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Oscars Live: A Minute By Minute Rundown of the 2012 Academy Awards

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 26, 2012 at 10:13PM

The 84th Annual Academy Awards are going down tonight in Los Angeles. Indiewire's team will be offering minute by minute coverage of everything Oscar throughout the show. The Winners | The Nominees | The Predictions | The Presenters | The Playlist's Coverage | TOH's Coverage | Eric Kohn's Liveblog | Twitter
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The 84th Annual Academy Awards are going down tonight in Los Angeles. Indiewire's team will be offering minute by minute coverage of everything Oscar throughout the show.

The Winners | The Nominees | The Predictions | The Presenters | The Playlist's Coverage | TOH's Coverage | Eric Kohn's Liveblog | Twitter

8:36 PST: Best Picture - "The Artist." It pains to me say for the second consecutive year, but #worstoscarsever. Good night, all.

8:32 PST: Tom Cruise takes the stage to put us all out of our misery.

8:22 PST: Colin Firth gives the best actress Oscar to...MERYL STREEP. Her first Oscar since 1982. The only shocking moment of the night. And she delivers a classic Meryl speech.

8:19 PST: Two to go. Probably my best predictions ever (likely 21/24). Sadly, also the worst Oscars ever.

8:16 PST: "I love your country!" - Jean Dujardin

8:10 PST: Natalie Portman gives best actor Oscar to.... Jean Dujardin, "The Artist." I would have won $4,000 in online gambling if Pitt somehow won. Goodbye, dreams of no credit card debt.

8:08 PST: Gabourey Sidibe, the sole representation of non-white America.

8:00 PST: In Memoriam, from Elizabeth Taylor to Bingham Ray to Whitney Houston to Sidney Lumet to Peter Falk... Very sad year.

7:56 PST: Honorary Oscar recap/bathroom break.

7:54 PST: Hazanavicius is expectedly charming. Thanks Uggie.

7:53 PST: zzzzzzzz... Best Director - Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

7:51 PST: FOUR TO GO. Michael Douglas takes stage to present best director...

7:45 PST: Best Animated Short - "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"

7:44 PST: Yes, https://twitter.com/angiesrightleg has already been created.

7:43 PST: Best Documentary Short - "Saving Face"

7:42 PST: Scorsese!

7:40 PST: Adorable father/daughter win. Best Live Action Short: The Shore – Terry George and Oorlagh George

7:37 PST: And now begins the best part of the Oscars: The cast of "Bridesmaids" present the short film awards!

7:31 PST: Damn, that score from "Beginners" melts me every time.

7:29 PST: Best Original Screenplay - Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"  His first win in 24 years.

7:27 PST: Bret from "Flight of the Conchords" followed by the Dean from "Community'! Aka, Best Adapted Screenplay - The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash

7:25 PST: Angelina Jolie's legs steal it all.

7: 21 PST: FYI: "Hugo" has now won more Oscars than "Raging Bull," "Taxi Driver" and "Goodfellas" combined.

7:18 PST: Bret McKenzie! "Flight of the Conchords" star wins Best Original Song for "Man or Muppet."

7:16 PST: Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell bring down the house with a hilariously bizarre little sketch as they present the 2 nominee-wide best original song award.

7:13 PST: The reign begins? Best Original Score - "The Artist"

7:10 PST: Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson take the stage for best original score...

7:00 PST: Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer. Expected, but glorious. Oldest acting winner ever, first Canadian male actor to ever win. Sorry, Ryan Gosling.

6:59 EST: At 82, Christopher Plummer looks roughly 2 decades younger than Nick Nolte.

6:57 PST: Wow, they let Melissa Leo back. Here comes Christopher Plummer!

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6:55 PST: Best Visual Effects: "Hugo" upsets "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" for Oscar #5

6:52 PST: Emma Stone and Ben Stiller presenting best visual effects... Stone kills it and joins Chris Rock as one of the few people who haven't embarassed themselves tonight.

6:47 PST: Best Animated Feature: "Rango"

6:44 PST: Clearly, Chirs Rock didn't use whoever was writing Billy Crystal's jokes, giving the night a much needed dose of actual funny as he presents best animated feature...

6:42 PST: Best Documentary Feature - "Undefeated"

6:40 PST: Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow make a half-funny entrance spoofing celebrity documentary before presenting the award for best doc feature (perhap the least sewn up award of the night).

6:35 PST: The three words I fear the most at any awards show: Cirque du Soleil

6:33 PST: Kermit and Miss Piggy take the stage, also making it clear they'd be better hosts.

6:27 PST: Fey and Cooper get a third one. Best Sound Mixing - "Hugo," again. That's "Hugo" 4, "The Artist" 1 for those counting. Not a big fan of either, but at least we have hope for some excitement ahead? Minimal, slight hope..

6:24 PST: On to the next... Best Sound Editing - "Hugo" makes it a hat trick.

6:22 PST: Best Film Editing - Shit, a full on surprise!  Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter make it two years in a row for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."

6:20 PST: Tina Fey and Bradley Cooper take the stage to present best film editing.

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6:19 PST: A sketch featuring Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Eugene Levy, Christopher Guest and Catherine O'Hara! Finally, Oscar 2012 has a high point. Collective hosts, nest year, svp.

6:13 PST: Octavia Spencer is expectedly adorable, even if she can't quite deliver a coherent speech.

6:12 PST: Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

6:10 PST: Christian Bale onstage to assumingly give Octavia Spencer an Oscar.

6:09 PST: "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi keeps the politics subtle in an effective little speech.

6:08 PST: Best Foreign Language Film: "A Separation" deservedly brings us no surprises.

6:05 PST: Sandra Bullock takes the stage and explains to us the foreign language film category in German.

6:01 PST: No. More. Montages. What's the point og this one? Explaining that going to movies has been inspiring for some rich white people?

6:00 PST: Fun fact: J. Roy Helland has been Meryl's personal makeup artist for 37 years.

5:59 PST: Best Makeup: "The Iron Lady"

5:58 PST: And now Lopez and Diaz get to present best makeup. How... Ladylike?

5:56 PST: Best Costume Design: "The Arist" begins its potential sweep.

5:54 PST: Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz take the stage to present best costume design.

5:53 PST: Nice showing "When Harry Met Sally" at the end of the montage to remind us Billy Crystal once worked.

5:51 PST: "Forrest Gump," "Titanic" and "Twilight" lead off the first of assumingly many pointless montages.

5:47 PST: "This is for Martin, and Italy" - Francesca Lo Schiavo, art director of "Hugo."

5:46 PST: Best Art Direction: 2 for 2. "Hugo."

5:44 PST: Tom Hanks is just shooting them out... Best Art Direction next.

5:42 PST: Best Cinematography: "Hugo" upsets "The Artist" and "The Tree of Life"

5:42 PST: Tom Hanks on stage to present, looking old and making it once again feel like its 1995.

5:40 PST: Is it too late to go find Eddie Murphy? Or, god, James Franco?

5:38 PST: And now he's singing and dancing. Some (all?) things never change.

5:37 PST:  First great line oft he night: "Were here at the Chapter 11 theater."

5:36 PST: Crystal takes the stage in human form, impressively declaring this his 9th time as host...

5:34 PST: The montage is essentially a rehash of what he's done a bunch of times before - except considerably less funny.

5:32 PST: Oh no, a Justin Bieber cameo.

5:30 PST: Morgan Freeman takes the stage to kick things off... Introducing a parody montage -- yawn -- featuring Billy Crystal inserted into various films from 2011.

5:28 PST: The show is about to begin, and for the next 3-5 hours, Indiewire will be bringing you a minute by minute (ish) rundown of this year's Oscars.

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