Robert Downey, Jr. is just the disruptive force the Oscars need.
Undefeated had the backing of the Weinstein Co., and its unparalleled Oscar know how.
Speaking of the Weinsteins, they're responsible for 16 nominations tonight.
Chris Rock presents Best Animated Film. And the Oscar goes to "Rango."
Ben Stiller and Emma Stone present for Best Visual Effects. Emma's lively.
I'm for Emma Stone for host.
Best Visual Effects: "Hugo." Big surprise.
For those keeping score, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is 0-3.
Here's the first category of the night where I thought someone was ripped off -- this one should have gone to the truly state of the art effects in Rise of Planet of the Apes.
Enter Melissa Leo to present Best Supporting Actor.
Five for Hugo. Makes me think maybe it's got a shot at the big one.
Christopher Plummer's first Oscar? Now that's stunning.
Christopher Plummer to Oscar: "You're only two years older than me, darling! (Plummer is 82, the oldest actor to win the honor). Where have you been all my life?"
I'll give anyone an Oscar if they get me a pizza.
13 Oscars done, 11 to go. Here's the rundown:
Five for Hugo and one for all of these movies, Dragon Tattoo, Beginners, Iron Lady, The Help, A Separation, The Iron Lady, Undefeated, Rangoon and The Artist.
Did Billy Crystal just throw out a "Shawshank Redemption" joke?
It's nice to see the Oscar updates from the parking garage across from Gill
Here come Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson's hair.
It's time for Best Original Score.
Jack, I think they get a secret kick out of torturing those poor Academy souls every year.
Best Original Score: "The Artist." Really?
I wasn't listening. Did he thank Bernard Hermann?
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis rep for Best Original Song.
Jack: I'd totally watch that Oscars.
Best Original Song: "Man or Muppet"!
It's nice to hear that Kermit the Frog is not at all snobby.
An Oscar for the Muppets! As Kermit might say, "Yeaaaaaaah!"
Nine categories left, and three of them are the shorts, so that'll go quick.
Billy Crystal: "Front row, why don't we buy the Dodgers?"