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There's no more argumentative time of year than Oscars season - whether the arguments are about nominations, wins, categories, or even whether or not an acclaimed movie (or actor) was at all good. And there are no two Popverse writers who have varied opinions than Popverse Deputy Editor Tiffany Babb (hi, that's me) and Staff Writer Graeme McMillan.

This year, they've decided to share their penchant for disagreeing live over the course of the entire broadcast of the Academy Awards. What will they fight over? Well... likely everything, starting with the nominees (check out all of the nominees here). But it will be amusing... more amusing than host Jimmy Kimmel, at least.

So read on below, live with Tiffany and Graeme as they watch the Academy Awards. And if you want to chime in to the conversation, leave a comment! (We'll be reading during the boring bits of the ceremony.)


Our live coverage of this event has finished.

Good afternoon, everyone. It's 3:40-ish and we're setting up over here for the Academy Awards and currently enjoying the red carpet pre-show. Paul Giametti is very good at those interviews, you know.

Graeme McMillan

Still watching the red carpet pre-show, and I'm amused that Ramy Youssef's interview started with "Your co-stars are nominated for awards," as if to rub it in that he, himself, was not nominated.

Graeme McMillan

Gooood afternoon, Graeme and all. I am here and still figuring out how to get the Oscars onto the television as opposed to on the other window of my laptop because I am clearly a tech wizard.

Tiffany Babb

We're five minutes away from the official start of the broadcast, and I'm curious: how long do we all think this is going to last tonight? Tiffany and I have discussed this ahead of time, and let's just say that *I* expect us to be here quite a few hours from now....

Graeme McMillan

I vote 4 hours..

Tiffany Babb

And now things are getting started! WELCOME TO THE MOVIES EVERYONE.

Graeme McMillan

With the first Oscars commercials having started, I wonder if this is the awards show/event with the cheesiest commercials. I feel like it is.

Tiffany Babb

It's THE MOVIES? And of course, a dramatic compilation serving as a Testament to the Power of Film.

Tiffany Babb

You can tell how wonderful the actors in the audience are by their polite laughter for that opening gag.

Graeme McMillan

Sigh. How many Barbie related jokes is our host gonna roll out tonight?

Tiffany Babb

Oh, and there's a Madame Web joke too!

Graeme McMillan

And a joke that the show is running late!

Tiffany Babb

"What a thing, what an achievement, to take a plastic doll nobody liked anymore," says Kimmel, before calling out the Academy for not nominating Greta Gerwig for Best Director. That was a little awkward.

Graeme McMillan

Jimmy Kimmel is nothing if not a little awkward as a host.

Tiffany Babb

Christopher Nolan gets called out for being "a very attractive man" while looking like the most awkward Brit ever.

Graeme McMillan

Cillian Murphy in that floppy little bow tie. Loving it.

Tiffany Babb

Robert Downey Jr. is an old school movie star, as evidenced by the fact that he's the only one who responds appropriately to the camera in response to the bad jokes.

Graeme McMillan

Oof. That was a rough one.

Tiffany Babb

It's Messi from Anatomy of a Fall! And Kimmel is spoiling the movie! STOP TALKING JIMMY KIMMEL!

Graeme McMillan

For those who haven't been following along, there's been a lot of drama around whether or not Messi could attend Oscars events...

Tiffany Babb

With someone complaining about the attention the pup was drawing at awards events.

Tiffany Babb

Lily Gladstone has the expression of someone who really didn't want to be part of this opening monologue.

Graeme McMillan

Okay, for real: how has Jeffrey Wright never been nominated for a Best Actor award before this year?!?

Graeme McMillan

Jeffrey Wright is the best!!

Tiffany Babb

Applause for the behind the scenes people who run the shows! Well deserved! (It's a standing ovation, which is nice.)

Graeme McMillan

Yay!

Tiffany Babb

There are surprises planned for each of the acting categories? That doesn't sound promising...

Graeme McMillan

Second "running late" show joke. Bodes well...

Tiffany Babb

Oh, the surprise is that we're getting past winners of the acting categories presenting this year's awards!

Graeme McMillan

Jodie Foster looks genuinely moved as Jamie Lee Curtis speaks about her role in Nyad.

Tiffany Babb

Rita Moreno should present everything ever.

Graeme McMillan

Her dress is Amazing.

Tiffany Babb

If you haven't seen The Color Purple yet, you gotta. Danielle Brooks is spectacular.

Tiffany Babb

And the Oscar goes to... Da'Vine Joy Randolph!

Graeme McMillan

I am 100% a sucker for when winners cry.

Tiffany Babb

You and me both, Tiffany. I am here for emotional acceptance speeches, I gotta admit.

Graeme McMillan

"I am so grateful for all of you beautiful people out here," Randolph says. "I thank you for seeing me!" The bar has been sent for acceptance speeches for the night early.

Graeme McMillan

Paul Giametti is crying!

Graeme McMillan

A really lovely and heartfelt speech!

Tiffany Babb

Anya Taylor Joy's dress giving Glinda vibes.

Tiffany Babb

Our first cheesy watch commercial!

Tiffany Babb

If we were still in Peak Streamer Era, then we could expect someone to give Da'Vine a series based on that Oscar win. Let's hoping she gets all the job offers anyway.

Graeme McMillan

And we're back!

Graeme McMillan

Wait, are they just playing excerpts of trailers for the Best Pictures nominees? That's... a choice.

Graeme McMillan

Animated feature time!

Tiffany Babb

When he said "God of Thunder and Princess Peach," I legitimately had a "Did Chris Hemsworth play Princess Peach" moment.

Tiffany Babb

War is Over wins Best Animated Short, proving that John Lennon's karma is anything but instant after that last Beatles single.

Graeme McMillan

The first people being played off by the music for the show as Sean Lennon tries to speak!

Graeme McMillan

Oof. A sweet shout out to Yoko though.

Tiffany Babb

Best Animated Feature goes to... The Boy and the Heron!

Graeme McMillan

That's a well-deserved win for Studio Ghibli!

Graeme McMillan

And another commercial break! No wonder this takes so long.

Graeme McMillan

No speech read out for Boy and the Heron, which is a bit of a bummer. But alas! It's a far trip from Japan.

Tiffany Babb

Miyazaki is already at work on his next movie. He's moved on.

Graeme McMillan

And this Best Picture trailer excerpt is for the wonderful Poor Things, which definitely deserves the win, says I.

Graeme McMillan

It's the Best Original and Adapted Screenplay categories! I get a chance to complain that Barbie should definitely be in the Original category again!

Graeme McMillan

How many bad jokes can fit into one awards ceremony? I feel like tonight may be pushing it.

Tiffany Babb

I love that the clips for the screenplay categories have text on screen, as if to go, "Yes, these are WORDS. THIS WAS WRITTEN."

Graeme McMillan

Just in case we forgot

Tiffany Babb

The Oscar goes to Anatomy of a Fall!

Graeme McMillan

Anatomy of a Fall is a great movie, but I admit, I really wanted Past Lives to take this one.

Graeme McMillan

Bless Justine Triet for admitting she "hooked [her kids] up to cartoons" so that they could write this movie.

Graeme McMillan

Adapted Screenplay now!

Graeme McMillan

This is a stacked category! Zone of Interest, Oppenheimer, American Fiction, Barbie, and Poor Things.

Tiffany Babb

The Oscar goes to American Fiction! First Oscar win for Cord Jefferson.

Tiffany Babb

Jefferson stops on his way to the stage to hug Sterling K Brown and Jeffrey Wright.

Tiffany Babb

Thrilled to see Cord Jefferson take the win on this, I have to admit. He's making a plea for others to make it easier to get movies made.

Graeme McMillan

"Instead of making one $200 million movie, try making 10 $20 million movies."

Graeme McMillan

This is my reminder to people who haven't watched it to watch HBO's Watchmen, which Jefferson worked on.

Graeme McMillan

American Fiction was a very ambitious movie, with a lot of big swings. While I feel like it wasn't always successful at what it was trying to do, it's one of this season's movies that has stuck with me the longest. Really love that it's seeing success.

Tiffany Babb

Is Billie Eilish performing with her back to the audience? Oh, no, the stage is revolving. That's... another choice.

Graeme McMillan

Turn tables, the scourge of all contemporary theater productions.

Tiffany Babb

Nice to see the orchestra!

Tiffany Babb

The first of the musical performances of the show offers to opportunity to reflect on how uninspiring the Best Original Song nominees are this year. I mean, this is the obvious winner, surely... yet I worry that "I'm Just Ken" is going to take it.

Graeme McMillan

The way the stage is set up, it does make the orchestra look like teeny tiny people.

Tiffany Babb

MIKE ARMSTRONG IN THE COMMENTS.

Graeme McMillan

Also, yes. The songs are quite lackluster this year.

Tiffany Babb

(Hi Armstrong)

Tiffany Babb

Ariana Grande in the audience, going, "They did it so much better than I did last night on SNL."

Graeme McMillan

LOL

Tiffany Babb

We're an hour into the ceremony, by the way. Five categories awarded.

Graeme McMillan

And watching some truly awful commercials.

Tiffany Babb

Speak for yourself, I'm watching a trailer for Shogun.

Graeme McMillan

It looks good!

Tiffany Babb

So far, I'm surprised that... I don't really have any winners that I'm that mad at? I'm sure that's to come, though.

Graeme McMillan

Ahh Past Lives.

Tiffany Babb

The interplay of the end of the Past Lives trailer and the Beetlejuice music was sure a thing.

Graeme McMillan

I really want Poor Things to win Make-Up, I admit. And it did!

Graeme McMillan

Fun Past Lives tidbit. Teo Yoo is wearing a turtle pin today in memory of his tortoise Momo, who recently died.

Tiffany Babb

Yay! First Poor Things win of the night!

Tiffany Babb

Poor Things really is such a good looking movie, so this is a very well-deserved win. Willem Dafoe getting a particular shout-out, as well.

Graeme McMillan

Oh, man. Production Design has to be between Barbie and Poor Things, right?
And the win for this one goes to... Poor Things! Again!

Graeme McMillan

Two wins!

Tiffany Babb

And in a year with tons of historical pics.

Tiffany Babb

I worry that Poor Things is going to get the technical awards and shut out elsewhere, which would be a shame. But good for winning these two for now!

Graeme McMillan

I am concerned too, for you Graeme, that this is going to be a Fury Road year, where Poor Things sweeps all except for the big ones.

Tiffany Babb

Emma Stone for Best Actress, right? Surely.

Graeme McMillan

This is a competitive year

Tiffany Babb

It may very well be Gladstone or Hüller

Tiffany Babb

Bless John Cena.

Graeme McMillan

"It's supposed to be funny." Perhaps descriptive of every bit Kimmel has tried to pull off tonight.

Tiffany Babb

Cena is a joy, of course.

Tiffany Babb

Cena is selling this bit in a way few others could. Costume Design! Let's see if this goes to a historical epic.

Graeme McMillan

The long pause after "costumes." Love him.

Tiffany Babb

ANOTHER Poor Things win!

Graeme McMillan

Lookit that! (Also I keep forgetting Napoleon came out this year).

Tiffany Babb

I feel like this is definitely priming us for Emma Stone being ignored in Actress, and Yorgos being looked over in favor of Christopher Nolan.

Graeme McMillan

Yeahp. Very much so.

Tiffany Babb

Tony McNamara was just mentioned in the Poor Things acceptance speech, which lets me remind everyone that they should watch The Great on Hulu, which McNamara wrote.

Graeme McMillan

Yess. The Great is Great.

Tiffany Babb

Tiffany, we're not even fighting and we promised fighting in the description! Do I need to say Sondheim is overrated or something?

Graeme McMillan

That would certainly start a fight if I believed anyone would believe that.

Tiffany Babb

I am willing to fight Bradley Cooper for only putting in a single mention of Sondheim in Maestro...

Tiffany Babb

And now we're getting a Best Song performance from Killers of the Flower Moon, which is genuinely thrilling, despite my earlier cynicism.

Graeme McMillan

It is very cool, especially the way they're shooting it from above.

Tiffany Babb

(I maintain that cynicism, though: A SONG FROM FLAMIN' HOT?!?)

Graeme McMillan

Transitions tonight have been rough

Tiffany Babb

Ah, Dwayne Johnson and Bad Bunny, a pairing that feels entirely natural, and not just producers going, "sure, they're both... bald."

Graeme McMillan

Bald men unite

Tiffany Babb

They're talking Best International Feature, which goes to... The Zone of Interest.

Graeme McMillan

This one was a gimme, surely, given the buzz surrounding this movie.

Graeme McMillan

As soon as he started to talking about the attacks on Gaza, I started to count down how long it would be until the music played him off, and it's to the credit of producers they didn't do it.

Graeme McMillan

An important message, especially due to the topic of the film being celebrated.

Tiffany Babb

Emily Blunt and Ryan Gosling doing some broad comedy immediately after someone was talking about the horrors of war. THE OSCARS, EVERYONE.

Graeme McMillan

Transitions have been bad!

Tiffany Babb

Zone of Interest winning international likely knocks it out of Best Picture running though

Tiffany Babb

Yeah, but Best Picture is almost certainly Oppenheimer, right?

Graeme McMillan

(I'd happily be wrong, but I don't think I am.)

Graeme McMillan

Who knows? This seems like a year where there could be an upset? What if it went to Anatomy?

Tiffany Babb

Buster Keaton shoutout!!!

Tiffany Babb

I literally just realized Blunt and Gosling are here to hype their upcoming movie The Fall Guy, which makes this tribute to stuntmen a little less meaningful.

Graeme McMillan

At least there's a bit with Fury Road...

Tiffany Babb

Well, now I'm curious who the "reunion you won't want to miss" is going to be. Well-played, announcer.

Graeme McMillan

That's how they get you

Tiffany Babb

Okay, Tiffany. While the ads are happening: Who do you think is going to win Best Supporting Actor? Not who you think *deserves* it, but who do you think *will* win it?

Graeme McMillan

Oof. That's a tough one...

Tiffany Babb

I think it may go to Sterling K Brown

Tiffany Babb

What do you think?

Tiffany Babb

It's Bobby Downey, surely? Outside chance, Sterling K. Brown. So's I think, anyway.

Graeme McMillan

Sure, but if Adapted Screenplay could get it..

Tiffany Babb

Well, now we're going to find out for real. It's Best Supporting Actor, with an all-star cast to present it. (Sam Rockwell is rocking that beard, holy moley.)

Graeme McMillan

I do find this bit very sweet.

Tiffany Babb

Wow are those big photos of the actors in costume Terrible.

Tiffany Babb

I *want* it to be Sterling, or maybe Mark Ruffalo. (Sterling mouthing, "I'm gonna cry" was delightful.)

Graeme McMillan

Robert De Niro looking particularly bored by his own tribute.

Graeme McMillan

Sterling is SO GOOD in American Fiction

Tiffany Babb

I love Ryan Goslings outfit, btw. Not at all what I thoguht it would be.

Tiffany Babb

I loved the idea that Mahershala Ali was just going to say, "Mark Ruffalo," and leave it at that.

Graeme McMillan

And the winner is... Robert Downey Jr.!

Graeme McMillan

Told you.

Graeme McMillan

(You were right)

Tiffany Babb

Good for him though. First Oscar and all

Tiffany Babb

Okay, real talk: can we have Robert Downey Jr. and George Clooney make a movie together where they're snarky and charming jerks?
Have Soderbergh direct it! Or Shane Black.

Tiffany Babb

OH MESSI APPLAUDING

Tiffany Babb

And now we're back to commercials. Over here, it's a trailer for The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, because CINEMA.

Graeme McMillan

Finally a trailer for a movie, at least. It's been all tv, hasn't it.

Tiffany Babb

Feeling sad for Sterling K. Brown. :(

Tiffany Babb

Sterling K. Brown is a beautiful, talented, successful actor. He's going to be fine.

Graeme McMillan

He was exceptionally good in American Fiction.

Tiffany Babb

Okay, so the one we're all going to riot over is if Godzilla Minus One doesn't get Best Visual Effects, right? RIGHT? (I loved Mission: Impossible and all, but come on.)

Graeme McMillan

I loved that clip of that team finding out that they were nominated.

Tiffany Babb

The sweetest.

Tiffany Babb

And we're back with a clip from Anatomy of a Fall.

Tiffany Babb

Well, clips.

Tiffany Babb

It's Arnie and Danny back together again to announce Matilda 2.

Graeme McMillan

It's Visual Effects! We were just talking about that!

Graeme McMillan

Okay, I love this Batman bit. Michael Keaton playing it great.

Tiffany Babb

Did anyone see The Creator?

Tiffany Babb

Best Visual Effects goes to... Godzilla Minus One!

Graeme McMillan

WOOOOOOOO!

Tiffany Babb

No need to riot, friends.

Graeme McMillan

Yay team!

Tiffany Babb

And they have their Godzilla toys. I am weeping.

Tiffany Babb

It's a shame no-one joked that Godzilla couldn't be there in person tonight.

Graeme McMillan

This is very very sweet, I love it so much.

Tiffany Babb

I am weeping. The Godzilla crew in the audience all shaking their Godzillas in the air. Perfect.

Tiffany Babb

And now it's Film Editing, which doesn't even get clips.

Graeme McMillan

Just frames.

Tiffany Babb

And Film Editing goes to... Oppenheimer! First win of the night. (Edited: Nope, it's the second; I forgot about RDJ.)

Graeme McMillan

Interesting. I would have thought Thelma Shoonmaker might have grabbed it.

Tiffany Babb

And now it's another of the musical performances, giving audiences the chance to say, "Wait, what even IS American Symphony?"

Graeme McMillan

Again, people who are watching live with us: SOMEONE THOUGHT THIS WAS WORTHY OF AN ACADEMY AWARD.

Graeme McMillan

We're back to commercials, which gives me the chance to share that the one winner I want to see tonight but am fairly convinced I *won't* get to see is Jerskin Fendrix winning Best Original Score for Poor Things. (It feels like it's going to be John Williams or Ludwig Goransson, to me.)

Graeme McMillan

Swing your butt while you're swinging that baton, maestro. (I was a fan that they were playing Barbie Girl.)

Graeme McMillan

Colman Domingo consistently best dressed actor at awards

Tiffany Babb

It's Kate McKinnon and America Ferrera! They're doing the documentary categories, because, sure, why not.

Graeme McMillan

Makes sense. Barbie was a documentary after all

Tiffany Babb

Can Kate McKinnon just host the Oscars next year?

Graeme McMillan

Yes please

Tiffany Babb

Best Documentary Short goes to... The Last Repair Shop!

Graeme McMillan

Anyone curious, by the way, The Last Repair Shop is on Disney+. Not enough people watch the Oscar-nominated documentaries.

Graeme McMillan

"Music education isn't just about creating incredible musicians, it's about creating incredible humans," says the director of the doc, asking for better arts education funding. Well said!

Graeme McMillan

And now it's time for Best Documentary Feature, which is awarded to 20 Days in Mariupol.

Graeme McMillan

This is a Ukranian documentary that was aired on PBS in the US, by the way; the director says, "I wish I had never made this film," saying that he would give up the award if it meant Russia had never invaded Ukraine. "I wish for them to release all the hostages, all the soldiers, who are protecting their lands, all the civilians."

Graeme McMillan

A very moving speech that touches on the weight of what this film is and does, and why it has to exist.

Tiffany Babb

"I cannot change the history. I cannot change the past... but we can make sure that the history record is set straight, and that the truth will prevail and that the people of Mariupol and those that have given their lives will never be forgotten."

Tiffany Babb

"Cinema forms memories, and memory forms history," says the director, asking that those in the theater do their part to help mark the truth of the Ukrainian invasion. He gets a standing ovation.

Graeme McMillan

And another terrible transition to "I'm Just Ken"

Tiffany Babb

You say that, but "I'm Just Ken" is going to be reinterpreted as an anti-war anthem in a shocking turn later in the show.

Graeme McMillan

I'd laugh, but the way this nights going...

Tiffany Babb

Please welcome Zendaya! Everyone's favorite Fremen is presenting cinematography to Oppenheimer!

Graeme McMillan

The turn to Oppenheimer sweeping the board is happening, friends.

Graeme McMillan

A call to the youngsters to shoot on celluloid.

Tiffany Babb

For those into jewelry, Zendaya is wearing Bvlgari pink tourmaline earrings.

Tiffany Babb

Best Live-Action Short, which they're speeding through! Maybe they looked at the clock. It goes to... The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar!

Graeme McMillan

"Congratulations, Wes, we knew you could make them long, but wow," jokes Remy Youssef. (It's a very good short; it's on Netflix if you haven't seen it.)

Graeme McMillan

Woww. Anderson? And not for Asteroid City (my biggest anger possibly about nominations)???

Tiffany Babb

It is a good short though! But Asteroid City is a masterpiece!!

Tiffany Babb

And now it's Becky G singing a song about Cheetos or whatever Flamin' Hot was about. The Oscars are wild, everyone.

Graeme McMillan

That's not a joke, by the way; Flamin' Hot is about the guy who claims to have invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos.
Maybe the worst song of the night?

Tiffany Babb

Easily the worst song of the night!

Graeme McMillan

Only just now have I realized that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito was probably the "much anticipated reunion" they teased earlier, and... I feel very let down.

Graeme McMillan

Yes time for a commercial for Guadanigno's newest featuring Zendaya, Josh O'Connor, and the wonderful Mike Faist (Who should have been nominated for West Side Story)

Tiffany Babb

Oh no. Yeah, that's disappointing.

Tiffany Babb

Also, the fight has finally arrived when I let Tiffany know that I thought Asteroid City was... just fine...? A step down from The French Dispatch, for me.

Graeme McMillan

NOOOO. Unforgivable. Absolutely Incorrect. Boooo.

Tiffany Babb

I really liked French Dispatch, but Asteroid City was *Chefs Kiss* in my book.

Tiffany Babb

It felt very rote, in a way that, say Henry Sugar didn't!

Graeme McMillan

Fight fight fight!

Graeme McMillan

Noo how was it rote? It was bursting with unspoken emotion and loneliness! There are essays and essays to be written!

Tiffany Babb

Someone more interested than I can write them. (Meanwhile, the show's back!)

Graeme McMillan

Clips from American Fiction, which reminds me how the movie's promotion set it up a little for failure.

Tiffany Babb

Wait, was that short really Wes Anderson's first Oscar?!?

Graeme McMillan

I believe so!

Tiffany Babb

Wait. Is John Mullaney's skit the highlight of the show? How did that happen?

Graeme McMillan

Second Madame Web joke of the night?

Tiffany Babb

He's introducing Best Achievement in Sound. It goes to... The Zone of Interest!

Graeme McMillan

Makes sense, but there were a lot of good contenders this year.

Tiffany Babb

The Sound category's nominees were weird this year. I love Mission: Impossible, but... what? Why?

Graeme McMillan

Fair. I wonder how much awards show time would be saved if all nominees were in the front seats.

Tiffany Babb

"We need to thank the Academy for listening to our film," say the winners, before saying Happy Mother's Day, the second time that's been pointed out onstage tonight. (It's Mother's Day in the UK this year.)

Graeme McMillan

Oh, we're in the Ken zone.

Graeme McMillan

Sigh

Tiffany Babb

If nothing else, you have to applaud Ryan Gosling for committing to the bit.

Graeme McMillan

I do like the sparkly suit

Tiffany Babb

It's very post-modern: Gosling does Madonna doing Marilyn!

Graeme McMillan

Very much so

Tiffany Babb

It is gutsy for a movie actor to perform a song live though. So props to Gosling.

Tiffany Babb

If nothing else, the performance is the best of the night, and maybe a recognition that the song is... a joke that somehow got into the category? (I still worry it's going to win.)

Graeme McMillan

Ah Ncuti Gatwa!

Tiffany Babb

The performance is good! Fun staging! Lots of energy!

Tiffany Babb

Emma Stone seemed legitimately into it there. Okay, the performance was, for real, kind of wonderful.

Graeme McMillan

Impressive! Good for Gosling!

Tiffany Babb

Greta Gerwig did, indeed, deserve a Best Director nom, I think - but looking at her face at the end there, I think that was the win she wanted.

Graeme McMillan

Time for my fightin words - I Did Not Like Barbie.

Tiffany Babb

Okay, Tiffany: name what's going to win Best Movie and Best Director. (I like Barbie a lot, but I know a growing number who disagree; I think that's becoming the backlash perceived wisdom.)

Graeme McMillan

Oppenheimer or Anatomy, for Best Picture, I think, leaning towards Opp, Director, I think goes to Nolan. What do you think?

Tiffany Babb

I think it's either Oppenheimer and Scorcese, or Anatomy and Nolan.

Graeme McMillan

Intriguing.

Tiffany Babb

Maybe it's Oppenheimer AND Nolan! But I think it'll be a split vote.

Graeme McMillan

Best Score and Song! Will I be disappointed? (Probably.)

Graeme McMillan

Ah early Wicked plug

Tiffany Babb

Best Score goes to... Oppenheimer!

Graeme McMillan

Should've been Poor Things, rassenfrassen.

Graeme McMillan

Sure, makes sense. Also Dial of Destiny could not have been this year. I feel like that was a decade ago.

Tiffany Babb

Dial of Destiny was, unbelievably, less than a year ago. I mean, BARBIE was less than a year ago, oh boy.

Graeme McMillan

Best Song is... Billie Eilish!

Graeme McMillan

Finneas and Billie are suitably freaked out by the win. "Um, thank you so much to the Academy!" she says, seemingly in shock.

Graeme McMillan

Billie Eilish just thanked a teacher who "didn't like me, but you were good at your job," which is hilariously charming.

Graeme McMillan

This is a very cute speech, thanks to best friends and more

Tiffany Babb

Actor, Actress and Best Picture are up next, apparently! (What about Best Director?)

Graeme McMillan

Mysterious

Tiffany Babb

Okay, I'm saying I'd like Jeffrey Wright for Best Actor, Emma Stone for Best Actress, and Poor Things for Best Picture. (I think it'll ACTUALLY be Bradley Cooper or Paul Giamatti, Lily Gladstone or Sandra Hüller, and Oppenheimer, though.)

Graeme McMillan

Interesting. I think actor goes to Giamatti, but would love to see Wright win.

Tiffany Babb

Is Time to Say Goodbye too on the nose for In Memoriam?

Tiffany Babb

That was a very moving appearance by Alexei Navalny to herald the opening of the In Memoriam segment.

Graeme McMillan

The segment includes clips of performances from Andrew Braugher, Matthew Perry, Robbie Robertson, Carl Weathers, Glenda Jackson, and Tina Turner.

Tiffany Babb

After another commercial break, I think we're coming close to the end. "We've only got four awards yet, which shouldn't take long, but somehow it will," jokes Jimmy Kimmel.

Graeme McMillan

There's been like 4x the amount of TV ads compared to movie trailers this year.

Tiffany Babb

Kimmel prediction seems likely

Tiffany Babb

Is this the most interesting group of actors so far?

Tiffany Babb

Nic Cage's tribute to Giamatti was amazing.

Graeme McMillan

Nic Cage is great

Tiffany Babb

I feel that, when Ben Kingsley says that your performance is "masterful," that's a hell of a compliment.

Graeme McMillan

They're not zooming in close enough, but I think Matthew McConaughey is wearing a Van Cleef mystery setting pin.

Tiffany Babb

Best Actor is... Cillian Murphy!

Beatrix Kondo

Good for him! A special boy for sure.

Tiffany Babb

I really loved Forest Whitaker's speech though.

Tiffany Babb

Cillian Murphy is the first Academy Award winner who looks like a brussel sprout since Leonardo Di Caprio.

Graeme McMillan

Aww don't call the special boy a brussel sprout! he's got his windswept hair thing going on and everything.

Tiffany Babb

Joking aside, good for Murphy! He's had a great career and he's a fascinating actor. (He should also play Paul McCartney in those Sam Mendes Beatles movies.)

Graeme McMillan

Steven Spielberg is up to present Best Director, and it really is a shockingly good line-up this year.

Graeme McMillan

A standing ovation for Murphy. Who is a very good actor! And seems to be a lovely guy. He dedicates his award to the peacemakers everywhere.

Tiffany Babb

It's Christopher Nolan! Quelle Surprise.

Graeme McMillan

Imagine getting your Oscar from Spielberg.

Tiffany Babb

Quick shot of Scorcese applauding for Nolan, which only feels fitting; Scorcese is such a fan of film.

Graeme McMillan

Scorsese loves Cinema

Tiffany Babb

Christopher Nolan describes his wife Emma Thomas as the "producer of all our films, and all our children."

Graeme McMillan

A sweet speech!

Tiffany Babb

We're almost there. I'm surprised that Best Actress is the penultimate award. Isn't it usually Best Director?

Graeme McMillan

Too many times have we seen this Rolex Oyster Perpetual ad.

Tiffany Babb

(In my opinion, a very ugly watch)

Tiffany Babb

They've been mixing up the awards lately. It's confusing.

Tiffany Babb

We're back

Tiffany Babb

It's time for Best Actress, with an all-star line-up to present. Michelle Yeoh is up first, talking about Sandra Hüller.

Graeme McMillan

Sally Field presenting Emma Stone feels curiously fitting. (Can we have a Sally Field reappraisal?)

Graeme McMillan

Jennifer Lawrence calls Lily Gladstone "the soul" of Killers of the Flower Moon.

Graeme McMillan

Best Actress is Emma Stone! She seems shocked!

Graeme McMillan

How exciting!

Tiffany Babb

Stone jokes that her dress broke during "I'm Just Ken." "Oh boy, this is really happening," she says. She's in tears, obvious shocked.

Graeme McMillan

Sound has been kind of weird all night

Tiffany Babb

"I'm in awe of you," she says of her fellow nominees. She's saying that she didn't win the movie solo, "That's the best part about making movies, that it's all of us together."

Graeme McMillan

Stone says that the role of Bella Baxter is "the gift of a lifetime."

Graeme McMillan

A very emotional speech!

Tiffany Babb

"Don't look at the back of my dress! THANK YOU," says Stone.

Graeme McMillan

It's the last award of the night! And Al Pacino is here to present it!

Graeme McMillan

Al Pacino! I love that guy!

Tiffany Babb

Al Pacino just got a standing ovation. "Thank you thank you!" he said. "I feel I should do some Shakespeare."

Graeme McMillan

Best Picture is Oppenheimer.

Graeme McMillan

Well... it was an evening of some surprises!

Tiffany Babb

Al Pacino wonderfully underplayed that announcement. "Well, MY eyes see Oppenheimer!"

Graeme McMillan

Loved it.

Tiffany Babb

Were there surprises? Not... that many, right? Cord Jefferson, sure. Emma Stone!

Graeme McMillan

Emma Stone!

Tiffany Babb

Highlight of the show for you, Tiffany? For me, it might've been Emma Stone's speech.

Graeme McMillan

You guys, go see Poor Things. Or watch it on Hulu, because it's streaming there if you're in the US.

Graeme McMillan

Emma Stone's speech, Godzilla Minus One win, I'm Just Ken, John Cena!

Tiffany Babb

John Cena was good. John Mullaney's skit, too!

Graeme McMillan

He was good!

Tiffany Babb

How was it, Tiffany? Did you enjoy Oscars 2024?

Graeme McMillan

We gotta get rid of Kimmel. That guy is just... rough at this point. But overall, good speeches, mostly ran well. Wasn't horrendously long.

Tiffany Babb

What did you think?

Tiffany Babb

We did it in 3 hours and 25 minutes! Just a bit longer than Avatar 2!

Graeme McMillan

Not too bad!

Tiffany Babb

It was fun, if a little long -- but shorter than many of them! I'm not that mad about any of the winners, so all told... it was probably one of the better ones! Everyone who followed along: thank you! Now get offline and have a night to yourselves!

Graeme McMillan

And one last bit from Messi, feigning pee on Matt Damon's star

Tiffany Babb

Have a good night!!

Tiffany Babb

That feels like the best place to leave it. Goodnight, all!
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