EntertainmentTell’s Stephen Silver, Eric Deamer and Brian Allen live-blogged the Academy Awards on Sunday night. The transcript is below:
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Anyway, that should bring things to a close. Thank you, Eric and Brian, and thank you everyone for joining us
Well, Tina and Amy. And I liked Chris Rock and John Stewart in the past, though I understand they got a mixed reception.
Well obviously the McFarlane experiment didn't work. But what would work? I feel like everyone's disappointed every year, no matter who the host is.
I interviewed Ben Affleck on his press tour for Chasing Amy, when I was a college freshman in 1997. Never could've guessed that 16 years later he'd be presented the Best Picture Oscar by the African-American first lady
Apparently they played the final scene of Beasts of the Southern Wild and that slap was a key moment in Amour as well.
I was as I said underwhelmed by SLPB, but Jennifer Lawrence's performance was good, don't know if she deserved to win though.
I can't wait to see what's going on with those guys playing that Unicorn game on their Samsung Galaxy phones.
ZD30 was original- it wasn't based on any previously published material. Mark Boal did all the reporting and wrote the screenplay based on it
Now time for hacky jokes about how long the broadcast is running, even though it's mostly Macfarlane's fault.
Yay! Definitely gotta be the best "Original" screenplay. Don't see how ZD30 can be "original" if it's a recreation of recent historical events, which presumably are based on historical documents, journalism etc.
Thank God they didn't make the real Argo guy come out like they did for the Golden Globes. I felt bad for the guy he was so awkward.
I think we're making a bigger deal about the tenth anniversary of "Chicago" than it perhaps deserves
So who was left off the In Memoriam entirely? Alan Sepinwall is asking if Andy Griffith was in there. I don't remember seeing him.
Oh wow I forgot Babs was performing tonight. This broadcast is gonna be 100 hours long. Grab the five hour energy (or whatever.)
As I saw someone say on twitter ironically Macfarlane was supposed to be this hip, edgy 21st century host but his material is very old school in a hacky way.
Like, the teddy bear making the Jews-control-Hollywood jokes, I didn't think it was anti-Semitic necessarily, just unbelievably hacky and unfunny
I kind of hate comedy that goes for edginess for edginess' sake, which has been a trademark of McFarlane's whole career.
ABC had to know what they were asking for when they went for McFarlane. It's the Academy trying to show they're cutting edge.
Macfarlane has made a bunch of unfunny sexist jokes tonight, including that one and the one about ZD30 being about how women never let anything go or whatever.
I'm sure Salma appreciates that Mcfarlane doesn't care what she has to say, and just said so while introducing her.
Do they have to give K-Stew a jolt or a pill or something to wake her up for a few moments to do something like this?
They're going to go long, which used to happen all the time and become a running joke. They've really tightened up awards shows over the last few years, especially this year's Golden Globes, but it looks like this is going to be a long night.
I saw Baz Luhrmann speak on a panel a couple of years ago and he compared movies that have bad transfers to Blu-ray to "a friend who's had so much plastic surgery you don't recognize them anymore." I choose to interpret that as a shot at Nicole Kidman
Read on ESPN I believe that Oher hates the movie and really didn't want to talk about it, so that may kiboshed a lot of it.
Another thing that didn't come up much at the Super Bowl was how that Ray Lewis dude allegedly murdered two people right?
Funny that Blind Side Guy (Michael Oher) won the Super Bowl this year and it barely came up at all during the hype
Anne Hathaway is a national treasure and if you don't like her you're a terrible person, probably misogynist.
Rachel Getting Married is a great, great movie that no one talks about, and she should've won for that first.
Would love to see Amy Adams win, just to get some recognition for an Amazing film that I guess the Academy didn't "get".
Previous info was incorrrect. Apparently that was only the third ever tie, the other two were in 1932 (Best Actor) and 1968 (Best Actress)
Todd Van Der Werff is saying that a tie is very rare but there was another one in a technical category in the early 00s.
So everyone just ignores the fact that the Ted voice is the exact same as the Family Guy voice I guess.
The guy who's directing actually is like the go-to guy for all live events, super bowl halftimes, everything. His name is Don Mischer: http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2013/02/85th-academy-awards-oscars-facts
Haneke should follow the Werner Herzog career path of making a bunch of docs that he narrates himself, and then play the villain in a Tom Cruise action movie
So Amour winning best foreign film means it basically won't win Best Picture right? (Probably was an outside shot anyway.)
Are the Kardashians known for having facial hair? I could think of about ten things to roast them about before that
Searching For Sugar Man was good enough, but there were many, many better docs last year. I'd have voted for How to Survive a Plague
Haven't seen any of these yet, but I was really rooting for How to Survive a Plague, which I've read tons about and sounds amazing, tells a very important and not that well known story.
In his defense on the Kardashian joke, it seemed like he really did think they had cut that. Seems like he was going "This one isn't my fault."
Macfarlane is telling tame predictable jokes and convincing himself he's being outrageous like Ricky Gervais or something, without even Gervais' level of charm and delivery.
I saw Lincoln the night of the second presidential debate. I came out and texted my friend- "PLEASE tell me he's doing better!"
Here's a weird thing about the broadcast: Why are they doing the pre-announcements of the Big Picture noms in groups of three instead of one at a time like they always used to, even in the 9 or 10 nominees days?
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I haven't. Probably should've taken a couple of hours one afternoon to watch them but I never had the chance.
It is hard to believe Jamie Foxx is in his 40s. If anybody had told me "Wanda'" would be an Oscar winner one day..
Smart of ABC to schedule the Bond-themed Scandal ad between the Bond tribute and Kerry Washington's appearance
I suppose Bond reminding people of Archer is preferable to the five-year period when it reminded everyone of Austin Powers
Anyone remember the "Frasier" episode where Frasier, Niles and the dad all get dumped by their women, and they go to a piano bar, and they all sing "Goldfinger"?
Trying to follow interesting Oscar reactions on social media without seeing Walking Dead spoilers, losing battle.
I didn't see Hitchcock but heard only terrible things. And that "no texting in the theater" thing they play with Hopkins as Hitchcock is awful on about five different levels
That Anna Karenina movie was so slight I forgot it existed by like the next morning. Surprised it won anything
So basically everyone laughed at the guy being played off but really they were censoring someone trying to talk about a very serious issue affecting the film industry.
So the VFX who got played off was actually trying to talk about a very serious labor dispute going on in the VFX world and they are trying to protest the Oscars. Info here: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/events/vfxanimation-industry-will-protest-at-the-oscars-tomorrow-78302.html
I guess the Academy is sending a message, and that message is, "a tiger on a boat in the middle of the ocean, no matter how it happened, is cool"
So Steve, any thoughts on Life of Pi winning the cinematography award even though it was basically all digital from what I hear?
I hear Sam Jackson is demanding the entire Academy be fired since the Avengers wasn't nominated for Best Picture.
An AV Club commenter just said "Congratulations Edgar Winter." That can't possibly be improved upon.
I didn't like the Avengers that much. It made a gajillion dollars does it also need to win awards too?
I haven't seen many of the nominated films as I'm not a professional reviewer, but The Master, which I did see stayed with me way more than any other film I've seen in years, certainly more than Lincoln, which I did see.
Thoughts on Beasts of the Southern Wild? I really liked it when I saw it but it didn't really stay with me afterwards the way Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln did
And the clip Life of Pi uses is from the last part of the framing device- i.e., the worst part of the movie
The cast of Les Miz sang live? It must've been exhausting going from movie theater to movie theater.
Was the Pixar short film with the little kid sweeping the moon this year, or last? because I liked that more than Paperman
My wife has seen Paper Man and says it was great. It's available for free online as is "The Longest Daycare"
Good. Walz was my second choice. Jones was good in Lincoln but I didn't like the movie's message that it was a good thing that he sold out his principles to be more "centrist."
So this is the one acting award they give at the beginning. There won't be a "big" award for at least like an hour. Strap yourself in.
We are still within the Captain Kirk framing device. At least he's trying something different I guess?
God I hate it when he sings like a crooner. If he starts doing, like, Family Guy voices and there are tap dancing dogs or something I'm gonna throw my TV out the window I swear.
Guys keep in mind this isn't the REAL timeline, it's just an alternate timeline where he's the worst host ever. Or something.
As comedian John Moe just said on twitter: "I'm young enough to hate Billy Crystal but old enough to hate Seth Macfarlane."
There are not a billion people watching, just as there aren't for the Super Bowl, it's just a non-fact that everyone repeats every year. I'll dig up an article about it.
I don't think Lincoln fits the White Savior genre because it actually happened. The Help or Last Samurai is a different story.
Without having heard either, I'm guessing Latifah's album of pop standards is better than MacFarlane's
yeah and some people argued that both Lincoln and Django would fit the "white people solve racism" genre.
Did you read that Awl piece last week taking "Crash" apart? There was a line it that was something like "I can't believe there isn't a 'White People Solve Racism' movie in the Oscar running this year"
When Daniel Day Lewis said Spielberg has "the gift of eternal youth" did he mean that . . .literally? #Hook
I need to coin a phrase to define how I feel about "Les Miserables": I acknowledge and agree with every general critique people have of it, but I love it regardless
Jamie Foxx is 45 years old. it makes sense- he's been around for about 25 years- but he looks way younger than that.
Do we want to wade into the Anne Hathaway hate/love thing here? She's an actress that seems to spur unusually intense reactions for some reason. I love her. Many hate her.
David Flair went to Hebrew school with my cousin. She was flipping channels and saw him on Nitro. True story
So apparently every year local affiliate KTLA in Los Angeles does their own red carpet coverage and it's the craziest, most trainwreck-y thing ever. They're the local news affiliate Joel is always making fun of on The Soup.
These Galaxy Note commercials are the first time Josh from 30 Rock has been seen in like five years. They didn't even acknowledge his existence in some joking way in the series finale. It was so weird.
She was doing that the same year Clooney was starring in Batman and Robin, so you can have your pick of which was more embarrassing
Stacy Keibler. She got her start in late '90s WCW, with a naughty librarian gimmick called "Miss Hancock"
You guys can probably shed some light on this. Clooney's girlfriend had something to do with pro wrestling right?
Wanderlust, which Aniston was in, is on HBO this weekend. I'd totally forgotten that movie even existed
I mean, the Oscars are no match for a pop culture sensation like Girls. That show is watched by Millions (all of them in the media.)
Is there any truth to the rumor that they're going to stop the Oscars broadcast for half an hour so everyone can watch Girls?
It's kind of awkward to talk to Jennifer Aniston at the Oscars, I imagine. Making her present one seems mean.
It was just her boyfriend that won Grammys. I guess she's into finding a way to upstage her own show each Sunday night
EW is weird in that it has such an institutional voice, and people stay there forever. Ken Tucker just left, and so did Lisa Schwarzbaum, but they'd both been there 15 years at least.
Sooo . . .onto the big questions. Lena Dunham I believe won all the Golden Globes and all the Grammys. How many Oscars will she win?
Guy with the glasses is Jess Cagle I believe. He used to be a reporter for EW but now shows up on a lot of reality shows and stuff like this. I think he's trying to rise above his station as EW staffer, Ryan Murphy like.
And how many novels are there in that series? The Harry Potter kids all looked 30 by the end of those movies.
Daniel Radcliffe is really playing Allen Ginsberg in a movie? Someone told me that but I assumed they were just kidding
Alright I'm the only person drink alcohol. Various American craft beers, starting with Dogfish Head, then on to Six Point, because I'm a pretentious jerk.
Red Widow!!! Hahahaha! I feel like I've seen that commercial a million times already. (I guess I watch a lot of ABC or something.)
I thought Lawrence realistically looked 27 in SLPB. It only becomes creepy when you know that in real life she's 21 and remember that she recently played a teenager in a major motion picture.
Not drinking tonight. Wife is on a business trip and I'm alone with both kids, so probably shouldn't get blotto for the Oscars
And it's from the screenwriter of the Twilight series, although nothing I saw there screams to the Twilight audience.
I'm drinking sweet tea, the official beverage of Texas. You might have heard we had small earthquakes today.
Yea, I had many objections to SLP. I didn't like the whole "love cures mental illness" thing. And didn't it bother anyone that Jennifer Lawrence looked 17 even though she was supposed to be about 27?
Yes Steve, I was underwhelmed by SLBP. I don't think it was terrible, but definitely not something that should be a best picture nominee, even with nine nominees. Now people are saying it's the favorite which blows my mind.
Eric, I think you posted to Facebook earlier that you're not a 'Silver Linings' fan, is that correct?
So, should we talk about what we're drinking (if anything)? That seems to be another convention of these live blogs.
Bradley Cooper showed up for a post-screening Q&A of 'Silver Linings" here in Philly, and it consisted of like five different women throwing themselves at him
Yes! It's incredible! It's like a little box you put your hand in and they talk about your manicure.