinking of Zachary Quinto?

Yes! So who's Zach Levi?
A.
Dan Zak :

The guy from "Chuck"? Haven't seen it. But one of my good friends is in love with him.

– February 27, 2011 10:12 PM
Q.

It's Gwyneth's world...

And we're just allowed to be here. Just ask the Gleeks...
A.
Liz Kelly :

And the GOOP-heads.

– February 27, 2011 10:13 PM
Q.

He made out with my co-host?

This writing is terrible. Liz should write for the Oscars.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Just what the Oscars need: More jokes about my cats.

– February 27, 2011 10:13 PM
Q.

Gwyneth

Yes, Ann. Yes, it is.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

What can I say, my trail mix is running low. I'm hypoglycemic! Get me raisins and peanuts, stat!

– February 27, 2011 10:14 PM
Q.

Just what the Oscars need: More jokes about my cats.

Your cats would make better hosts.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Now now. James Franco is every bit as talented as Andy.

– February 27, 2011 10:16 PM
Q.

Dana Delany

Anyone know anything about this new Dana Delany show "Body of Proof"?
A.
Dan Zak :

I feel like I know EVERYTHING about it, after enduring the commercial like a thousand times. She plays a surgeon whose poor eyesight relegates her to the position of a coroner because you can't further injure dead people. At least, that's my takeaway from the commercial.

– February 27, 2011 10:16 PM
Q.

Epic-ish Fails

Why oh why the Oscars is so often a disappointing show? There are classic moments, and classic hosts, but overall the event comes up short. (Nice catch on Darcy by the way.)
A.
Liz Kelly :

It's an industry convention. One with particularly attractive members, but in the end - really that's all it is. So, yes, most of it is akin to watching paint dry. Would you be interested in a condensed show in which only the big awards were presented live in primetime?

– February 27, 2011 10:16 PM
Q.

I should've gotten a haircut

What everyone else was thinking, too.
A.
Dan Zak :

His movie is very cute, though. Very hipster, but self-aware hipster. Find it on iTunes. Worth it.

– February 27, 2011 10:17 PM
Q.

God of Love

Best Real Moment so far...right up there with Denmark
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Totes agree. Lovely. Apparently he was an NYU student when he made it -- the craft service line was priceless.

– February 27, 2011 10:18 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

And another costume change for Ann -- I'm actually digging this silvery fringe dress.

We are now witnessing the Antoine Dodson effect on the Academy Awards. Wow.

Q.

Oscar Telecast Writing

Can we please get Aaron Sorkin on this job next year? Quick and witty -- two things the Oscars desperately need.
A.
Dan Zak :

I think the show would have to be set in the Oval Office or a courtroom in order for him to really feel comfortable.

– February 27, 2011 10:18 PM
Q.

Ricky Gervais

Is watching this and smirking with wild abandon as he quaffs an adult beverage.
A.
Dan Zak :

Probably yes.

– February 27, 2011 10:18 PM
Q.

Speaking of cats...

Liz, I believe that we were promised pictures of Andy and Opie and Paige on Thursday. (ahem)
A.
Liz Kelly :

I know. You were cat-blocked by my sick kiddo. I will post pix tomorrow in my final post.

– February 27, 2011 10:19 PM
Q.

A+ to Dan's Twitter friend

I will FLEE MY HOME before Gywnning.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I missed something. What is Gwynning? Is it like Lizzing? (a la Liz Lemon)

– February 27, 2011 10:19 PM
Q.

God of Love director - great speech!

Funny, sweet, and to the point - why can't they all be like this?
A.
Dan Zak :

It was note perfect. He's going to get a lot of jobs, just from that speech.

– February 27, 2011 10:19 PM
Q.

Hide your husbands

Oh please end this crappy trend ... someone
A.
Liz Kelly :

Run and tell that.

– February 27, 2011 10:19 PM
Q.

This montage

Like Helen Mirren knows what autotune is.
A.
Dan Zak :

Autotune jokes...so 2008. This telecast cannot find its rhythm.

– February 27, 2011 10:19 PM
Q.

Autotune

Now that's what was missing, autotune. This broadcast is 100% better now.
A.
Dan Zak :

I assume you're joking.

– February 27, 2011 10:20 PM
Q.

Oprah

Technically, we all breathe the same air as her.
A.
Liz Kelly :

What if I don't want to breathe recycled Oprah air?

– February 27, 2011 10:21 PM
Q.

Inside Job

Politics coming?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Why yes! Great film though. See it but also please see WASTE LAND, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP  and GASLAND. (No Banksy sighting, darn!)

– February 27, 2011 10:23 PM
Q.

No end in sight

The 2011 Oscars
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I salute you, sir. Or madame.

– February 27, 2011 10:24 PM
Q.

Ann? Documentary Winner

They are allowed to give political commentary aren't they? More so than someone who just read fictional lines written by others?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Of course, and I thought his comment was pithy, meaningful and on point. Well done, nicely played.

– February 27, 2011 10:25 PM
Q.

From Haikuoftheday.com:

OMG. One of Oprah's favorite things? Apparently a bra MADE OF DIRIGIBLES.
A.
Liz Kelly :

You get points just for using the word "dirigibles."

– February 27, 2011 10:26 PM
Q.

Oprah

Sad she didn't announce the winner in her big Oprah voice. Liz Lemon would have.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

And YOU get and Oscar and YOU get an Oscar....

– February 27, 2011 10:26 PM
Q.

financial

finally a political comment
A.
Liz Kelly :

Yeah, thank god.

And here's our surprise guest: Billy Crystal.

– February 27, 2011 10:26 PM
Q.

Biggest (potential) Highway Robbery:

Your thoughts: Who could get/has gotten the big shaft tonight? We're talking Titanic crushes L.A. Confidential, Russell Crowe gets no love for "Beautiful Mind" despite being the only reason to watch -- that level of OUCH.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Aside from Chris Nolan and Danny Boyle getting skunked, I'll be pretty mortified if Tom Hooper gets the directing award over David Fincher -- or David O. Russell or Darren Aronofsky, or the Coens, for that matter.

– February 27, 2011 10:33 PM
Q.

My rating of the hosts: 50%

Anne Hathaway is great so far (at least compared to the rest of the show). Are we sure James Franco is awake? He seems to have a hard time even reading the teleprompter.
A.
Liz Kelly :

He does seem to have kind of given up. I read once that the guy doesn't sleep much. Maybe he's chronically fatigued.

– February 27, 2011 10:33 PM
Q.

Downey

Yeah, host for next year.
A.
Dan Zak :

I'd watch him and Jude. Or him and Blanchett.

– February 27, 2011 10:33 PM
Q.

Billy Crystal

Did they not send him the young & fresh memo?
A.
Liz Kelly :

No. And the animatronic Bob Hope also missed that memo.

– February 27, 2011 10:33 PM
Q.

Next year's host(s)

Really young: Jaden and Willow Smith Quirky: John Malkovich and Helena Bonham Carter Old: Betty White and Ernest Borgnine (backed up by Helen Mirren and Eli Wallach)
A.
Dan Zak :

Ernest Borgnine is as much of a live-telecast liability as Melissa Leo. Google "Ernest Borgnine" and "secret to old age."

– February 27, 2011 10:35 PM
Q.

Best presenters of the night so far

Jude and Robert. Should host next year
A.
Liz Kelly :

We are really not digging James and Anne. I agree re: RDJ. Jude isn't necessarily funny. He's just basking in RDJ's reflected charm and wit.

– February 27, 2011 10:35 PM
Q.

@ Liz, GOOPer extraordinaire:

"Gwynning" = sharing same virtual airspace as GYwinnie Paltrow, no matter what she's doing. When she sings I'll go sort the recycling, which is very important.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Ahhh, good to know.

– February 27, 2011 10:36 PM
Q.

Franco

Maybe it is all that commuting from NYU that has him exhausted.
A.
Dan Zak :

He does seem to be a bit overcommitted.

– February 27, 2011 10:37 PM
Q.

Downey's Arrest Record

Was he actually arrested with a girl dressed as Wonder Woman?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Indeed he was.

From a Tme article about his checkered past:

In 2000 he got caught in a hotel room with cocaine and a Wonder Woman costume. After another arrest a few months later, Downey was written out of Ally McBeal.

– February 27, 2011 10:38 PM
Q.

Achievement in Film Editing

How does one vote on such an award? I mean really. Unless you are in the room with the editor, how do you know what he or she did?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Well, the result is right there on screen. I think it's interesting those guys won, and bodes well for Fincher...My suspicion is that the Academy members understood what a challenge it was to make such a talky, potentially sluggish story really move, and in such dense layers. Good call. Makes me happy.

– February 27, 2011 10:38 PM
Q.

Short Films

Is there a place around town to see all the short films together? Or is iTunes the only alternative?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

They *should* still be at Landmark E Street.

– February 27, 2011 10:40 PM
Q.

Charlie Sheen

should be the host.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Why don't we just go ahead and say what we really feel: Anyone would be a step up from Franco/Hathaway.

– February 27, 2011 10:40 PM
Q.

It's too late...

for Billy Crystal to save the show.
A.
Dan Zak :

True. This show has been all about reminding the audience how good the Old Days were, and how deficient things are now. Gone With the Wind. Kirk Douglas. Bob Hope. It's like they picked Franco and Hathaway just to embarrass them.

– February 27, 2011 10:40 PM
Q.

RDJ

He was so in on the joke at the Globes.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I dunno. I'm not convinced. But I think tonight's super-specific joke was made possible by the Gervais quip.

– February 27, 2011 10:40 PM
Q.

Hathaway's hands

Anne can't seem to figure out what to do with her new hands.
A.
Dan Zak :

She should use her hands to constantly cup each of James Franco's buttocks.

– February 27, 2011 10:42 PM
Q.

Everybody Loves Raymond

On TVLand. Just saying.
A.
Dan Zak :

This is rock bottom, right? Are we there?

– February 27, 2011 10:42 PM
Q.

Loose squirrel on Jude Law's fore'ead!

Just sayin'.
A.
Dan Zak :

Loose Lorax on Florence Welch's head.

– February 27, 2011 10:43 PM
Q.

Country Music's Newest Star?

give me a break
A.
Dan Zak :

America has been Gwynnied hard and repeatedly. This is baaad.

– February 27, 2011 10:45 PM
Q.

RDJ

Yeah, anybody could bask in his reflected glow. How about him and Hugh? Or would that be too much charming?
A.
Liz Kelly :

The combined energy would probably cause some kind of black hole to open on the stage.

– February 27, 2011 10:45 PM
Q.

"recycling is very important":

Can't all Oscar songs be performed by Flight of the Conchords? Can they host next year?
A.
Liz Kelly :

Oh man. That would be amazing.

– February 27, 2011 10:46 PM
Q.

Dress changes

Somehow I not only like Anne Hathaway's dress changes (she's up to about 5 now right with this red one?) but makes me wonder why I like her carousel of costumes while I really didn't like it when Whoopi Goldberg did the same. Is it me, or is anyone else liking this too?
A.
Dan Zak :

Didn't Whoopi change COSTUMES, not GOWNS? She was dressing up in the costumes from nominated movies, right?

– February 27, 2011 10:46 PM
Q.

Ryan Kellett :

Just a quick reminder that Jen is still taking all your Oscar tweets using #oscarspotting. We also now have a gallery of red carpet fashion for you to check out too. Miss any of the winner so far? We're tallying up a whole list of Oscar winners.

Q.

Melissa Leo's F-bomb

Maybe somebody should have told Melissa Leo she wasn't playing Bono at the Grammy's.

A.
Liz Kelly :

Oh come on -- it isn't as if Bono has sole rights to the F word.

Speaking of Melissa, I wrote this blog post about it and there's a discussion about it sprouting there.

– February 27, 2011 10:48 PM
Q.

Randy Newman

is funny
A.
Dan Zak :

Yes. Cranky men and microphones mix well. When he first won 10 years ago after like a bazillion nomination, his first line was "I don't want your pity."

– February 27, 2011 10:49 PM
Q.

Next Year's Hosts

Anne is doing OK, but how about RDJ and Tina Fey? That would be snarkastic!
A.
Liz Kelly :

How about just RDJ?

– February 27, 2011 10:49 PM
Q.

Lunch tomorrow

I will be having Randy Newman chicken.
A.
Dan Zak :

We will all be having Randy Newman chicken.

– February 27, 2011 10:49 PM
Q.

Commercials

Why aren't Oscar commercials as important as Super Bowl commercials? I would think that the concept would translate just as well.
A.
Dan Zak :

An excellent question. Can we see the Dana Delany one again, please?

– February 27, 2011 10:50 PM
Q.

Music problems?

Have all the vocalists tonight (except Ms. H) been badly miked? Because the sound seems generally OK, except for the singers. Or maybe it's that I've aged so during the broadcast...
A.
Dan Zak :

I think they've been badly voiced, not badly mic'd.

– February 27, 2011 10:51 PM
Q.

Randy Newman Rocks!

Thank God for a bit of humor...
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Agreed. He and the NYU guy take top honors so far....

– February 27, 2011 10:51 PM
Q.

Sorry, can't afford a ferrari

C-Lo Green in a peacock suit and muppets couldn't save this disaster.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Yeah, we seriously needed some muppets to distract us from that performance. This dress, however, was also nice. Not as cool as her red carpet gown, but---

ACK! Celine Dion!

– February 27, 2011 10:52 PM
Q.

Does anyone else feel like we're watching a really odd episode of American Idol?

Just saying.
A.
Dan Zak :

Whatever it is, it's odd. QUICK: Who gets the final spot in the dead people montage? Winner gets Randy Newman Chicken.

– February 27, 2011 10:53 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

I can't understand why they didn't run the obit montage behind Gwyneth's song.

Q.

Gwynnie's song

was a snoozefest
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I agree that the music numbers seem to have been poorly produced. I *know* my Gwyneth can sing better than that! And with that I'll really shut up now. Really.

– February 27, 2011 10:54 PM
Q.

please make it end

How many awards do we have left??
A.
Ann Hornaday :

By my count just the big four and In Memoriam...

– February 27, 2011 10:55 PM
Q.

Celine Dion

You may not be a fan, but her vocals are spot on and she's doing a wonderfully understated, non-Dion version of the song.
A.
Dan Zak :

I gotta say, you're right.

– February 27, 2011 10:55 PM
Q.

Modern Family

More jokes in the 20 sec ad than this crazy show!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Yes. That was an awesome promo spot. I hope that's actually footage from Wednesday's show.

– February 27, 2011 10:56 PM
Q.

Applause

nice they cut out the sound from the audience so we can't hear how much more we loved Tony Curtis over David Wolper.
A.
Dan Zak :

That's my biggest Oscar pet peeve. So they actually cut the sound from the audience?

– February 27, 2011 10:56 PM
Q.

HEY DIRECTOR

During In Memoriam the camera goes on the screen PERIOD. Don't use a singer, just orchestra.
A.
Dan Zak :

The worst was when they did the roving camera a couple years ago with Queen Latifah singing. Couldn't even read some of the names.

– February 27, 2011 10:57 PM
Q.

Franco

He might be brilliant...but no one that awkward should host a show like this. I'm daydreaming that it's Anne Hathaway and Robert Downey, Jr. hosting tonight's show...
A.
Liz Kelly :

He is brilliant. I'm just thinking this isn't his medium.

– February 27, 2011 11:01 PM
Q.

WP web activity. +

I left the blog and saw all the tweets and columns and polls y'all have posted. Brava.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Aww, thanks.

– February 27, 2011 11:01 PM
Q.

Bad Night or Good Night for Inception?

It's won a number of awards, and all the winners have thanked their boss and visionary Chris Nolan...but still, not much major love from the Academy...
A.
Dan Zak :

Inception is 4 for 6 so far, by my count. Not bad. It's leading the pack. Three for Social Network. Two for The Fighter, two for Toy Story 2, two for Alice in Wonderland. Only one for The King's Speech. Keep tally of Oscar winners.

– February 27, 2011 11:01 PM
Q.

In Memoriam

So, how'd they get the crowd not to play the "Applause-O-Meter" game? And I'm sorry to be un-PC, but Lena Horne was not the most notable Hollywood type to die this year. I realize her career was hampered by racism and in a just world she would have been a major movie star, given her looks and talent. But she wasn't that big a star. Am I being mean or shortsighted?
A.
Dan Zak :

It is true that Lena Horne didn't have a lot of screen credits. As for applause-o-meter, a chatter posited that they simply cut the sound. Not sure if that was the reason.

– February 27, 2011 11:02 PM
Q.

In a cocoon?

Do you think Franco and Hathaway know how badly this is going? Not all their fault, but still ...
A.
Liz Kelly :

I'm guessing they have some idea -- but Hathaway isn't doing a horrible job. She's not doing a great job. She's fine. It's really James who is bombing. Let's hope his grandmother has the guts to tell him.

– February 27, 2011 11:03 PM
Q.

WOO!

If Anne Hathaway "woo"s one more time...
A.
Dan Zak :

Was thinking the same thing. Again: Running for class president.

– February 27, 2011 11:03 PM
Q.

King's Speech

Um, make it two....
A.
Dan Zak :

I am surprised by this.

– February 27, 2011 11:04 PM
Q.

Whooping Crane?

Is anyone else annoyed by Anne's shrieks after every introduction or announcement?
A.
Dan Zak :

There's at least two of us who are.

– February 27, 2011 11:04 PM
Q.

Anne Hathaway wins for...

Best representation of the color blue! But what did Halle do to deserve special praise?
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think Anne was just trying to be nice.

– February 27, 2011 11:05 PM
Q.

Direction introduction...

Interesting... director before the acting Oscars. But did we need Swank to introduce the "sidekick"?
A.
Dan Zak :

They've done director early in years past, too. I would like to see Swank and Bigelow in a celebrity boxing match.

– February 27, 2011 11:05 PM
Q.

Directors

Directors are up...should Nolan have made the cut?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Of course. This is the one win that actually makes me mad. I just don't think Hooper's direction was that distinguished on TKS. Bleh.

– February 27, 2011 11:05 PM
Q.

Triangle

What has been thought of can not be unseen. ;)
A.
Liz Kelly :

The "King's Speech" Triangle of Man Love was also mentioned at the Globes.

Wow, totally digging Annette Bening's dress.

– February 27, 2011 11:06 PM
Q.

Helena B.C.

For host. And presenter. For all awards. And orchestra director.
A.
Dan Zak :

She's a funny lady, so I'd vote for that. Watch her BAFTA speech.

– February 27, 2011 11:07 PM
Q.

Ryan Kellett :

How's everyone doing on Oscar bingo? And also, last chance to write your Oscar acceptance speech to compare to actual best actor/actress winners.

Q.

Still no love for Chris Nolan

Good to know the Academy still hates Chris Nolan. Move along, no "Mind-bending biggest movie of the year" here folks.
A.
Dan Zak :

Well his movie's won the most awards so far tonite...

– February 27, 2011 11:08 PM
Q.

Annette Bening

She really wants to win this thing, doesn't she?
A.
Dan Zak :

Well everyone really wants to win. But is she being obvious about it?

– February 27, 2011 11:09 PM
Q.

Brits know how to make speeches

Hopper - excellent tribute to his mom. Awesome. Still think Nolan got robbed...
A.
Dan Zak :

Everyone in that category got robbed.

– February 27, 2011 11:09 PM
Q.

bieber

So when does Justin Bieber make a surprise appearance to promote his movie/new haircut?
A.
Liz Kelly :

It's after 11 p.m. Too late for Bieber fans.

– February 27, 2011 11:09 PM
Q.

but... but... but...

Are they doing things out of order?
A.
Dan Zak :

The only established order at the Oscars is that best picture comes last.

– February 27, 2011 11:09 PM
Q.

Hilary, Hilary

I know you got pilloried for the HUGE necklace you wore a couple year ago. However, that does not mean go without. That neckline requires a necklace to complete the outfit. Do these people not have stylists who actually know style?
A.
Dan Zak :

Plus, her name is missing an "L"!

– February 27, 2011 11:10 PM
Q.

Overheard at the AMPAS offices

"Hey, let's get ABC to pony up for a lot more years before they see how horrendous this show can really be. "Yeah, hurry up and sign the contract and cash the check."
A.
Dan Zak :

Let's reserve judgment until the viewership numbers are out. All they care about are those numbers, not how well the show is put together.

– February 27, 2011 11:11 PM
Q.

Jesse Eisenberg

I love Firth but I'm predicting an upset in the tradition of Marissa Tomei. He'd be the youngest best actor winner ever.
A.
Liz Kelly :

And he really deserves the award after tonight's performance.

– February 27, 2011 11:11 PM
Q.

geezers

Lots of canes tonight, for the "youth" Oscars
A.
Dan Zak :

Where's Michael Caine?

– February 27, 2011 11:11 PM
Q.

Nice break

I had time to give my cat her hairball medicine during the announcement of the Governor's Awards, perfect timing.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I put a batch of bread dough in the fridge during the ads! Thanks ABC!

– February 27, 2011 11:12 PM
Q.

Out of order ...

You're Out of Order.... You're all out of order ... this telecast is out of order!!!
A.
Dan Zak :

LET'S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF.

– February 27, 2011 11:12 PM
Q.

King of the Night?

Does the Director nod for TKS presage wins in Best Actor and Film? Rough night for Social Network...and Black Swan and True Grit, no?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Yes. Yes it does.

– February 27, 2011 11:12 PM
Q.

Best Director

My first reaction to Hooper's win: Oh, Ann's going to be angry.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Hah! My grumpy reputation precedes me...

– February 27, 2011 11:13 PM
Q.

Way late comment

How great was it that Anne H's mom called Wahlberg "Marky Mark"?
A.
Dan Zak :

Wasn't it James Franco's grandmother who did that? America likes feisty grandmothers.

– February 27, 2011 11:14 PM
Q.

What?

Did Hooper deserve to win? Or was ever director nominee (and the the two missing, Nolan and Boyle) just that outstanding this year?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Amazing field -- and that's without Boyle and Nolan. Let's just say Hooper's a lucky guy.

– February 27, 2011 11:14 PM
Q.

What's with this

inane speaking to the best actress nominees? Dumb. Dumb. Have I mentioned dumb?
A.
Dan Zak :

It's a bit schmaltzy, yeah. Let the clips speak for themselves.

– February 27, 2011 11:14 PM
Q.

Re: Chris Nolan

yeah, Inception has awards, but they're all tech so far. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good tech show, but these are the same awards that Transformers won.
A.
Dan Zak :

Well, still.

– February 27, 2011 11:16 PM
Q.

James' videos

Apologies if someone's posted this already (I'm having a hard time keeping up with this awesome chat!), but James F is posting the videos from his phone on his Facebook page. Interesting perspective...makes it all seem less glamorous!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Thanks for the reminder. Jen posted this one of them to the blog a while back.

– February 27, 2011 11:17 PM
Q.

Natalie Portman

Is Natalie Portman a good actress? I don't know how to evaluate actors/actresses.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

To me that scene in the bathroom stall says it all. Brings me to tears every time. Good on her.

– February 27, 2011 11:17 PM
Q.

We can hope can't we?

Natalie's gone into labor!!! It would make it more interesting.
A.
Dan Zak :

She ain't due for several months, though.

– February 27, 2011 11:17 PM
Q.

Bridges

I love him calling everyone's name like they're being naughty in class.
A.
Dan Zak :

Only he can get away with it.

– February 27, 2011 11:17 PM
Q.

next year's hosts

If no Conchords, Jeff Bridges and Helena B-c.
A.
Liz Kelly :

How about Natalie Portman and her baby? For hosts next year, that is.

– February 27, 2011 11:18 PM
Q.

snaps to Thousand Feet

For helping Natalie onto the stage.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Did you see how perfect his arm extension was as she wafted up the steps? Le Sigh!

– February 27, 2011 11:18 PM
Q.

Come on Nat

No knocked up by the choreographer jokes.
A.
Dan Zak :

And no manic laughter.

– February 27, 2011 11:18 PM
Q.

Natalie

Hold me like you did on Naboo.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Feel better now?

– February 27, 2011 11:18 PM
Q.

Annette B.

Seems she's having a little trouble hiding her disappointment.
A.
Dan Zak :

Well, she can act circles around Natalie, so I'm sure it stings a little.

– February 27, 2011 11:19 PM
Q.

Ashton Kutcher

So Ashton Kutcher has been in a film with an Oscar-winning actress?
A.
Dan Zak :

Not his first. He's co-starred with Charlize and Helen Hunt in other movies...

– February 27, 2011 11:21 PM
Q.

Natalie & Annette

Only pregnant B.A. winners?
A.
Dan Zak :

Annette ain't never won.

– February 27, 2011 11:22 PM
Q.

Natalie Um Portman Um

Not um too um good um without um a um script.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Oh, come on. Give her a break. She's super-pregnant and super-emotional.

– February 27, 2011 11:22 PM
Q.

Coutillard

Why didn't Marion Coutillard get nominated for Best supporting Actress for Inception...her nuanced performance, with all the vulnerability and terror, MADE this film work on not just the visual level, but the emotional as well.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I agree with you about her performance in INCEPTION -- she was the beating heart of that movie (she was the same in NINE). But supporting actress was an incredibly strong field this year. Hard to know whom to cut from that list...

– February 27, 2011 11:23 PM
Q.

Sandra

Expected, but I appreciate her calling Bridges Dude. The Dude abides.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Indeed. And if anyone can pull off calling him dude, it's Sandra. Our hometown girl.

– February 27, 2011 11:23 PM
Q.

Le Sigh!

Where'd you get that from Ann? Reddit? 4chan? Digg? 4ch
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Ninth grade French. Hmph.

– February 27, 2011 11:23 PM
Q.

Best Actress

SandraB last year, NatalieP this year -- this this the best we have??
A.
Dan Zak :

Next year: Meg Ryan!

– February 27, 2011 11:24 PM
Q.

Javier Bardem

I love Javier, but I just can't bring myself to watch Biutiful. Looks so bleak. Your thoughts?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Hated it. Can't stand Innaritu. Think he's pretentious and sophomoric. I could go on but...You get the idea.

– February 27, 2011 11:24 PM
Q.

Colin Firth

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmy.
A.
Dan Zak :

I do not understand Firth fascination. It's Darcy, right? Someone articulate it.

– February 27, 2011 11:24 PM
Q.

OK, this is really starting to sound like American Idol

Sorry, but you are going home. And you. And you. And you.
A.
Liz Kelly :

But it's young and hip.

– February 27, 2011 11:25 PM
Q.

Next Year's Hosts

RDJ and Sandy B. We're done now.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I could get behind that plan.

– February 27, 2011 11:25 PM
Q.

Sandra Bulloch

She is really wonderful with these introductions. Almost as wonderful as the hosts and hostess of this chat. Thank you all for doing this.
A.
Dan Zak :

Thank you for enduring it with us. Sorry the winners weren't more surprising.

– February 27, 2011 11:26 PM
Q.

Sandra Bullock

Is it me or are her intros less schmaltzy? It is almost like she saw the orignal script said, "nope, not gonna say that." This sounds like her, not writers.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I think she's fabulous in these situations. Class act all through awards season last year and the same tonight -- funny, alert, warm, spot-on.

– February 27, 2011 11:26 PM
Q.

That noise you hear

Is millions of women fainting.
A.
Dan Zak :

I thought it was one of those L.A. tremors.

– February 27, 2011 11:27 PM
Q.

woohoo!

GO COLIN!!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Anne Hathaway, how are you finding the time to follow this chat while hosting the Oscars?

– February 27, 2011 11:27 PM
Q.

Franco

My mom DVRs General Hospital every day and HATES James Franco
A.
Dan Zak :

Entered into the record.

– February 27, 2011 11:28 PM
Q.

COLIN FIRTH

High hopes here he'll save the night on the speech department!
A.
Liz Kelly :

He's holding up his end of the bargain, I'd say.

– February 27, 2011 11:28 PM
Q.

Chatters

You all have made this Oscars more fun than the actual telecast. It has been a blast being catty and silly with you all.
A.
Dan Zak :

We ain't done yet! And we've got like three more Oscar chats tomorrow.

– February 27, 2011 11:28 PM
Q.

Colin Firth

Yes, it's Darcy. And the broad shoulders.
A.
Dan Zak :

Okay, fine. I thought he was so much better in "A Single Man."

– February 27, 2011 11:29 PM
Q.

Liz, Liz, Liz

That was just perfect!
A.
Liz Kelly :

I have no idea which comment you're referring to or if you're even being serious, but since this is my last chat here ever I'm going to take it.

– February 27, 2011 11:30 PM
Q.

Sandra Bullock

Coming soon, Speed 3.
A.
Dan Zak :

It takes place on a dog sled.

– February 27, 2011 11:31 PM
Q.

Colin Firth

I am very close to forgiving him for (shudder) Mama Mia.
A.
Dan Zak :

Then he'd really be a winner.

– February 27, 2011 11:31 PM
Q.

Question for Ann Hornaday

I rarely go to the movies (I prefer watching them at home) so every year at the Oscar's I usually haven't seen any of the films nominated for best film. Since you see so many, do you think the ones nominated for best picture are usually the best films of the year in your opinion? How close do they get to nominating the ones you think are the best?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Wow that's such a tricky question. I will say this: The ten nominees this year did reflect many of my personal favorites from last year (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, 127 HOURS, TOY STORY 3), but it's really important to remember that the Academy is a movie-insiders organization. They're not critics, nor are they terribly interested in rewarding pure 'art.' They're really about films that exist in their world, which means mainstream, for the most part. They'll rarely include nonfiction films in that category, for example, or foreign language, or pure avant garde/experimental films that I may think are more artistically/formally important. That said, understood in their context, this year's list I think reflects the best of the mainstream and specialty sector of Hollywood that the Oscars reward and represent.

How's that for gassing on before the orchestra gets me off the stage?

– February 27, 2011 11:32 PM
Q.

Colin

Dan, It's the eyes!!
A.
Dan Zak :

The eyes, the shoulders, the accent, the charm. Okay.

– February 27, 2011 11:32 PM
Q.

Colin Firth

It's his regal, yet understated elegance. Get with it Dan.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Are you telling Dan to get with Colin Firth? Well, maybe he'll make an appearance at the Vanity Fair party.

– February 27, 2011 11:33 PM
A.
Dan Zak :

I shall seek him out at Vanity Fair and report back tomorrow.

– February 27, 2011 11:33 PM
Q.

Timing

The thing started at 8:30 et. It just now hit 11:30 and only best picture to go. I would say this came in pretty darn close to ontime.
A.
Liz Kelly :

Don't count your chickens before they finish their acceptance speeches.

– February 27, 2011 11:33 PM
Q.

Spielberg again...

How many times has he presented the best picture Oscar now?
A.
Dan Zak :

I recall him presenting it to the LOTR: TROTK. Were there others?

– February 27, 2011 11:34 PM
Q.

What makes a director good?

How do you decide who is a good director? If a director is repeatedly associated w/ good moves, then, yes, he or she is likely a good director. But how do you compare the performance of directors in different movies? Liz said she wasn't impressed w/ Hooper's direction in TKS. How did she decide that?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Sorry, that was me, Ann H. What I was getting at was that I'm not sure THE KING'S SPEECH would have been that much different in a different director's hands. Whereas something like THE SOCIAL NETWORK, without Fincher's finely calibrated visual sense and gift with pacing and performance, could have been just an inert, talking mess. But you're right -- without a controlled experiment, we never really know.

– February 27, 2011 11:34 PM
Q.

Speilberg's a Total Boomer

No mention of anything post-70's?
A.
Dan Zak :

Didn't you get the memo? Old Hollywood good. New Hollywood stoned and prone to reckless woo-wooing.

– February 27, 2011 11:35 PM
Q.

great montage

great montage for the 10 picture nominees...but what is the song? I have heard it!
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Isn't that the Beethoven from THE KING'S SPEECH?

– February 27, 2011 11:35 PM
Q.

Sandra Bullock

As Frank Costanza would refer to her: that girl from the bus.
A.
Dan Zak :

HAHAHA. Best chat comment of the night.

– February 27, 2011 11:35 PM
Q.

James Franco

Just love him!
A.
Liz Kelly :

James Franco's nana, everyone.

– February 27, 2011 11:35 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

The triangle of man love wins!

Q.

Beethoven yes

7th Symphony.
A.
Dan Zak :

Thanks for identifying.

– February 27, 2011 11:37 PM
Q.

Ryan Kellett :

If you're sneaking off the chat because the Oscars are "over," then we don't blame you.

Deep breath. Sleep on it because tomorrow (it's Monday, sigh) we have an Oscar recap at 10 a.m. ET with Ann Hornaday. Then Oscar red carpet fashions chat at noon ET. Have a look at the red carpet photos as your homework for that chat. And finally, check in on the Oscar after parties at 2 p.m.

Finally, let us know about your favorite moments of the Oscars (Melissa Leo's f-bomb?) by tweeting us. We'll still be monitoring #oscarspotting.

Q.

Again for Ann

Mainstream movies aside (or included based on your opinion) - what do you think were the top films of the year?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Oh geeze -- off the top of my head I'd include I AM LOVE, PLEASE GIVE, THE TILLMAN STORY, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, WASTE LAND...I'm sure I'm forgetting some!

– February 27, 2011 11:39 PM
Q.

Ryan Kellett :

We'll keep going here for a bit... so stick around.

Q.

Presentation

Not liking the prsesentation of best picture. Much as I love Colin Firth, it is rather rude to give an extneded preview of TKS over all the other movies.

A.
Dan Zak :

I thought it was an appropriate montage. Overcoming adversity as a uniting theme.

– February 27, 2011 11:39 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

Good thing it's only 8:30 in L.A. Otherwise I'd say these kids were up way too late.

Q.

Colin Firth

Dan, if you do meet Mr. Firth and he isn't as wonderful in real life as we all think he is, pretty please don't ruin it for us. Just pretend that you didn't meet him.
A.
Dan Zak :

Deal. I will leave you to your illusion.

– February 27, 2011 11:40 PM
Q.

Colin Firth

No,it's Bridgette Jones Diary part!
A.
Liz Kelly :

Which was basically Mr. Darcy.

– February 27, 2011 11:40 PM
Q.

My Oscar pool

for how late the Oscars will run just got busted by a children's choir.
A.
Liz Kelly :

I think Melissa Leo needs to drop another F-Bomb right about now.

– February 27, 2011 11:41 PM
Q.

2011 Oscars

That was a pretty good splay of wins, which means 2010 was a darned fine year at the movies!
A.
Dan Zak :

That is a charitable outlook!

– February 27, 2011 11:41 PM
Q.

What The Leo?

This kid schlock is way too much for us East Coasters. I'm so tired.
A.
Dan Zak :

And shouldn't those kids be in bed?

– February 27, 2011 11:41 PM
Q.

Thoughts on Best Picture

Are you happy with this?
A.
Ann Hornaday :

I'm at peace with it. THE KING'S SPEECH was not my absolute favorite movie of the year, but I understand why people love it -- that award isn't just about aesthetics. It's about emotional involvement, and that movie had it.

Also, I need to add that the documentary shorts are playing at the West End Cinema in Washington, in case you want to catch up with the short films!

– February 27, 2011 11:42 PM
Q.

Grease

Did they ever use the "Grease" number that Franco Tweeted clips of?
A.
Dan Zak :

No. I bet they jettisoned several bits because of runtime. It happens.

– February 27, 2011 11:42 PM
Q.

WOOO!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
A.
Dan Zak :

WE DID IT!

– February 27, 2011 11:42 PM
Q.

Best representation of the color blue!

The other AH (pictured atop this page) represents blue pretty well too.
A.
Ann Hornaday :

Wooo! (Thank you.)

– February 27, 2011 11:43 PM
Q.

I can't believe it

The show ended with Anne WOOH-ing.
A.
Dan Zak :

Vote for Anne Hathaway for class president!

– February 27, 2011 11:43 PM
Q.

Liz Kelly :

On behalf of the whole team here and the choir at PS-22 from Staten Island, I want to thank you for joining us for tonight's online Oscar party. It's been a blast. I would totally drop the F-bomb, but I'll save that for my Oscar acceptance speech.

Thank you to Ann and Dan for joining in. It would've been a Franco kind of night around here without you guys.

I'll be blogging tomorrow. Sleep well.

Q.

King's Speech producer

Thought that was an aged Jared Leto when I saw him on the red carpet!
A.
Dan Zak :

The guy's only 31, too.

– February 27, 2011 11:44 PM
Q.

2011: Streep

Early wager that Meryl Streep wins 2011 for The Iron Lady!
A.
Dan Zak :

Seconded. That is an inevitability. A speech to look forward to.

– February 27, 2011 11:45 PM
Q.

Ann Hornaday :

Ann Hornaday signing off -- with thanks to Dan Zak and Liz Kelly -- Liz, we'll miss you, safe travels and best of luck in your new endeavors! Thanks for letting me join the party, everyone!

Q.

The ending

Did not understand that?
A.
Dan Zak :

Take two and call me in the morning. Okay kids, you've been great. Check back tomorrow for a dispatch from Vanity Fair, and chats about the winners, the fashion and the after-parties.

– February 27, 2011 11:48 PM
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