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David Edelstein Live-Blogs the 2013 Oscars

Oscar, film award.

Hi, folks, great to be here talking about an Oscar that didn’t kill anyone. Rim shot! Four rim shots!

In years past, I’ve made no secret of my disdain for the amount of space devoted to the Oscars — and awards in general. These are my latest thoughts in print. And here, on CBS Sunday Morning, some musings on Oscars voting. Recently, I thundered to my Facebook friends that “no serious critic” should delude him- or herself into believing that writing about the Oscars was “meaningful.” In response, a well-known writer-director posted, “So said the whore as she cleaned up her tissues.” My first thought was, “Ouch.” My second was, “I guess that isn’t hair gel dangling from my ear.” So I shall open up a fresh box of Kleenex and settle in.

Together, you and I (and bazillions of others, but we’re where it’s at) are going to watch, analyze, mock, applaud, swoon, moan, and scream over every winner, loser, gesture, speech, joke, dress, hairstyle, and musical number. We will be subjecting these vulnerable people (and they are vulnerable, no matter how rich and famous they are) to the kind of scrutiny that no one in history — not Hitler, not Stalin, not Pol Pot — ever had to endure in real time via tens of millions of linked-in brains.

We go in knowing favorites (Argo, because Ben’s loss is the film’s gain), DDL (because he doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus), Jennifer, Annie Fannie, Bobby (unbelievably — talk about a hambone performance) … Steve, Amour, Sugarman (because the Israeli camps will blow each other out and the gays don’t have enough clout for the great Plague picture) …  and we’ll handle the rest as we come to them. I’ve seen everything but the shorts.

So here’s my pitch. Send me your thoughts, objections, jokes through the live-blog comment tool … and I’ll print as many as I can. (Don’t hate me if I don’t print something of yours — maybe I’ve missed it, maybe I want to rephrase the idea and pass it off as my own.) On your marks ….

 David Edelstein's 2013 Oscar Live Blog(02/24/2013) 
8:24
David Edelstein: 
Good evening. I'm apparently live now but just settling in, watching the last of the tongue baths on the red carpet. Sent a message of love and support to the Fug Girls on a job beautifully done (no reply). Read my intro while I finish my Zone Bar and crack another Tab.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:24 David Edelstein
8:30
David Edelstein: 
Apart from Kristen Chenoweth, the level of vacuousness on the red carpet was stratospheric. In truth, even she was vacuous but she gets a pass for being such a great performer. I did fall in love with DDL's wife, the very talented Rebecca Miller, for gazing so quizzically and with such concentration on her husband's vapid interlocutor. Would I could show such intelligence.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:30 David Edelstein
8:31
[Comment From MJBMJB: ] 
He laughed! Oscars: 1 Golden Globes: 0
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:31 MJB
8:32
David Edelstein: 
The ceremony gets off to a great start--and the Affleck joke is good, too.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:32 David Edelstein
8:33
[Comment From SethSeth: ] 
what was the joke about Argo he just made? I missed it
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:33 Seth
8:33
David Edelstein: 
It had to do with the secret identity of the director. Pretty good.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:33 David Edelstein
8:33
David Edelstein: 
I feel good, speaking of which. How 'bout you. Up, very positive.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:33 David Edelstein
8:34
[Comment From MJBMJB: ] 
Like all awards shows, I think cynicism will prevail.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:34 MJB
8:34
David Edelstein: 
Jack is in the front row. All is right.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:34 David Edelstein
8:35
[Comment From SethSeth: ] 
This already is funnier than any given episode of Family Guy the last few years
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:35 Seth
8:37
David Edelstein: 
"Seth McFarland worst Oscar house ever"--this is the Internet in action. YOU BEAT THE CRITICS TO THE PUNCH. YOU TAKE AWAY THEIR LINES. GENIUS.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:37 David Edelstein
8:38
David Edelstein: 
They've been reading all the coverage/nostalgia re: the Rob Lowe/Snow White fiasco. They've incorporated it. They have the bad jokes and the criticism of the bad jokes all in one.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:38 David Edelstein
8:39
David Edelstein: 
Charlize did a dirty look. Not pleased. More of that please.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:39 David Edelstein
8:39
David Edelstein: 
Shatner's timing is off, though.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:39 David Edelstein
8:41
David Edelstein: 
This postmodern ironic thing is running its course
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:41 David Edelstein
8:42
David Edelstein: 
Cynicism setting in
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:42 David Edelstein
8:42
David Edelstein: 
It can be terrible even if they're the first to say it. This is decadent.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:42 David Edelstein
8:42
David Edelstein: 
Mood shattered
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:42 David Edelstein
8:42
[Comment From TheAlchemistTheAlchemist: ] 
I think Charlize's reaction was canned. She's in on the joke.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:42 TheAlchemist
8:43
David Edelstein: 
It would have had to be more amusingly bad to be a put-on. We are all twisting ourselves into ironic pretzels.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:43 David Edelstein
8:43
[Comment From HarrietHarriet: ] 
The dirty look was part of the joke, shes clearly wearing a different dress! All pre-recorded
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:43 Harriet
8:43
[Comment From roolalenskaroolalenska: ] 
The actresses were pre recorded. They were all wearing different dresses.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:43 roolalenska
8:43
[Comment From FumiFumi: ] 
No it's still terrible
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:43 Fumi
8:44
[Comment From MJBMJB: ] 
Emmannuelle Riva will be out next, performing riverdance.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:44 MJB
8:44
David Edelstein: 
This is really the Conan O'Brien approach to comedy. You basically admit you're terrible before you start... but you're still terrible.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:44 David Edelstein
8:45
[Comment From bumblebeebumblebee: ] 
could you be a tad more specific/detailed about whats going on? stuck with no tv so more detail would be fab :)
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:45 bumblebee
8:45
David Edelstein: 
Lincoln just won. G'night.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:45 David Edelstein
8:45
David Edelstein: 
That was for bumblebee.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:45 David Edelstein
8:45
[Comment From WhiteyWhitey: ] 
This is the worst Oscar show I've ever seen!!!
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:45 Whitey
8:46
David Edelstein: 
You're all more harsh than I am. I'm suspending judgement for another ten minutes.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:46 David Edelstein
8:47
[Comment From LLLL: ] 
Conan lands a joke sometimes
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:47 LL
8:47
[Comment From wrigwrig: ] 
Whitey - really? Did you not see when Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted? Nothing could be as bad as that.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:47 wrig
8:47
David Edelstein: 
This might be worse. The Hathaway Franco thing had DRAMA.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:47 David Edelstein
8:47
David Edelstein: 
Oh, here we go, supporting actor. Hambones on parade.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:47 David Edelstein
8:48
David Edelstein: 
"impressive group of actors" but all high on the hog. This is Matthew McConaughey's category. He gets mine.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:48 David Edelstein
8:48
David Edelstein: 
"Your what?" I meant my Oscar.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:48 David Edelstein
8:49
[Comment From nounou: ] 
Really this is the worst you've seen? relax and take the stick out your arses.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:49 nou
8:49
David Edelstein: 
Pulling it out now. Smiling.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:49 David Edelstein
8:49
[Comment From Mile High GuyMile High Guy: ] 
Stay classy, Mr. Edelstein.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:49 Mile High Guy
8:50
David Edelstein: 
Thanks for spelling the word "arse" right. And by the way, I love Christoph Waltz.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:50 David Edelstein
8:50
David Edelstein: 
OMIGAWD!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:50 David Edelstein
8:50
David Edelstein: 
I called it. Not really. But I did, sort of.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:50 David Edelstein
8:51
David Edelstein: 
He gave very, very definitely the most fun performance I saw this year.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:51 David Edelstein
8:51
[Comment From ashuashu: ] 
What a night for glasses.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:51 ashu
8:51
[Comment From SethSeth: ] 
Really wish Samuel L. or Leo would've been nominated. Great win though!
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:51 Seth
8:51
[Comment From LizLiz: ] 
His accent is more American this year.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:51 Liz
8:52
David Edelstein: 
Christoph Waltz won. Now he gets to add the "er" to his name.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:52 David Edelstein
8:52
[Comment From EE: ] 
Mr Edelstein: is this possibly the first of a couple upsets?
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:52 E
8:52
David Edelstein: 
Let's see. This is a roller-coaster ride.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:52 David Edelstein
8:53
[Comment From SPJavaSPJava: ] 
Didn't He give Octavia her Oscar? and now she returns the favor.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:53 SPJava
8:53
David Edelstein: 
Possibly!
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:53 David Edelstein
8:53
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Didi they make Cooper's mom check her broomstick?
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:53 Guest
8:53
David Edelstein: 
I didn't mean to post that.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:53 David Edelstein
8:53
David Edelstein: 
Yes I did but I shouldn't have.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:53 David Edelstein
8:54
[Comment From SpliffardSpliffard: ] 
Over/under amount of time Harvey Weinstein is thanked tonight? So far 1
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:54 Spliffard
8:54
David Edelstein: 
I predict twice more.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:54 David Edelstein
8:54
[Comment From jujubejujube: ] 
switching to the Guardian UK's blog, where they are, you know, actually letting us know what's happening - with DETAILS
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:54 jujube
8:54
David Edelstein: 
Thanks for letting me know--we'll miss you.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:54 David Edelstein
8:55
David Edelstein: 
"spike lee just threw a trashcan through a window"--@blackink12
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:55 David Edelstein
8:57
David Edelstein: 
Paul Rudd is supposed to call me tomorrow for a Rachel Weisz interview. This could be interesting. I don't know what the fuck they're doing, though.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:57 David Edelstein
8:57
David Edelstein: 
What should I ask Paul Rudd? Maybe not mention this.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:57 David Edelstein
8:58
David Edelstein: 
I haven't seen the shorts, I'm afraid, but my wife thinks Paperman is very sweet.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:58 David Edelstein
8:59
[Comment From caitlingilbscaitlingilbs: ] 
"Hey Melissa, Paul you can just go out there and improv this bit, right?" --Oscars Stage Manager, five seconds before they walked out.
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:59 caitlingilbs
8:59
David Edelstein: 
"Hell, yeah. Good idea"
Sunday February 24, 2013 8:59 David Edelstein
9:00
David Edelstein: 
Animated feature film. Brave. I liked this. I have daughters.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:00 David Edelstein
9:00
David Edelstein: 
The guy is accepting in a kilt (for the Guardian exited)
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:00 David Edelstein
9:00
David Edelstein: 
I meant "exiterrrr"
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:00 David Edelstein
9:01
David Edelstein: 
Reese comes out in blue. I hate her in blue. She should not say, "brilliant musicality"
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:01 David Edelstein
9:01
David Edelstein: 
OK, she looks good.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:01 David Edelstein
9:02
David Edelstein: 
Clip from Les Miz of Cockney revolutionaries. Tilted camera. Seasickness coming back. Sense memories make them stop!!!!!!
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:02 David Edelstein
9:02
[Comment From SlaghoopleSlaghoople: ] 
This is confusing. How many movies did she introduce at the same time?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:02 Slaghoople
9:03
David Edelstein: 
I only heard the brilliant musicality part.... but I maintain that Life of Pi is utterly gorgeous. See it in 3-D WHILE YOU CAN!!
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:03 David Edelstein
9:03
[Comment From SteveMSteveM: ] 
Three. I got all excited. Thought she was going to give out the Best Picture award. Damn.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:03 SteveM
9:04
David Edelstein: 
That would have been cool, pull the rug out from under us.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:04 David Edelstein
9:04
David Edelstein: 
Quivansters making a muscle. Lovely.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:04 David Edelstein
9:04
David Edelstein: 
I meant Quivarantse
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:04 David Edelstein
9:05
David Edelstein: 
"To give you an idea of just how young she is..." Seth McFarlane doing more Catskills crap.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:05 David Edelstein
9:05
David Edelstein: 
All the Avengers. Look like ordinary dudes to me.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:05 David Edelstein
9:06
David Edelstein: 
Remember when Downey was a sweeties. He was drinking then.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:06 David Edelstein
9:06
David Edelstein: 
See how terrible good actors can be sans roles
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:06 David Edelstein
9:06
[Comment From Sean B.Sean B.: ] 
J Law - always perfect in the cut-aways...
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:06 Sean B.
9:06
David Edelstein: 
Cut-aways the best part of the show
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:06 David Edelstein
9:07
David Edelstein: 
I miss Scarlett from the line-up
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:07 David Edelstein
9:07
David Edelstein: 
Now, I love Life of Pi, but much of it was created in the lab.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:07 David Edelstein
9:07
[Comment From KimberlyKimberly: ] 
Poor Roger Derkins!
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:07 Kimberly
9:08
David Edelstein: 
Life of Pi won best cinematography for the Brit guy without the TV
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:08 David Edelstein
9:08
David Edelstein: 
How could he see through the lens with that platinum blonde mane. He looks more like Thor than Thor.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:08 David Edelstein
9:09
David Edelstein: 
These guys are better when they're throwing themselves through windows.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:09 David Edelstein
9:09
[Comment From MarHanMarHan: ] 
Lucius Malfoy just won?!?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:09 MarHan
9:10
David Edelstein: 
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi. Can I say again y'all should see this in 3-D? Ang Lee upset coming?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:10 David Edelstein
9:10
[Comment From DougDoug: ] 
Fabio has not aged well.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:10 Doug
9:10
David Edelstein: 
That last comment: better late than never
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:10 David Edelstein
9:11
David Edelstein: 
"Most of what you see is, well, fake." Well, nowadays.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:11 David Edelstein
9:11
David Edelstein: 
Seeing Ang Lee here makes me feel good. Who'd have thunk he's be... I'm being cut off by Jaws
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:11 David Edelstein
9:12
David Edelstein: 
That is the most obnoxious cut-off in history. But at least they acknowledge the sadism of it.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:12 David Edelstein
9:12
[Comment From Jhawk12Jhawk12: ] 
The Jaws music--an inspired choice, or a complete dick move?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:12 Jhawk12
9:12
David Edelstein: 
The question of the night
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:12 David Edelstein
9:13
[Comment From DaveDave: ] 
This whole telecast feels like it was translated into Swedish and then back into English.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:13 Dave
9:13
David Edelstein: 
Yes! It's a time delay thing--and inverted syntaxes
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:13 David Edelstein
9:14
David Edelstein: 
"A winner just got how many fewer minutes than a boobs musical sequence"--critic Jessica Winter
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:14 David Edelstein
9:14
[Comment From poppy21poppy21: ] 
Answer to question of the night: Inspired dick move.. love it!
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:14 poppy21
9:15
David Edelstein: 
Is every Oscar telecast the worst ever? I mean, the one you're watching is the worst?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:15 David Edelstein
9:17
David Edelstein: 
Aniston and Tatum are presenting. Writers should not try to make actors sound literate. I don't mean smart... many are smart... I mean literate.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:17 David Edelstein
9:18
David Edelstein: 
Costume design. Eko Ishioka was a great stoned designer... but the period 19th century thing always wins.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:18 David Edelstein
9:18
David Edelstein: 
Costume designers always wear high collars
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:18 David Edelstein
9:19
David Edelstein: 
Make up coming... Channing tatum didn't charge his batteries tonight.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:19 David Edelstein
9:19
David Edelstein: 
Richard Dreyfuss approves of the Jaws music
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:19 David Edelstein
9:20
David Edelstein: 
The reason Les Miz might deserve this is that the damn camera gets in so close in that movie you have to be extra careful
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:20 David Edelstein
9:20
David Edelstein: 
Nice ladies accepting an award. Didn't they have a cooking show on the BBC?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:20 David Edelstein
9:21
[Comment From realdealrealdeal: ] 
at least channing got waxed for tonight's presentation
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:21 realdeal
9:21
[Comment From MarHanMarHan: ] 
"She's wearing my art teacher's closet"
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:21 MarHan
9:21
[Comment From tamivogtamivog: ] 
If you chop an actor's hair off, you win for best hairstyling.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:21 tamivog
9:21
David Edelstein: 
It was very artfully chopped off
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:21 David Edelstein
9:21
David Edelstein: 
Love Halle Berry's Battlestar Galactica ready gown
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:21 David Edelstein
9:22
David Edelstein: 
How many Bonds will be there tonight?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:22 David Edelstein
9:22
David Edelstein: 
Guesses?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:22 David Edelstein
9:22
[Comment From HolleyHolley: ] 
How many of those martinis did Halle drink before coming onstage?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:22 Holley
9:23
David Edelstein: 
Interesting how the Bond music can make all these disparate films seem of a piece
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:23 David Edelstein
9:24
David Edelstein: 
"There are probably porn industry awardswith less sexist material than this Oscars"--Dave Weigel
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:24 David Edelstein
9:24
David Edelstein: 
Bond stunt men deserve a special honor
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:24 David Edelstein
9:24
David Edelstein: 
SHIRLEY WE DON'T JEST!!!!
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:24 David Edelstein
9:25
David Edelstein: 
Best Bond song of all, of course, though I like Diamonds Are Forever and You Only Live Twice
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:25 David Edelstein
9:26
David Edelstein: 
I miss the old brassiness in Shirely's voice, alas
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:26 David Edelstein
9:26
David Edelstein: 
Gert Frobe is saluting from the grave
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:26 David Edelstein
9:27
David Edelstein: 
Harold Sakata tipping his cap
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:27 David Edelstein
9:27
David Edelstein: 
The tiger in Life of Pi liked her roar
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:27 David Edelstein
9:27
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Next, Tom Jones with Thunderball. And, yes, Nancy Sinatra for You Only Live Twice.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:27 Guest
9:27
[Comment From MZberkshiresMZberkshires: ] 
The spy who loved me!!!
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:27 MZberkshires
9:27
David Edelstein: 
Greg Mitchell mentions that Glenn Beck endorses this song and any other mention of gold
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:27 David Edelstein
9:28
David Edelstein: 
I;m sad that no Bonds showed, though. Probably can't stand the sight of one another given that people like me are always ungraciously comparing them to one another
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:28 David Edelstein
9:28
[Comment From Mile High GuyMile High Guy: ] 
"the spy who loved me" still moves me.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:28 Mile High Guy
9:29
David Edelstein: 
I agree. I like Aimee Mann's cover, too.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:29 David Edelstein
9:29
[Comment From Jhawk12Jhawk12: ] 
Did anyone else think this might be more of a medley and less a whole bunch of individual songs?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:29 Jhawk12
9:30
David Edelstein: 
It's nice, though, to let the songs play out--I think. We're too much a medley culture now.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:30 David Edelstein
9:31
[Comment From loulouloulou: ] 
Tommy Lee Jones! Shilling Investment Company! So he is having the last laugh, getting paid while at the Oscars, bitches
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:31 loulou
9:31
David Edelstein: 
What could Christoph be a spokesperson for?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:31 David Edelstein
9:31
[Comment From DaveDave: ] 
What does it say, though, when a 76 year old singer singing a 50 year old song is the hit-it-out-of-the-park highlight of the evening?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:31 Dave
9:32
David Edelstein: 
That's how the Oscars should be every year, I think. Respect for tradition. I jest.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:32 David Edelstein
9:32
David Edelstein: 
Swing those hips, Kerry. But talk faster.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:32 David Edelstein
9:33
David Edelstein: 
Is the teleprompter hard to read? Some high-fashion font?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:33 David Edelstein
9:33
[Comment From MZberkshiresMZberkshires: ] 
Ze Ultimate Driving Machine
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:33 MZberkshires
9:33
David Edelstein: 
Curfew just won the Oscar, Guardian guy.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:33 David Edelstein
9:34
David Edelstein: 
I used to have a haircut like the curfew guy
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:34 David Edelstein
9:34
[Comment From EricaErica: ] 
Daniel Day Lewis should be seated in one of the balcony boxes.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:34 Erica
9:34
David Edelstein: 
Comment of the night?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:34 David Edelstein
9:35
[Comment From LoolooLooloo: ] 
time to forget the gaurdian guy, you sound so bitter
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:35 Looloo
9:35
David Edelstein: 
Guardian guy forgotten
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:35 David Edelstein
9:36
David Edelstein: 
Inocente wins Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:36 David Edelstein
9:37
David Edelstein: 
Artists need to stand up and help girls like her be seen and heard. Hear, hear.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:37 David Edelstein
9:37
David Edelstein: 
He looks so alone, our Liam.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:37 David Edelstein
9:38
David Edelstein: 
All the presenters seem nearsighted tonight. Move the prompter closer
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:38 David Edelstein
9:39
David Edelstein: 
I do wish Best Picture nominees were not introduced via their coming attractions. It used to be WHOLE SCENES
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:39 David Edelstein
9:40
David Edelstein: 
We see enough previews, don't you think. We come to know the rhythm of the film via whole scenes--previews make every film seem paced the same way
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:40 David Edelstein
9:40
David Edelstein: 
But I could hear that voice of DDL as Lincoln every night
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:40 David Edelstein
9:40
[Comment From FumiFumi: ] 
Clever Oscar Producers....grouping all 3 frontrunners...
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:40 Fumi
9:40
David Edelstein: 
You think it was by design?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:40 David Edelstein
9:40
[Comment From ladylessonsladylessons: ] 
GUARDIAN GUY. #neverforget
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:40 ladylessons
9:40
David Edelstein: 
OK, enough of that
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:40 David Edelstein
9:41
[Comment From BrendaBrenda: ] 
Lincoln did pretty well in theaters, historically this has not been the case.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:41 Brenda
9:41
David Edelstein: 
That took me a second but I very happy to publish it
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:41 David Edelstein
9:41
David Edelstein: 
Erica's John Wilkes Booth joke was so much better
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:41 David Edelstein
9:43
David Edelstein: 
more sexist humor from Seth re: jessica Chastain. Problematic because it's WRONG.... Did Ben just put Seth down definitively?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:43 David Edelstein
9:44
David Edelstein: 
Best doc: Audience fave Sugarman. Maybe the film I loved least--though I loved ALL FIVE.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:44 David Edelstein
9:44
David Edelstein: 
Is Rodriguez there?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:44 David Edelstein
9:45
David Edelstein: 
Why can't HE sing?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:45 David Edelstein
9:45
[Comment From cmkcmk: ] 
invisible war should've won just as a response to the blatant sexism
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:45 cmk
9:45
David Edelstein: 
The shark again. Bad taste, guys. And I know from bad taste having some of the worst
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:45 David Edelstein
9:46
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
OK - the theme from Jaws is not personal, it is business.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:46 Guest
9:46
David Edelstein: 
Abe Vigoda agrees
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:46 David Edelstein
9:47
David Edelstein: 
Joyce Carol Oates tweets that she has zero interest in the Oscars. That Joyce, she lets us know what she's thinking. All of it, everyday.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:47 David Edelstein
9:48
David Edelstein: 
But I like her
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:48 David Edelstein
9:48
David Edelstein: 
The thing about finding Sugarman is that IT WASN'T SO HARD. They basically Googled him
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:48 David Edelstein
9:49
David Edelstein: 
True, they pulled some narrative sleight of hand so that you DIDN'T KNOW THEY HAD GOOGLE, but...
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:49 David Edelstein
9:49
David Edelstein: 
Two beautiful dames just entered Not sexist
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:49 David Edelstein
9:49
David Edelstein: 
Any other 13 Going on 30 fans?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:49 David Edelstein
9:50
David Edelstein: 
Those are some cheekbones
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:50 David Edelstein
9:50
David Edelstein: 
Can Amour not win this?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:50 David Edelstein
9:51
David Edelstein: 
Who'd a thunk that punk provocateur Haneke would be standing in front of the Academy?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:51 David Edelstein
9:51
David Edelstein: 
Well, he HAS aged
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:51 David Edelstein
9:51
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
I hope that was genuine, because 13 Going on 30 is DELIGHTFUL.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:51 Guest
9:51
David Edelstein: 
IT WAS GENUINE. A classic comic performance
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:51 David Edelstein
9:51
[Comment From RachelRachel: ] 
Why was Holy Motors overlooked for this category?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:51 Rachel
9:52
David Edelstein: 
Non-narrative
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:52 David Edelstein
9:53
[Comment From HolleyHolley: ] 
Director: "They're not clapping. Seth, make them clap for the orchestra."
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:53 Holley
9:53
David Edelstein: 
Travolta is very strange looking but he looks like Pulp Fiction-era Travolta
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:53 David Edelstein
9:54
David Edelstein: 
It will be interesting to see the Les Miz actors without the camera hurtling in on them. I wondered how they didn't wince when they saw it coming.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:54 David Edelstein
9:55
David Edelstein: 
Oh Catherine Z--you look luscious.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:55 David Edelstein
9:55
David Edelstein: 
But your singing is still amateurish
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:55 David Edelstein
9:55
[Comment From NicoleNicole: ] 
John Travolta is starting like Pulp Fiction-era Liza Minnelli, more like.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:55 Nicole
9:55
David Edelstein: 
More bitchery, please
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:55 David Edelstein
9:55
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Travolta looks like Eddie Munster grown up and recovering from a 2-week bender
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:55 Guest
9:56
David Edelstein: 
Thank you
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:56 David Edelstein
9:56
[Comment From misterbmisterb: ] 
And now Neil Meron and Craig Zadan's salute to Neil Meron and Craig Zadan!
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:56 misterb
9:56
David Edelstein: 
Funny that--someone should have stepped in
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:56 David Edelstein
9:56
[Comment From guestguest: ] 
wait why are they singing a non-nominated song?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:56 guest
9:57
David Edelstein: 
Catherine Z-J put the song over
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:57 David Edelstein
9:58
[Comment From milomilo: ] 
So does Anne Hathaway have to get all dirtied up and in costume and then change back before she wins?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:58 milo
9:58
[Comment From tamivogtamivog: ] 
Skinny J-Hud singing "I am telling you"...weird.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:58 tamivog
9:58
[Comment From MikeMike: ] 
Why is it 2006?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:58 Mike
9:59
David Edelstein: 
They're saluting musicals--because Zadan was a Sondheim acolyte from way back, I guess. Not a bad gesture when you think about it. We need more musicals.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:59 David Edelstein
9:59
[Comment From MarHanMarHan: ] 
Do you think J-Hud is having traumatic flashbacks to Idol?
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:59 MarHan
9:59
[Comment From carol clarkcarol clark: ] 
I don't like Jennifer Hudson's singing. There, I said it. And I meant it. She screams.
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:59 carol clark
9:59
David Edelstein: 
I gotta agree with above
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:59 David Edelstein
9:59
[Comment From DrewDrew: ] 
This is retroactively awful
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:59 Drew
9:59
David Edelstein: 
Sadly
Sunday February 24, 2013 9:59 David Edelstein
10:00
David Edelstein: 
Aimee MANN says #yelling #Oscars
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:00 David Edelstein
10:01
David Edelstein: 
Aimee did lose to Phil Collins
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:01 David Edelstein
10:01
David Edelstein: 
He actually sounds better than he did in the movie, but he's still sharp
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:01 David Edelstein
10:02
[Comment From guestguest: ] 
the vibrato on these girls...painful.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:02 guest
10:03
David Edelstein: 
Russell coming?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:03 David Edelstein
10:03
David Edelstein: 
Soon...? A distant foghorn?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:03 David Edelstein
10:03
[Comment From CarrieCarrie: ] 
Aimee Banks has the TINIEST waist
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:03 Carrie
10:03
David Edelstein: 
Ah, Russell, your courage redeems all.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:03 David Edelstein
10:04
[Comment From OzayOzay: ] 
My ears are bleeding
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:04 Ozay
10:04
[Comment From KimKim: ] 
Anne Hathaway deserves a face punch for the fake tears.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:04 Kim
10:04
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Helena Bonham Carter had her hair styled by a Weed Whacker again this year.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:04 Guest
10:04
[Comment From tamivogtamivog: ] 
Russell Crowe's singing voice makes me want to kill kittens.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:04 tamivog
10:05
David Edelstein: 
Oh I am bathing in this lovely snark!
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:05 David Edelstein
10:05
David Edelstein: 
Frank Rich: "Singing about revolution always good in formal wear!"
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:05 David Edelstein
10:05
[Comment From SPJavaSPJava: ] 
That last group note was ROUGH. On us.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:05 SPJava
10:06
[Comment From Jhawk12Jhawk12: ] 
You know what? They did their thing, and they own their thing. That movie may not win any awards, so why not give them a 'good on you' moment?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:06 Jhawk12
10:06
David Edelstein: 
I agree with the above... but i did turn the volume down
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:06 David Edelstein
10:06
[Comment From MaxMax: ] 
If this was the Tonys, no one would have clapped.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:06 Max
10:07
David Edelstein: 
Alex Pareene: "Okay, Oscars, I'LL TELL YOU ABU AHMED'S REAL NAME"
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:07 David Edelstein
10:08
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Love the Oscars tonight. Finally glamor is back. Stop bitching and enjoy the talent
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:08 Guest
10:08
David Edelstein: 
Another world heard from...
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:08 David Edelstein
10:09
David Edelstein: 
Priceline.com spokepeople line was funny about Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:09 David Edelstein
10:10
David Edelstein: 
I actually learn something from these nerdy explanations about special effects
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:10 David Edelstein
10:10
[Comment From loulouloulou: ] 
I always confuse Chris Pine, Chris Evans and Sam Worthington, they are like the same person boring
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:10 loulou
10:10
David Edelstein: 
There are subtle differences
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:10 David Edelstein
10:11
David Edelstein: 
Now McFarland is bashing Ted--he's trying to take our jobs.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:11 David Edelstein
10:11
[Comment From loulouloulou: ] 
One wears glasses, one has stubble and one is boring?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:11 loulou
10:11
David Edelstein: 
Worthington was very good in some Aussie films in more character parts
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:11 David Edelstein
10:12
David Edelstein: 
I'm getting a lot of scatological stuff in my comments section. I have to choose carefully.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:12 David Edelstein
10:12
David Edelstein: 
Sound engineering--Skyfall?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:12 David Edelstein
10:12
David Edelstein: 
No... Les Miserable. Why couldn't they engineer out the flat and sharp singing?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:12 David Edelstein
10:13
[Comment From AlexaAlexa: ] 
I like how you're drifting away from the show in the live feed - because it's that boring.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:13 Alexa
10:13
David Edelstein: 
Oh... right. The Oscars.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:13 David Edelstein
10:14
David Edelstein: 
A Likkudnik joke
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:14 David Edelstein
10:14
David Edelstein: 
an anti-Semitic teddy bear
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:14 David Edelstein
10:14
David Edelstein: 
at least he's not sexist
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:14 David Edelstein
10:15
[Comment From HolleyHolley: ] 
Sexist jokes? Check! Racist jokes? Check! Anti-Semitic jokes? Check!
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:15 Holley
10:16
David Edelstein: 
A TIE: Zero Dark Thirty for sound. But a TIE.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:16 David Edelstein
10:16
David Edelstein: 
But what's the other one? Two cliffhangers!
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:16 David Edelstein
10:16
David Edelstein: 
It's sweet when they remember their parents.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:16 David Edelstein
10:17
David Edelstein: 
Skyfall deserves a sound editing award, actually.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:17 David Edelstein
10:17
[Comment From KcaKca: ] 
I'm concerned for Quvenzhané Wallis with all this sex and racism.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:17 Kca
10:17
[Comment From SamuSamu: ] 
What a night for men's hair!
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:17 Samu
10:17
[Comment From Andy FAndy F: ] 
New category: Best Flowing Mane, Male
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:17 Andy F
10:17
[Comment From GirlmeetscurlGirlmeetscurl: ] 
Who invited the long hair brigade?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:17 Girlmeetscurl
10:18
[Comment From ThisMoiThisMoi: ] 
Are we going to talk about the fact that there are THREE dudes with long icy blond hair???
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:18 ThisMoi
10:18
David Edelstein: 
Discussion shanghaied by hair jokes
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:18 David Edelstein
10:18
[Comment From Jhawk12Jhawk12: ] 
It's nice to see all these Die Hard villains recognized for their off screen contributions to film
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:18 Jhawk12
10:18
[Comment From TomTom: ] 
2 bad guys from Die Hard!!!!
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:18 Tom
10:18
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Shanghaied is RACIST.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:18 Guest
10:19
David Edelstein: 
Sorry.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:19 David Edelstein
10:19
David Edelstein: 
My man Chris Plummer is up.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:19 David Edelstein
10:20
David Edelstein: 
"New song. Pick on someone your own size."
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:20 David Edelstein
10:20
David Edelstein: 
Listen to Plummer's cadences. Even hoary, he sticks to the meter.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:20 David Edelstein
10:20
[Comment From KimKim: ] 
I'm already annoyed at Anne Hathaway's acceptance speech.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:20 Kim
10:21
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Anne Hathaway is rehearsing her surprise as we speak.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:21 Guest
10:21
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
Please let AnnE Hathaway lose.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:21 Chris
10:21
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
ignore what she says--stare at her nipples
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:21 Guest
10:21
[Comment From BrookeBrooke: ] 
Please not Anne. The Taylor Swift of acting
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:21 Brooke
10:21
[Comment From LauraLaura: ] 
Muting in 3.....2......1......
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:21 Laura
10:22
David Edelstein: 
Oh, man I can't keep up
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:22 David Edelstein
10:22
David Edelstein: 
Sorry, this is Best Supporting Actress and I love Helen Hunt I must say, even with that accent.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:22 David Edelstein
10:23
David Edelstein: 
Quel surprise... Anne Hathaway gets her payback for hosting with james Franco
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:23 David Edelstein
10:23
[Comment From pearlmajpearlmaj: ] 
Why all the Anne Hathaway hate? She rocked that role. Get over it.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:23 pearlmaj
10:23
[Comment From SethSeth: ] 
I'm just gonna pretend she won for Catwoman
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:23 Seth
10:24
[Comment From JBebeJBebe: ] 
The hate comes from things like...."it came true" which she wrote down on a little card and practiced in front of her mirror for 3 weeks
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:24 JBebe
10:24
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
I love you David, but I don't understand your disdain for Anne Hathaway...
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:24 Guest
10:24
David Edelstein: 
I'm just reporting what my commenters say, Guest. Depiction is not endorsement as Katherine Bigelow would say.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:24 David Edelstein
10:25
David Edelstein: 
Anne is married to Ryan Gosling?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:25 David Edelstein
10:26
David Edelstein: 
Frank Rich says God is dead... but I think Anne worked very hard for this award and the ditch-digging spirit is alive in her.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:26 David Edelstein
10:26
[Comment From CesarCesar: ] 
Rachel Getting Married Rachel Getting Married Rachel Getting Married.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:26 Cesar
10:26
David Edelstein: 
Indeed. Demme got a great performance out of her there--and I respect Demme's judgment.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:26 David Edelstein
10:27
David Edelstein: 
I'm going to quote fewer rude commenters per a request. Except... I don't have any other kind at the moment.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:27 David Edelstein
10:28
David Edelstein: 
Michelle Collins: I kinda like Anne Hathaway's husband Ryanish Goslingey
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:28 David Edelstein
10:28
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Love her or hate her, Anne Hathaway sang her heart out and is a fine actress. Awards shows are not her forte.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:28 Guest
10:28
David Edelstein: 
Very positive
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:28 David Edelstein
10:28
[Comment From DaveDave: ] 
These are the best and most entertaining Oscars ever. I'll see it again and again.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:28 Dave
10:28
David Edelstein: 
Now we're talking
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:28 David Edelstein
10:28
[Comment From Mike HMike H: ] 
I'm just going to say...Seth MacFarlane is actually doing a good job
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:28 Mike H
10:29
David Edelstein: 
OK, enough. ENOUGH
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:29 David Edelstein
10:30
[Comment From NYC GuestNYC Guest: ] 
Weinstein manages to slip into shot of academy president. Coincidence or foreshadowing?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:30 NYC Guest
10:30
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
#bathroombreak
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:30 Guest
10:30
David Edelstein: 
I have an astronaut bottle
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:30 David Edelstein
10:31
[Comment From wrigwrig: ] 
Setting aside MacFarlane (who's sort of fine), I actually really like this show - the music theme is fun. There's more "show" to it than in recent years.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:31 wrig
10:31
[Comment From BobBob: ] 
This guy's Robert Evans impression is only middling
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:31 Bob
10:32
David Edelstein: 
I get that so I'm printing it
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:32 David Edelstein
10:32
David Edelstein: 
Sandra Bullock raises the question: Who wrote this stuff?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:32 David Edelstein
10:33
David Edelstein: 
Editing--ZDT or Argo?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:33 David Edelstein
10:33
David Edelstein: 
Someone get a GIF of when she opened that envelope
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:33 David Edelstein
10:33
David Edelstein: 
The editing sold the end of Argo which could have looked as primitive as a silent movie.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:33 David Edelstein
10:34
David Edelstein: 
Actually it was more primitive than many silent movies
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:34 David Edelstein
10:34
David Edelstein: 
Editors are lovely people
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:34 David Edelstein
10:34
David Edelstein: 
Lotta love tonight for Jennifer Lawrence. LOCK
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:34 David Edelstein
10:35
[Comment From LilyLily: ] 
I don't get the Anne Hathaway hate. She's an overachieving woman that works hard and takes credit for it. If she were a man, we wouldn't be hating on her at all. As another overachieving woman that isn't afraid to take credit for my accomplishments I think "go her."
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:35 Lily
10:35
David Edelstein: 
We've moved on to Adele, who sounds GREAT
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:35 David Edelstein
10:36
David Edelstein: 
Finally a SINGER on that damn stage
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:36 David Edelstein
10:36
[Comment From SethSeth: ] 
Where are we placing Skyfall among the all time great Bond songs?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:36 Seth
10:36
[Comment From MegMeg: ] 
I think that's the most deflated I've ever seen her hair. Sounds and looks fabulous though!
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:36 Meg
10:36
[Comment From thatgirlthatgirl: ] 
ANd finally, a song that's nominated!!
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:36 thatgirl
10:36
[Comment From SlaghoopleSlaghoople: ] 
This is what they call classing up the joint.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:36 Slaghoople
10:37
[Comment From MegMeg: ] 
Dame Shirley Bassey doesn't count?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:37 Meg
10:37
David Edelstein: 
Yes, sorry Dame Shirley. But Adele really is in her prime vocally.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:37 David Edelstein
10:37
[Comment From Jhawk12Jhawk12: ] 
Lots of sparkle things happening, though. A bit dizzying in HD
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:37 Jhawk12
10:38
David Edelstein: 
Just do what I do. Type into your computer screen
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:38 David Edelstein
10:38
[Comment From ADTwriterADTwriter: ] 
Actually, you can hear that she is still protecting her voice after her surgery. But damn, the woman has a set of pipes. May she sing for years to come.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:38 ADTwriter
10:39
David Edelstein: 
Yes, missed a note there at the end. But very fine nonetheless
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:39 David Edelstein
10:40
David Edelstein: 
Half my commenters are asking why no standing o for Adele, the other half that she's overrated and was phoning it in.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:40 David Edelstein
10:40
[Comment From LouLou: ] 
Tomorrow the performers get to live blog us at our jobs!
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:40 Lou
10:42
David Edelstein: 
An AP reporter said to Quvenzhane that she was just going to call her "Annie." Quvenzhane said my name is not Annie, it's Quvenzhane. I have made fun of her name but only cause I can't spell it. If I were talking to her, I'd be a little classier
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:42 David Edelstein
10:43
[Comment From Jeff BJeff B: ] 
Skyfall feels like a dated song already.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:43 Jeff B
10:43
David Edelstein: 
It's the John Barryish underscoring, maybe. But I like it.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:43 David Edelstein
10:43
[Comment From SamuSamu: ] 
does anybody else think that Michael Haneke looks a lot like Saruman?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:43 Samu
10:44
David Edelstein: 
Back to making fun of appearances. Annnnd her's Nicole
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:44 David Edelstein
10:44
[Comment From DaveDave: ] 
I'm old enough to remember when Nicole Kidman's eyebrows could move.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:44 Dave
10:45
[Comment From BigNoiseBigNoise: ] 
"Skyfall" sounds like a Bond theme from the 60s. And I like it.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:45 BigNoise
10:45
[Comment From AmaliaAmalia: ] 
Everything that could be said about her appearance has already been posted on the Internet. All I can add is, her real accent sounds like my Australian accent, which strongly resembles my Scottish accent and my Indian accent.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:45 Amalia
10:46
David Edelstein: 
Read Going Clear and you'll feel sympathy for Nicole.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:46 David Edelstein
10:46
David Edelstein: 
I'll say again that a tribute to the Best Picture nominees would be actual scenes
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:46 David Edelstein
10:47
David Edelstein: 
and not COMING ATTRACTIONS
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:47 David Edelstein
10:47
David Edelstein: 
Nikki Finke says Affleck was furious about the Gigli reference. Heh.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:47 David Edelstein
10:48
David Edelstein: 
Kristen rehearsing for musical She Loves Me: "Where's my other shoe? Help me find my other shoe..."
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:48 David Edelstein
10:48
David Edelstein: 
Kristen living up to her rep. Maybe traumatized by Razzie today?
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:48 David Edelstein
10:49
David Edelstein: 
Lincoln wins for Production Design--good, of course, though unimaginative. Life of Pi was the visual wow.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:49 David Edelstein
10:49
[Comment From CesarCesar: ] 
I think Kidman recovered as an actress in Rabbit Hole.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:49 Cesar
10:50
David Edelstein: 
I have to say I agree with this enough to break the flow.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:50 David Edelstein
10:50
[Comment From KimKim: ] 
Kristin Stewart is high.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:50 Kim
10:50
David Edelstein: 
Too easy. But too true.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:50 David Edelstein
10:50
[Comment From KimKim: ] 
 
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:50 Kim
10:50
David Edelstein: 
Thank you Kim
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:50 David Edelstein
10:51
[Comment From StephSteph: ] 
Kristen was on crutches earlier, so I'm pretty sure she is hurt, not missing a shoe.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:51 Steph
10:51
David Edelstein: 
Thank you for that correction. We are all chastened.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:51 David Edelstein
10:51
David Edelstein: 
One of the meanest men in Hollywood just received a humanitarian award
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:51 David Edelstein
10:52
[Comment From milomilo: ] 
David, visual look of effects and production design are not quite the same thing--much more challenging to design a film that requires an actual physical set
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:52 milo
10:52
David Edelstein: 
Thank you, Milo. You are correct.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:52 David Edelstein
10:53
[Comment From Mike HMike H: ] 
So Dora the Explorer was the actress in the winning short "Curfew"...the more you know
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:53 Mike H
10:53
David Edelstein: 
A worthy flashback
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:53 David Edelstein
10:53
[Comment From lisalisa: ] 
Katzenberg didn't get where he did by being a nice guy.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:53 lisa
10:54
David Edelstein: 
True, Lisa. It's just so odd to see the word humanitarian associated with men who give money to charity but are known for abusing people in real life. I guess that's the way of the world now.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:54 David Edelstein
10:55
[Comment From DaveDave: ] 
From my friend Russell Dyball: "It's important to note that Hal Needham has an honorary Oscar, and Richard Burton does not."
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:55 Dave
10:55
David Edelstein: 
We could play that game all night--but noted.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:55 David Edelstein
10:56
[Comment From JordanJordan: ] 
I just shouted, "In Memorium!" And for that I am ashamed.
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:56 Jordan
10:56
David Edelstein: 
BRING OUT YOUR DEAD! BRING OUT YOUR DEAD!
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:56 David Edelstein
10:58
[Comment From DebbieDebbie: ] 
Me: How much to include Lindsay Lohan? Lindsay Lohan: "I'm not dead!"
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:58 Debbie
10:58
David Edelstein: 
Shhh.... don't comment
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:58 David Edelstein
10:58
David Edelstein: 
Shhhh
Sunday February 24, 2013 10:58 David Edelstein
11:02
David Edelstein: 
Andrew Sarris... Chris Marker... too many more to mention but those popped out for obvious reasons as examples of the Academy reaching out. And Babs is just great here. This is how you can love a terrible song.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:02 David Edelstein
11:03
David Edelstein: 
No Barbra Streisand snark tonight. Though it was odd to hear her eating her lunch while being interviewed by terry Gross.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:03 David Edelstein
11:03
[Comment From clerbsclerbs: ] 
OMG ITS BARBARA!!! she is like butter!!!! im a little verklempt...
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:03 clerbs
11:03
[Comment From Mike HMike H: ] 
nothing like 8 gay friends singing like Streisand can hear them...best in Memoriam ever
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:03 Mike H
11:04
David Edelstein: 
I am speechless. "Strangely how potent cheap music can be" as Noel Coward wrote in Private Lives
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:04 David Edelstein
11:05
David Edelstein: 
Meanwhile, Rainn Wilson writes, "I would listen to Russell Crowe sing the phone book!"
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:05 David Edelstein
11:05
[Comment From BigNoiseBigNoise: ] 
Her voice is almost 71 and has lost its luster. But not the emotion. Very bittersweet -- I was expecting to hear "Evergreen" at some other point in the show.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:05 BigNoise
11:06
David Edelstein: 
Yeah--I don't think Babs ever phones it in, say what you will. That's why she doesn't work so much.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:06 David Edelstein
11:06
David Edelstein: 
doesn't do two shows a night
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:06 David Edelstein
11:06
David Edelstein: 
or a year
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:06 David Edelstein
11:07
David Edelstein: 
Big awards coming up. Y'all pee now.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:07 David Edelstein
11:09
[Comment From houseguesthouseguest: ] 
Seth always looks so relieved when a joke lands.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:09 houseguest
11:09
David Edelstein: 
The Rex Reed joke didn't
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:09 David Edelstein
11:09
David Edelstein: 
Best Score goes to... Life of Pi I predict
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:09 David Edelstein
11:10
[Comment From AmaliaAmalia: ] 
I was just thinking, Life of Pi actually comes off really well in these snippets they keep doing.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:10 Amalia
11:11
David Edelstein: 
The music did a lot in that film--it evoked a universe
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:11 David Edelstein
11:11
David Edelstein: 
You know, only critics can get away with dumb shit lines like, "It evoked a universe." Fail
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:11 David Edelstein
11:12
David Edelstein: 
Lovely speech. And notice they don't Jaws the composer
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:12 David Edelstein
11:12
[Comment From EliseElise: ] 
David, since Bigelow and Affleck didn't get nominated — do you think Lee or Spielberg will take home the award for Best Director?
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:12 Elise
11:14
David Edelstein: 
It's a weird thing. Many are predicting Lee. Folks, I loved Pi--unfashionable, I guess. And Lincoln. So I don't know. Still say Spielberg but preparing to hear Lee. But I'm the type of guy who comes to a turn of which I'm unsure and goes left while looking right.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:14 David Edelstein
11:14
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Renee's face evokes a universe...of change.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:14 Guest
11:14
[Comment From caitlingilbscaitlingilbs: ] 
Forget ruby slippers, the reveal of Adele's last name is the real Oscar Surprise.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:14 caitlingilbs
11:15
[Comment From Empy EllisEmpy Ellis: ] 
Life of Pi looks like a Bond title sequence.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:15 Empy Ellis
11:15
David Edelstein: 
You should see Life of Pi in 3-D. Yes it looks fake but beautiful fake and the fakeness makes big sense when you get to the end.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:15 David Edelstein
11:16
David Edelstein: 
Renee is having a problem, though I find that endearing somehow.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:16 David Edelstein
11:17
David Edelstein: 
A lot of happy faces up there. It's happy hour--oh wait Adele is crying.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:17 David Edelstein
11:18
David Edelstein: 
No Jawsing the music people again
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:18 David Edelstein
11:18
David Edelstein: 
There will be much speculation about Renee tomorrow. Anyone have any good similes or metaphors?
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:18 David Edelstein
11:19
[Comment From CarrieCarrie: ] 
we get it. you liked life of pi
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:19 Carrie
11:19
[Comment From CarrieCarrie: ] 
and in 3D
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:19 Carrie
11:19
David Edelstein: 
Shut up. Oh wait, I posted it.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:19 David Edelstein
11:20
[Comment From APAP: ] 
big question: will meryl address meryl-gate?
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:20 AP
11:21
[Comment From seansean: ] 
i'm sick of how the oscars make me feel. there's no pleasure. i'm broken.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:21 sean
11:21
David Edelstein: 
We need to take care of Sean
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:21 David Edelstein
11:21
[Comment From CarrieCarrie: ] 
will anyone address whose beard renee will be next?
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:21 Carrie
11:21
David Edelstein: 
I told you I'm not posting your comments anymore, Carrie
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:21 David Edelstein
11:23
David Edelstein: 
Many short men with tall women tonight. I love this. Dusty and Charlize. Reminds me of how Nicole when she got divorced from Tom said the best thing was that she didn't have to wear flats anymore on formal occasions
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:23 David Edelstein
11:24
David Edelstein: 
Writing award--Argo, I'd guess, which spells the end for ZDT
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:24 David Edelstein
11:24
David Edelstein: 
The writers are screamers
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:24 David Edelstein
11:25
David Edelstein: 
A good night for short men.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:25 David Edelstein
11:25
David Edelstein: 
Tim Seidell: "There's still time to ask Denzel to land this show upside down"
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:25 David Edelstein
11:26
[Comment From lisalisa: ] 
Is that a nod toward yourself as well...LOL (said with great affection)
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:26 lisa
11:26
David Edelstein: 
I happen to be of AVERAGE height
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:26 David Edelstein
11:26
David Edelstein: 
Oh, sorry, ZDT is nominated in THIS category
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:26 David Edelstein
11:27
David Edelstein: 
Mr. TARANTINO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Foot fetishists of the world rejoice!
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:27 David Edelstein
11:27
[Comment From JordanJordan: ] 
Great shot of Kerry Washington saying "wow." I'll take her any way I can get her.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:27 Jordan
11:28
David Edelstein: 
Oh dear, QT has truly become his own Yes Man
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:28 David Edelstein
11:28
[Comment From tamivogtamivog: ] 
Am I the only one that thinks Quentin was beat up every day of middle school?
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:28 tamivog
11:28
David Edelstein: 
Probably by girls
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:28 David Edelstein
11:28
[Comment From rachelkrachelk: ] 
Tarantino being played offstage with theme from "Gone with the Wind"?
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:28 rachelk
11:28
David Edelstein: 
rachelk that IS REALLY WEIRD
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:28 David Edelstein
11:29
[Comment From IizIiz: ] 
He was beat up by girls with lovely feet
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:29 Iiz
11:30
David Edelstein: 
QT is a famous foot fetishist. To the point where he was turned on even by Uma's feet in Kill Bill, which were not her best feature
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:30 David Edelstein
11:31
[Comment From JennyJenny: ] 
Is Kerry Washington shown more on screen than the other actresses? A way for abc to promote scandal maybe?
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:31 Jenny
11:31
David Edelstein: 
Doing my Spock thing: Fascinating.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:31 David Edelstein
11:32
David Edelstein: 
I do like that QT thanked actors. He loves them, that's for sure.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:32 David Edelstein
11:33
David Edelstein: 
McFarland: "It's late." But your writers didn't write it when it was late, did they?
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:33 David Edelstein
11:34
David Edelstein: 
More literary talk for actors--Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda. Hard for both to move their mouths. Should be more one-syllable words
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:34 David Edelstein
11:34
David Edelstein: 
You know I think Life of Pi is a pretty great movie. And you should see it in 3-D, Carrie.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:34 David Edelstein
11:35
[Comment From MZberkshiresMZberkshires: ] 
Ang Lee should thank Ben Affleck.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:35 MZberkshires
11:36
David Edelstein: 
I love Ang Lee's eloquent stammering
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:36 David Edelstein
11:37
David Edelstein: 
Still mulling Lee's line that he "has to thank his lawyer..."
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:37 David Edelstein
11:38
[Comment From seansean: ] 
how do the oscars interact with your criticism? do you unconsciously validate winners?
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:38 sean
11:39
David Edelstein: 
I try to be happy for good people
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:39 David Edelstein
11:39
[Comment From NeilNeil: ] 
If Argo wins Best Picture, this will be second time Ang Lee wins Best Director and his film doesn't win Best Picture. Brokeback lost to Crash/
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:39 Neil
11:40
David Edelstein: 
Adele just tweeted " i just met Daniel Fucking Day-Lewis" What a mouth on that girl
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:40 David Edelstein
11:40
David Edelstein: 
Jean DuJ is being ushered in with music that is giving me hives
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:40 David Edelstein
11:41
[Comment From GabsGabs: ] 
I guess they trust leaving KStew next to Travolta
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:41 Gabs
11:41
[Comment From SPJavaSPJava: ] 
How lovely would it be if a French actor gave this year's award to a French actress.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:41 SPJava
11:41
David Edelstein: 
I'm thinking Jennifer... They like crazies out there.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:41 David Edelstein
11:42
David Edelstein: 
They like dying people, too, though
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:42 David Edelstein
11:42
[Comment From NearlyOldFriendsNearlyOldFriends: ] 
Emmanuel looks like an older Annette Betting, anyone?
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:42 NearlyOldFriends
11:43
David Edelstein: 
high praise
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:43 David Edelstein
11:43
David Edelstein: 
ACTRESS: They're standing for Jen. Whole lotta love
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:43 David Edelstein
11:44
David Edelstein: 
Interesting that DDL raised his voice an octave to play Lincoln and Jennifer lowered her voice an octave for SLP. Transformation sells.
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:44 David Edelstein
11:45
David Edelstein: 
"Thank you so much... [forgets everything]... thanks" love her
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:45 David Edelstein
11:45
[Comment From JennieJennie: ] 
She forgot to thank David! I hope he doesn't rage at her
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:45 Jennie
11:45
David Edelstein: 
THAT... could be a problem
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:45 David Edelstein
11:46
[Comment From RachelRachel: ] 
I want Joaquin Phoenix and all his crazy to win and storm the stage
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:46 Rachel
11:46
David Edelstein: 
In Bizarro World
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:46 David Edelstein
11:46
[Comment From loulouloulou: ] 
David: Why do you not love meeeee! Head butt
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:46 loulou
11:47
David Edelstein: 
I can never resist pleas for love
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:47 David Edelstein
11:47
David Edelstein: 
Hugh's sharpness just shattered my speakers
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:47 David Edelstein
11:49
David Edelstein: 
DDL is the first actors to win 3 Oscars in that category. And let's just say it, he is [insert superlative]
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:49 David Edelstein
11:50
David Edelstein: 
"I was actually slated to play Margaret Thatcher" Don't you love when two gods josh? It's better than the Avengers
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:50 David Edelstein
11:50
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
and has meryl's lipstick on his face for posterity!
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:50 Guest
11:50
[Comment From MarhanMarhan: ] 
DDL didn't do the fall that all the winners agreed upon
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:50 Marhan
11:51
David Edelstein: 
Rebecca Miller is very beautiful and while she has made some bum movies enormously talented and should have as many shots as her male counterparts to prove it
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:51 David Edelstein
11:51
David Edelstein: 
I want to thank President Lincoln, too
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:51 David Edelstein
11:54
David Edelstein: 
OK, this is officially weird
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:54 David Edelstein
11:55
David Edelstein: 
actually some suspense
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:55 David Edelstein
11:56
David Edelstein: 
OK, well, let's see what Ben says
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:56 David Edelstein
11:58
David Edelstein: 
Argo wins, Ben gets a royal and pointed introduction
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:58 David Edelstein
11:58
David Edelstein: 
Ben thanks Marty Brest
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:58 David Edelstein
11:58
David Edelstein: 
Gigli will be recognized one day
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:58 David Edelstein
11:59
David Edelstein: 
in a galaxy far, far away
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:59 David Edelstein
11:59
David Edelstein: 
Ben is losing it charmingly. More subtext here than in his acting
Sunday February 24, 2013 11:59 David Edelstein
12:00
David Edelstein: 
"Can't hold grudges, it's hard but you can't hold grudges"
Monday February 25, 2013 12:00 David Edelstein
12:00
David Edelstein: 
And it's officially Monday
Monday February 25, 2013 12:00 David Edelstein
12:00
[Comment From AMAM: ] 
Live Blogs are for people who aren't watching on TV! So you may want to mention what award is up and who wins ... thanks
Monday February 25, 2013 12:00 AM
12:01
David Edelstein: 
Daniel Day Lewis won. Then Argo. Then Michelle Obama spoke. Then Grant Hesloc talked forever. Then Ben gave life lessons. He forgives us.
Monday February 25, 2013 12:01 David Edelstein
12:02
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
No, live blogs are for people watching and following along.
Monday February 25, 2013 12:02 Guest
12:02
[Comment From ZuleikaZuleika: ] 
Actually it's funnier David's way. And I have no TV.
Monday February 25, 2013 12:02 Zuleika
12:02
David Edelstein: 
I don't have a horse in this race
Monday February 25, 2013 12:02 David Edelstein
12:02
[Comment From rachelkrachelk: ] 
What if Michelle had presented award to ZDT?
Monday February 25, 2013 12:02 rachelk
12:02
David Edelstein: 
rachelk: She wouldn't be allowed to mention it probably
Monday February 25, 2013 12:02 David Edelstein
12:03
[Comment From caitlingilbscaitlingilbs: ] 
are they not showing the audience because everyone left?
Monday February 25, 2013 12:03 caitlingilbs
12:03
David Edelstein: 
I'm watching the number of my live readers plummet by the hundreds... so I understand
Monday February 25, 2013 12:03 David Edelstein
12:03
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
OK, this closing song is just crap and a downer. What a cheap shot.
Monday February 25, 2013 12:03 Guest
12:04
David Edelstein: 
I agree. This is a terrible idea. I think "loser" is a bad word anyway.
Monday February 25, 2013 12:04 David Edelstein
12:05
David Edelstein: 
Folks, let me tell you this in closing. You should watch the Oscars with a few thousand people supplying you with sparkling observations, gorgeous snark, and much love. Thank you for making my night
Monday February 25, 2013 12:05 David Edelstein
12:05
[Comment From SpecialEdSpecialEd: ] 
Seth should include himself among tonight's losers
Monday February 25, 2013 12:05 SpecialEd
12:05
David Edelstein: 
That's a nice sign-off. See you at the movies, my friends.
Monday February 25, 2013 12:05 David Edelstein
12:07
 

 
 
 
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