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Oscars night 2018: Highs and lows

March 4, 2018 Updated: March 5, 2018 at 6:30 am

The Gazette's Nichole Montanez and Terry Terrones take you through the 90th annual Academy Awards, from the red carpet to the awards show.

9:50 - As they say in Hollywood, that's a wrap. Thanks for joining me this evening! I hope it was as fun for you as it was for me. Quite a fun evening, hope to see you next year!

9:48 - Congrats to costume designer Mark Bridges for winning the jet ski!

9:45 - And "The Shape of Water," barring yet another gaffe, wins!

9:40 - And I just made $20.

9:37 - The best picture award is up next. Kimmel has already made jokes about last year's fiasco. The chances he does it again right before the award is presented - 90%. Texting my bookie now. 

9:33 - And Frances McDormand wins! She's amazing in everything so I'm not surprised. 

9:30 - Jodie Foster, using crutches from the future, and Jennifer Lawrence come out to present the best actress Oscar. 

9:24 - Gary Oldman wins best actor, no real surprise there. He's been the front runner for months. 

9:19 - We're quickly approaching the part of the Academy Awards where all the major awards are lumped into a 20 minute span. Which is really dumb. 

9:15 - And Guillermo del Toro wins for best director. Nice!

9:10 - Jerry Lewis was last?!? What last?!? What?!? No acknowledgment of Bill Paxton?!? Come on!?! How many times do I have to put question and exclamation marks at the end of my sentences to show my disdain?!?! At least seven?!?

9:07 - Bill Paxton has to be last. He died the day the Oscars aired last year. 

9:06 - Eddie Vedder out to sing during the In Memoriam section. Is it just me or is Eddie starting to sound like Bruce Springsteen?

9:03 - "Remember Me" wins for best original song. Tough category and a nice win for the team from "Coco." 

9:01 - Jordan Peele just tweeted, "I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?" Pretty appropriate sentiment.  

9:00 - The original score Oscar goes to Alexandre Desplat for "The Shape of Water." Because the Academy hates "Star Wars," the franchise is now at 0-4 for the evening. 

8:50 - The cinematography Oscar goes to a Roger A Deakins for "Blade Runner 2049." We've reached the Academy Award doldrums. If you have some ironing to do while the Oscars are on, now is the time to get that done.  

8:43 - Wes Studi, who is awesome, is onstage. If I ever meet him, all I'd ever to is talk to him like he's Magua from "The Last of the Mohicans." I love that character. 

8:40 - I really liked "Get Out." Along with "The Big Sick," it was probably my favorite Oscar contending film I saw within the last year. 

8:39 - Jordan Peele is so closely tied to Keegan-Michael Key that I wonder why he wasn't involved in "Get Out." Did they have a falling out? Or do they just have divergent interests?

8:37 - The best original screenplay Oscar goes to "Get Out." Super competitive category. Great win for Jordan Peele, whose work I love. 

8:33 - Best adaptive screenplay Oscar, presented by the king of Wakanda and Harley Quinn, goes to James Ivory for "Call Me by Your Name." 

8:24 - Wal-Mart coming on strong with their ads tonight. They're really looking to promote themselves as an option to Amazon. 

8:15 -  The Academy Award for documentary short goes to "Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405." The best live action short film Oscar goes to "The Silent Child." Love that one of the producers is signing her acceptance and explaining a bit of her motivation for making it. 

8:08 - Notice no one in this Kimmel theater bit has their phone out. I find that rather strange. 

8:04 - One of the things I like about Jimmy Kimmel is how he relates to regular people. I'm looking forward to seeing how him taking a bunch of movie stars over to an unsuspecting crowd plays out. 

7:57 - The film editing Oscar, present by Mathew McCanagee (according to the announcer), goes to "Dunkirk."

7:54 - The visual effects Oscar goes to "Blade Runner 2049." The "Star Wars" franchise is 0-3 so far tonight. Somewhere Luke Skywalker is rolling over in his grave. Or throwing a remote control at his TV while watching tonight's show with ghost Anakin, ghost Yoda, and ghost Obi-Wan.

7:50 - Going back to Kobe winning an Oscar. Here's a list of some great actors who have never won an Academy Award - Glenn Close, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver.

7:41 - "Coco" wins the best animated feature film Oscar! Well deserved! Best animated film I've seen in years. 

7:39 - The animated short film Oscar goes to "Dear Basketball." If you thought Kobe Bryant had a big ego before, imagine how absurd he's going to be now that he has an Oscar. 

7:35 - ABC commercial tally - 6. After the aforementioned Disney ad, there was one ad for "Splitting Up Together," one for "Station 19," one for "American Idol" and two for "Roseanne."

7:30 - And the Oscar goes to Allison Janney! Who is really tall. And a great actress.

7:27 - Another member of the Chiwetel Ejiofor All-Stars, Mahershala Ali, is out to present the Academy Award for best supporting actress. 

7:25 - The best foreign language Oscar goes to "A Fantastic Woman." Raise your hand if you've seen that film. Liar! You did not. Put your hand down Barry. You don't watch movies from Chile! You couldn't even find Chile on a map. 

7:22 - Rita Moreno is onstage to present an Oscar. LOVE her! I actually met her last summer during a TCA panel for "One Day at a Time." I'm not a fan of that particular Netflix show, but I love Rita.

7:15 - The song "Remember Me" from the movie "Coco" is being performed. Great song, really enjoyed that film. 

7:12 - The production design Oscar goes to "The Shape of Water" team. The award was presented by two members of the Chiwetel Ejiofor All-Stars - Lupita Nyong-o and Kumail Nanjiani. David Oyelowo hasn't been seen yet. 

7:02 - What's the difference between sound mixing and sound editing? That's a legit question, I really have no idea.

7:01 - Sound mixing Oscar goes to "Dunkirk." "The Last Jedi" is snubbed again! I call shenanigans! Shenanigans I say!

6:59 - The sound editing Oscar goes to the team from "Dunkirk." "The Last Jedi" was a nominee.

6:56 - Sorry, my inner critic comes out sometimes. 

6:55 - A bit ironic that this "movies are impactful" montage that half the films shown were never up for any Academy Awards. "Planet of the Apes," "The Matrix, "Wonder Woman" and "Die Hard" are great films and were all shown in this montage, but one of the Academy's biggest problems is viewing popular films as not worthy of their recognition. 

6:48 - One of my favorite Oscar traditions is getting to see the nominees for best song perform. Nice job by Mary J. Blige tonight. Probably my all time favorite is when Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova sang a song from "Once" in 2008. Great movie and great soundtrack. They won by the way. 

6:43 - Taraji P. Henson wins the Oscar for "Showing the most leg at the Academy Awards since Angelina Jolie." 

6:40 - The ABC commercial counter sits at 1. In that last break there was only an ad for Disney. If you didn't know, Disney owns ABC. Disney also owns ESPN, Marvel Entertainment and Lucas Films. Oh yeah, in case you were wondering, the documentary feature Oscar went to "Icarus."

6:32  - If you had Mark Bridges and "Phantom Thread" winning Costume Design in your Oscar pool you  A) Just won some money and B) Are WAY too dedicated to the Oscars. 

6:29 - And now for my least favorite part of the Oscars - the long wait between major awards. Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer (fake name) present the award for best makeup. The team from "Darkest Hour" wins. Why the Academy doesn't divvy up the major awards better so there aren't giant gaps in interest is baffling to me. You might as well watch "60 Minutes" and come back later. But don't leave this blog, that would be bad. 

6:23 - One of the reasons why major networks pay big bucks to for rights to award shows and things like the NFL is because they're great ways to promote their own products. Expect a ton of ads for ABC programming tonight. I'm starting a counter after this commercial break. 

6:20 - Rockwell thanks "everyone who's ever looked at a billboard" so in some small way, dear reader, he just thanked you personally. 

6:18 - And Sam Rockwell wins the Best Supporting Actor award. Another underrated actor, but he's finally getting his due. 

6:17 - Richard Jenkins, one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood.

6:15 - Why is Viola Davis coming out to the Austin Powers theme song? Is she in "Austin Powers 4: The Sequel No One Wants"? 

6:13 - Time to get serious! Terry here watching Helen Mirren with a jet ski onstage. Time for the first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor.

So long, everyone. Thanks for playing. Terry Terrones is taking over for the serious stuff.


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It's a risk to wear a color that has it's own life force. This kind of gown has the ability to overshadow the poor soul that dares to take it out for a spin. But not Jennifer Garner. She's in total control. Well done.


You know what? Okay. Yes. I love it. It's dramatic, it's black, it's daring, it's Hollywood. Stand up straight, St. Vincent, it takes guts to attempt this look and here you are killin' it. Be proud.


Helen Mirren is walking silver gelatin print. I want to frame her.


Can I use an emoji for this? Where are the emojis?


You know what, Andra Day? I'm about to surprise myself by say that I love this look. I may have gone with a different shoe but whatever.


I need a minute because... I'm just... sad. I love you, Elton John. But I don't understand.


I saw a lot of white on the red carpet this year. But this white gown? Janet Mock's gown is the white gown.


There's too much going on here. I'm not sure whether to look at Paz Vega's hair or follow the lines of this gown all the way to the floor and never look back.


Nancy O'dell looks great in this blue gown. And hey, if anything should happen to it tonight, there is plenty of extra fabric on the sleeve to do a quick repair.


Lindsey Vonn, who did this to you?


Classic Hollywood. Allison Williams is stunning in this dress. This is what doing it right looks like.


I think Sofia Carson is under there. Hard to say.


I think I just saw Blanca Blanco on a worst-dressed list. I strongly disagree. It's nearly impossible to wear red and white without looking like a giant candy cane but look at her doing it. Bravo, Blanca! 


You can't fool us with all the red, Allison Janney. We know you borrowed this from Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.


Rita Moreno shows up hits the red carpet in the dress she wore in 1962 when she won her Oscar for 'West Side Story.' I don't know, Rita. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. On the other hand, you're 86, do whatever you want. Cheers!


4:40 - Hey, everyone, this is Nichole. Happy Oscars Day. I'll be taking a look at some of the fashion statements on the red carpet leading up to the big show.

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