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Your 2010 Oscars Open Thread: It’s All About Neil Patrick Harris, Of Course

Cablevision subscribers in New York looking to watch tonight’s Academy Awards better find themselves a friend with Time Warner, or a UStream.TV pirated feed, since there’s no ABC for you. (UPDATE: And it’s back!) Or, you know, you could just follow along this open thread, dedicated to all things Oscar.

While we’ve mapped out how tonight could be a big win for The Gays if Precious and director Lee Daniels sweep, the real attention will be on Avatar v. The Hurt Locker. And whether Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin can carry this beast of a show.

Which, frankly, is a judgment of how well supermegaproducing gay Adam Shankman did his job. And we’ve got high hopes. (Read all about how Shankman grew into his big gayness here.)

So in between Ryan Seacrest‘s red carpet banter for E! and just staring in awe at how Meryl Streep is the most excellent actress alive today, you should continue popping in here to share your Oscar thoughts. We won’t be live-tweeting the event, because we convinced our boss to let us drink our way through the evening instead of logging on. And besides, that’s what this link is for, and websites like these.

But we want your reports on just how gay an evening of stylists; hair; make-up; tears, Tom Ford, Zac Efron, Taylor Launter, Barbra Streisand, and Channing Tatum presenting awards; and — just maybe — a win for Lee Daniels goes. Or Mr. Ford.

In the meantime, here’s Adam Shankman wearing matching purple.

UPDATE: We didn’t expect to see Neil Patrick Harris tonight, given he wasn’t asked to continue The Greatest American Awards Show Hosting Gig Era. But then there he was, opening (and stealing) the show in a very meta song-and-dance number. So technically he didn’t lie on Tuesday when he tweeted, “I will not be performing a duet with Martin Short to open the Oscars. Misinformation, I’m afraid. Should I maybe pull a Kanye, mid-show?.”