The 2007 Oscars are finally here! In addition to making snarky comments and erudite observations in my living room and the Sugar Oscars lounge, I'll be here all night on BuzzSugar live-blogging the ceremony, as well as asking you for your opinions on the winners. So stay tuned to see what I (and all of you) have to say. Happy Oscars! (All time stamps are Pacific time.)
Aaaannnd...we're done. A mere 46 minutes late.
Yay!!!!!!! The Departed wins Best Picture!! I didn't predict it but I applaud it. I loved the fun fact from Diane Keaton: Scorsese calls it "the first movie he has ever done with a plot."
Hot as Inniratu may be, I'm glad Scorsese just beat the pants off of him. (Oh wait, he's still wearing pants. Damn.)
Seeing Coppola, Spielberg, and George Lucas on stage together reminds me how nerdy most directors are — which only makes Inniratu's smokin' hotness that much more impressive. (Also, has anyone else noticed that Inniratu looks like Sacha Baron Cohen?)
With so few upsets, I was starting to think Peter O'Toole might win Best Actor. But rock on, Forest.
Ellen, vacuuming: "Wait, somebody dropped their rolling papers. Oh, here, it's the band."
Philip Seymour Hoffman giving away the award for Best Actress: Would it kill him to comb his hair? Helen Mirren did. And it was only 99 percent certain that she'd be up on stage.
Also, does that woman know how to pose with a trophy or what?
I'm a little surprised that The Departed won Best Editing — and, to be honest, I'm pretty puzzled. I wonder if this means it will win Best Picture now?
I love that the over-the-top tribute to America in film included a clip of Tony Montana. What's more American than piles of coke?
Hahahaha. Dreamgirls wrote a bunch of new songs with the hopes of winning an Oscar, and after a big flashy musical medley, they still got beat by Melissa Etheridge. For some reason, I can't help but find that morbidly satisfying.
How are they choosing which films to feature in the shadow-puppet interpretive dance? Perhaps they are only doing the movies that can be easily represented by a shadow-puppet interpretive dance. I bet they totally avoid Babel.
Fun fact of the night: Best Original Screenplay winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) used to be Matthew Broderick's assistant.
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst: holding hands in shameless movie promotion.
Jack Nicholson totally pulled a Britney.
Kudos to the Academy for realizing that the speech by the president is one of the most-ridiculed segments every year. 60 seconds of pure relief.
Well, Al Gore may never be president, but now he has a little gold man. I don't think any other former presidential candidates can say that.
Why, how did they know I'd been wondering where Jerry Seinfeld's been?
Oh Gael, you and your penis jokes.
Ok, that Snakes on a Plane shadow-puppet dance just made up for all of the other lame interpretive dances.
Wow: Our first major upset of the night: The Lives of Others beats out Pan's Labyrinth. I had a feeling this might happen, and though I haven't seen Others, it's always fun to see an upset. Keeps things interesting.
I am moved by the montage of great foreign films. I just can't help it: I am a sucker for montages. Do you hear me, Oscar producers? Less interpretive dance, more montage.
I can't believe Pirates of the Caribbean just won an Oscar. This means when they advertise the third movie, they can say "the last in an Oscar-winning trilogy!" I don't care how good the special effects were; I snuck into the movie, and I still walked out.
Ellen asking Steven Spielberg to get a photo of her and Clint Eastwood for MySpace. "Make sure to get both of us in, Steven."
Lots more, so
Aww, c'mon: Marie Antoinette for Best Costumes? Those just seem too easy.
Also, where on EARTH did they find the people to wear those costumes on stage. What was up with that awful Fake Meryl? "Oh, I thought you said MARILYN. You know, like Monroe."
Meryl Streep looks so proud of Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt; it's cute! Ironically, Streep's necklace is dreadful, like she's wearing it as punishment for something.
Happy Feet beating Cars for Best Animated Feature is almost as shocking as when March of the Penguins beat Murderball for Best Doc. The lesson: The Academy loves penguins.
And I must say: I love the animated characters in the audience gimmick.
The Oscars are really edgy this year! And, even more shocking, they are genuinely funny: Leo asks Al Gore if he has any announcements to make, Al Gore starts talking, and the "you're-talking-too-long" music gets cued up.
Melissa Etheridge is starting to look a lot like Hillary Clinton. But this song is actually pretty good.
Wow, this is the first time I've heard this Randy Newman song "Our Town." It is even more boring than I'd imagined. In the pre-Three 6 Mafia era, it would have been a surefire winner.
"What is this? Oh! It's a screenplay I wrote." — Ellen to Martin Scorsese
Ah, my first miss on the Oscar predictions: Alan Arkin wins Best Supporting Actor. Seems like a case of "give it to the old guy" syndrome. He was good, but Steve Carrell's underrated supporting role was even better in that film, and I really think Eddie Murphy deserved to win.
Also, did anyone notice that the winning sound editor's name is Bub Asman?
"Sound editing is like sex: It's usually done alone, at night, and surrounded by electronic gadgets." — Steve Carrell
Yes, it's manipulative as hell, but having Abigail Breslin and Jaden Smith present the animation awards is possibly the cutest thing ever.
Also, I can't believe I accurately predicted the Best Animated Short winner.
Oscar tries to make the musical numbers more hip by enlisting Will Ferrell and Jack Black. But really, musical numbers by definition are are just kind of unhip.
Wow I never knew the Oscar statuette was made out of tumbling men!
Yay for Pan's Labyrinth. It was robbed of a sound editing nomination, but the art direction Oscar is well-deserved.
Thank god they came up with an excuse to get Daniel Craig onstage. He wins my Oscar for Hottest Actor.
Pretty funny monologue; very typical old-school Ellen-style rambling standup. ED says this is the most international Academy Awards ever: "I think I see a few Americans as well. Of course, I'm talking about the seat fillers."
Ah, it was Errol Morris. Should have known.
So we seem to be starting with something completely different: documentary-like interviews with Peter O'Toole, Clint Eastwood, and other nominees. Very real, very candid, very cool. My fave part: the famously media-shy Eddie Murphy staring silently at the camera until a voice off-shot says "You're funny just doing that!"