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 have been watching a live feed on the Oscars website. You can switch camers to follow the action. I'm watching Brangelina right now.
The arrivals and backstage shots kind of remind me of prom. Lots of picture-taking.
Stephanie likes Michelle Williams' dress.
I thought Octavia looked really good, too. Our readers like her, too. There are 281 votes for her as best supporting actress in our contest.
Octavia did look great. I'm trying to grab a photo of her now.
It's exciting to see the stars on the backstage cameras, but when they focus on everyone else, it just looks like a convention!
George Clooney's girlfriend is dressed like an Oscar statuette. Foreshadowing?
Brad Pitt is starting to look like "Legends of the Fall" again. We hope he's growing it out for a role.
Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn (for you "Project Runway" fans) are going to reveal their best-dressed list soon.
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.
Can't wait to hear from Billy Crystal
So glad to have Billy Crystal back.
This is already better than James Franco and Anne Hathaway.