Four hours! ABC's Academy Award red carpet and show broadcast dragged at times, but there were some notable bits. Eight highlights — whether you missed them or just want to relive them — in a gallery, below.
Vera Farmiga talks about director Kathryn Bigelow on the red carpet: "Kathryn's got my vote. Kathryn's got my vote." Then Vera suddenly remembers she was in Up In The Air, directed by Jason Reitman. Whoops!
Kathryn Bigelow and Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet: Awkward! It must be soooo fun to get asked about your ex-husband when you're trying to celebrate the biggest night of your life.
Gabby Sidibe on the red carpet: "If fashion was porn, this dress is the money shot."
Gabby again: "I'm a normal person in a fantasy world." In addition, she campaigns for a movie with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Someone please start working on the script ASAP! Something wacky, like a screwball thriller involving court stenographers and a diamond theft. Or something.
Elinor Burkett and Kanye West should make a mix tape together.
In the night I hear 'em talk, about the ones who interrupt/Somewhere out there in the world there's another show to disrupt/How can we be so heartless?
Mo'Nique's pitch-perfect acceptance speech.
The first Oscars were held in 1929. Eighty-one years; five black women have been awarded. Hattie McDaniel, Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg (for Ghost, not The Color Purple) and Jennifer Hudson are the others. Mo'Nique thanks Hattie McDaniel in her speech, and her production company is making a film about McDaniel.
You knew Kathyrn Bigelow would win Best Director when they brought Barbra "Yentl" Streisand out! The announcement of Bigelow's win was accompanied by a standing ovation, and the director was incredibly poised as she accepted. She called it "the moment of a lifetime," and it was also truly historic. The first Best Director Oscar for a woman.