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It is undeniably the season of survival. With Gravity and Captain Phillips dominating the weekend box office and both 12 Years A Slave and All Is Lost on their way to theaters this weekend, audiences have many opportunities to see famous actors struggling onscreen against impossible odds, whether versus pirates or space or the open sea or slavery. I'll leave it to pundits braver than I am to decide which of those threats is the most terrifying
If fall means to you the start of school or the return of football you might not have noticed, but for those of us who circle the Oscar ceremony on our calendars months in advance, and have Kate Winslet's Best Actress acceptance speech memorized, Oscar season begins around Labor Day, when the Telluride Film Festival kicks off what will be a very, very busy four months of premieres, interviews, red carpets, and buzz buzz buzz.
The honorary Oscars were shoved out of the main Academy Awards broadcast a few years back, presumably to give more time to awkward montages and poorly thought-out musical numbers, but Angelina Jolie may have the power to bring them back to primetime. Jolie will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at next year's Governor's Awards, while Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi will receive Honorary Oscars.
If you remember March's Spring Breakers at all, you probably remember it for the performance from James Franco as Alien, a DJ and low-level crook whose catchphrase "Look at my shit!" became its own mini-phenomenon-- and distributor A24 knows it
Call us crazy, but we're jumping in, with each of us predicting what we think will win Best Picture. Not only have we personally not seen most of these films, but with the exception of Inside Llewyn Davis, pretty much nobody has. This is all about intuition and wild guesses-- which, if you've ever won your Oscar pool, you know that it's pretty much what Oscar predicting is all about anyway
After enduring plenty of blowback for choosing Seth MacFarlane to do the job last year, the Academy has changed course and reverted to what might be the safest possible host for next year's Oscars. THR has it that Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Academy Awards, scheduled for Sunday March 2 and airing on ABC
All of the names were posted on the Academy’s official site. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy."
So apparently the rumor was true-- producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are already on board to come back next year, really did ask MacFarlane to make a return appearance. and MacFarlane's many other duties kept him away. It's hard to blame him for wanting more sleep
Just a day after the Academy officially confirmed that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron would be returning to produce the Oscars again in 2014 comes a report that says this year's host, Seth MacFarlane, has been asked to return to host next year's ceremony. But is the Family Guy creator up for another turn at the job?
“Craig and Neil have the overwhelming support of the Academy's Governors to produce the Oscars again in 2014," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "In order to establish continuity with this year's enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening.”
"It was not about the women that were mentioned, the song was about him being a bad host and him being a juvenile, which was why he was a bad host," said Oscar co-producer Neil Meron. "Everyone who complained missed the joke. It was satire.”
Let's be real-- everyone knew Bradley Cooper wasn't going to win an Oscar. His nomination for Best Actor was pretty much a guarantee, given how popular Silver Linings Playbook was and how much acclaim he earned for turning in a performance deeper and more heartfelt than many expected of him. But Cooper, his mom, his fellow nominees and every single person attending the Oscars knew perfectly well that he would lose that statue to Daniel Day-Lewis
"On Oscar night, when Hollywood seeks to honor its best, Seth MacFarlane's monologue reduced our finest female actresses to caricatures and stereotypes, degrading women as a whole and the filmmaking industry itself. This should be a celebration of artists in the filmmaking industry, not an offensive display of disrespect...
In 1974 a man named Robert Opel somehow managed to sneak backstage at the Oscars, take off his clothes, and run naked across the stage as David Niven stop at the microphone. The streaker moment became instantly legendary, and nothing even remotely that spontaneous has happened at the awards since (no, Jennifer Lawrence tripping on her way to the stage doesn't count)
Getting Michelle Obama involved with the reveal of the Best Picture award on Sunday night was nearly as complicated as Tony Mendez’s plot in Argo. The appearance took the collaborative efforts of MPAA President Hawk Koch, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and cinema mastermind Harvey Weinstein...
While speaking with The Huffington Post as part of the promotional tour for her movie Admission, Fey immediately shot down the idea that she might be in contention to host next year’s Academy Awards. "I just feel like that gig is so hard,” she said.
Whether you liked the opening or not, the effort put into the show was evident. In addition to some warm-up jokes to get the show started, the Family Guy creator was joined by dancers, a chorus and a number of celebrities who took the stage to participate in the opening number. Some behind-the-scenes photos have arrived online, which give us a look at the rehearsals, from Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum's fantastic dance, to Jennifer Lawrence's brief cameo and everything in between.
As is usually the case around here, we already have an opinion as to whom we’d like to see on the stage hosting next year’s Academy Awards. We understand that the “body” has barely cooled, but if the Academy can secure a host soon, they’d have a calendar year to write jokes that are far better than the juvenile and insulting “We Saw Your Boobs.” So, who deserves the gig?
You might recall from Waltz's speech that before he thanked his director (Quentin Tarantino), or his co-stars (Jaime Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio), he began with thanks to each of his fellow nominees. Here we see him expand on that thought, calling Robert De Niro and Alan Arkin "role models for me since I started in this profession."
In the chaos of attempting to liveblog the Oscars and keep the list of winners updated and everything else, I completely forgot about the brief tribute to James Bond, which was not the much-hoped-for reunion of all six men to play the super spy, but a fairly forgettable montage (followed, at least, by an awesome Shirley Bassey performance)
If you're following MacFarlane's busy career, this probably won't come as much of a surprise. After the smash success of last summer's Ted MacFarlane is suddenly a huge name in movies, and with Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad all still on the air, he's got a lot of juggling to do while embarking on his next movie
Hollywood surely loves patting itself on the back with big glamorous award shows, but the real reason the industry puts so much emphasis on the Academy Awards is that studios stand to make a lot of money off of a big win.
Why is a song called "We Saw Your Boobs" not just lame, as MacFarlane himself admitted in the number, but demeaning to the women he mentioned? Why is it uncool to chalk up Jessica Chastain's Zero Dark Thirty character to being a nag who won't let anything go? If you want the short answer, it's "If you're going to make jokes at the expense of women, make them funny and original."
Remember that hysterical clip that made the rounds a few years back of Cardinals coach Dennis Green repeatedly bellowing, “They are who we thought they were!” after his team blew a late lead against the Chicago Bears? Well, if last night proved nothing else, it’s Seth MacFarlane is exactly who we thought. He’s a pompous douche with a shit-eating grin, a razor sharp wit and a sometimes sophomoric sense of humor. Personally, I think that’s a good thing.
With award season chock full of celebrities doing endless press to promote their buzzed about films, it's very important that they follow their media training. Avoid taboo topics. Don't fuel any rumors about any feuds real or imagined. Don't say anything that could start any rumors period. For women, this also extends into trying to be endlessly graceful and poised. But part of the reason we love Jennifer Lawrence is she is pretty much terrible at all of the above