Liveblogging The 79th Academy Awards
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Liveblogging The 79th Academy Awards

We’re just going to put this out there: if you’re generally unaware of what it is these “Academy Awards” and “Oscars” are all about, go here.
With that out of the way, we’re excited to be liveblogging tonight’s show. Yes, Citizen Kane lost eight of its nine nominations back in 1941, and similarly debatable decisions occur every year. But no one can argue the Academy Awards’ hold on pop culture, and in the spirit of that, here we go…

12:16 AM: And that’s a wrap. I’d like to thank the four of you who stayed with Torontoist throughout the liveblogging.
12:13 AM: The Departed!
12:12 AM: The screen duo from Something’s Gotta Give present Best Picture. Why? No one can tell.
12:08 AM: Martin Scorsese wins for Best Director. Hey, remember when Kevin Costner beat him for this award, when they were nominated for Goodfellas and Dances With Wolves respectively? It’s called foresight, Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.
12:06 AM: Three nearly identical men take the stage — if you squint, you can maybe tell that it’s Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg.
12:03 AM: Whitaker, by a hair. (Or by a landslide. Who knows?)
12:00 AM: Reese Witherspoon present Best Actor. Will Peter O’Toole or Forest Whitaker take it?
11:51 PM: Philip Seymour Hoffman presents Best Actress. And… Helen Mirren takes the award, as widely predicted.
11:44 PM: And now a montage of …the departed? I’m sorry, that’s distasteful.
11:41 PM: Martin Scorsese’s long-time collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker wins for The Departed.
11:40 PM: Best Film Editing. …Will Children of Men win in one of the few categories where it didn’t get snubbed?
11:38 PM: The… the… Foo Fighters? …The Foo Fighters?
11:34 PM: A montage of American films, introduced by Will Smith as having no real unifying theme. At least they’re being honest.
11:28 PM: Melissa Etheridge wins Best Original Song for “I Need to Wake Up” and the Al Gore love-in continues.
11:27 PM: Remember the first time Beyoncé Knowles sang three songs at the Academy Awards, a couple years ago? Only she didn’t have anything to do with the movies that the songs were from? What was with that?
11:20 PM: The first of three songs from Dreamgirls is performed. Livebloggers everywhere can finally run to the washroom.
Best Original Screenplay nominee Paul Haggis has a new TV show premiering tomorrow.
“Before writing the screenplay I hope to win it for, I’ve written my acceptance speech for my Oscar.”
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11:13 PM: And Little Miss Sunshine takes the prize. While accepting his award for writing, winner Michael Arndt uses the non-word “funnest”.
11:11 PM: Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst present Best Original Screenplay.
11:06 PM: The award for Best Original Score goes to… Gustavo Santaolalla for Babel.
10:55 PM: Celine Dion performs a new song (random) set to an existing Ennio Morricone score. It was nine years ago that Dion won for Best Original Song for “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. You know, the timeless classic that sounds a fresh today as it did in 1997? See Elliott Smith’s performance of “Miss Misery” from Good Will Hunting (which lost to Dion’s song).
10:53 PM: Ennio Morricone wins the Academy Honorary Award for his work as a composer. It’s a good enough reason as any to play his classic score from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
10:48 PM: An Inconvenient Truth wins Best Documentary Feature.
10:45 PM: Jerry Seinfeld livens the show while presenting Best Documentary Feature. Is there a comedian who hasn’t been snubbed by the Oscars at some point who hasn’t come back to be a highlight of the ceremony?
10:36 PM: Winner Jennifer Hudson oddly doesn’t get cut off during her speech, as The Lives of Others director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck was during his speech for Best Foreign Language Film.
10:33 PM: George Clooney presents Best Supporting Actress, including not one but two nominees from Babel, which played at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.
10:32 PM: Snakes On A Plane? Really?!
10:28 PM: Clive Owen and Cate Blanchett present Best Foreign Language Film… and the award goes to… not Canadian Deepa Mehta for Water.
10:20 PM: The award for Best Visual Effects goes to “Pirates of Carribean”, according to Noami Watts.
10:19 PM: Naomi Watts looks slightly uncomfortable following one of Robert Downey Jr.’s token “I used to do a lot of drugs” jokes.
10:15 PM: An interpretive dance depicts one of the nominees for Little Miss Sunshine. Torontoist’s Matthew Kumar didn’t especially like it, which with myself, brings the grand total of people not in love with the film to two. However, it got some more praise in our love/hate 2006.
10:13 PM: …And the award goes to Guillermo Navarro for Pan’s Labyrinth. If there was an award for being overrated, it would definitely scoop that up too…
10:11 PM: Gwyneth Paltrow presents Best Cinematography. …Will Children of Men win in one of the few categories where it didn’t get snubbed?
10:10 PM: Ellen DeGeneres asking Clint Eastwood for a Myspace photo? Brilliant. Telling Steven Spielberg to make sure they’re both in shot? Even better.
10:06 PM: Sherry Lansing wins the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
10:03 PM: Milena Canonero wins the award for Best Costume Design for Marie Antoinette, also trumping The Devil Wears Prada for its utterly random inclusion in the show.
10:00 PM: Meryl Streep breaks an awkward silence, following an unfunny bit about The Devil Wears Prada; the academy must’ve thought more people saw the movie.
9:54 PM: Tom Hanks has the best cheeky comment of the evening, to an ABC correspondent who assures that “more fun is on the way”: “You’re right, Chris— more fun!”
9:51 PM: …And the award goes to The Departed. Borat‘s loss might be bad news for similarly less-serious fare Little Miss Sunshine in the Best Picture category.
9:49 PM: Helen Mirren and Tom Hanks present Best Adapted Screenplay. …Will Children of Men win in one of the few categories where it didn’t get snubbed?
9:48 PM: A montage centered around writers. Get Shorty?
9:44 PM: Happy Feet wins for Best Animated Feature, proving that there’s still a place for psychedelic, no-dude-you-have-to-see-it-high movies in today’s marketplace.
9:41 PM: Did Jack Nicholson shave his head just to prove that they’re not reusing footage of him from last year? (And the year before?… And the year before?)
Read about the behind-the-scenes efforts of the musical performers.
9:34 PM: Melissa Etheridge performs her song from A Inconvenient Truth, followed by Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio announcing that the Oscars have “gone green”. Finally the preaching usually found in acceptance speeches has been given its own spot in the show.
9:31 PM: Randy Newman and James Taylor perform their song “Our Town” from Cars. Not nominated: the same film’s remake of Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is A Highway”.
9:22 PM: Alan Arkin takes the Best Supporting Actor award and reads a lengthy prepared speech. The camera holds on a bored Abigail Breslin.
9:18 PM: Canadian Paul Massey loses the award for Best Sound Mixing (for his work in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) to the Dreamgirls team.
9:13 PM: Nominee Steve Carell and Little Miss Sunshine co-star Greg Kinnear present Best Sound Editing… which goes to… the people from Letters From Iwo Jima.
9:03 PM: “Stick-to-it-ness” introduced as a term in the acceptance speech for Best Short Film by winner Ari Sandel (for West Bank Story).
9:01 PM: The NFB gets a mention, no less.
9:00 PM: The Oscar for Best Animated Short Film goes to… The Danish Poet! First Canadian to win this evening.
8:57 PM: Pan’s Labyrinth‘s second win, this time for make-up.
8:54 PM: Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and John C. Reilly sing about the Academy’s long-standing bias against comedy. Ironically, this will probably be the highlight of the show.
8:52 PM: What with American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson being nominated for an Oscar, Steven Spielberg will soon be debuting his own reality show: On The Lot.
8:48 PM: Maggie Gyllenhaal recaps the Scientific & Technical Awards, too unglamorous for mainstream audiences.
8:46 PM: Pan’s Labyrinth wins for Best Art Direction.
8:44 PM: The crowd applause in support of Al Gore (and his win of the popular vote in the 2001 Presidential election) greatly contrasts Michael Moore’s political comments during his win in 2003.
8:39 PM: Host Ellen DeGeneres gives tips on acceptance speeches. The Star also has a few pointers.
Number of nominations for Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin: 1. Dakota Fanning: 0. Watch SNL’s The Dakota Fanning Show during the commercial break.
8:31 PM: The show opens with a montage of nominees discussing their reactions. Highlight: Eddie Murphy’s deadpan stare.
8:25 PM: What’s more impressive: that Kate Winslet is not only the youngest person to be nominated five times or her hilarious appearance on Extras?
8:21 PM: First-time nominee Mark Walberg (for The Departed) looks much happier to be talking to ABC’s reporter than he was to Ben Mulroney. Just saying.
Read more about Gosling, his nomination, and career in this article.
8:17 PM: ABC spotlights Canadian Ryan Gosling, showing clips from The Mickey Mouse Club.
8:12 PM: Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jaden Smith are referred to twice as “the first family of Hollywood”.
8:00 PM: The penguins from Happy Feet open the pre-show. Seriously? Oh, and a Borat reference for good measure. Those are always… clever.
Brush-up on which Canadians are nominated with this article from The Star.
7:45 PM: Walters and Eddie Murphy discuss shoes. But it’s interesting they show clips of the latter on Saturday Night Live— fellow SNL alum Bill Murray was also expected to win (for Lost in Translation in 2004), but lost to Sean Penn.
7:31 PM: Walters and Helen Mirren discuss pants. And skirts. And shorts.
Sister-site LAist has Oscar references a-plenty, but the most interesting read is their post on celebrity freebies.
7:22 PM: Jennifer Hudson almost cries, but finishes the interview tear-free.
Canadian nominee Deepa Mehta answers the question, “What are you wearing?”
7:12 PM: Walters makes Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres cry in under 10 minutes.
7:00 PM: Barbara Walters special on CTV.