Matt Live-Blogs the 84th Academy Awards

     February 26, 2012


We’re here at last.  The seemingly endless award season has reached its zenith/nadir.  I have never been less enthusiastic for the Oscars.  And I used to love the Oscars.  I loved the competition, I loved seeing the films and actors I loved get recognized with Hollywood’s highest honor, and this year I hardly have anything or anyone to root for.  This year, it’s mostly “Yeah, I can live with that.”  I know the awards don’t really matter, I know that the voting body is old white men, and I know my Oscar predictions are probably going to go down in flames (if you’re still trying to figure out your Oscar ballot, go with Adam’s picks; I’m playing the odds).

But this live-blog will keep me sane.  Sharing my frustrations and mockery with you fine people will help me get through this charade.  My live-blogging will kick in around 8:00pm (EST) and then just keep refreshing the page for my latest thoughts on the 84th Academy Awards.  I’ll also be live-tweeting (cross-platform mocking!) and you can follow me on Twitter at @MattGoldberg.  Together, we will survive.  The ceremony begins at 8:30pm (EST).

[All times Eastern]

8:00pm – Fair warning:  I’ve been enduring two hours of pre-show.  I feel about as smart as the red carpet interviewers.

8:02pm – Bradley Cooper just came from his part-time job as a 70s porn actor.

8:04pm – Gwneyth Paltrow just came from her part-time job as Moon Knight.

8:06pm – There’s been a mix-up.  The Price-Waterhouse guys are carrying the nuclear launch codes.

8:11pm – Sandra Bullock is about 5 seconds away from being tackled by Michael Oher.

8:15pm – When the countdown clock hits zero, the bomb explodes.  Jean Claude Van Damme is scrambling behind the scenes, people.

8:19pm – If your fate rests in the hands of Ashley Judd, you’re fucked.

8:20pm – Natalie Portman: one of the few actresses with a fantastic dress.  Also, her being really hot also helps.

8:21pm – Tom Hanks will explain the “Winner’s Walk” at the Oscars before going back to his plantation.

8:23pm – Everyone makes fun of Brian Grazer’s hair.  No one ever talks about his favorite hobby: necromancy.

8:25pm – I’ve been told the show is about to begin.  I believe it when I see it.

8:26pm – According to the commercials, AT&T customers are douchebags who lord their faster wireless speed over others.

8:28pm – The Chick-fil-A cows also don’t care much for the gays.

8:30pm – Morgan Freeman brings the dignity.  Time for a Dreamcatcher clip compilation.

8:31pm – Yeah, I’ll admit: I still chuckle at seeing Crystal edited into other movies.

8:33pm – Billy Crystal in blackface. Night: MADE.

8:34pm – So far: racism and shitting in sinks.  This Oscars is looking up!

8:35pm – Is running through a maze of celluloid.  Because, at the formerly-named “Kodak Theater”, film is really taking off over digital.

8:36pm – Why was Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close nominated?  For the opening monologue jokes.

8:37pm – Billy Crystal should impersonate black people for the rest of the night.

8:38pm – Fat joke at the expense of Jonah Hill.  Classy.

8:39pm – Cut to Terrence Malick!  Oh, wait.

8:41pm – Haha!  The elderly!


8:43pm – Wow.  Get ready for a shitty night, people.


8:45pm – Deserved.  Not deserved: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY.

8:47pm – Wow.  Based off two categories, Hugo is going to win big tonight.

8:51pm – Time for the first of 29 nostalgia clip complications.

8:52pm – An ode to classic movies.  Find the one that came out before 1955.


8:55pm – How can The Artist win Best Costumes?  All the costumes were in black and white! (Crystal-calibur humor)

BEST MAKE-UP: The Iron Lady

8:58pm – Meryl Streep really did look like a famous person.  That kind of imagination is mind-blowing.

8:59pmTalk to me about the magic of movies, Adam Sandler.

9:01pm – I think Adam Sandler just voiced his desire to star in a remake of Zardoz

9:02pm – I just jumped 30 years in the future.  Actors were talking about the magic of watching movies OnDemand.

9:05pm – Best Foreign Language film,  C’mon Bullhead.


9:07pm – A Separation taught me a valuable lesson: Iranians are people too.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Octavia Spencer - The Help

9:12pm – Hattie McDaniel is looking down from heaven and thinking, “Been there.  Done that.”

9:18pm – Big points for bringing in the Christopher Guest crew.

9:20pm – It’s funny because focus groups are awful but Hollywood will continue to use them.

9:22pm – I see Burt Reynolds is here in spirit and that spirit has possessed Bradley Cooper.

BEST EDITING: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

9:24pm – Best Lethargic Pace and Lack of Tension: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.


9:25pm – I’m not going to pretend like I have an expert knowledge of sound editing and sound mixing.  Good choice, I guess?


9:28pm – Remember what I said about not understanding sound mixing?  Still true.

9:31pm – So far, this is the worst Oscar ballot I’ve ever had, but it would have been that way even if I had held with conventional wisdom. It holds true to the Academy’s pledge to make the dumbest choices possible.  Seriously:  Dragon Tattoo.

9:34pm – The Muppets are on and I’m enjoying the Oscars. And now Cirque du Soleil, so that enjoyment is over.

9:35pm – Yep.  This is what it feels like to go to the movies.

9:37pm – This is really impressive.  I eat my words about not having the Cirque du Soleil experience translate to TV.  Mmm…words.

9:40pm – Robert Downey Jr. just Tebow’d the Oscars.  Love.

9:41pm – I like this sneak peek at Iron Man 3.


9:43pm – Fine choice.  My “Anything But Pina” campaign was a success.

9:45pm – Okay, Billy.  Chris Rock will take it from here.


9:46pm – People at Pixar have no idea what’s happening right now.

9:52pm – C’mon, Emma Stone.  Ben Stiller is busy not being funny and making crappy movies.  Don’t bother him.  (Seriously, can she just present every award for the  rest of the night?)


9:56pm – Hey.  Now I know what a stroke sounds like.

9:59pm – If Nolte wins, I want him to belch his acceptance speech.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer – Beginners

10:04pm – Plummer’s speech was a breath of sorely need fresh air.  Just a class act all the way, and with all the dignity and respect the Oscars thinks that it has.

10:06pm – Fair warning: my netbook is running out of juice faster than I expected.  I may not make it to the end with you fine people.  Know that I always loved yooooooou!

10:08pm – Holy shit!  Nick Nolte can smile!

BEST SCORE: The Artist

10:14pm – Kim Novak is calling a rape-crisis counseling center right now.

BEST SONG: The Muppets

10:18pm – YES.  [Insert Flight of the Conchords Reference Here]

10:20pm – So when do they hand out cigarettes to the audience? #Oscars

10:24pm – “The original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?”  You shouldn’t talk shit about Jon Voight, Billy Crystal.


10:27pm – The Dean has an Oscar!  Weave it into a plotline, Community.


10:29pm – Two great things: 1) Allen winning; 2) Choosing to go play jazz instead of showing up to accept the award.

10:34pm – My battery is almost spent!  Switching to Tweet power! Follow me at @MattGoldberg!



BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

11:09pm – My live-blog is back up and running!  Did I miss the hailing of the great and victorious dead?

11:11pm – I really like these montages because I want to know what famous people like about movies.

11:13pm – Oh good.  We’re back to the thing where we talk directly to each acting nominee.  These nominees are truly better than everyone else.

11:15pm – Seriously, this show could have ended at 11:00pm, but famous people need more attention.  They’re like Uggie, but does anyone tell the dog why they love him so much?  NO (but they should).

11:17pm -”Gary, I remember when you tried to kill me in The Professional.  You are truly a master of your craft.”

BEST ACTOR – Jean Dujardin – The Artist

11:18pm – Conventional wisdom was the good way to go on this.  Also, it means The Artist wins Best Picture.  As for Dujardin, I’m perfectly okay that he won.  Good performance, charming actor, and I’m excited to see what he’ll do next.

11:25pm -For a second thought I thought they were going to abbreviate this by having Firth say, “All you broads were great.  The Oscar goes to…”

11:26pm – “Rooney, you pierced your nipples just as your performance pierced our hearts.”

BEST ACTRESS – Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

11:29pm – Oscar #3 for Ms. Streep.  Wish it was for a movie that wasn’t awful.

11:30pm – Man, people really like Margaret Thatcher.  I thought she was a more divisive figure.

11:31pm – Again, The Iron Lady is crap, but Streep is giving a great speech.  There’s a reason people like her so much and that she’s had so much staying power over the years.  Now, I must go re-watch The River Wild.


11:36pm – We learned something important tonight: When it comes to predicting Oscar-winners, listen to Adam Chitwood.  G’night!

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  • simon

    survive alone matt… i will be watching TDK and videodrome in blu….

  • pills_26


    I walk a strange cynical/romantic knife edge when it comes to the oscars, so it’s always good to know I have Matt’s live blogging to tide me over if things go sour (I’m looking at you last years oscars).

    Bring on the snark!

  • jamais

    Have fun Matt. It’s middle of the night my time zone so I’ll pass this year, but looking forward to reading your blog in the morning.

  • Ryan

    Matt, before the ceremony commences I would like to salute you for enduring such a painful show for our amusement.

    And though The Artist is a well-deserved contender in its own right I gotta say the absence of Drive at this year’s Oscars is one of the most inexcusable injustices I have ever seen.

    Yeah, had to say it.

    Good show, mate.

    • jamario

      I totally agree Drive was AMAZING! should of been nominated for multiple awards including best picture

  • Junierizzle

    You know If you really don’t care then you don’t have to watch,right?

    I don’t get all the negativity. I still think the Oscars matter. No offense, dude but I won’t be reading your mock-fueled live blog.

  • James

    It only makes sense that Hugo won cinematography. Get used to 3D films winning this category.

  • jymmymackiv

    I love Hugo, I really do, but the Visual Effects Oscar is BS. Planet of the Apes was robbed.

    • cloxlider

      Your mom played my favorite ape. And no makeup effects needed!

      • jymmymackiv


  • Nick

    Gary Oldman deserved best actor

  • Henry

    the oscars were crap this year

  • Dsimolke

    The editing was the best part of The girl with the dragon tattoo. Granted its not
    A fantastic movie necessarily. But this was for editing, not picture. Those two guys are clearly great at what they do. They don’t have a say in the source material.
    They did great work on the social network and I was fine with them winning again.

  • Dsimolke

    I disagree. The girl with the dragon tattoo was very well edited. Those two guys are clearly skilled at what they do. It wasn’t a fantastic movie necessarily, but I’m fine with them winning. They did great work on the social network last year as well, and this was very much in the same style. That certainly has to do with fincher as well. The editors didn’t come up with the source material and the film wasn’t best picture quality (of course many of the nominees weren’t either). The editing was well done.

  • potterboy

    i’ve just read about 20 sentences of a very unfunny, cynical, and lonely man. we now have a great proof that Matt Goldberg hates EVERYBODY and EVERYTHING around the world.

    • Agent_Black

      And you are such a paradigm of the positive? The word ‘hypocrite’ springs to mind.

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