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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?.”

On:           Mar 7, 2010
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    • Dame Helga von ornstein

      Though I protested at first I relented and got a tv card for my laptop in the event my cable went out (or I could no longer afford the borderline extortion rates they ALL demand)and never looked back.

      You can get a lot of stuff free tv series over the internet via Hula and youtube. Screw Cablevision.

      I also loved that song Neil sang in the opening of tonights Oscars. You do Neil.

      Mar 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kyle24

      NPH has now become a joke. Overexposed!

      Mar 7, 2010 at 11:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tiier

      That opening was cheese tack.

      Mar 8, 2010 at 2:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rudy

      NPH can be a fine performer, but what an awful opening compared to Hugh Jackman’s terrific medley last year.

      As for humor, Baldwin has been better on Saturday Night Live by himself than he was co-hosting with Martin. Most of the jokes tonight were lame and vulgar.

      How strange to hire Jackman to class-up the proceedings one year and then go completely tasteless the next.

      Mar 8, 2010 at 4:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dk

      Tough room… NPH did ok, but allow me to draw attention to the pink elephant in the room. NPH is a decent enough actor, but he’s a mediocre singer at best. There’s no shame in that, but if you don’t have the voice to really sell a song, you’ll always get the sort of comedic songs with lots of “funny” lyrics in double time. It was funny and original at first, but now has become tedious and overdone.

      I thought Baldwin/Martin were very funny. Even if Martin recycled many of his old bits. I missed the nominated songs being performed, and couldn’t figure out how after even more awards were given out before the telecast, the thing went 3.5 hours long. Next year I’ll just watch the first hour and the last half hour.

      Mar 8, 2010 at 9:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      I was just commenting to somebody that I was so glad they weren’t wasting time with huge Debbie Allen style interpretive dance numbers to highlight the nominated songs…..and then….the dance numbers started.

      Mar 8, 2010 at 10:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AxelDC

      I thought Neil Patrick Harris was the highlight of another dull, dreary and uninteresting show. Balwin-Martin are well past their comedic prime. Their “snuggies” bit was the funniest thing they did all night. Ellen would have been a much better pick.

      The ridiculous dance numbers in the middle added nothing to the show except for 30 minutes of filler. The self-congratulatory introduction to the best actor/actress nominees shows that no one knows how to break their arm patting themselves on the back better than Hollywood, and was another 30+ minutes of unwatchable television.

      I lost all respect for the Oscars over the Brokeback snub. If I hadn’t been invited to a party, I wouldn’t watch at all.

      Mar 8, 2010 at 10:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sal(the original)

      sandra was the best,channing was there?

      Mar 8, 2010 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • romeo

      It sucked and looked cheap and underbudgeted. What’s was up with that?

      Mar 8, 2010 at 11:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeremy

      NPH is so so overrated. Thanks a lot Perez, you fucking douchebag!

      Mar 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein

      LOVES ME SOME NPH!!!!!

      Mar 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DavidGrey

      Sick of NPH and he can’t sing.

      Mar 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman

      Neil is definately overexposed…and not in the right way…..

      Mar 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein

      @alan brickman: What’s “the right way”? A televised three-way with him, his boyfriemnd David and Hugh Jackman?

      Mar 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Milkman

      @David Ehrenstein: Yes, actually… that would be EXACTLY the “right way”… LOL…

      Mar 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • modesi

      Hip Design – Intimate Draft, Ideas, Styles, Architecture

      Dec 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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