Now, as hour two begins, we did get to Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock. Our first hour featured some lively chat from the red carpet, from praise — Dr. Allen: “Sandra Bullock looks so perfect. Wonderful hair, complexion and dress. Great neckline for this dress” — to quietly appalled:  “Melissa Leo looks nice…if she were coming to my house,” said Eleanore Wells.  But now, the first statuettes are about to be awarded.  Let us know what you’re thinking!

  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    And we did highlight the Bier film on Saturday: http://womensvoicesforchange.org/pre-oscar-double-video-pick-susanne-bier-and-iciar-bollain.htm

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    When the awards are over, check out the trailer here:
    http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony/inabetterworld/

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Very excited for Susanne Bier. Hopefully this will get her film into more U.S. theatres!

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  • Diane Vacca February 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Fabulous dress, Helen! Doesn’t she look terrific.

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Wow! How elegant Helen Mirren looks!

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  • Dr Pat Allen February 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Does Helen Mirren get sexier every year?

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  • Diane Vacca February 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    My cat sat on the remote and changed the channel.

    Is it just me or does Anne Hathaway appear to be very full of herself tonight?

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  • Elizabeth Willse February 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    David Seidler, hooray classy speech. But Anne Hathaway singing horrible sad parody song is killing my buzz.

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Okay, Hathaway has a great voice, but really …?

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    That was really nice.

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  • Dr Pat Allen February 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I am thrilled about the King’s Speech award for best original screenplay, David Seidler. Charming and eloquent.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Sorry – I havent seen Winter’s Bone. OK, here’s our first of the King’s Speech wave coming.

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  • Diane Vacca February 27, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Ain’t Misbehavin’ — love that song! Javier Bardem is married to Penelope Cruz? I have to catch up on pop trivia.

    Social Network wins its first. Jesse looks just as though he’s still in character. Nerdish.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Sorkin award was inevitable and likely deserved.

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Unfortunately, I can.

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  • Dr Pat Allen February 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I can not believe that The Social Network beat out Winter’s Bone

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Did Brolin and Bardem plan the white jackets? They look like waiters. Or like they’re going to their prom.

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  • Diane Vacca February 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I have to admit– seeing Kirk Douglas was pretty spooky. Guess I hadn’t seen him for a long time. He’s not even recognizable.

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  • Diane Vacca February 27, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I thought the opener– a mashup of the nominated movies with the hosts inserted– was very clever and fun.

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  • Dr Pat Allen February 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Nice to hear Steve Jobs thanked by the winner of Toy Store 3.

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Toy Story 3? Quelle surprise!

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  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I have to confess I chuckled when Timberlake said “I’m Banksy.” Mila Kunis’ schoolteacher vibe, not so much.

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  • eleanore wells February 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Cinematography winner, Wally Pfister (sp) is really easy on the eyes and seemed genuinely happy and humbled to win. A little uncomfortable watching Kirk Douglas. Fantastic to see him, but difficult to understand. Rooting for Michelle Leo. It worked!!

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I agree. Given that she was the frontrunner for several weeks, she should have been better prepared.

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  • Dr Pat Allen February 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Where is the hook?

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  • Dr Pat Allen February 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Maybe the worst speech ever.

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  • Dr Pat Allen February 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Melissa Leo’s dress is stunning. Too bad she couldn’t have prepared a speech.

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Awwww, I liked Melissa Leo’s genuflection to Kirk Douglas.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    But at least it goes to Leo, and likely for “Frozen River.”

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  • eleanore wells February 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Cinematography winner, Wally Pfister (sp) is really easy on the eyes. Seemed genuinely happy and humbled to win. A little uncomfortable watching Kirk Douglas. Happy to see him but much too hard to understand him. Rooting for Melissa Leo. It worked!!

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  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I think I’m rooting for Jacki Weaver, just to be contrary. She’s 63, and hasn’t had an ad campaign.

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  • Karol Nielsen February 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Chris, thanks for reposting on the right thread here. Glad you read that piece. So far it’s a bit boring this year.

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Here comes Best Supporting Actress …

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  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    @paulapoundstone Paula Poundstone:
    “GONE WITH THE WIND just won.” Like I said!

    But after the commercial, we might get a Melissa Leo award.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I think I agree with @FaraiChideya: “The writing is horrible on this #Oscars as is the patronizing of the hosts.” Franco in particular seems bored.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    1939? We really gonna hear “I don’t give a damn?” Only sorta.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    What did you think of that little mini-movie? Any Alec Baldwin fans?

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  • Dr Pat Allen February 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Anne Hathaway points out right away that James Franco and she have been asked to host the Oscars to bring in the younger demographic!

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    It’s nice that we can count on some things. Like the Oscars opening being too long.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Seeing Tom Hanks after we just saw the clip of him with tears in his eyes, accepting the award for Philadelphia was odd. I still had a lump in my throat.

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