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For the Love of Oscar: Liveblogging the 82nd Academy Awards

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Get ready, it's time for our annual Oscars liveblog. To highlight some of the nominees, Avatar and The Hurt Locker are both up for 9 Oscars, Inglorious Bastards for 8, Precious and Up in the Air for 6 and Up for 5. To see the complete list, check here.

9:02: And the show's over, folk! Thanks for hanging in there! And thanks to Gothamist's Jen Chung for much of the Oscar trivia we had going below!

8:58: Without wasting any time, Tom Hanks is up to announce The Hurt Locker as the Best Picture winner! That makes six wins tonight for the film. This is a big upset for Avatar, but really, that's not a big deal at all.

8:55: Kathryn Bigelow wins for The Hurt Locker! There's no way to describe it, it's a moment of a lifetime," she begins.

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8:52: Barbra Streisand is up to announce the winner and nominees for Best Director. Will the first women win it? The first African-American? Back to Streisand, the big thing with her is that she directed Prince of Tides, which was nominated for Best Picture, but she was snubbed. Very few women have been nominated for this, including Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Jane Campion (The Piano) and Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties).

8:48: And Sandra Bullock wins for the The Blind Side. She's won many awards for this role, including The SAG Award.

8:47: Sean Penn is up to announce the winner... (what was he rambling about?)

8:40: Forest Whitaker, Stanley Tucci, Peter Saarsgard, Oprah and Michael Sheen are all talking about the nominees for Actress in a Leading Role. As before with Best Actor, these are all actors who have shared the screen with them (except Oprah, who signed on as an Executive Producer of Precious. Oprah, however, is an actor herself. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in The Color Purple).

8:32: Finally! After five past nominations, Jeff Bridges--yes, The Dude himself--wins for his role in the amazing Crazy Heart.

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8:31: Kate Winslet will announce the winner.

8:24: Tim Robbins, Colin Farrell, Vera Fermiga, Julianne Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, who are all co-stars--past and present--talk about the nominees for Actor in a Leading Role. This is a new way, you know with lots of praising and butt kissing, of presenting this award. However, this is better than last year when past winners spoke to the nominees.

8:19: Kathy Bates, who was in James Cameron's Titantic, introduces the preview for Avatar.

8:16: El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) wins for Best Foreign Film. This is the second win for Argentina. One of the directors thanks the Academy for not considering Na'vi (the language in Avatar) a foreign language, but no one in the audience gets it. Also, was this an upset? The White Ribbon or The Prophet were expected to win.

8:14: Pedro Almodóvar and Quentin Tarantino are introducing Best Foreign Language film.

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8:09: Keanu Reeves presents the clip for The Hurt Locker. He was in Director Kathryn Gigelow's film Point Break.

8:07: The Hurt Locker wins for Best Editing, the film's third win for the night. Editor Bob Murawsk notes that the film was made without test audiences, studio notes, etc--it was made the way everyone wanted it.

8:05: All around man Tyler Perry, the juggernaut himself, is on stage to introduce the nominees for Best Film Editing.

8:04: And the winner is... Japanese dolphin-killing expose The Cove!

8:01: Screenwriter turned actor Matt Damon is presenting the winner and nominees for Best Documentary Feature. We're routing for Food, Inc.

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7:54: Nominees for Visual Effects are up with Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper presenting. No surprise here: Avatar wins.

7:52: League of Extraordinary Dancers get a standing ovation (the second of the night?). The Oscar goes to Michael Giacchino for Up. He gives one of the better speeches of the night. Don't let anyone tell you creativity is a waste of time, he says.

7:45: Jennifer Lopez and Sam Worthington are presenting the winner and nominees for Best Original Score. Selections from the nominated films are being played with troupe League of Extraordinary Dancers on stage. Can you spot the Glee castmember?

7:36: Demi Moore introduced James Taylor for the always sad in memoriam montage.

7:34: Sandra Bullock quickly announces the Cinematography nominees. Mauro Fiore of Avatar wins, a second for the film tonight. Foreign film The White Ribbon won the ASC Cinematography Award. Perhaps the academy as a whole didn't watch it?

7:28: Sci-Tech winners are mentioned, but nothing in depth, by Elizabeth Banks.

7:26: Without much ado, nominees for Best Sound Mixing are being read off by Kendrick. Hurt Locker wins its third Oscar!

7:25: Hurt Locker wins for Best Sound Editing! If you're keeping track, that's the film's second win of the night.

7:22: Time for sound editing. Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick are up to introduce the winner and nominees for Best Sound Editing. Morgan Freeman is narrating a short documentary about sound editing, based on last year's winner, The Dark Knight.

7:18: Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, both of the the Twilight series, are on stage to give horror movies their due (it's been awile since a horror movie has won Best Picture). And so begins a montage featuring Jaws, Poltergeist, Saw, Alien, Child's Play, Pyscho, Frankenstein, Beetlejuice and so much more. The opening music was from Alfred Hitchcock's music man Bernard Hermann.

7:17: Steve and Alex are doing a spoof on Paranormal Activity. This should be good.... or not.

7:11: Sandy Powell does a nice acceptance speech for The Young Victoria, giving a shout out to costume designers of contemporary films.

7:09: Sarah Jessica Parker and Tom Ford are up to introduce the winner and nominees for Costume Design. Did Steve Martin and Alex Baldwin joke about SJP looking like a horse or the difference between Clotheswhores and clotheshorses? We're so confused but we love you, SJP!

7:07: Avatar wins, marking the films first award of the night.

7:05: Sigourney Weaver, who appears in nominated Avatar, is announcing the nominees for Art Direction.

7:03: Since it's commercial, did you know that millions on the East Coast cablevision customers, including those in New York City, almost didn't have ABC until the last minute?

7:00: "Sometimes you have to forgo doing what's popular in order to do what's right," Mo’Nique says, also talking about performance over politics.

6:59: Precious wins its second Oscar of the night! Mo’Nique takes the Academy Award, which is her first. She gets a standing ovation.

6:55: Robin Williams on stage to announce the nominees and winner of Best Supporting Actress. This should be Heath Ledger on stage, because he won Best Supporting Actor last year.

6:53: Now a montage from Governor's Award Dinners is airing. Queen Latifah announces the Governor's honorary award recipients, which is basically for those who have paid their dues. B-movie king Roger Corman, Gordon Willis, John Calley (movie execcutive), Lauren Bacall (actress) all win.

6:51: A very touching moment with a lachrymose Geoffrey Fletcher accepting the award. "I thank everyone," he says.

6:50: Precious wins! You can read LAist's review of the film here. Up in the Air won at the WGA Awards.

6:48: Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams introduce the nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay.

6:45: Notice how acceptance speeches are short and tight? That's because Oscar producers this year told them they have 45 seconds. If they wanted to thank 20 billion people, save it for the "Thank You Cam" backstage.

6:43: Jeff Bridges introduces a preview of Best Picture nominee A Serious Man, a Coen Brothers movie. Bridges was in The Big Lebowski, also a Coen Brothers film.

6:41: Star Trek wins for Best Makeup. That's after Stiller's Na'vi tail gets a life of its own, going wild on stage.

6:37: Ben Stiller is now on stage looking like a Na'vi--in crazy version--from Avatar. He's a Na'vi and is here to present Best Makeup. "The ironic thing is Avatar is not even nominated," he says.

6:35: Oh damn, we're already on to Best Live Action Short. Nominees being announced. The New Tenants win.

6:33: Wasting no time, now nominees are being announced for Short Subject Documentary. Music by Prudence wins. Prudence herself is in the audience. Awkward moment when Elinor Burkett interrupts Roger Ross Williams.

6:31: Logorama wins! We haven't seen this, have you? It looks good. "No logos were harmed in the making of this project," jokes Nicolas Schmerkin. He says it took 16 years to make the 60-minute film.

6:28: Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Zoe Saldana (Avatar) come on stage to introduce Best Animated Short Films. What an awkward entrance, as the two noted. A montage of successful short film directors is shown before nominees are announced.

6:21: John Cryer, Macaulay Culkin, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy all join Ringwald and Broderick to honor Hughe's family, who are in the audience. Will this be the emotional high point of the show this year?

6:19: This is a great John Hughes montage, featuring some of our favorite films!

6:17: Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick are on stage for an in memoriam for John Hughes. R.I.P.

6:15: And Hurt Locker wins its first award of the night for Best Original Sreenplay. This is the first Academy Award for writer Mark Boal, a former journalist.

6:11: Cool cats Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey are on to present Best Original Screenplay. They dialogue about the the mini-battles between writers and actors. This award is usually given out much later in the show.

6:05: Despite cutting Best Song performances this year, they are showing previews of the Best Picture nominees, which also changed this year--from five nominees to ten. District 9 is the first to be featured.

6:04: Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett deservedly win Best Original Song for Crazy Heart.

6:03: Raise your hand if you miss the live performances of Best Song.

6:00: Amanda Seyfried and Miley Cyrus are up to introduce Best Original Song. They are a bit nervous--Miley is slouching as usual--and Steve and Alec make fun of their ages, saying the two probably don't even know who they are.

5:58: No surprise here, Disney's and Pixar's funny tearjerker Up wins for Animated Feature Film.

5:55: Steve Carell and Cameron Diaz are introducing Animated Feature Film nominees. The lead lead cartoons are featured in a cute interview sequence.

5:48: Christop Waltz wins his first Academy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role. He played Nazi Col. Hans Landa in Inglorious Bastards.

5:44: And the award for Best Supporting Actor goes to...

5:41: On Inglorious Bastards, Steve points out that the audience is full of Jews to Christoph Waltz, who played Nazi Col. Hans Landa. Big laughs ensue.

5:39: They point out Woody Harrelson. "He's so high," is whispered.

5:34 Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, our hosts for the night, make their appearance, introducing themselves. They talk up Meryl Streep--twice--and all her past Oscar awards. Is this an ad for their film It's Complicated? They also introduce many other nominees, making some odd and okay jokes.

5:32: Neil Patrik Harris is rocking a sparkly black tux (hot or not?) singing a meta-Oscar medley. Did you hear the

5:30: The show has begun by announcing the Actors in a Leading Role nominees. Was that a weird cut off for the orchestra?

Special thanks to Jen Chung at Gothamist for assisting on this live blog!