Ah, the Academy Awards … or as we plebians say, “the Oscars.” The Clog doesn’t get out the fancy gown from Ross and $4 champagne for just any awards show. But the Oscars are not just any awards show. Yes, over the years they’ve doubled the Best Movie nominations, and this year Kung Fu Panda 2 is up for Best Animated Feature – but the Academy Awards are still that one night of the year we choose to care about famous people and can be proud of liking pretentious movies films. When else can we show off our limited knowledge of film score and pretend we recognize the Art Direction nominees? And despite the selling out, people are still making great films. And tonight we celebrate those people. And the special effects guys.

Follow our live blog, detailing the ups and downs, the fashion faux pas, the decisions that seem so life-changing (until the credits roll). Put on your tux, sip on that André, and enjoy the ride:

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Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Joshua Fattal, the three UC Berkeley graduates detained in Iran, are still there. They have been charged with espionage and are now entering their fifth month of imprisonment. Thankfully, though, many people are rallying to get our hikers back. A host of people, including several celebrities, just sent a letter to Iran’s Mission to the UN. read more »

Isaiah Rider may not be much of a “celebrity” anymore, for his NBA career (which included stand-out time with the Minnesota Timberwolves) has ended.

But he’s still giving people something to talk about, as proven yesterday, when

Berkeley police officers responded to a report at 9 a.m. of a disturbance between a taxi cab driver and [Rider].

Rider, 36, was taken into custody on a bench warrant issued by Alameda County for unlawful possession of a firearm as well a $5,000 warrant for grand theft issued by the Oakland Police Department.

Sadly, Rider could probably afford whatever he was originally arrested for stealing.

Ah, celebrities. Why do they insist on doing what they shouldn’t be doing in Berkeley?

Ex-NBA star Rider arrested in Berkeley on outstanding warrants [SF Gate]
Former NBA star Isaiah Rider arrested in Berkeley [San Jose Mercury News]