Live Blogging: 2012 Oscars! The 84th Annual Academy Awards! 

5:30pm -- and here's Morgan Freeman and the Magic of the Movies!

And here's what we like about Billy Crystal -- as Jean Dujardin in "The Artist," as George Clooney's wife in "The Descendants," as Brad Pitt in "Moneyball," and right now, jamming with Justin Bieber ala "Midnight in Paris!"

Billy Crystal eats the famous "The Help" pie!

And of course, a great "Bridesmaids" bathroom segue!

HA! Funny Mission Impossible bit! And then he's Tintin!

Aw...that's pretty cool! The Magic of Celluloid!

Welcome back Billy Crystal! It sure feels right doesn't it?

LOL...the Kodak Theatre drama and Chap. 11 bit

You got that right Billy Crystal! Nothing solves the world's problem better than watching millionaires give themselves awards!

And now...the world-famous Billy Crystal production number!!!!

Robert Richardson wins for Best Cinematography for HUGO!

And HUGO also wins Best Art Direction!

Movie Montages always get me!

And now...Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz are giving the Best Costume Design to.....

Mark Bridges for "The Artist!"

Those are some big booties!

And the Best Make Up goes to THE IRON LADY!!!!!

That is cool! The stars' first realization of the magic of the movies!

Oh no...the Razzie spectacle, Adam Sandler! :)

6:06 The prim and proper Sandra Bullock presenting the Best Foreign Language film! Speaking a quasi-German accented Chinese!

Will it be A SEPARATION?

And yes it is...A SEPARATION wins BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM!'s the BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS already! I didn't quite understand Mister Bale!

Will it be Octavia Spencer?


If any of the winners are cutoff tonight, they should just pull an Adele HA!

6:30pm -- And back...The Wizard of Oz focus group! This should be funny!

And we all agree that nobody can be as equally funny and authentic as Mister Billy Crystal right?

Oh...the Christopher Guest group...they're truly the Best in Show HA!

And now, Tina Fey and Bradley Cooper are presenting the Best Film Editing...will it be HUGO?


Will it be War Horse for Sound Editing? Oh's HUGO!

HUGO, no, YOU GO...I've been waiting for that joke the whole evening :wink
And Best Sound Mixing goes to HUGO!

And so far, I'm 6 out of 9....yikes!

6:33 -- Aw...Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog! Too bad we won't see them sing!

But...we get to see the Cirque du Soleil folks perform!

Ooooh, the Cirque du Soleil folks are fierce!

WOW! Okay, fine...I have to give it to the Cirque folks! Wait, was that Angelina Jolie's lips I just saw?

6:40 -- Oh look, it's Iron Man and Pepper Potts! And thank the fashion gods, Gwyneth Paltrow removed her superhero cape!

And Robert Downey Jr. and Paltrow are presenting the Best Documentary category...

And the Best Documentary Award goes to...UNDEFEATED!

Chris Rocks presents the BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM TO...

Okay, if it's not RANGO I'll go insane in a cartoony kind of way!


And's RANGO for BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM! It's Gore Verbinski's first Academy Award and nomination! See what happened? He stopped making those PIRATES movies and he won an Academy! HURRAY!

Is it just me or the Oscars tonight is actually entertaining in a "oh look, it's been an hour and a half already and I didn't even notice it" kind of way?

6:52 -- And back to the lovely Billy Crystal and Melissa McCarthy reenacting their BRIDESMAIDS parody by way of the Oscars!

And Emma Stone...another Oscar virgin...with Ben Stiller...oh no...Stiller did not appear in costume!

But Stiller is wearing a really dark tan!

And am I the only one who thinks that Emma Stone got all the roles that Lindsay Lohan could have been playing, if she cleaned up her act?

Okay, Visual Effects -- I picked Rise of the Planet of the Apes!

But will it be HUGO again?

And the Best Visual Effects Oscar goes to....HUGO!!!!

Oooooh, the BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Oscar now! And last year's winner, the lovely Melissa Leo, is presenting it!

And if it's not Christopher Plummer I'll jump off a cliff!


Okay cocktail break HA!

7:06 -- And back to Billy Crystal! Cracking jokes with the stars playfully laughing as Crystal pokes fun at's UGGIE!!!
Very apropo! Crystal poking fun at the Academy's Tom Sherak for "whipping the crowd into a frenzy."

And now...Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson presenting the award for Best Original Score!

I picked THE ARTIST!!!

And it is! THE ARTIST's Ludovic Bource who had no formal training in music...AH-MAZING!

And now...Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis fresh from finishing their upcoming film, "The Campaign."

This better be THE MUPPETS!

And it is...MAN OR MUPPET!

7:23 -- Angelina Jolie, the original GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO!
Best Adapted Screenplay -- I want THE DESCENDANTS to win!

And the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay goes to...

THE DESCENDANTS...YAY!!!! This is a second Oscar for Alexander Payne, he won previously for SIDEWAYS!

For Original Screenplay, I picked Woody Allen's MIDNIGHT IN PARIS!

And the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay goes to...



And of course, Mister Woody Allen is not there...he never attends these awards show, it's sooooo beneath him!

7:36 -- The always hot Milla Jovovich presents the sci-tech Academy awards's nice to see the Bridesmaids cast reunited again!

And the Oscar for Best Oscar Short goes to THE SHORE!

LOL at the Martin Scorsese bit of Melissa McCarthy and Ellie Kemper.

And the winner of Best Documentary Short goes to SAVING FACE!!!

Yay, I picked SAVING FACE! I'm always happy to be able to predict this hard category!

Another yay! I picked THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE for Best Animated Short!

Oooooh, the final act of the 84th Annual Academy Awards! Don't go anywhere!

7:51 -- And's Michael Douglas presenting BEST DIRECTOR! Will it be Michel Hazanavicius for THE ARTIST?

And it is! Michel Hazanavicius wins his first Oscar for "The Artist!"

Awww..Hazanavicius thanks Uggie the dog!

And now...the most Oscar-nominated performer in history, Meryl Streep!

Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, and Dick Smith, the fantastic make-up artist, were honored at the Governor's Ball as presented by Meryl Streep!

Oh no...the In Memoriam coming up...get tissues quick!

8:04 -- In Memoriam -- awwww...we lost a lot of great artists in 2011 :sad

8:11 -- More stars talking about the magic of movies -- let's move on now! By the way, is it just me or Tom Cruise looks kind of weird? In a 100% perfectly chiseled way?

And now, Natalie Portman to present the Best Actor Oscar...will it be Jean Dujardin?

Ooooh, seeing Jean Dujardin in a Hollywood setting brings me back memories of THE ARTIST! In color and with sound of course!

And the Oscar goes to Jean Dujardin for THE ARTIST -- his first Oscar nomination and award!

Ooooh, the Best Actress coming up! Will it be Viola Davis? Meryl Streep? Michelle Williams?

8:23 -- Colin Firth presents the Best Actress award to...

The surprising Meryl Streep for THE IRON LADY! It was supposed to be Viola's year, but something happened along the way! Either or, we all love Streep. This is her third Oscar -- she previously won Best Supporting Actress in "Kramer vs. Kramer" and Best Actress in "Sophie's Choice."

I always love Streep's acceptance speeches!

Now, it's Tom Cruise presenting the Best Picture award...he looks like Taylor Lautner WTF?

Argh...and the Best Picture Oscar goes to...THE ARTIST? Perhaps? Maybe?

And the Best Picture Oscar award goes to...THE ARTIST! And by the way, everytime they use the Oscar-winning score, it makes me want to see the film again!

And with that, the 84th Annual Academy Awards, the 2012 Oscars, is now but a mere memory! Truth be told, I enjoyed the cool vibe that producers Don Mishcer and Brian Grazer added to the show! But the best part? It's still Billy Crystal! He owns the telecast!

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