Here's What Happened At The Crazy Olympic Opening Ceremony

As many of you already know, the Olympic opening ceremony will have already gotten over with by the time we get to see it on our tellies here stateside (Thanks NBC!).

That’s why we ran a live blog filled with screen shots of all the festivities, courtesy of the BBC. (The show ran live from 4 PM to 7:50ish PM ET.)

It was an amazing display. An enormously scary Voldemort, dancing nurses, the royal family, and strange homages to the Industrial Revolution all made appearances.

Our suggestion: scroll all the way to the bottom and make your way up to the top to get the highlights in chronological order.

Cheers!

7:49 PM: AND IT’S ALL OVER!

7:43 PM: MORE FIRE!!!

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7:40 PM: Sir Paul McCartney with “Hey, Jude”and the BELL right over his noggin

Paul McCartney Hey Jude Olympic opening ceremony

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Paul McCartney Hey Jude Olympic opening ceremony

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7:38 PM: Inching closer and closer to the grand finale!

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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7:35 PM: The lighting ceremony continues

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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7:28 PM: 5-time British Olympic rowing gold medalist Steve Redgrave runs the Olympic torch into Olympic Stadium

Steve Redgrave Olympic torch opening ceremony

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Steve Redgrave Olympic torch opening ceremony

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7:24 PM: Becks is back with his boat and the torch!

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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7:23 PM: These poor soldiers have to carry it up that fake, steep hill for some reason

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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7:20 PM: Olympic flag makes its grand entrance carried by a bunch of random international dignitaries no one cares one iota about

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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7:16 PM: The Queen officially opens the Olympic games, leading to an awesome ring of fireworks around Olympic stadium

Queen Olympic opening ceremony

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Fireworks queen olympic opening ceremony

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7:06 PM: William, Kate, and poor ol’ dateless Harry

Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Prince Williams Olympics opening ceremony

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7:03 PM: The weird flying bicycles we were all promised!

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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6:57 PM: Arctic Monkeys perform after every country is done walking in

Arctic Monkeys Olympic opening ceremony

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Arctic Monkeys Olympic opening ceremony

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6:55 PM: The British are coming! The British are coming!

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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6:46 PM: USA Basketball struts in sans hipster fashion, unfortunately

Tyson Chandler and Kevin Durant with Anthony Davis in the background looking like a superhuman

USA Basketball team Olympic opening ceremony

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Kobe, why you all by yourself?

Kobe Olympic opening ceremony

LeBron saluting

LeBron James Olympic opening ceremony

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6:44 PM: Michelle Obama cheering the USA

Michelle Obama olympic opening ceremony

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6:43 PM: U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

USA olympics opening ceremony

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6:40 PM: Nice job pulling off the rugby shirts Sweden

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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6:36 PM: Pau Gasol getting ready for his silver medal

Pau Gasol Olympic opening ceremony

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6:32 PM: Novak Djokovic doing his best “Look ma, I’m holding the flag”-look for Serbia

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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6:29 PM: Maria Sharapova strutting with a spiffy hat for Russia

Maria Sharapova Olympic opening ceremony

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6:23 PM: Lolo Jones and Tyson Gay are stoked!

Lolo Jones Tyson Gay Olympic opening ceremony

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6:21 PM: USA swimmer Lauren Perdue getting ready to walk in with her teammates and beret

 

6:05 PM: Kazakhstan, you’re the best

Kazakhstan Olympic opening ceremony

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5:49 PM: Finland is prepared to hide in the snow

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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5:36 PM: Kids are walking alongside each country’s athletes holding some sort of copper jug that’s going to be part of the ultra-secretive Olympic cauldron lighting later on. Can’t wait!

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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5:27 PM: Tall Australian flag-bearer is tall

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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5:23 PM: The athletes have begun their procession through Olympic Stadium. Here are some American Samoans dressed like American Samoans

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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5:13 PM: Boat it like Beckham….with the Olympic torch. That’s how it’s getting from London’s City Hall to Olympic Stadium

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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5:09: The inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee for all of you SAI chaps

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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5:04 PM: The montage clustermesh of modern music and dancing in the second hour isn’t as cool as the trip down history lane from earlier. And these MySpace-ey overlays are lame

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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5:00 PM: Flying silver men on jet packs….so British

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:58 PM: Peace, love and dancing. We’ve made it to the 60s folks

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:53 PM: What a family of blokes looks like today

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:52 PM: Nothing could be more British than a Mini Cooper. Vroom Vroom!

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:50 PM: Mr. Bean superimposed on the head of a character from “Chariots of Fire”

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:48 PM: Mr. Bean (in character!) playing the keyboard for “Chariots of Fire”

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:42 PM: Scariest and largest Voldemort in the history of scary and large Voldemorts

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:41 PM: Incredibly huge Cruella de Vil

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:37 PM: Dancing nurses and sick children as a tribute to England’s National Health Service (NHS)

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:34 PM: The Queen makes her grand appearance. She somehow magically walked into the stands after the epic parachuting

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:29 PM: The Queen jumped out of a plane with James Bond as the James Bond theme song was playing! (Kinda, not really……still awesome)

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:27 PM: James Bond, The Queen, and corgis

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:24 PM: Perhaps the coolest part of the whole show so far….FIRE OLYMPIC RINGS…MADE OF FIRE

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:21 PM: Drumming not as intense as Beijing in 2008, but it’s pretty good

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:19 PM: Lots and lots of dancing top hats. Apparently they were quite common in Britain about 150 years ago

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:17 PM: Women’s suffrage movement. Yippee!

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:14 PM: Huge smoke stacks! We’re still in the Industrial Revolution here

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:11 PM: People are coming out of a levitating tree and peasants are marching into the stadium. It’s supposed to represent the advent of the Industrial Revolution or something

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:09 PM: Words from Shakespeare’s “Tempest” read by either Scrooge or Abraham Lincoln. We’re not sure

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:04 PM: Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins kicked things off by ringing the GIANT Olympic bell

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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4:00 PM: Children frolic in the British countryside

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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3:56 PM: The classical music has begun!

2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Overhead shot from earlier

olympic stadium in london for opening ceremony

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