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Live Blogging the Oscars 2012!

Are you ready for your close-ups? We’re live blogging the Oscars, and over at The Dissenter, Kevin Gozstola has a great analysis of the Oscar contenders, who should win and why.  The new Academy rules about the number of Best Picture nominees have gotten even weirder this year with nine instead of ten nominees, though I much prefer the original five.

How much fun will this be? Are the Oscars a relic of a different time? It used to be that only nominees and Academy members were allowed attend, but those rules have been relaxed in favor of building ratings with celebrity faces. Speaking of  grabbing attention–Sacha Baron Cohen, anyone?

The speeches, the clothes, the jokes, the winners, the

It is an honor just to be nominated.

drinking game (substitute bon bons or cookies, if you feel so inclined), FDL is here with Oscars through the grand finale, live blogging, dishing, discussing the nominees and winners, and even goofing on the commercials. I’m alternating between two gorgeous pairs of silk mules–Oh wait, here it comes! Buckle your seat belts, it could be a bumpy night!

First winner:

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Robert Richardson, “Hugo”

And we’re on the way:

ART DIRECTION
“Hugo,” production design: Dante Ferretti; set decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

COSTUME DESIGN
Mark Bridges, “The Artist”

MAKEUP
“The Iron Lady,” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Separation,” Iran

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

FILM EDITING
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

SOUND EDITING
“Hugo,” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

SOUND MIXING
“Hugo,” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
“Undefeated,” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Rango,” Gore Verbinski

VISUAL EFFECTS
“Hugo,” Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
“The Artist,” Ludovic Bource

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets,” music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
“The Descendants,” Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
“Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
“The Shore,” Terry George and Oorlagh George

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
“Saving Face,” Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

LEAD ACTOR
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

LEAD ACTRESS
Meryl Street, “The Iron Lady”

BEST PICTURE
“The Artist,” Thomas Langmann, producer

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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