The 81st annual Academy Awards have come and gone, and the winners are off to their parties, but it's not too late to join the celebration here on BuzzSugar! All through Oscar night, I gave my play-by-play right here, along with live-Twittering updates from the press room with Pop and Molly by my side. Want to see what I was thinking as the show went on? Just read on. All time stamps are PST, and the updates go from last to first. Let's go!
9:00 p.m. And that's our show! A little confused that they closed on an image of G-Force, which appears to be an animated film about a gerbil. But hey, there were glimpses of Amelia and Sherlock Holmes in there, too. Maybe we'll be seeing some of them this time next year.
8:55 p.m.: "Mad love" is a really good term for what I'm feeling right now. I'm not sure if it's being in LA or what, but I'm just overwhelmed.
8:54 p.m.: I just screamed out loud. So happy for Slumdog! And look at the littlest kid! Maybe someday someone will wade through poo to get his autograph.
8:44 p.m.: And in the final round of Penn vs. Rourke, Penn takes it! Does this still qualify as an upset?
8:42 p.m.: Somehow, Ben Kingsley giving a tribute to Mickey Rourke seems like the best pairing out of all of these.
8:34 p.m. Kate's dad has a sharp whistle and a sharper hat!
8:33 p.m.: Kate Winslet says she probably gave a version of her acceptance speech as an 8-year-old staring into her bathroom mirror and pretending her shampoo bottle was an Oscar.
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8:28 p.m.: I admit, watching the Best Actress nominees react to their tributes is winning me over. But would these kinds of intimate speeches be better at something like the Screen Actors Guild awards?
8:26 p.m.: This explains why Sophia Loren was on the red carpet.
8:21 p.m.: Danny Boyle accepting his Oscar "in the spirit of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh" is my new favorite moment of the night. I hope he bounces in the press room!
8:20 p.m.: Is it bad that I kind of forgot the entire frame of this year's Oscars was "Let's look at all the pieces that go into making a movie"?
8:15 p.m.: I'm surprised at Queen Latifah singing during the In Memoriam montage. Maybe it was more effective in person?
8:07 p.m.: Is this foreign film winner the night's first big surprise?
8:00 p.m.: Hmm, did Peter Gabriel make the right decision not to perform? The short time slot may not have done his song much justice, but I'm not sure John Legend did, either.
7:56 p.m. I wish AR Rahman were singing right now with his Oscar in hand.
7:54 p.m.: After a lull, Slumdog wins for score. Even though it means I'm down one on my ballot, I can't be too sad; I've been listening to the soundtrack nonstop.
7:42 p.m.: To my earlier point, it's now official: Coldplay is the new U2.
7:38 p.m.: I'm beginning to feel exhausted by the pacing of this show. It's like, here's a bunch of awards in three minutes! And then 10 minutes spent on one award! And then a production number!
7:34 p.m.: I think that sound mixer from Slumdog Millionaire just gave my favorite acceptance speech of the night so far.
7:32 p.m.: I have to admit, I still don't really know the difference between sound editing and sound mixing. Even so: How does Wall-E not win a sound award?
7:18 p.m.: Is that the first Oscar acceptance speech to include magic tricks? Philippe Petit balancing the Oscar on his chin was a pretty good move.
7:14 p.m.: It seems awkward to have Bill Maher presenting the documentary award in a year in which he created a documentary that didn't get nominated.
7:11 p.m.: "Tonight we are choosing to celebrate and be happy for what he has achieved," said Ledger's mom. "We proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful Matilda," his sister added. A powerful moment.
7:08 p.m.: I assumed Christopher Nolan would be accepting Heath Ledger's award as he had at other awards ceremonies; it gave me chills when his family stood up. I can't even imagine what a bittersweet moment this must be for them.
7:03 p.m.: These tributes from past Oscar winners kind of remind me of secret society inductions — like on Greek when they have all sorts of odd candle rituals. I expect an anointing at the end.
6:56 p.m. And cue Efron! OK, this is impressive in scale, but is this why we're not getting to hear all of the Best Original Song nominees in full? I think I'd prefer a "Jai Ho" production number.
6:53 p.m.: Time for more singing. That's a lot of tuxedoed men! And Beyonce! It's like the Tony Awards, but with movie stars . . . and an audience.
6:43 p.m.: Wow, it's Pineapple Express at the Oscars. Is stoner humor part of their plan to draw in the young'ns? "Who do you think is a better actor: Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama?" "That's Robert Downey Jr., man."
6:27 p.m.: Speaking of which, has Coldplay officially replaced U2 as the official band of cinematic montages? Discuss.
6:26 p.m.: With all these montages, I'm getting a little confused about why we're only getting a medley of the three nominated songs.
6:24 p.m.: They're really racing through this batch of visual and technical awards, aren't they? Especially compared to how things started with Best Supporting Actress.
6:17 p.m.: And Benjamin Button gets its first award of the night. I honestly wouldn't be shocked if it sweeps all the visual categories.
6:11 p.m.: Things I never thought I'd hear at the Oscars: "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto."
6:08 p.m.: Love that Andrew Stanton actually played Barnaby in Hello, Dolly!
6:04 p.m.: The whole press room gave a big audience reaction when they cut to Angelina and Brad during Jennifer Aniston's presentation. Like, "Oohhhhhh!" Yikes.
6:02 p.m.: "The moon, the South Pole, the Miss World podium, and here": the places where Best Original Screenplay winner and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy never imagined standing.
5:59 p.m.: Also: First time I'm weeping tonight. Done.
5:58 p.m.: Dustin Lance Black is trying so hard to hold it together while accepting this award. What a sweet speech.
5:48 p.m.: After the longest intro ever, we have our first winner: Penelope Cruz! I suppose that means the leaked "winners list" is officially false, because it had Amy Adams.
5:45 p.m.: Was that a Sister Act joke, Whoopi? Hahaha! Wow.
5:41 p.m.: First technical difficulty: Did a producer just yell "Open it!!" to those black curtains?
5:40 p.m.: Ha! The press room just burst into applause at Jackman's "I'm Wolverine!"
5:38 p.m.: "I'm Woool-verrr-innne!" Also, can I have one of those fold-up cardboard Oscars for my room?
5:35 p.m.: Wow, I wouldn't have pegged Anne Hathaway as the star most likely to join Hugh up there, but that sad-face Nixon pose? Pretty hilarious.
5:32 p.m.: Less than 90 seconds to singing Hugh! Nice. Is there anything hotter than Hugh Jackman serenading Kate Winslet about poo?
5:30 p.m.: And it's time for our new-look Oscars! No nonsense, just straight to Hugh Jackman in a tux.