Oscars live: Christoph Waltz best supporting actor

8:58 p.m.: John Travolta presents a montage to movie musicals, featuring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson, who gets a standing ovation for singing "I'm Telling You I'm Not Going," from "Dreamgirls."

8:51 p.m.: Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain present the best foreign language film to "Amour."

8:43 p.m.: "Argo" director and star Ben Afflek gives the award for best documentary feature to "Searching For Sugar Man."

8:35 p.m.: Shawn Christensen wins best live action short film for "Curfew." The award for best documentary short subject goes to "Inocente."

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8:25 p.m.: Halle Berry, a Bond girl herself in "Golden Eye," presents a montage celebrating the music of James Bond films. Shirley Bassey sings "Goldfinger" live.

8:19 p.m.: Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum give the award for best costume design to Jacqueline Durran for "Anna Karenina." The award for best makeup goes to Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for "Les Miserables."

8:10 p.m.: Claudio Miranda wins best cinemtography for "Life of Pi." The movie also wins for best visual effects.

7:59 p.m.: Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy present the best animated feature film award, which goes to "Brave." Director Mark Andrews accepts the award wearing a kilt. John Kahrs wins best animated short film for "Paperman."

7:50 p.m.: Christoph Waltz wins the first award of the night, as best supporting actor for his role in "Django Unchained." The award is given by Octavia Spencer.

7:35 p.m.: The 85th Academy Awards are under way, with Seth MacFarlane as host. He announces that this year's Oscars will have a musical theme.

The show's first surprise is William Shatner as Captain Kirk from "Star Trek," telling MacFarlane he is doing a terrible job as host.

The first song of the night is MacFarlane singing a song called "We Saw Your Boobs."

MacFarlane then sings a rendition of the Frank Sinatra hit "The Way You Look Tonight" with Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron dancing.

He then sings "High Hopes" with Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


Here's a recap of the early winners from Nina Metz:

Any uncertainty that surrounded Seth MacFarlane's ability to host movie's biggest night was put to bed quickly when he took the stage Sunday at the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Showing more poise than previous hosts, MacFarlane, a man best known as the creative force behind the Fox animated series “Family Guy,” opened with a series of jokes that were bona fide winners, landing on just the right tone.

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Oscars,” he began. “And the quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins now.” To MacFarlane's credit, even the taciturn Jones couldn't resist a laugh at that.

Unlike the almost manic energy of past emcees, including Billy Crystal and Hugh Jackman, MacFarlane was impressively relaxed on the ABC broadcast.

“I honestly cannot believe I'm here,” he said. “It's an honor that everyone else said no, it really is, from Whoopi (Goldberg) on down to Ron Jeremy.”

The sharp witticisms just kept coming. “Argo,” which failed to generate a nomination for director Ben Affleck, was deemed a great movie about a story “so top secret that the film's director is unknown to the Academy.” He then added in a nod to Affleck, “They know they screwed up.”

Hollywood box-office profits were through the roof this year, MacFarlane noted, so much so that “studio accountants have never had to work harder to prove nothing made a profit.” And Oscar recognition makes you popular, he said, pointing to last year's best actor winner — Frenchman Jean Dujardin, who won for the silent film “The Artist” — and deadpanning, “Now he's everywhere.” And then a great follow-up: “It's actually an age-old Hollywood tragedy: He couldn't make it in the talkies.”

Early in the broadcast, MacFarlane stayed true to his stated predilection for American standards, allowing tradition-minded audiences to relax with non-ironic musical numbers that included “The Way You Look Tonight” and “High Hopes,” which helped balance out his requisite boundary-pushing sense of humor. It bears noting he was smart enough to shape his comedic bits with a good-natured, self-deprecating spirit that imbued the first 15 minutes of the broadcast with a genuine sense of fun.

William Shatner was beamed in by video to school MacFarlane — “Don't mock the movies” — prompting comedic bits that did just that. A self-explanatory number about Hollywood actresses called “We Saw Your Boobs” (probably the most “Family Guy” moment of the broadcast) was followed by a very droll sock-puppet re-enactment of “Flight.”

As for the winners, a visibly shaken Christoph Waltz picked up the best supporting acting award for his performance as the bounty hunter in “Django Unchained.” It is the second Oscar for Waltz, who has won both times for roles in Quentin Tarantino films (the first being “Inglourious Basterds”). The animated short “Paperman” took home an award, and 3-D feature “Life of Pi,” which included a computer-animated tiger lost at sea, won for cinematography and for best visual effects. (Hilariously, the winners in the latter category walked off the stage to the theme from “Jaws.”)

The Pixar 3-D adventure “Brave,” about a young Scottish archer who becomes a heroine, won for animated feature. Director Mark Andrews accepted the award, appropriately, in a kilt.

Early winners
Supporting actor: Christoph Waltz
Animated feature film:
Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi”
Visual effects:
“Life of Pi”
Makeup and hairstyling:
“Les Miserables”

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