I think I love Taraji P Henson. She's so bubbly and genuine. And she looks gorgeous, although I'm not a huge fan of that style of dress.
I haven't seen any dresses I love yet, but then I haven't actually seen many at all. Fearne Cotton keeps interviewing men and the way the camera is set means you can't see much of the dresses anyway. Freida Pinto looked quite nice but I could only see her from the chest up and for me dresses are all about the skirt.
Well, not ALL about them, obviously, but... oh you know what I mean.
EDWARD ROBERT PATTINSON!! BUT WHY IS HE NOT SPARKLING?! HE SHOULD ALWAYS BE SPARKLING!
Ahem, oh look it's Amanda Seyfried. Her dress is quite pretty. From the top up. I have no idea what the rest looks like.
Amy Adams. She's pretty. The camera just panned down to show us the whole dress but Fearne was blocking most of it. It seemed nice though, very elegant.
Sarah Jessica Parker has a large skirt on her dress. I... almost like it. I think it would be a lot better without the belt.
Ben Kingsley's wife has a nice dress. It's frilly and orange and really shouldn't work but it actually does.
I don't like the top of Marisa Tomei's dress. The skirt might be better but, once again, I haven't seen it.
I have no idea who that woman in the background is, but apparently she tore down her mother's curtains and haphazardly wrapped them around herself before leaving the house.
Ah, the really famous people are arriving.
Angelina Jolie looking very understated and elegant in a simple black strapless dress. Not what I expected, but definitely looking good.
Ooh, I'm liking Penelope Cruz. It's a big skirted dress, which I like, and a nice colour. My only issue would be that it didn't look very flattering around her chest, but the rest is lovely.
Anne Hathaway is sparkling. Vampire!
It's George Takei and his husband! Aw, I love them.
I want to see Kate Winslet but Ryan Seacrest is right in front of her. Hopefully Fearne will get to talk to her next.
Brad Pitt completely ignoring Fearne. I don't think I want him to win any more.
Ok, the rest of Marisa Tomei's dress is not good.
Kate! Finally. Hee, Kate Winslet just called me mad (in a general "Hi to everyone [in the UK] who's mad enough to stay up to watch it [The Oscars]" way). Hmm, I must admit, I am not a big fan of her dress. It doesn't look quite right.
And that's it for the Red Carpet. Time to change channels for the actual ceremony.
Ok, I know I said I'd be moving on to the ceremony, but they're showing proper views of the dresses, so I'll just make a few more comments.
I like Sarah Jessica Parker's dress more now that I've had a good look at it. I even quite like the belt. When she's standing like that, it works.
Marisa Tomei's dress looks worse and worse the more I see of it.
Wow, Miley Cyrus has a huge dress. It's overpowering her!
Beyonce. No. Don't like.
Ok, I am clearly in the minority regarding Kate Winslet. Now I want to look at it again to see if I was wrong.
I'm sure I'll make more comments regarding the clothes during the ceremony itself as I see people on stage and get better looks at them.
I hope it starts soon. I'm getting very tired. I want to see a few awards before I give up and go to bed. Hopefully the Mountain Dew will kick in soon.
And it's starting! Yay!
Paul and I made our predictions earlier and I have them next to me, so I will be keeping track of which one of us is winning. Last time I did this with someone the bet was 10p each. This time it's a bit more substantial in the form of CyberCandy sweets. More to win! (Or lose, as the case may be...)
Hugh Jackman! I love you, Hugh Jackman! And this opening song and dance act is awesome. I didn't think it was possible, but I think I love Hugh Jackman even more now.
Seriously... that was one of the best things I've seen in years. I'm going to YouTube it to death over the next few days.
But now... Best Supporting Actress.
Excellent. This is a good start for me. I'm currently winning! (It probably won't last long so I'm going to enjoy it now.)
Tina Fey and Steve Martin are funny. This is not surprising.
Best Original Screenplay - Milk. Paul and I are now tied.
Best Adapted Screenplay - Slumdog Millionaire. We are still tied.
WALL*E won Best Animated Feature. Is there anyone in the world who is surprised by this? Anyone?
We didn't bet on Best Animated Short but looking at the clips I think I want Lavatory Lovestory to win. Because, well, it's called Lavatory Lovestory. But no, La Maison en Petits Cubes won. I have absolutely no idea what either of these films are actually about.
Obviously America is in an ad break now because Claudia Winkleman, Stephanie Beecham, Danny Wallace and some other guy are discussing what's happened so far. The guys aren't sure Hugh Jackman is right for the Oscars. Stephanie Beecham did not like the opening number. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THESE PEOPLE.
Art Direction - (We both went for the same choices here, so we'll still be tied either way) - Benjamin Button. No points for us!
Sarah Jessica Parker's breasts are scaring me.
Costume Design - The Duchess. I have regained my lead!
Makeup - Benjamin Button. We both got a point there, so I'm still ahead.
EDWARD ROBERT PATTINSON IS ON STAGE! I LOVE HOW HE DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER TO SHAVE FOR THE OSCARS. HE'S INTRODUCING A ROMANCE MONTAGE. AWWWWW. STALKING IS LOVE, RIGHT?
Cinematography - Slumdog Millionaire. My lead is gradually increasing.
Jessica Biel? WTF are you wearing?
Ah, the other guy on the British chat panel is Mark Dolan. Not that it really matters, but I felt I should put it in now I know who he is.
Best Short Film. Another one we didn't bet on. I see one's about the Nazis though, so that will probably win. And it did. - Spielzeugland.
Hugh Jackman is wearing a mircophone headset. Does this mean he's going to sing and dance again?
Yes. Yes it does.
And it's not just him. It's a huge musical extravaganza! I love it.
I think it's won over Danny and Mark as well. They're being nice about him now. Stephanie Beacham does not agree. But she's being moody and negative about pretty much everything, so who cares what she thinks.
Ah, Best Supporting Actor. Arguably the most significant award this year. And we all know why, so… here are my thoughts on Heath Ledger:
I think he should win it. I know a lot of people don’t want him to because many will say he only got it because he died, but I don’t think that should matter. His performance was amazing, definitely Oscar-worthy, and to deny him an award that he deserves just because of what people will say is far worse, in my mind.
(Having said that, there is a small part of me that would be amused if he didn't win, simply because people are talking about who's going to accept the award and who will keep it as though he's already won.)
And the Oscar goes to... Heath Ledger.
I am pleased.
Best Documentary - Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short (Another one we didn't bet on, but I feel obligated to report it anyway) - Smile Pinki.
Claudia Winkleman just said that Hugh Jackman looks like Richard Madeley. I may have to hunt her down and kill her now.
It's Will Smith! Will Smith presenting the award for Visual Effects! Will Smith presenting the award for Visual Effects to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button!
And he's presenting Sound Editing. To The Dark Knight.
Also, Sound Mixing. Slumdog Millionaire.
Still with Will for Editing. Slumdog Millionaire again.
Paul, this is not good enough. Neither of us has got any points for the last three awards.
I want to hit Stephanie Beacham in the face. Is that wrong?
Dammit, the tiredness is really getting to me now, but I've got this far and I want to stick it out. I'm really liking The Oscars this year.
Original Score - Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song - Jai Ho
Foreign Language Film - Okuribito (Departures)
Ok, just the big four left now and here are how our scores stand:
Caroline (wants): 5
Paul (wants): 5
Caroline (thinks): 9
Paul (thinks): 9
Yes, seriously. And they're not all the same ones either. I do love how this has worked out.
Best Director - Danny Boyle. We're still even.
Stephanie Beacham is smiling. Wow, I didn't think she knew how to do that. I thought her face was stuck in that judgemental scowl she's had on all evening. Oh, she doesn't want Kate Winslet to win Best Actress. I'm not surprised.
Oh god, Sophia Loren is terrifying.
Best Actress - Kate Winslet. Yes
Suck on that, Stephanie. :p
On to Best Actor now.
EDWARD ROBERT PATTINSON IS SITTING BEHIND MICKEY ROURKE. HE LOOKS LIKE HE'S THIRSTY.
Best Actor - Sean Penn.
I am surprised but not displeased.
And now for the big one.
Best Picture - Slumdog Millionaire
Hee, I love how they're all up there on the stage looking so happy.
I did it! I'm still awake! I am in awe of the power of Mountain Dew.
Before I give up and go to sleep, I shall give you the final scores:
Caroline (wants): 7
Caroline (thinks): 12
Caroline (total): 19
Paul (wants): 6
Paul (thinks): 12
Paul (total): 18
Can't get much closer than that. Although if Mickey Rourke had won Best Actor we would have tied.