2021 OSCARS: OUR 8TH ANNUAL LIVE BLOG!!!

Welcome to our 8th Annual Oscars Live Blog! Enjoy the show and our witty comments!

7:39PM

Hey, everybody! The clock is ticking down and it’s almost Oscars time! Follow along on our Live Blog!

7:58PM

So….Cruella is Devil Wears Prada meets Joker? Okay…..

8:00PM

Show is starting! For the record, my preferred Best Picture is Minari, but I think Nomadland will probably take the statue. Fingers crossed, though!

8:01PM

Wow, the set up shows that this will be a VERY different Oscars. Regina King – love her. One Night in Miami was really good.

8:07PM

Emerald Fennell wins Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman! I enjoyed the film, but if you’re not a fan of dark films, you won’t like it. Obviously, I was pulling for Minari, but this win is totally deserved. Promising Young Woman was probably the most interesting film of the year.

8:09PM

Questlove is the house DJ! Nice!

8:10PM

One Night in Miami is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. I know who Regina’s pulling for!

8:12PM

The Father wins for Best Adapted Screenplay! It’s the only Best Picture nominee that I didn’t get to see this year, but I hear Hopkins and Colman are amazing.

8:13PM

I’m glad they’re letting the winners talk. This is their moment. They deserve it.

8:18PM

Laura Dern, who apparently from the preshow is tall as shit, presenting Best International Feature Film.

8:23PM

Another Round, from Denmark, wins Best International Film, which makes sense, since the director is nominated for Best Director.

8:25PM

It’s incredible how long they’re letting the winners talk. It’s really refreshing.

8:26PM

Laura Dern back to present Best Supporting Actor. She won last year for Marriage Story. Daniel Kaluuya is probably a lock, but I really loved Paul Raci in Sound of Metal. Let’s see who wins….

8:30PM

Daniel Kaluuya wins for Judas and the Black Messiah! Well deserved win, but I feel like this was probably Raci’s only shot for a fantastic performance. That’s why award shows ultimately suck. So many performances are worthy. I think with the Oscars in particular, it really is an honor to just be nominated.

8:35PM

Interesting – because the theater business is practically dead thanks to COVID, they’re now showing previews of upcoming movies to tease going back to the theaters. First up is Spielberg’s West Side Story remake.

8:39PM

Don Cheadle here to present Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Funny for a bald guy.

8:41PM

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom wins! Well deserved. They made Viola Davis look almost unrecognizable. Great job.

8:43PM

War Machine is back to present for Best Costume Design. WarMachineRox

8:45PM

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom wins again!

8:49PM

Bryan Cranston talking about how Hollywood recovered from the LAST pandemic.

8:53PM

The Motion Picture and TV Fund wins the Humanitarian Award for all the work they’ve done over the last 100 years, especially this last year with COVID.

8:55PM

The Bryon King introducing Bong Joon Ho, who wiped the floor with the competition last year with the spectacular Parasite.

8:57PM

Holy shit, are they presenting Best Directing NOW????

8:59PM

Chloe Zhao wins Best Director for Nomadland! This was pretty much a foregone conclusion after the lead up to the awards. ABC/Disney would like to remind you that her next film is Marvel’s The Eternals, due in November – finally.

9:06PM

Riz Ahmed to present the Sound awards. Makes sense, since his film is SOUND of Metal.

9:08PM

Sound of Metal wins for Best Sound! The fix is in!

9:09PM

Love how this guy is apologizing for his English when Bong Joon Ho literally just did his whole category in Korean. Lol. Riz Ahmed back to present Best Live Action Short.

9:12PM

Two Distant Strangers wins for Best Live Action Short! I’ll have to watch this on Netflix.

9:18PM

Reese Witherspoon is up to present the Animation awards. Shorts first.

9:21PM

If Anything Happens I Love You wins Best Animated Short! Laura Dern, who works with Reese Witherspoon on Big Little Lies, was one of the producers. The fix is in!

9:22PM

Reese Witherspoon talks about her love of Secret of Nimh prior to presenting Best Animated Feature.

9:26PM

Pixar’s Soul wins! Soul was a great flick. Pete Docter accepting. How many Oscars does he have?

9:27PM

Dirty A: “FINALLY Pixar is given its due in animation!”

9:32PM

Marlee Matlin to present Documentary Short Subject.

9:34PM

Collette takes the award. Best Documentary Short – even at the stripped-down Oscars, they have to sit in the way back.

9:37PM

Marlee back for Best Documentary Feature. Of course, if you know anything about her, her presentation is all in sign language.

9:40PM

And the Oscar goes to, My Octopus Teacher! I wish I’d had an octopus for a teacher at school. That would have been awesome.

9:49PM

Steven Yeun to present Visual Effects. He was so, so great in Minari. Would love to see him win, but I think it’s going to be Chadwick Boseman, who was also amazing.

9:51PM

Tenet wins for Best Visual Effects! You know how we feel about Chris Nolan’s films, so I’m very happy about this one. Tenet had its problems, but it was very, very cool.

9:53PM

Brad Pitt presenting Best Supporting Actress and can’t read apparently. I’m pulling for Grandma from Minari!

9:54PM

YES! Yuh-Jung Youn wins! She was so, so amazing in Minari as Grandma. Watch that film and tell me you don’t love her.

9:57PM

“I’m luckier than you.” Oh my god, she’s adorable and hilarious!

10:02PM

Halle Berry to present Best Production Design. Can’t say I’m a fan of that hairdo.

10:04PM

Mank wins for Best Production Design! It’s first win of the night.

10:07PM

Mank also wins for Best Cinematography!

10:09PM

Now Lin Manuel Miranda is showing a special look at In the Heights. Y’know, I’d like to see a special look at a movie that’s not a musical – Dune.

10:14PM

Han Solo shows up to flashback about Blade Runner and present for Best Editing. I know he hates this shit.

10:16PM

You know what WON’T win for Best Editing? ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Sound of Metal wins the Oscar! And, they get to meet Indiana Jones!

10:20PM

Viola Davis is presenting…the Humanitarian Award? Didn’t they already do this? Tyler Perry is getting the award too tonight. It sounds like he definitely deserves it. I wish he’d act in other movies besides his own. He was great in Gone Girl.

10:31PM

Zendaya presenting Best Score. And the Oscar goes to Soul! That really was a great score.

10:36PM

Zendaya now presenting Best Song. I think they all performed in the pre-show? I know H.E.R. did.

10:38PM

And…H.E.R. wins the Oscar for Judas and the Black Messiah!

10:41PM

They’re playing…a game? At 10:41PM? People in the East have to go to work, MFs!

10:42PM

I just asked Dirty A, “WTF is this?” His answer: “Bar trivia.” Seriously, though, WTF is this?

10:45PM

Like she does with many other things, Glenn Close has saved this ill-conceived bit. Did someone’s dress fall apart backstage or something?

10:51PM

Angela Bassett presenting the In Memoriam portion of the evening.

10:55PM

Geez, we’ve lost so many greats this year. Sad.

10:59PM

Rita Moreno is presenting Best Picture???? And it’s not last???

11:03PM

How in the hell do you not do Best Picture last?

11:05PM

Nomadland wins Best Picture! Kind of a foregone conclusion, but in watching the clips, I remembered all the movies I liked better than that one. Lol. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but I didn’t think it was the best film of the year.

11:08PM

Joel Coen was just like, “I married that,” after Frances McDormand howled like a wolf.

11:10PM

Changing it up again. Renee Zellweger is presenting Best ACTRESS instead of Best Actor. No idea who wins this. Could be Frances or Viola.

11:12PM

Frances McDormand wins the Oscar! Short speech. Great actress, but an odd bird. Speaking of odd birds, Joaquin Phoenix is here to present Best Actor to Chadwick Boseman…I mean, whoever wins this.

11:14PM

HOLY SHIT! That is a HUGE upset! Anthony Hopkins wins the Oscar! I thought for sure Chadwick Boseman was a lock! And as Dirty A just concurred, that was very anticlimactic, because Hopkins isn’t there to accept. There were multiple places they were filming from and he wasn’t at either. I wonder if the producers knew who was going to win this show, or if they were just expecting a big final sendoff for Chadwick Boseman? Either way, that was the strangest Oscars in a long time. Congrats to the winners and hopefully soon, we’ll all be able to go to the theater with peace of mind, because I REALLY don’t want to have to watch Dune on my TV first. Thanks for spending the evening with The Hodgepodge Podcast!

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