Live-blogging ABC's Oscar pre-show telecast

8:01 p.m. That was a pretty weak Happy Feet-Little Miss Sunshine mashup, no?

8:03 p.m. Who writes Chris Connelly’s painful voiceovers? "A-list asylum"? "Amid all the glam what-am that makes this night fun"? Uff-da.

8:04 p.m. News you can use: Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts spend their BFF time barbequing.

8:06 p.m. Andre Leon Talley declares that Jennifer Hudson is the new "people’s princess."

8:08 p.m. I love that both Patricia Field’s hair and gown are the color of cherry-pie filling.

8:13 p.m. Abigail Breslin is so freakin’ cute right now. Don’t you love that she looks like an actual kid in her pink-checked dress, not a creepy child-bot?

8:15 p.m. Andre Leon Talley: I’m bringin crazy back! (Yeah!)

8:18 p.m. Eddie Murphy saves a zzzzz-inducing interview by responding to Lisa Ling’s question about his favorite Eddie Murphy film: "I like ‘em all! I even like Pluto Nash!"

8:20 p.m. Cate Blanchett deserves an Oscar just for making me believe she has any idea what Andre Leon Talley is talking about. I think he said she belted a horse? Wha?

8:22 p.m. I really wish Connelly had skipped the dull questions for Mark Wahlberg and just said: "Donnie D on the backup! Drug-free, so put the crack-up! No need for speed, I’m anti-d-r-u-g-g-i-e, my body’s healthy, my rhymes make me wealthy, and the funky Bunch helps me! To bring you a show with no intoxication! So feel the vibrations!" But of course, he did not.

8:24 p.m. I gotta say, as much as I rag on Ryan and Giuliana, their show’s a helluva lot more entertaining than ABC’s.

8:27 p.m. Why are they showing random runway footage while Andre Leon Crazy rattles off a list of the night’s best gowns and their designers? Random!


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  • Jatarheel

    Andre Leon Talley is the queen of all fashion. That comment twice about JH being the new “people’s princess” was a little over the top even for him though.

  • Lora

    Andre Leon is…awkward

  • aramis

    7:05p.m. – Andre Leon Talle is apparently to blame for J-Hud’s fashion faux pas on her biggest night. She’s about to blast off to space with that jacket.

  • aramis

    Emily Blunt? Still delicious.

  • Jatarheel

    I agree Connelly is not the smoothes on the red carpet. It just doesn’t seem like his milieu. So are we already running behind with the opening?

  • MM

    Andre Leon Talley may be a little over the top, but he stil did a better job in that one interview than Seacrist did all night.

  • Simon

    At least these guys are better than the E! people

  • Jatarheel

    AT is such a fanboy with JH. Now I understand that exuberant Vogue cover a little better. Don’t think he’s the most objective person though for advice at this stage- his flamboyance seems to be spilling over onto JH. She may need to take him down a notch.

  • Jatarheel

    Love Abigail Breslin. Thank goodness she still looks like a kid. Cate’s on now. Her dress and figure are unbelievable.

  • Jatarheel

    AT’s genuine fashion passion and knowledge is refreshing. Good choice.

  • Jatarheel

    OK, I know it’s wonderful to bring mom to the Oscars, but Ryan Gosling’s gf is a fabulous youngish actress who’s never been nominated so wouldn’t she want to be there as well?

  • Simon

    I don’t mind Andre Leon Talley – he’s better than Jay Manual.

  • Simon

    I think Rachel McAdams is away working, so she is unable to attend.

  • Jatarheel

    I thought AT’s interview with Blanchette was lovely. He did a good job of describing her haute couture gown in language other than “it’s pretty” unlike our friends at E.

  • aramis

    7:24p.m. – The Mexican-directing Three Amigos rock on. Alfonso, Guillermo, and Alejandro (all nominated) hang around like they were kickin’ back with a couple of Dos Equis.
    7:26p.m. – Dame Mirren admits to feeding off the souls of small children to look as good as she does now.

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