WELCOME TO DAILYEDGE.IE’s inaugral Academy Awards liveblog.
Sinéad O’Carroll and Emer McLysaght will be bringing you all the glamour of Hollywood with the eloquence of Miley from Glenroe. We prepared for this overnighter with a few daytime naps and a lot of staring at Ben Affleck’s impeccable beard. That won’t be the last you hear of that tonight.
We hope you can stay awake with us. We have an emergency wine supply in case Ann Hathaway announces she’s pregant during someone else’s acceptance speech, or if Ben Affleck arrives without his beard. Imagine.
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Now. To the frocks…
22.13 – As we wait for E! to start its red-carpet coverage, we’ve been having a look on Twitter to see who is using the #Oscars hashtag. And, surprisingly enough, the best tweet came from The Academy itself – its account is quite funny, despite the stuffy reputation.
We’re looking forward to seeing wee Ryan Seacrest somewhat-awkwardly asking celeb after celeb about who they’re wearing. He seems to be in good spirits, instagramming away from the Dolby.
22.21 – During our pre-Oscars meeting (yes, we meet about this things, they don’t just happen you know), there was fairly lengthy discussion about The Academy’s invite list. If Brad & Angelina are going to be there, does that mean Jennifer Aniston has to stay at home? We’re hearing that Jen is coming tonight, so Brangelina are probably at home watching the nannies watching the kids. We hope there was a mix-up and they all arrive at the same time.
22.25 – My brother (who is also in the live-blog hub right now) just frowned at me and said, “I shaved my beard yesterday and you didn’t notice.”
Emer screamed, “Liveblog that, liveblog that.” While pointing frantically. So there you go.
22.34 – For those wondering where they can watch the Oscars, the red-carpet coverage is on E! (501 on UPC and 151 on Sky). The ceremony is on Sky Oscars. If you can’t tune in, we’ll be bringing you as many images as possible.
22.45 – Catt Sadler and Giuliana Rancic just did jazz hands at each other because they were wearing the same designer. It’s like being soul mates.
Ryan just said the stars have started to arrive. YAY!
22.53 – Seth McFarlane has already succumbed to his first Stewie impression. That didn’t take long at all and should have been in our drinking game.
22.55 – From Aisling Byrne in the comments section:
Excellent. Please keep all reports of J-laws luminosity as free and flowing as her impossibly radiant Hair.
Aisling, we’re pretty sure we won’t disappoint you on that front. If you’re a fan of beards, you should come join us. We have wine. And Doritos.
22.59 – Some gossip from E! The youngest ever nominee Quvenzhané Wallis has just been cast in Annie. Oh my, how cute.
Emer has just informed me that SOMEBODY HAS JUST ARRIVED.
23.06 – Eddie Redmayne from Les Mis is towering over Ryan now for the first big-name interview of the night. He and the rest of the Les Mis cast will be performing later. Very exciting. And his posh English accent is delightful.
23.18 – Kelly Osbourne approves of Jessica Chastain. She also thanks her for arriving on time so we could talk about her without having to rush off to check out Jon Hamm or something. (I added the Hamm reference. It’s been almost an hour and I hadn’t mentioned the Hamm and it didn’t feel right).
23.22 – Ryan has Jessica. Brilliant.
She says that the dress is Armani Prive and admits that she had more options this year than last when she was a first timer. “I’ve had a happy year.” She is simply wonderful.
On the dress, she says herself, it reminds her of a “Happy Birthday Mr President” moment.
23.23 – She also mentions her dress is a tribute to movies and Old Hollywood Glamour. DRINK!
23.31 – Ryan got Amy Adams, whose dress is a greyish/blue colour with a big poofy skirt.
23.38 – Quv is wearing something “fluffy and sparkly”. She also has a special puppy purse and gets a special video message from Demi Lovato.
23.38 – Reese Witherspoon is wearing Louis Vuitton and looks outrageously beautiful.
She says that her daughter helped her pick the outfit. Have you seen her daughter Ava? Spits.
23.43 – Channing Tatum tweeted earlier that he was at rehearsals so we think we’ll be seeing People’s Sexiest Man Alive on stage tonight. That’s something for all Magic Mike fans who were disappointed in its lack of nominations.
He looked chuffed to pieces on the red carpet with wife Jenna Dewan (of Step Up fame), who is a few months pregnant. The child will be born in London, they say.
23.51 – “Melissa McCarthy’s hair is f***ing enormous” – that was Emer from the other side of the room.
In case anyone is wondering – we’re wearing the closest thing to pyjamas we could find and are surrounded by a television, three laptops, a iPad and two iPhones.
23.53 – A text from d’mother:
That’s the nicest dress so far – Zoe Saldana.
She’s not wrong. Very unusual but worth the risk.
0.09 – Here’s J-Law. Poll after the picture.
What do you think? Yay or nay.
0.12 – Jennifer Hudson is towering over Ryan. There’s a woman with red hair photobombing (camera bombing?) the hell out of them in the most hilarious way.
Her dress is sparkly and kind of leopard print-y. Typical Roberto Cavalli. The Bet Lynch of the fashion world, says Emer.
Jennifer looks great though. Great face.
0.12 – Ryan sounds pained every time he has to mention the mani-cam.
0.24 – I just criticised Charlize for wearing white and Emer replied, “Leave my good friend Charlize alone.”
“I call her my good friend Charlize because I know someone who went to college with her ex-boyfriend’s brother.”
0.41 – We’re good with the beard Bradley but unsure of the hair.
0.48 – This is the haircut that Charlize wants us all to get. Don’t do it ladies. We’d all look more Anne Hathaway and her mammy hair than this.
0.57 – K-Stew and her misery face has arrived. She is presenting tonight.
1.06 – Ryan’s in the studio? It looks like they’ve finished on the red carpet for a while. We’re switching over the Sky Living. Harry Potter is on again.
I really hope we didn’t miss Ben.
1.10 – Jen Garner is with Kristin Chenoweth. She says she’s really excited and nervous for her husband. They have a very girly-girly chat. Jen is wearing maroon Gucci number. It’s beautiful. Hopefully we’ll have a picture soon.
1.12 – Jennifer Aniston says she feels like a princess in her gown. The folk at E! didn’t like it but I do, so there.