10:33 Best Editing
“Argo,” William Goldenberg.
10:29 Break time. (Sorry Academy prez.)
10:20 Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables” (As most predicted.) She starts off by looking at her Oscar saying “it came true.” (Guessing this is a nod to her song “I Dreamed a Dream”?) Then she does her list. She finishes with “Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and never more in real life.”
10:15 Best Sound Editing
It’s a tie! First up: “Zero Dark Thirty,” Paul N.J. Ottosson Next: “Skyfall,” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
10:13 Best Sound Mixing
“Les Miserables,” Andy Nelson, Simon Hayes, and Mark Paterson
10:11 Marky Mark and his teddy bear
Mark Wahlberg and “Ted” bring some Boston accents, and raunch, to the Oscahs.
After that huge musical number this tribute to the-- totally deserving-- science and tech award winners feels a little... dry.
9:53 Let’s put on a show!
It’s time for the tribute to the movie musical throughout the years. The line-up includes several Oscar winners and nominees. Now we’re talking.
First up is Catherine Zeta-Jones doing “All That Jazz” from “Chicago.” Excellent work.
Jennifer Hudson appears to reprise “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls.” And gets a standing ovation for her impressive efforts.
Then we get a show of force from the cast of current nominee “Les Miserables” including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Russell Crowe, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Banks, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
As a huge musicals fan this has been my favorite part of the show. Essentially the part where the Oscars turned into the Tonys.
9:52 Live...but not here??
Seth tells us that the orchestra is playing live from up the road at the Capitol Building.
9:50 Best Foreign Language Film
9:45 How’s Seth doing?
He’s gotten off a few good lines when he pops up and he seems to be handling the pressure well but it doesn’t feel like the room is really behind him. The show definitely has that “early awards that less people care about” drag happening. (This one right before commercial was pretty good: “When we come back... the cast of ‘Prometheus’ explains what the hell was going on there.”)
9:42 Best Documentary Feature Film
“Searching for Sugar Man,” Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn. (For music fans this film about Rodriguez is definitely worth seeing.)
9:38 Rush, Rush
So that play off seems to have been very effective, as all of the winners have really rushed through their acceptance speeches wary of getting cut off. Granted, none have been particularly captivating but perhaps they would be if they weren’t so nervous?
9:37 Best Picture Clips
Liam Neeson presents the second set of nominees “Argo,” “Lincoln,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” (I see what they did there.)
9:35 Best Documentary Short
“Inocente,” Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine.
9:32 Best Live Action Short
“Curfew,” Shawn Christensen.
9:22 Shaken, not stirred... into a montage
A visual and musical tribute to James Bond. The franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Following the quick-cut clip-fest Shirley Bassey comes out to sing “Goldfinger.” The Dame shut it down. (Can Sheena Easton be far behind?)
9:22 Reality check
The show has been on for less than an hour.
9:16 Best Costume Design and Make-Up
Costume: “Anna Karenina,” Jacqueline Durran
Make-up: “Les Miserables,” Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
9:09 Best Visual Effects
“Life of Pi,” Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliott. They are played off by the “Jaws” theme song even as the accepter is trying to make a heartfelt plea on behalf of someone connected with the film who is experiencing financial difficulties. Awkward. (That’s two in a row for “Pi.”)
9:06 Best Cinematography
“Life of Pi,” Claudio Miranda.
9:05 Avengers assemble!
Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Jeremy Renner join together...to hand out awards and needle each other.
Quvenshane Wallis does a cute fist pump after her clip.
9:01 Best Picture Clips
Reese Witherspoon introduces the clips for a trio of nominated films “Les Miserables,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and “Life of Pi.”
9:00 Best Animated Feature Film
“Brave,” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. Andrews is wearing a snazzy kilt.
8:55 Best Animated Short Film
“Paperman,” John Kahrs.
8:48 Best Supporting Actor
And the winner is: Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained.” He gives his respect to his fellow nominees, Robert De Niro, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Alan Arkin, and Tommy Lee Jones. Continued...