Welcome to our first Oscar night chat! We are here to discuss fashion, celebrities, the show's performances and, of course, the awards! We also will be counting your Pick the Oscar ballots as we go, and we'll choose a contest winner after the end of the awards!
I am Stephanie Smith, the Journal's community websites editor and I'm joined by Deanna Darr, the Journal's features editor.
Go ahead and send in your fashion favorites from the red carpet.
Hi, everyone. We'll be counting and sorting ballots tonight for our Pick the Oscars contest. We had 448 readers send in their ballots this year.
Apparently the red carpet show has been going on for hours. That's a long time to be in a formal gown.
I switched cameras; now I'm watching the lobby bar camera. But no one's stopping!
Any least favorite outfits?
From AP: Many were eagerly awaiting the red carpet arrival of the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who was expected to arrive in character — and in extravagant costume — to promote his upcoming film "The Dictator." He was initially dis-invinted by the academy, which subsequently reinstated his invite.
Just look at it as a temporary escape from all the world's problems.
Besides chatting about the overpaid actors, we're also here to give away our Pick the Oscars contest prize. The reader who correctly picks all the winners will receive two free passes for a year to Rushmore and Carmike cinemas. The suspense is killing me.
Apparently a lot of schmoozing goes on during the commercials, according to the crowd camera.
They'd better get in their seats fast. I see Spielberg eating some snacks.
I haven't seen all the movies. They all look so great, though, I'm going to keep getting the DVDs until I've seen them all.
Best supporting actress! Let's go Octavia!
Octavia is the favorite in our Journal ballots. Let's see!
OK! Let's narrow down our ballots. The Journal readers know what they're talking about.
Can the "Hugo" train keep rolling? It's only lost in one of the categories it's been nominated in.
Miss Piggy looks fabulous
I would like to see more of him. Not that I mind the Muppets
Haven't seen him in a while. Oh, I thought that guy flying through the air was him for a moment!
Crazy cool acrobatics. Try THAT, Angelina.
Always the dramatic one, Robert Downey Jr.
I think Gwyneth can take Robert