I start work at 5am but I figure I can't miss a live blog for those sorts of technical reasons (although if I miss Best Picture that would be hilarious).
23.43 - I've seen 8 of the 9 'Best Picture' nominees this year. The one I haven't will be pretty evident in around 60 minutes time.
23.48 - Anyway so it's Lupita Nyong'o happy hour (over 2 hours maybe 4) so first a little collage of this year's Q.U.E.E.N rocking her now patented one-colour-block-rock.
23.59 - Alex Zane. Claudia Winkleman. Alex Zane. Claudia Winkleman. Steve Martin. We soldier on. P.S. No one (of note) is on the red carpet yet apart from a Sky News representitive/ Kristen Wiig impersonator who seems to have lost the top half of one half of her dress. Actually it looks quite sexy. I will now eat some Digestives (R). Fuelin'.
00.09 - Sidney Poitier is the first to arrive on my live feed. They're going for golden oldies first (golden baldies later, that was too easy). Poitier is living on the edge of calm/forgetting where he is.
00.20 - Obligatory home city culture spot plug.
00.25 - Sally Hawkins. feeling 'insane', looking spangly.
|block of colour|
|on a plith|
|salmon shoe in|
|jlaw's rule of idiosyncracy|
1.14 - Slightly flagging here. As you can see I'm not quite the man of many words yet. Introspective moments going on. Also let's start already! Cate was just interviewed, no one better out there ladies and gents.
1.17 - Bradley Cooper is now an Oscar Nominee. Weirdness but he's hilarious in American Hustle. GET IN THERE! First on screen bantz, Jonah coming in and hijacking his interview and now his mum is on the act.
1.26 - Red Carpet done. A slog this year. Time to predict Ellen's jokes. Jordan Belfort/ Wolf of Wall Street/ Hollywood. George Clooney in space. American Hustle and hair. Basically safe but will charm your woolies off until the break o' dawn.
1.30 - It's GOLDEN!
1.32 - Why the hell did the camera just pan to Joseph Gordon Levitt there mid June Squibb shot?!
1.34 - Get in there DeGeneres, pretty dark Liza Minelli joke right off the bat!
1.35 - "Between you you've been in 1400 films and 6 years of college".
1.40 - "Possibility No 1 - 12 Years A Slave wins Best Picture. Possibility No. 2 - You are all racists."
First award of the night...
1.41 - Best Supporting Actor - Jared Leto - A tremendous performance, especially so considering the number of films Leto has acted in the last few years i.e. close to zero.
1.47 - Everyone loves Jim Carrey. Everyone. Introducing random as hell 'animated heroes' segment. Is this for the kiddies before they go to bed?! Oscar pushing the 'lets-snag-all-demographics-above-and-below-the-sea-line' approach.
1.48 - Pharrell doing his thing. Let this go on for 24 hours. I want to see what Sandra Bullock looks like when her hair has been fooked by the humidifier. Pharrell has come out to dance with Lupita, Meryl and Amy (yes, i'm on working a first name basis).
This filter shows that I clearly believe this is an insta-classic moment:
1.57 - Best Costume Design - The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin
2.01 - Best Hair & Make Up - The Dallas Buyers Club - Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews. Still a bit bizarre that American Hustle wasn't nominated here. TDBC worthy winner though.
2.12 - Best Animated Short - Mr Hublot. I think i'm 4 for 4. Either i'm a genius or it's predictable as hell.
2.14 - Best Animated Film...really hope 'The Wind Rises' wins. I predicted it but it won't though. That'll be Frozen but as Miyazaki has retired and is one of the GREATEST LIVING DIRECTORS IN THE WORLD it would be lovely and all. Frozen takes it.
2.20 - Best Visual Effects - The most obvious winner of the night, Gravity.
2.24 - Karen O time! She's with Mr Koenig! This is the Vampire Weekend lead singer, Oscars. Ya think you could've mentioned that fact?!
2.30 - Best Live Action Short - One day i'll watch all the shorts before an Oscar ceremony. You know as preparation. Helium wins.
2.33 - Best Documentary Short - The Lady in Number 6. Cute documentary short, worth checking out if the chance arises and the exact opposie to what I feel the winner in 'Best Documentary' will be.
2.37 - Best Documentary - 'The Act of Killing' may just be the best film nominated tonight full stop. It's that innovative. Of course a bit of Weinstein star dust and '20 Feet From Stardom' wins. 'The Act of Killing' maybe just way too intense for the Academy's aromatic tendencies...
2.49 - Best Foreign Language Film - The best film of 2013, 'Blue Is The Warmest Colour' isn't nominated but 'The Great Beauty' wins and it was pretty terrific!
2.54 - Sorrentino to Tyler Perry. Now that is magnificence. On to Bono and his Merry Ants.
3.05 - Here are 4 versions of the same photo (well...)
3.07 - Best Sound Mixing - Gravity. Evertime I hear the words 'Inside Llewyn Davis' I think of how the Academy managed to shaft the Coens and that brilliant film. Gravity's sound mix and edit was fantastic though. It should win the editing prize also.
3.09 - Best Sound Editing - Gravity. And it does.
The next biggie!
3.13 - Best Supporting Actress - JLaw vs Lupita. Wow if JLaw wins, but really this is Lupita's. Best performance in the best 'Best Picture' nominee. Yay Lupita! Wonderful wonderful speech. Wonderful wonderful Oscar moment.
3.25 - While Ellen hands out pizza to Kerry Washington (et al), I put on a tie.
3.27 - http://www.ranker.com/list/the-7-greatest-_real_-bill-murray-stories-ever-told/kristin-wong
- Shout out to Harold Ramis!
3.28 - Best Cinematography - Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki. Gorgeous. Also glad Roger Deakins work in Prisoners was recognised, always a class act.
3.30 - Best Editing - Gravity - Easy to call this a Gravity steam train but all these techies are expected so far.
3.43 - Don't put Cumberbatch on 'Best Production Design' he's the future don't you know. The Great Gatsby which now has more wins than Inside Llewyn Davis, Captain Phillips, Philomena, Nebraska, Her and American Hustle put together. That's not an opinion, just the fact of the matter.
3.47 - Ooh look more heroes. What is with this? I'm not sure what the end game here is. Will Philip Seymour Hoffman be remembered at the end as some sort of superhero in disguise? Because he was.
3.49 - I'm leaving for work, so no pictures for a little while. It should be interesting trying to blog and travel at the same time.
So interesting in fact it is now...
20.47. This is unofficially the longest Oscar blog in the history of Oscar blogs.
By now anyone who cares about such things knows that Cate Blanchett won the award for Best Cate Blanchett. The Screenplay awards went as expected although it was a toss up in the 'Original Screenplay' category with 'Her' edging out 'American Hustle'.
Also at this stage most will know of Matthew McConaughey's night stealing acceptance speech. It has to be checked out. It's a fine philosphical, narcisstic, child like mess. Ruddy wonderful. I now know that apparently this was the highest rated Oscars in a decade (up 10% on last year) so clearly loads of folks out there were loving the chilled out vibe (mainly Ellen causation).
I'll probably look back at the winners/losers in more depth over the next few days. For now zzz. 21 hours and out.