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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Ellen DeGeneres hosts the Oscars

Tonight is Hollywood's biggest night - comedian Ellen DeGeneres will host (for the first time) the 79th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. The live broadcast begins in less than an hour on ABC.

We'll be watching the show and hoping Davis Guggenheim wins an Oscar for directing Al Gore's amazing documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Melissa Etheridge is also set to perform "I Need to Wake Up" from the film (which is nominated for Best Original Song). Other nominations in the documentary category include Deliver Us from Evil, Iraq in Fragments, Jesus Camp, and My Country, My Country.

I'll be posting the winners of each award in this post as they're announced, live.

UPDATE I: Here we go - the most international Oscars ever! Ellen's keeping the laughs coming. Of Gore, she said: "Al's here - America actually did vote for him!" - which drew sustained applause.

Academy Award Winners for 2007
  • Best Art Direction: Pan's Labyrinth (Art Direction: Eugenio Caballero, Set Decoration: Pilar Revuelta
  • Best Makeup: Pan’s Labyrinth (David Martí and Montse Ribé)
  • Best Animated Short: The Danish Poet (A Mikrofilm and National Film Board of Canada Production, Torill Kove)
  • Best Live Short: West Bank Story (An Ari Sandel, Pascal Vaguelsy, Amy Kim, Ravi Malhotra and Ashley Jordan Production)
  • Best Sound Editing: Letters from Iwo Jima (Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, distributed by Warner Brothers)
  • Best Sound Mixing: Dreamgirls (Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton, DreamWorks and Paramount)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine"
  • Best Animated Feature: Happy Feet (George Miller, Warner Brothers)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: The Departed (William Monahan, Warner Brothers)
  • Best Costume Design: Marie Antoinette (Milena Canonero)
  • Best Cinematography: Pan’s Labyrinth (Picturehouse, Guillermo Navarro)
  • Best Visual Effects: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall, Buena Vista)
  • Best Foreign Language Film: The Lives of Others (from Germany, A Wiedemann & Berg Production)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, for Dreamgirls
  • Best Documentary Short Subject: The Blood of Yingzhou District (A Thomas Lennon Films Production, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon)
  • Best Documentary Feature: An Inconvenient Truth (Directed by Davis Guggeinheim, starring Al Gore, released by Paramount Classics)
  • Best Original Score: Babel (Gustavo Santaolalla, Paramount Vantage)
  • Best Original Screenplay: Little Miss Sunshine (Michael Arndt)
  • Best Original Song: "I Need to Wake Up" (written and performed by Melissa Etheridge, for Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth)
  • Best Film Editing: The Departed (Thelma Schoonmaker, Warner Brothers)
  • Best Actress: Helen Mirren in The Queen
  • Best Actor: Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland
  • Best Director: Martin Scorsese, The Departed (Warner Brothers)
  • Best Picture: The Departed (Warner Brothers)
UPDATE II: Apple had an commercial for its iPhone (coming in June), which did not even include the word "iPhone". Gee, wonder why that is...

UPDATE III: Well, this is interesting. As a prelude to the awards for sound, they're showing clips from movies past and a "sound effects choir" (no joke) is providing the noise (instead of music) as accompaniment.

UPDATE IV: Well, Eddie Murphy didn't win Best Supporting Actor as many had expected he would. Oh, well. There's always next time.

UPDATE V: Randy Newman is kicking off the performances for Best Original Song with "Our Town" from Disney/Pixar's "Cars". Melissa Etheridge is following with "I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth.

UPDATE VI: Here's Leonardo DiCaprio...and Al Gore! to talk about environmentally friendly practices at the Oscars. "You are a true champion for the cause," Leonardo said. The Vice President thanked him....

Leonardo just asked Gore if he wouldn't like to make a major announcement, and Al appeared poised to launch a presidential bid, telling DiCaprio he was convinced, and even taking out a piece of paper...but then he got cut off by the music. It's wrong, just wrong, to get our hopes up like that! How dare you, Producer Laura Ziskin!!!

At least the world gets to see Al Gore has a sense of humor.

UPDATE VII: The Departed wins Best Picture...and that's it for the 79th Oscars.

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