2011 Oscars: LIVEBLOG

This Diva will be live-blogging the Oscars red carpet and awards show starting at around 6:00 pm EST. Don’t be late!

11:42: Whew! That was a long evening, and this Diva WAY behind on homework, and her boyfriend passed out an hour ago, so it looks like it’s time to sign off. Thank you so much for joining us, and for helping me destroy my prior record of hits per day – keep reading, and keep bitching. ❤

11:41: It was a little showy, having all the winners come on stage and thrust their Oscars into the air. It made me sad for Annette Bening, Javier Bardem, and Hailee Steinfeld.

11:39: This elementary school choir sounds AMAZING! Get it, PS22 choir! I love that their T-shirts say their voice part. I’m jealous of those little gay boys who will have their SOPRANO t-shirts forever.

11:38: Anne Hathaway‘s last dress is by Tom Ford. It’s gorgeous but it feels a little naked.

11:36: THE KING’S SPEECH, of course! Twelve nominations and four wins. Incredible.

11:33: You know the nominees for Best Picture: Black Swan. The Fighter. Inception. The Kids Are All Right. The King’s Speech. 127 Hours. The Social Network. Toy Story 3. True Grit. Winter’s Bone. And the Oscar goes to…

11:32: A gown for the last three minutes of the show? Is that really necessary, Anne Hathaway?

11:29: A beautiful speech and I’m almost crying.

11:27: Can we have Colin Firth host the Oscars next year? I could listen to his voice for hours.

11:25: And the Oscar goes to… Colin Firth, of course! He is an inspiration. And he is SO HILARIOUS. There is no Brit more stereotypically British than Colin Firth.

11:21: The nominees for Best Lead Male: Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges (I love seeing Hailee Steinfeld right behind his shoulder in the audience), Jesse Eisenberg (he looks SO CUTE tonight!), Colin Firth (obviously the favorite to win – and the clip they picked was POWERFUL), James Franco (holy crap, another soul-searingly powerful clip).

11:20: Anne Hathaway introduces Sandra Bullock. Ugh. I know she’s last year’s winner, but I just don’t like listening to her talk.

11:19: Shout-out to the costume designers! (Rodarte)

11:18: Russian ballerinas’ names are hard to pronounce.

11:17: And of course, the winner is… NATALIE PORTMAN for Black Swan. She is making me weep.

11:16: Doe-eyed Michelle Williams gets on my nerves in real life, but I love her on screen.

11:15: I want someone to cry. NOW.

11:14: I’ll be happy as long as Nicole Kidman doesn’t win.

11:12: I hope Annette Bening wins, but I think it’s going to be Natalie Portman. And the look on Annette’s face during Jeff Bridges‘s speech was simply amazing.

11:11: How do they straighten Anne Hathaway‘s hair so fast?

11:06: Ah, yes. The Lifetime Achievement Award. There are some badass old Jewish dudes on this stage.

11:05: A fabulous speech by Tom Hooper. James Franco is back, in my favorite tux of the night. Delicious. And Annette Bening takes the stage. This bitch is a QUEEN.

11:04: Did he just say “the trifecta of man love,” or am I really starting to lose it?

11:03: Best Director: The Oscar goes to… Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech! Wow. I think they’re about to sweep.

11:02: Anne Hathaway‘s latest costume change: into a metallic blue Armani Prive Spring 2011 couture gown.

11:00: I missed an Anne Hathaway dress – black strapless Vivienne Westwood gown with lots of layers and silver-shiny embellishments.

10:57: “Stormy Weather” is one of my favorite songs ever. Lena Horne is extraordinary.

10:56: Halle Berry is here. She always looks the same.

10:53: I like when you don’t hear the applause, and it’s just music and the slideshow for those the industry lost this year. Tasteful and simple.

10:52: Thank God the orchestra is back. AND CELINE. HAS ENTERED. THE STAGE.

10:51: This Modern Family commercial is AMAZING.

10:49: Didn’t it kinda look like they included Halle Berry in their list of celebrities we lost this year? Awkward.

10:47: Gwyneth Paltrow‘s performance gown was by Michael Kors.

10:46: Best Original Song: C’mon Florence! (not that she was actually nominated.) And the winner is… Randy Newman. I give up.

10:45: I mean, it’s not torture, but Gwyneth Paltrow is a nasal country singer with very little vocal or emotional range. And the white microphone is distracting.

10:44: I’m actually really happy Jennifer Hudson isn’t performing. She’s always a little more tone deaf than I want her to be. Speaking of which, here’s Gwyneth Paltrow in a one-shouldered, nude sparkly gown and stick-straight hair.

10:43: Florence Welch‘s orange dress is beautiful, and her performance is even better. The red hair, the red lips, the orange gown and the orange cocktail ring – I can’t get enough of this crazy bitch.

10:42: Jennifer Hudson takes the stage in her orange gown – but only to present. And here is FLORENCE WELCH, MY HERO!

10:41: Anne Hathaway is back in red – it might be my favorite look of hers tonight.

10:36: They just hugged it out! Cutest! #thebrocialnetwork

10:35: Film Editing: And the Academy Award goes to… The Social Network! Aw, Jesse Eisenberg is giving them a standing ovation.

10:33: Visual Effects: And the Oscar goes to… Inception! They’re really cleaning up tonight for the non-acting categories.

10:32: Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law – looking super-cute and having a total bromance.

10:31: “Welcome to the Academy Awards. Or as it’s called in my house, Passover.” – Bob Hope. Best host ever.

10:30: This is just nostalgia for when the Oscars didn’t suck.

10:28: Billy Crystal has an excellent plastic surgeon.

10:27: Billy Crystal takes the stage, thank God. We need some LAUGHS.

10:26: FYI, Anne Hathaway‘s gold fringey flapper gown is Oscar de la Renta.

10:23: Get off your soapbox, douchebag. This is the Oscars. Show some respect.

10:22: And the Oscar goes to… Inside Job!

10:21: Best Documentary Feature: Jeez, Oprah looks like shit!

10:20: Ok, The Social Network and Twilight parts are amazing. And I love Anne Hathaway trying to be awkward when she’s the most stunning woman alive. And Oprah Winfrey is in the house – and Anne Hathaway is SCREAMING for her! Because even she knows Oprah is God.

10:19: I don’t know if this is the funniest or most terrible thing I’ve ever seen.

10:18: We’re going to A Very Potter Musical place, and I can’t handle it.

10:17: Get it, thanking your mother for her work on the film! Super cute speech.

10:15: Best Live Action Short: God of Love. “I should’ve got a haircut.” – Pretty charming, Jew Fro kid.

10:14: Best Documentary Short: And the winner is… Strangers No More! Why did this years envelope-makers make such difficult to open envelopes? It really ups the suspense level.

10:13: Is it me, or has every presenter been super awkwardsauce tonight?

10:12: Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal? #dreamthreesome

10:07: Now that the lights are on, I’m not digging Mandy Moore‘s blue dress. Way too small on top.

10:06: I forgot that Mandy Moore can’t really sing. And as far as songs of this genre go… well, I could name a hundred Disney ballad duets that are far better than this.

10:05: Mandy Moore, with Zachary Levi, and Alan Menken on the piano? This could be okay. I like Mandy Moore‘s blue dress that she’s changed into. This is cheesy and queer, but not as bad as Randy Newman.

10:04: Randy Newman performs his Oscar-nominated song from Toy Story 3. This is literally torture to listen to. And can anyone else only hear Randy Newman as Family Guy‘s version of him? “Left foot, right foot…”

10:03: KEVIN SPACEY is my GOD.

10:02: Never mind. “Beauty and the Beast” definitely wins the best movie song of all time. And hi President Obama! What a great cameo!

10:01: What is your favorite movie song? What a great question. I have to agree with the Judy Garland song!

10:00: Costume honey, I love your gloves, but if you’re going to literally read every word of your speech off a card, I can’t listen to you.

9:59: The Oscar for Costume Design goes to… Alice in Wonderland! And can we talk about how amazing Cate Blanchett looks? Very fitting for the category.

9:48: Achievement in Sound Editing: Inception again! Very interesting.

9:47: Best Sound Mixing: Inception!

9:46: Matthew McConnaughey and Scarlett Johansson are in the house. They clearly also took a hit or two with James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Justin Timberlake backstage.

9:44: And the Oscar goes to… The Social Network! Good for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. I loved this score.

9:43: Best Original Score: The nominees are How to Drain Your Dragon, The King’s Speech, The Social Network, 127 Hours, and Inception. I’d like The Social Network to win, but I think it’s Inception for sure.

9:42: This orchestra medley is AMAZING.

9:41: Anne Hathaway‘s tux was by Lanvin, and her shoes were Brian Atwood.

9:34: I’d be way more psyched about this if Christian Bale had shaved or showered in the month prior to this event.

9:33: Tux Watch: Black-on-black-on-black-on-black does not work. #christianbale

9:32: And the Oscar goes to… Christian Bale, as predicted!

9:29: Elle Woods and her high ponytail are here to present the award for Best Supporting Actor. The nominees are: Christian Bale, for The Fighter. John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone. Jeremy Renner, The Town. Mark Ruffalo, The Kids are All Right. Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech. We’re predicting Christian Bale FTW.

9:28: And the Oscar goes to… In a Better World, from Denmark! Great dress, lady accepting the award!

9:27: Best Foreign Language Film: Biutiful. Dogtooth. In a Better World. Incendies. Outside the Law. I’m thinking it’ll be Biutiful.

9:26: Helen Mirren and Russel Brand? UNSTOPPABLE.

9:25: JAMES FRANCO IN DRAG. JAMES FRANCO is in a blonde wig, full makeup that makes him look oddly like Heath Leger, and full-on Marilyn Monroe dress and gloves.

9:24: Anne Hathaway singing “On Our Own” to Hugh Jackman – both hilarious and beautiful. And did I mention the shoes?!

9:23: Anne Hathaway is in a tux and sparkly shoes. I LOVE IT.

9:19: David Seidler, at 74, is the oldest person to win Best Original Screenplay. Totally adorbz.

9:17: I like that all the presenters are presenting multiple awards. Best Original Screenplay: The Oscar goes to The King’s Speech! Also, I just spotted Jeff Bridges‘s giant beard in the crowd.

9:14: Best Adapted Screenplay. And the Oscar goes to… The Social Network, of course!

9:05: Best Animated Feature Film: The nominees are How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, and Toy Story 3 (also nominated for Best Picture). The Oscar goes to… TOY STORY 3!

9:03: Best Animated Short. And the Oscar goes to… The Lost Thing!

9:02: Well, it seems clear who shared a joint with James Franco backstage – Mila and Justin, I’m looking at you.

9:01: Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake take the stage. I hope he leaves Jessica Biel for her.

9:00: And the f-bomb slips! I’m loving Melissa Leo.

8:59: “I’m just shaking in my boots here!” – Melissa Leo, giving a beautiful and emotional speech. I’m all verklempt.

8:57: And the winner is… MELISSA LEO, for The Fighter! Congratulations, darling. I hate the hair and the dress, but she looks like she’s about to lose her fucking mind, and it’s wonderful.

8:53: Supporting Actress. Nominees: Amy Adams, The Fighter. Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech. Jacki Weaver,  Animal Kingdom. Melissa Leo, The Fighter. Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit.

8:51: Kirk Douglas! He is NINETY-FOUR YEARS OLD! This is INCREDIBLE. And he’s hilarious. “Where were you when I was making pictures?” – Kirk Douglas to Anne Hathaway

8:50: For the opening, James Franco was glorious in his Gucci tux and Anne Hathaway‘s white dress was by Marchesa.

8:47: All the best films got nominated for Achievement in Cinematography, and it goes to Inception! Fourth nomination and first win for Wally Pfister, so kudos. And your name is hilarious.

8:44: The Academy Award for Achievement in Art Direction goes to: Alice in Wonderland! I don’t care.

8:43: Why are we in a Titanic place?

8:42: Tom Hanks in the house, in front of a gorgeous Gone With the Wind backdrop.

8:41: “Stand up straight. Steven Spielberg is here.” – Anne Hathaway‘s mom. AND JAMES FRANCO‘S BUBBIE gets HUGE applause, obviously, because she’s amazing. “I just saw Marky Mark!” – Grandma Franco

8:40: “Yeah, but do I like, get money with it?” – James Franco, on an Oscar

8:39: She’s so beautiful. The hair and makeup are perfect.

8:38: James Franco and Anne Hathaway enter the stage. SHE. LOOKS. BEAUTIFUL. She’s changed into a white strapless gown. It’s Grecian and draped, with a whole lot of glitteriness, and I’m obsessed.

8:36: I can’t handle James Franco in his ballerina unitard.

8:35: James Franco in a giant bear hat and Anne Hathaway in braids and an eyepatch – perfection.

8:34: Anne Hathaway‘s accent, ponytail, earrings, and hoodie in The Fighter sequence is hilarious.

8:33: “Ambien? Don’t mind if I do!” – Alec Baldwin gets the first big laugh of the night.

8:32: The show has begun!

8:28: Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang:

8:25: Annette Benning. New York Magazine says she’s in Ermenegildo Zegna, but I believe they’re mistaken. It looks identical to the Naeem Khan gown I predicted Eva Longoria would wear:

8:22: Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein:

8:21: Helen Mirren, in a gown very similar to the Nicole Miller dress I predicted Madonna would wear:

8:20: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in L’Wren Scott


8:19: Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman:

8:18: Reese Witherspoon in Armani:

8:17: Halle Berry in Marchesa:

8:16: Hilary Swank in Gucci:

8:15: Miss Bellatrix Lestrange herself: Helena Bonham Carter


8:14: Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana: Not as great in photos as it was on TV.

8:12: Marisa Tomei in 1950 couture Charles James from Lily et Cie:

8:04: Twitterverse is split on the tassel earrings.

8:02: Close-up on Natalie Portman: The earrings are amazing – gold and diamond with PURPLE TASSELS HANGING FROM THEM. I know it sounds tacky, but it’s amazing. Hair and makeup look beautiful, and she really is glowing, but girlfriend looks like she needs a nap.

8:01: We’ve switched to ABC, and Tim Gunn is speaking with Jennifer Hudson. That dress is just too much.

7:57: NATALIE PORTMAN HAS ARRIVED. SHE IS GLOWING. She looks gorgeous in a dark purple draped gown with a little bit of glitter on the neckline. And yes, she is wearing Rodarte.

7:54: Everyone is getting antsy awaiting Natalie Portman. I say, the pregnant lady is allowed to wait till the last second to arrive, especially when she’s the favorite to win Best Lead Actress, but others say, feh. Way more pregnant ladies have done it before.

7:50: Cate Blanchett in Givenchy:

7:49: Jennifer Hudson in Versace:

7:48: Florence Welch in Valentino:

7:47: Amy Adams in L’Wren Scott:

7:43: Sandra Bullock‘s hair looks undone, the dress is beautiful but ordinary, but her big square diamond stud earrings are great.

7:34: Gwyneth Paltrow looks AWFUL in futuristic, alien-style Calvin Klein. Her hair is stringy and she looks like she hasn’t bathed in a week.

7:33: Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection:

7:32: The twitterverse has spoken: they do not love Reese Witherspoon‘s Julia Roberts throwback and they downright loathe Nicole Kidman. Can’t quite disagree yet.

7:31: Penelope Cruz gave birth a few weeks ago, and she is fucking fabulous in a strappy, glittery, boobtastic red gown. Let’s just say she wouldn’t have to adjust any part of that dress in order to breastfeed the newborn.

7:30: Yes, Reese Witherspoon is here in a giant high pony – and I agree with the hosts that it’s reminiscent of the dress Julia Roberts wore to the Oscars when she won. Now we’ve got Nicole Kidman, and I am not. Loving. It. We’re definitely back to SEVERE ICE QUEEN.

7:29: Reese Witherspoon just waved from her limo – could only see her face, but it looked fantastic!

7:28: Halle Berry‘s gown certainly looks like Marchesa, what with the layers of draped crinoline and general poofery.

7:28: Christian Bale is in full-on crazy homeless beard and moustache mode. If this isn’t for a role, I’m going to kick his ass.

7:27: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz just showed up – she’s in the same red as Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence, and Sandra Bullock just arrived in the same exact color.

7:26: Halle Berry is in something strapless and gold. Beautiful but expected, with some crinoline and some glitter.

7:25: Helen Mirren is in the house! Holy shit, she looks UNFUCKINGBELIEVEABLE in a gunmetal grey, big-shouldered, low-cut, long-sleeved gown.

7:24: Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier:

7:23: Oh, jesus, I just saw the feathers. Hilary Swank is over-the-top and under-accesorized in Gucci. No earrings AND no necklace? Seriously?

7:22: Nicole Kidman is here, but I can’t really see her yet. She’s in a ponytail, which means I automatically disapprove. She’s in something white and strapless.

7:21: Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa:

7:20: Hilary Swank looks boring.

7:19: Bellatrix in the house! Helena Bonham Carter is here and she looks deliciously dark in a tight black Elvira gown. She’s surprisingly bubbly tonight, and she’s wearing a gown by costume designer Colleen Atwood.

7:18: Michelle Williams in Chanel:

7:17: Mila Kunis in Elie Saab:

7:16: Anne Hathaway in Valentino:

7:12: Marisa Tomei‘s dress is not bad, but I think the fit is off and she could have done better. But her earrings are amazing.

7:11: Justin Timberlake is wearing Tom Ford. Men, take note. This is how to look.

7:09: Justin Timberlake talks about Napster, and back when he was “in a little group… called NSYNC.”

7:08: Sharon Stone looks like the drag version of yourself – but when you’re her age, that’s not really a bad thing.

7:04: Twitter rumor: Natalie Portman was planning to wear Christian Dior, but in light of recent events (Dior’s head designer, the infamous John Galliano, was arrested after an altercation the other night, during which he allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks), she will be wearing Rodarte.

7:03: Scarlett Johansson really looks amazing. One of the most unique of the night. I’m loving her relaxed, wavy bob, too.

7:02: Twitter says Scarlett Johansson is in Dolce & Gabbana. Justin Timberlake is here and mmm, mmm, mmm.

7:00: Marisa Tomei, like always, seems to be wearing just a little bit too much dress. I’m not a fan of the Alexa Chung-style hair, but she looks good.

6:59: Twitter confirms that Cate Blanchett is in Givenchy. Scarlett Johansson is here, wearing a sort of cranberry-burgundy gown with lavender lace – it’s beautiful and the color is unique.

6:58: Cate Blanchett is in the house and she is fucking NAILING a totally couture lilac gown. Kelly Osbourne believes it’s Givenchy, and I believe she’s right.

6:56: I think I can see the double-sided tape on Jennifer Hudson‘s breasts. I love her earrings, but this dress is a little much. It’s Versace, which I expected. And she’s wearing purple shoes, which I respect.

6:53: Jennifer Hudson is wearing an orange-red, boob-centric gown that shows off a little too much of her hot new body. Florence Welch looks so washed out in Valentino; I’m very disappointed.

6:52: Jennifer Hudson‘s breasts are hanging out. And Jesse Eisenberg just showed up looking shockingly handsome.

6:51: Mark Ruffalo looks amazing. His hair is just long enough to be adorable, and he finally put down the bong and cleaned himself up a little!

6:50: I agree, for once, with the E! hosts that Mandy Moore looks like a full-on movie star. She seriously just showed up and said, I think I’ll make tonight all about me. (Been there, done that.)

6:48: Twitter also says Natalie Portman will be in Rodarte, who designed the Black Swan costumes. I bet twitter is right.

6:45: Twitterverse tells me Anne Hathaway is in Valentino, not Oscar or Givenchy.

6:44: I love Amy Adams‘s dress, but every accessory is wrong. The watch, the earrings, the necklace, the shoes – it all needs improvement.

6:43: The twitterverse tells me that Amy Adams is in L’Wren Scott. And Mark Ruffalo just hit the red carpet, looking hotter than ever. Because he finally showered.

6:42: Tux Watch, for my straight male watchers – Ryan Seacrest is in Burberry, looking like the well-dressed douche that he is.

6:40: First glimpse of Anne Hathaway in red – it looks like Oscar de la Renta but I believe she’s rumoured to be wearing Givenchy. It’s old Hollywood all the way, and red red lips.

6:39: Amy Adams looks amazing, but I don’t like the necklace at all. Like Michelle Williams, she’s in short-sleeved, high-necked, skin-tight glitter, but Amy’s is midnight blue, which is really lovely. Her hair is big and wild.

6:36: Michelle Williams has confirmed that she is wearing Chanel. It’s short-sleeved, skin-tight, long, glittery, and high-necked.

6:35: If you’re following on twitter, you’ll see I was the first to tweet that photo of the Elie Saab gown Mila Kunis is wearing, and now all the “real” fashion bloggers are tweeting it. Sucka what?!

6:34: Michelle Williams close-up. It’s exactly what you’d expect her to wear, but I can’t say it’s not beautiful.

6:33. We love Mandy Moore‘s sparkly disco ball diamond earrings. Russel Brand is here with his mom, making me love him more than ever.

6:32: We’ve got Mandy Moore, who is performing this evening. She’s stunning but oddly nude in Monique Lhuillier. From the bust up, it’s a little Britney in “Toxic.”

6:28: We’ve caught glimpses of Mandy Moore and Amy Adams, and they both look sparkly and amazing.

6:27: Mila Kunis just confirmed she is wearing the exact Elie Saab dress I thought she was! She looks absolutely flawless. Seriously unbelievable. And then she starts to speak with that pack-a-day rasp, and ruins all the elegance.

6:26: Former Dawson’s Creek co-stars Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips are walking down the red carpet, hand-in-hand. And Florence Welch is wearing Valentino, but I don’t love it.

6:25: Florence Welch is performing tonight! Thank God!

6:23: Hailee Steinfeld, nominee, is in the house! She looks so beautiful and age-appropriate and she is incredibly eloquent and charming. She’s wearing custom Marchesa, and she drew it out for the designer. BADASS.

6:19: While J.Lo promotes Venus razors, I’ll promote my new Tumblr. Follow me!

6:17: The Winklevoss Twin is here and he seems about as arrogant as his character(s).

6:15: I found the gown that I believe Mila Kunis is wearing, but I literally only saw her for a second.

Elie Saab Spring 2011 couture. Model: Karmen Pedaru

6:13: First glimpse of Mila Kunis. I can’t see much, but it’s a lilac color and I bet you a hundred bucks it’s Elie Saab.

6:12: Nominee Melissa Leo is very shiny in custom Marc Bouwer.

6:05: Giuliana Rancic hasn’t said this yet, but I know she’s wearing a Christian Siriano dress similar to the one that Gabrielle Union wore to the designer’s show last week during New York Fashion Week.

6:03: Jennifer Lawrence is wearing custom Calvin Klein collection. They’re showing the full dress now, and she looks seriously amazing. It’s so incredibly simple, and she is killing it.

6:02 PM: We’ve begun! Jennifer Lawrence is in the house. Her hair is perfect but her eye makeup is a little heavy. I can’t see the whole dress, but she looks simple and beautiful in a red strappy gown, like a formal version of something Cher would wear in Clueless.

You be the judge! Tell us who will win…

My picks: Christian Bale for supporting male; Colin Firth for leading male; Amy Adams for supporting female; Natalie Portman for lead female; and The King’s Speech for Best Picture.

© Democracy Diva, 2011.

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