Sunday, March 2, 2014

2014 Academy Awards - live text - article and pics

    Our host for the night Ellen Degeneres is dressed a little bit like something between Liberace and a barrister. She's missing the wig though and started off with a joke about the wet weather in Los Angeles.
    Host Ellen DeGeneres
  2. 01:35: Tim Masters Entertainment correspondent, BBC News 
    The show has started. Backstage the press is all fed and watered.
    Ellen Degeneres is making jokes about the recent rain in LA. I predict the show will have the same duration as The Wolf of Wall Street.
    American Hustle star and best supporting actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence laughed off a slip up on the red carpet, this time on her way in. Last year she famously tripped up the steps to the stage when collecting her best actress award for Silver Linings Playbook.
    Jennifer Lawrence
  4. 01:29: 
    So they're all in now and we're moments away from the beginning of the 86th annual Academy Awards. Good luck everybody.
  5. SANDRA BULLOCK01:29: 
    Gravity's best actress nominee Sandra Bullock said working on the best picture nominated film changed her life. "I'm still problematic but I'm not as problematic as I used to be," she says. This is her second Oscar nomination, she won in 2010 for The Blind Side.
  6. 01:23: Tim Masters Entertainment correspondent, BBC News 
    Here in the press room, we're all fed and ready to go. Coffee and an iced tea lined up. Is that enough caffeine?
  7. AMY ADAMS01:16: 
    Actress Amy Adams arrived on the red carpet with with her partner Darren Le Gallo. She's up for best actress for her role in American Hustle.
    Amy Adams, best actress nominee for her role in American Hustle
    She's already picked up four nominations all in the best supporting actress category, most recently for 2012's The Master - but has yet to collect a golden statuette.
    A-LIST ACCESS01:06: 
    Samuel L Jackson shows you what kind of access an A-list invite gets you - he's only gone and managed to get a snap of the leather bag with all the winners names in there. Did he get a sneak peak?
    He tweets: Where the Answers are!!! Ran into the PW guys backstage!
    Samuel L Jackson's case
    Fun Oscars fact from 5live reporter Colin Paterson, who tweets: Sound Editing nominee for Gravity Glenn Freemantle used to be Philomena Lee's paperboy.
    Her story has been adapted by Steve Coogan in the film Philomena - nominated for four Oscars.
  10. SALLY HAWKINS00:44: 
    South London's Sally Hawkins was looking glamorous in a Valentino dress as she arrived on the red carpet. She's up for best supporting actress for her role as Ginger, the sister of Cate Blanchett's down-on-her-luck Jasmine, in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
    Sally Hawkins
  11. 00:38: HOUR TO GO 
    So, with an hour to go before the awards starts and if you're just joining us, lets recap on the major nominees - Gravity and America Hustle are the frontrunners with ten nominations each, 12 Years a Slave is close behind with nine.
    Lots of chances for some Brit success, including Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dame Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins and Christian Bale all in the running for statues.
    Ellen DeGeneres is back for a second stint as host. She hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, watched by a TV audience of 39.9 million.
    She tweets: Here we go #Oscars
    Ellen DeGeneres
  13. CATE BLANCHETT00:31: 
    "It's heavy but I love it," Blue Jasmine star and best actress nominee Cate Blanchett on her golden Giorgio Armani dress. She won a statue in 2005 for her role as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator. This year is her fifth nomination and she's the bookies' favourite.
    Cate Blanchett
    Chiwetel Ejiofor means business, he has shaved off the beard that graced his face at the Baftas.
    Chiwetel Ejiofor
    The British best actor nominee for 12 Years a Slave said he was "stunned" by the final film - which is up for the coveted best picture.
    He was shown a pre-recorded good luck video from his sister, CNN financial reporter Zain Asher.
  15. BARKHAD ABDI00:05: 
    Barkhad Abdi was looking chipper as he arrived on the red carpet with actor Faysal Ahmed. He's up for best supporting actor for his role in Captain Phillips.
    Barkhad Abdi
  16. SPECIAL EFFECTS00:03: 
    Framestore, the British visual effects supremos who are Oscar-nominated for Gravity - one of ten nominations - have tweeted a pretty sweet video of how they produced such amazing effects. If you have a second, watch and marvel
    Fashion alert - Best original song nominee Pharrell is in tuxedo-shorts - he looks a bit like a schoolboy. The rain's not bothering him, because he's happyyyy...
    Pharrell Williams, left, and Helen LasichanhPharrell Williams arrived on the red carpet with Helen Lasichanh
  19. BARKHAD ABDI23:36: 
    Excellent stuff, Captain Phillips star and best supporting actor nominee Barkhad Abdi greets E! host Ryan Seacrest's matey greeting of "Hi, it's good to see you," with "It's good to see you too, I've watched you a lot on TV."
    On his way to the Oscars and looking typically dapper is Joseph Gordon Levitt. Wonder if he'll be supporting his Dark Knight Rises co-star Christian Bale, who is nominated for best actor for his role in the film American Hustle.
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweets: On my way. #Oscars PHOTO:
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    And they're off - best supporting actress and Oscar debutante Lupita Nyong'o is relying on some family heirloom to help her chances...
    Lupita Nyong'o tweeted: #Oscars sneak peek. Family totem. @lovegoldlive
    Lupita Nyong'o ring
    Follow the BBC News entertainment team's Oscar coverage on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts
  22. 23:20: 
    So will American Hustle a winner, will Gravity be brought crashing back to earth or will the Wolf of Wall Street Howl in victory? It can only mean one thing, it's all about the little golden nudist that everyone wants to get their hands on, its Oscars time and we will be here with you through the entire awards.
    So relax, put your feet up and let us guide you through the frocks, the shocks and the sure things.

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