Well, I just flipped on the TV and there was Ryan Seacrest on E! with the child actors from "Slumdog Millionare." He did not introduce them by name, insisting he could not pronounce them. Instead held up a piece of paper with the names on them. And so my Oscar viewing gets off to a classy start.
At least he pronounced Dev Patel and Freida Pinto. And Anil Kapoor is the early pick for the most entertaining person attending the Oscars.
General guidelines: Will be posting occasionally between now and 8 p.m., when I will start posting often. If you haven't seen my pre-Oscar column, you can find it here. If you scroll through the posts list, you'll also see some about various Oscar-nominated films.
Heidi Klum just explained that, because of her dress, she spent the ride over sitting on one butt-cheek. (Hey, she said it!)
Having been tantalized by the commercial for Culver's restaurant, I went searching for a location around here. And there isn't one. So how am I supposed to try a ButterBurger?
Seacrest in the last 15 minutes has managed to mention both his radio show and "American Idol."
Sarah Jessica Parker says a second "Sex and the City" movie "looks very promising."
Chilly Seacrest interview with Marisa Tomei after he recalls that she had been at the Oscars for "My Cousin Vinny" (when she won) and implies she hasn't been back since. She was nominated again for "In the Bedroom."
Mickey Rourke is happy to be there, pretty mellow, in a white tux and not nearly as goofy as E! probably hoped.
Ron Howard says it looks as if there will be an "Arrested Development" movie, but that everyone has been asked not to give details.
Peter Gabriel, whose look makes me feel very old. Seacrest asks about the best-song medley controversy. He says he'll enjoy the show instead of "being very nervous backstage."
Evan Rachel Wood of "The Wrestler" says Rourke "is gonna win, man."
E!'s Giuliana Rancic shrieks as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrives. Tries to make light of her shriek, but too late.
After Penelope Cruz says her "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" character is "mentally unstable," Ryan asks if when she's making a movie she becomes her character.
Jay Manuel says Kate Winslet's hair looks "retro" but is "actually quite futuristic."
Seacrest with Winslet, who says, "I'm extremely nervous. ... These moments are really overwhelming." And that her husband, Sam Mendes, has gone on and left her to fend for herself with the media.
E! grabs a hasty interview with Pitt, no Jolie, then Robert Downey Jr., and now I am heading over to ABC to catch its pre-show.