8:36 - Wow. A bittersweet evening for the team behind Hugo, which cleaned up in the first half, but watched the Best Picture win go to The Artist. An enormous feat for a black-and-white, silent movie based on old Hollywood interpreted by a French filmmaker.
8:30 - Meryl Streep winds Best Actress for The Iron Lady. Finally.
8:17 - Oh what the heck? A.R. Rahman is in the house!!! How could he not have appeared on screen until now? And why don't we get to hear more of the music?
8:15 - Best Actor is Jean Dujardin of The Artist. Natalie Portman looking stunning in vintage 1950s Dior...she gives the audience zero suspense as she announces the winner straight off the bat.
7:56 - A bit of an upset -- or not? Michel Hazanavicius of The Artist stuns with Best Director win, despite Hugo winning a lot of awards in the first hour. He thanks the dog actor, Uggie (adding that dog probably doesn't care), and thanks the "crazy" people who put money toward his silent, black and white movie.
7:45 - Too bad...Emily Carr's "Wild Life" got an Oscar nod, but the win goes to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Best Actor and Actress coming up.
7:40 - Best short documentary goes to...Saving Face, about surgeons helping burn victims (women in Pakistan who have had their faces burned with acid by mysoginist extremists).
7:38 - The Bridesmaids announce best live action short, making some uncomfortable but funny penis jokes....The Shore from Ireland wins.
Will the Emily Carr students win an Oscar? Best Animated Short coming up....read about Emily Carr's president, Ron Burnett here.
7:30 - Best original screenplay, as expected: Midnight in Paris. Woody Allen not there to accept it, though.
7:25 - Angelina Jolie, looking stunning in black, presents best adapted screenplay.The Descendents wins it.
7:16 - Best Original Song: The Muppets gets a nod, as does Rio -- but Bret McKenzie takes it for New Zealand with "Man or Muppet" (The Muppets). He thanks his wife and two kids, as well as his parents, who he says never pressured him to get a "real job" as he built up his musician/acting career.
7:11 - Best Original Score goes to...The Artist. Frenchman Ludovic Bource has no formal training in music, but managed to beat out some great competitors in this category. Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz announce this one, and Cruz looks gorgeous in her purple dress.
7:00 - Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer in Beginners. He's 82, the oldest actor to win an Oscar, ever. CANADIAN!
6:53 - Emma Stone and Ben Stiller announcing noimnees for Achievement in Visual Effects...Hugo (again?). Too bad for the very last Harry Potter. It would have been kind of cool if Transformers won, though.
6:46 - Chris Rock announces the Best animated feature film. Rango wins, as VO film reviewer Volkmar Richter predicted. Chico and Rita looked stunning though.
6:43 - Undefeated wins Best documentary, millions of football fans rejoice. Apparently they were "depressed" one year ago, thinking no one was ever going to see the movie, and got mad when someone suggested it would win an Oscar. And here they are....
6:36 - Cirque du Soleil does old Hollywood glamour. Gorgeous costumes. Some incredible handbalancing and trapeze work.
6:34 - Oh, here are the Muppets. Miss Piggy's hair and dress look strangely mesmerizing. Very stylish.