Blogging the Oscars - 2013 Edition

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by Kilian Melloy

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams ("The Master"), Sally Field ("Lincoln"), Anne Hathaway ("Les Miz"), Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), and Jackie Weaver ("Silver Linings Playbook") are all up. Who wins? Plummer tells us: "And the Oscar goes to... Miss Anne Hathaway!"

Not bad given that she has a total of about six scenes in that long movie. Me, I would have preferred to have seen Helen Hunt take it: She was amazing in "The Sessions." But at the end of a lengthy list of names, Hathaway thanks her husband in a very sweet way that not even the heartless, "Jaws" theme playing orchestra dares interrupt.

There's a plug for tourism to the Academy Museum, then a PSA-like introduction of a clutch of young people who have won some sort of -- Contest? Lottery? -- to help hand out Oscars. It's 10:30 and I start fantasizing that the young 'uns will spring into a flurry, parceling out the statuettes helter-skelter and finishing it all up by 11.

Best Editing
More of the same titles we've been hearing all evening. "Argo" takes it. Here's an idea: Why not just box up all the nominees, sell them on Amazon, let people watch them at home, and include an embossed card listing which films took which honors? It would take less time and be more fun.

Oh, but then we wouldn't have Adele singing her Bond theme song to an increasingly tired and crabby audience. Wait a minute: Did her lips just not quite synch up to the song? Or am I just seeing things? Hmmm.

Nicole Kidman greets us after the commercial break with another set of tinned remarks about the Best Picture nominees... "Silver Linings Playbook" is, evidently, an "instant classic." I'm so busy parsing this that I miss what she has to say about "Django Unchained" and "Amour." That's okay; the clips once more do a splendid job.

Best Production Design
The ceremonies resume as Daniel Radcliff and Kristen Stewart take the mike to tell us who the nominees are: "The Hobbit," "Anna Karenina," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," and "Lincoln" are all up. I vote for "Lincoln." So, as it happens, did the Academy.

Salma Hayek tells us who won this year's "Governors Awards," a.k.a. Honorary Oscars. They get statuettes, too, but they don't look as shiny. Are they silver? Bronze? Titanium?

As the show carries on, commercials become more frequent. What are you gonna do? They have been working the hook in all night with the clips of the Best Picture Nominees. We gotta know. They have us and they know it.

Of course, I could just DVR this and finish it later. But then my live blog would be even less live. I know, I know: This won't go up until Monday, but the least I can do is write the text in real time.

Well, that's a pisser: The commercials went on so long that when we rejoin the show it's already in progress once again, with George Clooney introducing the montage that recalls those actors and others who have died since the last awards: Celeste Holmes; producer and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch; Ernest Borgnine; Jack Klugman; Nora Ephron; cinematographer Bruce Surtees; producer Richard D. Zanuck; composer Marvin Hamlisch.

Babs herself appears to talk about Hamlisch and sing "Memories." Classy stuff from Streisand, who herself celebrates 50 years in showbiz.

The cast of "Chicago" reunite on stage because... well, it as 10 years ago that movie took top honors. The cast are also here to clue us in as to who has won the next category.


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