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"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
It's easy to be negative when talking about the Oscars, since any awards ceremony that long and self-indulgent is bound to find a way to make you angry. But as we shake off our Oscar party hangovers and the terrible realization of just how off our predictions were, is more bitterness really what we need?
If your film wins an Oscar, you may need to resist the urge to celebrate with any kind of physical display beyond clapping, smiling or crying, or risk being tossed out of the theater by security. This was a lesson Paperman producer Kristina Reed learned the hard way during last night's Oscars. One of the producers of the charming, Oscar-winning Disney animated short was temporarily removed from the theater by security when she reportedly began throwing a few paper airplanes out into the audience after the short won its Oscar.
We're still waiting for the numbers on how many sets tuned into the event, but Mashable has got word on how many Oscar-related tweets were sent out last night. It was a whopping 8.9 million. 2.1 were sent during the red carpet pre-show, but Twitter users kicked into full gear once the show began, sending 6.8 million tweets.
Seth MacFarlane turned out to be the wrong choice to host the Academy Awards, showering those in attendance (and the billions watching at home) with tasteless punchlines that made us want to take a shower after the ceremony. Pomp and circumstance were replaced with pedophilia and crap jokes, torpedoing a telecast that was off the mark from minute one and never found its feet.
Yesterday and today, we're bringing you absolutely everything Oscar. The Best, the worst, the speeches, and the screw-ups. It's my job to bring you the best GIFs from last night, the ones that captured the spirit of last night's event for better and worse
There are plenty of ways to relive last night's Academy Awards, from catching up with our wonderful (if we do say so ourselves) recap to just singing "Skyfall" to yourself until you get to pretend you're Adele. But why attempt to remember it all when you can just watch the entire thing, from start to finish, right now?
Anyone who has seen some of Seth MacFarlane's work knows that he's a big fan of crude humor. And while he did keep it to a relative minimum tonight in his hosting duties at the Academy Awards, he did take a quick moment to celebrate the boobs of some of our best known actresses...and he did so in musical number form.
Tonight Argo won Best Picture in addition to just two other prizes, but it's not because it was a weak competitor or had to beat out just one other film to get there. A presumed Best Picture frontrunner for weeks before the ceremony began, Argo was the victor in what's been a spectacularly competitive Oscar season...
Of course, by now Day-Lewis is more than comfortable up there on the Oscar stage, and he pulled off joke about how he had originally been cast in Meryl Streep's Oscar-winning role in The Iron Lady, and that she had been Steven Spielberg's first choice for Lincoln. Day-Lewis cracked he'd like to see that version
While Lawrence was losing her feet, the crowd gathered for the Academy Awards was busy standing on theirs, giving the 22-year-old phenom a standing ovation for her incredible year that included the launch of a major franchise (The Hunger Games) and an Oscar-winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook.