Ready to get this Oscar party started?
It’s entertainment writer Heather Salerno here, all set to get her snark on.
Will anyone have a viral red carpet moment, the way Angelina and her leg did last year?
And what about the top prizes? Except for locks Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne “I Dreamed a Dream” Hathaway, it’s really an anything-could-happen kind of night.
So let’s hit it, my little chickadees: I’m tuning in to E!’s red carpet coverage first – beware, Ryan Seacrest, beware – and then I’ll switch over to ABC’s pre-show at 7. Did you know Kelly Rowland – yes, Destiny’s Child fans, THAT Kelly Rowland – will be part of ABC’s team? Guess Beyonce didn’t overshadow her at the Super Bowl after all!
Then it’s on to the Dolby Theatre for the main event…place your final bets in the office pool, everyone. There’s still time to go to lohud.com/oscarsballot to cast your votes.
And pretty please, post your comments here throughout the night.
12:03: Oh good grief, this song still going on? OK, let’s call it a night folks…thanks everyone, see you @oscars2014!
12:01: Normally I’d love any reason to listen to Kristin Chenoweth sing, but this “losers” number is pointless and pretty tasteless. Way to kick those folks when they’re down…
12:00: Don’t go, everyone! There’s supposedly a musical number to close the show…
11:58: “I want to thank my wife, who I don’t normally associate with Iran.” Love it.
11:57: Classy way for Argo’s producer to acknowledge Affleck as a director, without slamming the Academy’s snub.
11:55: And the Oscar goes to…Argo! Congratulations, Ben Affleck! Don’t call it a comeback…
11:52: The First Lady is introducing the nominees for Best Picture? She looks just as fantastic as anyone on the red carpet, and clearly, she got the note that glitter gowns are on trend this year…
11:48: Who knew DDL was funny?
11:46: And with three Best Actor wins, Daniel Day-Lewis makes history and is possibly the greatest film actor alive.
11:42: And let’s welcome first time Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence! And yes, you automatically get a standing o’ when you trip on your way to the stage, but we’ll give you one for your adorable speech as well.
11:34: But we’ll be super happy for Larchmont’s Ang Lee as Best Director!
11:34: Fingers crossed for BENH!!!!
11:33: Jane Fonda looking lovely in yellow!
11:28: You know, those movies about slavery are all the same.
11:27: Like Tarantino’s movies or not, you’ve got to admit, he’s a wonderful wack job. And what made the orchestra switch to the Gone with the Wind theme to play him off instead of Jaws?
11:26: Another screenplay win for Tarantino. He can win for writing, but not directing or producing.
11:24: And the Oscar goes to…Argo. Next stop, Best Picture? (Sorry, Benh!)
11:23: Adapted Screenplay…fingers crossed for Benh Zeitlin!
11:14: I’m confused. This is the Oscars, right? I thought it might be the Tonys, or even the Grammys. I’m seeing a lot of props being given to music, and not much to movies.
11:12: Scarlett Johansson sang an Oscar-nominated song?!? Who’d have thunk it?
11:11: What’s the tally now? Seems like Life of Pi is doing pretty well tonight.
11:08: Our homeboy Mr. Gere is looking pretty snazzy next to his lovely former co-stars. I’m a little Chicago-ed out at this point in the evening, however.
11:01: BABS! Knew she was performing, but didn’t think it would be for this. Sweet that she’s paying tribute to Marvin Hamlisch.
10:58: The Oscars gives a shout-out to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch? YES! And sad. Gone too soon, as are the others.
10:57: Clooney’s been demoted to introducing the “in memoriam” segment. For shame. Although any excuse to get him up onstage is a good one really.
10:50: Oh my. Salma Hayak has way too much going on. Too much hair, too much makeup, too much dress, too much everything. The jeweled collar is magnificent, just not with everything else.
10:49: And now Lincoln wins for Production Design? This really is an anything-could-happen Oscars. Best Picture and Director are truly up for grabs.
10:48: Did Kristen Stewart have a few shots before coming out onstage? Run a brush through that hair, honey.
10:34: Wow, loving Adele’s performance dress much more than her red carpet one. She looks fantastic. The voice ain’t bad either. She and Shirley need to do a duet.
10:33: Film editing goes to Argo. A signal for Best Picture?
10:31: One of the aspiring filmmakers picked to hand out trophies served in Afghanistan? Amazing!
10:23: Anne Hathaway has won so many awards this season, you’d think she’d have figured out a way to make a memorable acceptance speech.
10:20: And get ready to watch Anne Hathaway get weepy.
10:19: That was truly the dumbest intro to Christopher Plummer. I guess he thought so too.
10:15: Wow, when’s the last time there was a tie at the Oscars? Sound editing goes to Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall. The Oscars doesn’t know what’s what this year.
10:10: It actually took longer to get Ted onstage than I thought.
10:09: So it’s been almost and hour and a HALF since they gave out Best Supporting Actor. ZZZZZZZZZZZ.
10:04: I have to admit that Les Miz number was pretty moving. Even Tommy Lee Jones got on his feet – and SMILED!!!
10:03: See, haters, Russell Crowe can really sing. And apparently eat lots and lots of hamburgers.
10:02: Samantha Barks went from one fashion extreme to another…she covered up for the “serious” singing.
10:01: Is Hugh Jackman tearing up?!?
9:58: Jennifer Hudson: Gorg. But what’s the point of this number? If I wanted to see the same exact renditions from Chicago and Dreamgirls, I’d rent the movie. They’re not even trying to mix it up. Just an excuse to get the Les Miz cast onstage without seeming like it’s playing favorites is my guess…
9:54: Does Catherine Zeta-Jones have a fountain of youth in her vast Bedford backyard? Chicago was ELEVEN years ago, and the woman hasn’t aged a day.
9:52: No masseuse jokes for Travolta? Wow, there’s actually a potentially offensive joke MacFarlane won’t make.
9:50: Oh, please, just give Foreign Film to Amour already.
9:44: This is about the time at the Oscars when I fall asleep and wake up at around 11:30. Caffeine time!
9:42: I would really hate to be Seth MacFarlane tomorrow morning.
9:38: I could listen to Liam Neeson talk all night long…
9:36: Now that’s an inspiring acceptance speech from the doc short winners…how lovely that they made it about something bigger than themselves.
9:35: Crugers’ Cynthia Wade is up for doc short…but sniff, Inocente wins it.
9:27: And that’s the way you rock a Bond song, baby! WHOA!
9:25: And can someone get me the name of Shirley Bassey’s plastic surgeon? And don’t give me that…the woman is 76, don’t tell me she hasn’t had work! Looks and sounds fantastic, though.
9:23: Oh, please, please, please, let me hear….gooooold fingAHHHHH!
9:18: I’m confused about why it’s important to note that the Anna Karenina costume designer “grew up in the U.K.” Is that a pre-requisite?
9:12: Jaws music to play off the longwinded dude at the mic? Mean, but genius.
9:07: And by the way, I know Black Widow is on Broadway, but where’s THOR?
9:06: This is the big Avengers reunion? They’re presenting an award? Big whoop.
9:03: It would be so nice to have Beasts of the Southern Wild win at least one award…wouldn’t it be a kick if Hastings’ own Benh Zeitlin won for Best Director?
9:00: And the guy accepting for Brave is wearing a kilt…appropriate, but why wear half a tux on top?
8:58: God bless all the wonderfully talented people in categories like Animated Short, but the Oscars really have to take a cue from the Grammys and hand out all but the big awards pre-show.
8:56: What is happening right now with Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy? They’re not funny and both look like they ran all the way to the theater.
8:49: Did Jack Nicholson just wake up?
8:46: Yes, please, start the show and end this now! Just because you’re acknowledging that you’re offensive, Seth, doesn’t mean that you’re not actually offensive.
8:43: Oof. This is going from bad to worse…run, Daniel and Joseph, run!!!
8:41: Ok, this monologue is going on way too long, but GLUG GLUG GLUG…HA!
8:40: I’m having Rob Lowe and Snow White flashbacks right now…
8:38: Naomi. Charlize. Jennifer. You are good sports.
8:36: What. The. HELL????
8:34: Django Unchained and a Rihanna-Chris Brown abuse joke? OUCH.
8:32: And it only took a minute to ding the Academy for the Affleck snub.
8:31: And success already! He made Tommy Lee Jones laugh!
8:30: And ready or not, here we go…good luck, Seth!
8:28: Who made the decision to start the Oscars at 8:30? After two and a half hours of red carpet insanity, I’m already exhausted!
8:25: Queen Latifah looking fab…and I guess the Chicago folks are starting to gather for that Chicago reunion in the upcoming musical tribute. Can’t wait!
8:16: Daniel Day-Lewis really is an amazing actor. Because he’s probably had to answer the question: “Did Lincoln stay with you after the movie wrapped?” about a million times, and he still made it seem as if Lara Spencer was the first one to ask it.
8:16: Jamie Foxx is in the next Spider-Man movie?!? Where have I been?
8:12: Ahhh, here we go Hathaway. The Audrey Hepburn hair and makeup is fantastic – hence the Tiffany jewelry? – and I was going to say that her pale pink Prada was a bit of a snooze, but then she turned around! A party in the back indeed! Although some watchers are pointing out that since it appears that Anne isn’t wearing a bra, it’s a bit of a party in the front, too!
8:08: How am I two hours into red carpet coverage and have yet to see full shots of Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart? I hear they look great…and K. Stew is apparently on crutches for a yet-to-be-revealed reason…
8:06: Clooney looking much grayer…but still muy sexy.
8:05: And Adele is back to her usual basic black, after that Grammy bedspread disaster. The beading is lovely, and again, she is the person I think I’d most want to hang out with at a Hollywood event…
8:04: And has Halle Berry ever made a red carpet misstep? Her glittery Versace is AH-mazing.
8:00: Jennifer Aniston in a COLOR?!? It’s a miracle. Red suits her, though the design is a typically safe choice. Would like to see her hair up for once, especially since it looked like she might have some amazing earrings on.
7:57: Miss any of the gowns? Go to Lohud.com’s main page and check out our glam photo gallery!!!
7:53: Robert De Niro is obviously wildly talented, and seems like a lovely man. But he’s a snore when it comes to interviews. Even so, I agree with Robin Roberts: I suspect that Bobby D. is going to swoop in and take Supporting Actor, too, even though the odds are with Tommy Lee Jones.
7:52: Chris Evans looks tired and scruffy (and not chic scruffy). Did the Avengers rehearsals go late?
7:50: OMG, Hugh Jackman just picked up both Kristin Chenoweth AND his wife. I think he may be Superman, not Wolverine.
7:45: What a great idea to do away with the anonymous busty ladies who hand the Oscars to the winners and replace them with aspiring filmmakers. Why haven’t they thought of this before?
7:42: There is just one word for Charlize Theron in that amazing short haircut and Dior peplum gown…glamazon.
7:37: I hesitate to make fun of anyone’s mom, but what in the world is Bradley Cooper’s mother using as a wrap? Kristin Chenoweth asked who the designer is, and she said that she just pulled it out of her closet. Maybe it’s a Muppet who died in her closet.
7:32: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a handsome devil with great taste in socks.
7:23: Lots of sparkle is a red carpet trend tonight. LOVE the neckline on Naomi Watts’ gown…
7:22: Daniel Radcliffe has NEVER been to the Oscars before?!? How is that possible? Man, the Academy really did shaft the Harry Potter movies, didn’t it?
7:21: Bedford’s in da house!!! Catherine Zeta-Jones puts da’ bomb in BOMBSHELL.
7:18: I know I’ll be in the minority, but I don’t like Zoe Saldana’s dress AT ALL. The trim on her bodice looks like buttercream frosting.
7:16: Maybe it’s the white, but Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior is leaving me a little cold. Can’t help thinking she’s looked better. That’s a high bar for her though. Still loving the necklace down the back though. (And did she forget that the red carpet is televised? She got so excited talking to K. Chen about “Dance Moms” that she dropped an s-bomb.)
7:15: Seeing the ladies of Marchesa in this designer tribute to Hollywood costumes makes me think that I haven’t seen any Marchesa on the carpet. Or Vera Wang or Michael Kors for that matter.
7:12: Gotta love a nine-year-old’s confidence…Q Wallis thinks her chances of winning Best Actress is “great!”
7:10: Hmm. Ever since I heard that Amanda Seyfried gets through stressful events by knocking back a few, I always wonder if she’s smashed. Anyone, anyone? Smashed, or just awkward?
7:05: It’s gotta make a girl feel good to have one of the red carpet’s best dressed (Kerry Washington) compliment your outfit. Go Lara Spencer! It’s “bad-ass metallic.”
7:03: Kristin Chenoweth is so teeny. Jessica Chastain is a petite little thing, and she looks like a giant compared to her. And Jessica IS seriously having a Marilyn moment.
7:02: Switching to ABC coverage. Love Lara’s dress, Kristin’s dress, Kelly’s dress. ABC must have dropped some extra cash into the wardrobe budget.
7:00: And Sally looks amazing in red, by the way. Why didn’t Ryan ask who she’s wearing?
6:58: Sally Field and Joseph Gordon-Levitt came to the Oscars together? That’s a little weird, no, even thought they were in the same movie. Did they need to save money by car pooling?
6:53: And no wonder she’s America’s Sweetheart, J. Law is one charming interview. Wacky charming, but still charming. She just said “your ass is mine, Stone” into the Mani Cam, because she told her pal, Emma Stone, that she would. Can you see Anne Hathaway doing that?
6:51: Jennifer Lawrence has arrived…in white!
6:48: How is Chris Tucker at the Oscars??!?
6:47: And she just told Ryan Seacrest, “What beautiful eyes you have.” I think that would have been creepy if she wasn’t British.
6:47 Jacki Weaver is just too tickled that she’s wearing $2 million in diamonds.
6:45: My seven-year-old son is very disappointed that Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t have a scar like Harry Potter. His fave movies this year were Argo and Django Unchained. (Daniel Radcliffe’s that is. Not my son’s. Though he’s leaning towards Lincoln for Best Picture.)
6:43: Dress entourage notwithstanding, Kerry Washington is a knockout in that coral number. I think I could find more interesting stuff to talk about than her manicure, though. Curse you, Mani Cam!
6:35: So far, no fashion flubs at all…that electric blue and black Louis Vuitton does right by Reese Witherspoon. And she, of course, casually drops the fact that she just had a baby (and looks that amazing) into the conversation. I’d hate her if I didn’t like her so much.
6:32: Little Q!! She’s got the blinged-out puppy purse and a lovely, age-appropriate navy gown. She’s completely awesome. Too cute that E! got her a video shout-out from Disney Channel’s Debby Ryan. And Mom says she can stay up late tonight!
6:31: Jenna Dewan Tatum is one stunning pregnant lady – the plunging back and lace totally works.
6:30: Wow, the night should be interesting for Kerry Washington if she needs two people to help her haul her strapless dress up.
6:27: Yikes, Samantha Barks…guess the Oscars didn’t send out a Grammy-like memo about underboob.
6:25: Amy Adams looks lovely in silver gray Oscar de la Renta, but that’s got to be one mother to drag around all night.
6:21: Take that, Kilt Man…Jessica Chastain + bronze Armani = gorgeous.
6:19: BTW, Mr. MacFarlane gets my vote for best dressed so far…
6:17: Was Seth MacFarlane’s dad wearing a kilt?!? Guess we know where he got that whimsical sense of humor.
6:13 p.m. Les Miz’s Eddie Redmayne is just a dreamboat. He and the rest of the cast are going to be singing onstage tonight!
6:10 p.m. Oh, Ross Mathews, please go away.
6:06 p.m. Fandango’s Dave Karger delivering the scoop on Little Miss Q (and talking about her puppy purse!)…she’s just been cast in an update of “Annie,” produced by Will and Jada Smith!
6 p.m. Ok, folks, the red carpet is rolling: Who are you most excited to see? I’ve got to say, I’m interested in seeing what that sweet little “Beasts of the Southern Wild” sprite Quevenzhane Wallis wears. She’s been rocking puppy-shaped purses throughout the awards season, and I hear she’s getting a custom-made one just for tonight – complete with lots of bling!
(Photos courtesy of ABC)