The 2008 Oscars are now history, but throughout Sunday's ceremony, I live-blogged some of the highlights, dull spots, and sweetest moments of the night. Read on to see what I made of the ceremony as it was happening — and share your thoughts in the comments! (All time stamps PST, last entry first.)
8:52 p.m.: So, No Country for Old Men is the 80th Best Picture, the Coens took home a couple of twin statuettes, several of the year's best performances got their due — I'm pretty pleased with this year's awards. You?
8:48 p.m.: And, that's it! Only 18 minutes over, with just credits left to go — well played, Stewart.
8:46 p.m.: And No Country takes it! This really was their night. Oh, wow, and Cormac McCarthy is there!
8:45 p.m.: OK, this one's for all the marbles . . .
8:43 p.m.: I'm so torn: On the one hand, I'm disappointed that Diving Bell and the Butterfly will be shut out tonight; I thought Schnabel was a lock for Best Director. On the other hand, the Coens are wonderful. And Frances McDormand looked so pleased!
8:35 p.m.: Daniel Day-Lewis got an Oscar and a near-knighthood. Pretty good for one night, eh? It always amazes me how little he seems like any of his characters — very sweet and gracious, not brooding at all.
8:31 p.m.: Helen Mirren is just the very embodiment of classiness. I want to be Helen Mirren when I grow up!
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8:29 p.m.: My official ending time prediction: 8:52 p.m. PST. We'll see, though; they really do seem to be picking up the pace now.
8:25 p.m.: I'll be honest, I would have been happy with a lot of the Best Original Screenplay nominees winning. But Diablo Cody winning is just wonderful — and the way she grabbed Ellen Page's hands just there? The sweetest! Wow, what an emotional moment for her. I wonder if she was just trying to get offstage before she totally lost it?
8:22 p.m.: Supposedly, the Oscars will end in eight minutes. That's clearly not happening, so I'm taking predictions: What time will this year's ceremony end? Leave your bets in the comments!
8:13 p.m.: I am loving how happy this one Freeheld director is with her award! Sometimes I think the Oscars are just old hat for everyone in Hollywood, and then we get a moment like that.
8:08 p.m.: Whether or not that was Amy Adams dancing during that last Enchanted song, she certainly has had to work for her supper tonight, huh?
7:57 p.m.: Aw, there's Marketa's moment! Thank you, Jon Stewart. You are truly a mensch. And my hero.
7:50 p.m.: OK, all you Once fans, let's hear it! "What are we doing here? This is mad!" Also: Come on, Oscars, let her talk!
7:48 p.m.: And in waltzes John Travolta! Oh, John, you are not that dashing.
7:43 p.m.: I already really wanted to see The Counterfeiters, but this really seals the deal. Also, just gotta say, I love the array of accents on the stage tonight — is this one of the most international Oscars ever?
7:33 p.m.: I was going to say something nice earlier about how the pacing of this year's Oscars felt so much better than normal, but I might have to take that back. We've clearly entered the notorious dead spot — not even presenting Best Actress way early can prevent it. However, the actors in the room really do seem moved by the honorary Oscar presentation. Or maybe they're just paid to look like that.
7:24 p.m.: And, now we're listing 79 movies. Bathroom break!
7:14 p.m.: Wow, Marion Cotillard is adorable! Thanking "life" and "love" and "there are angels in this city" . . . aw, guys, I think I'm going to cry now! What a lovely speech. (Also, not to brag, but I so called that!)
7:08 p.m.: This is usually the deadest hour for the Oscars, so far be it from me to complain, but this seems a little soon for Best Actress, no?
7:03 p.m.: Well, that "and the baby goes to . . . " faux-ceremony was a little awkward, eh? Also disappointing: Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen's bit. Man, I thought they'd be funnier.
6:54 p.m.: Oh, so now I get all the old people in costumes hanging out backstage — they're all extras for "That's How You Know." Also, if somehow Kristin Chenoweth and Amy Adams could do a duet for one of these songs, I think my brain would burst from the cuteness.
6:48 p.m.: Sheesh, the Best Adapted Screenplay category was such a toughie this year — so many of the year's best movies in one little package. I thought it would be Atonement, but I certainly can't fault the Coens' work. Also, I always forget which Coen is which — is Joel the tall one?
6:38 p.m.: Wow! There's our first big upset of the night: Tilda Swinton for Best Supporting Actress. I truly didn't see that coming. And neither did she! That was some genuine shock, right there. And now we know her agent has the butt of an Oscar, so there's that.
6:32 p.m.: Seriously, how great do all the animated shorts look this year? And is that a Peter and the Wolf doll up on stage to accept the award along with the filmmakers?
6:31 p.m.: Um, this Bee Movie tribute to bees is seriously making me long for some more binoculars and periscopes.
6:23 p.m.: Oscars Salute to Binoculars and Periscopes! That almost made me spit soda, right there.
6:18 p.m.: And it's Javier Bardem! No big upsets there, but I think it's the right call — his performance still gives me chills. Aw, and he spoke Spanish for his mama!
6:16 p.m.: Finally, our first big award — Best Supporting Actor, just 46 minutes in.
6:12 p.m.: Yay for Sweeney Todd in the Best Art Direction category — I think that's well-deserved. And I think a number of you will agree!
6:01 p.m.: Amy Adams is adorable as anything, and she looks great, and her voice is wonderful, but this song just isn't the same without rats and termites jumping around. On second thought, maybe it's good that they skipped the termites.
5:58 p.m.: If only all acceptance speeches would follow the model of the La Vie en Rose makeup artists' speech: "I'm proud to be here with you. Bye."
5:57 p.m.: Wow, Katherine Heigl's voice is shaking! I can't believe how nervous she seems.
5:55 p.m.: I don't think I'll ever get sick of Jon Stewart and Steve Carell interacting. They're cute, those two. Also: Yay for Ratatouille!
5:51 p.m.: Great, now "My Heart Will Go On" will be stuck in my head all night. Thanks a lot, Oscars. Is that really the best way to celebrate 80 years of great cinema?
5:48 p.m.: George Clooney's on stage — I guess that means it's really the Oscars now!
5:43 p.m.: Huh, so Best Costumes come first this year – I always expect a supporting acting award this early. Anyway, Elizabeth: The Golden Age won, and I'm 1 for 1 on my ballot. You?
5:41 p.m.: I wonder if the Oscars are mad that the Independent Spirit Awards got to the "we're green so Ed Begley Jr. is powering our show via bicycle" joke before they could use it.
5:36 p.m. Jon on Norbit's nomination: "Too often, the Academy ignores movies that aren't good." Seriously, how preposterous is it that now and forever, they'll be able to market that movie as "the Oscar-nominated Norbit"?
5:33 p.m.: First chuckle courtesy of Jon Stewart: He just described the Oscars as post-writers' strike makeup sex.
5:30 p.m.: And we're off, with a crazy animated montage of movie moments — John Travolta dancing, Mary Poppins flying in. Man, am I glad I have HD right now.