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  • What Amadeus gets wrong

    02/24/2015 2:31:28 PM PST · by Borges · 76 replies
    BBC Culture ^ | 2/24/2015 | Clemency Burton-Hill
    It is 30 years since Amadeus swept the board at the Academy Awards. Miloš Forman’s 1984 film of Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play, took home eight statuettes that night, including best film, best director, best actor and best adapted screenplay. Arguably the finest movie ever made about the process of artistic creation and the unbridgeable gap between human genius and mediocrity, it has taken its place in motion picture history and is invariably described as a masterpiece. All this is despite the fact the film plays shamelessly fast and loose with historical fact, taking as its basis a supposedly bitter rivalry...
  • Three Political Notes on the Oscars (So Far)

    Three Political Notes on the Oscars (So Far) February 22, 2015 1) The host can’t stop stoking racial grievance. Great — exactly what America needs. 2) The idea that women don’t have equal rights in this country is a lie — a lie that, year after year, does harm. 3) Harry Belafonte is the opposite of a humanitarian: the loyal supporter of one of the most brutal dictatorships of our times, the Castro regime in Cuba, which has imprisoned, tortured, and killed thousands of innocent people. Read more at:

    02/22/2015 8:18:13 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 34 replies
    breitbart ^ | February 22, 2015 | by ADELLE NAZARIAN
    A planned protest over the lack of diversity in the film industry by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) has been canceled. The group will instead seek direct dialogue with Hollywood’s central authority, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • Citizen Four wins Oscar

    02/22/2015 8:03:31 PM PST · by Vendome · 44 replies
    Vanity | 2/22/2015 | Vendome
    My thanks to Edward Snowden an American Hero Glenn Greenwald, for his excellent expose And Laura Poitras for a terrifc film documenting the U.S. Governments crimes.
  • Neil Patrick Harris opens the Academy Awards with an #OscarsSoWhite Joke [Vine]

    02/22/2015 5:59:07 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    So, how long would it take for somebody at tonight’s 87th Academy Awards to comment on lack of diversity among this year’s nominees?Would you believe about 10 seconds?Here’s host Neil Patrick Harris with a fake slip-of-the-tongue, “…we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest…” We assume we’ll hear much more about this as the night progresses.***
  • BREAKING: Sharpton’s National Action Network Forgoes Oscars Protest...

    02/22/2015 5:37:48 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies ^ | 02/22/2015 | Adelle Nazarian
    HOLLYWOOD, California—A planned protest over the lack of diversity in the film industry by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) has been canceled. The group will instead seek direct dialogue with Hollywood’s central authority, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • 2015 Oscars

    02/22/2015 5:31:45 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 371 replies
    Best PictureAmerican Sniper Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything WhiplashBest Director Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman Richard Linklater, Boyhood Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel Morten Tyldum, The Imitation GameBest Actor Steve Carell, Foxcatcher Bradley Cooper, American Sniper Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game Michael Keaton, Birdman Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of EverythingBest Actress Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything Julianne Moore, Still Alice Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Reese Witherspoon, WildBest Supporting Actor Robert Duvall, The Judge Ethan Hawke, Boyhood Edward Norton, Birdman Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher J.K. Simmons, WhiplashBest Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, Boyhood Laura Dern, Wild Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game Emma Stone, Birdman Meryl Streep, Into...
  • Black People To Protest No Black People Getting Affirmative Action Oscars

    02/22/2015 10:10:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 77 replies ^ | 02/21/2015
    <p>Hollywood (United States) (AFP) – African-American civil rights groups plan to protest outside Sunday’s Oscars show, where every single one of this year’s 20 acting nominees is white.</p> <p>However small, the demonstration will revive debate about diversity at the Oscars-awarding Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose voting members are overwhelmingly white and with an average age in their 60s.</p>
  • 2015 Oscars: Nominees - 87th Academy Awards Nominations

    02/22/2015 10:40:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    The Oscars ^ | February 22, 2015
    ABC - Tune In Live Sunday Feb 24 7e|4p Nominees -- The 87th Academy Award Nominations for the 2015 Oscars
  • Outrage! No black actors nominated for Academy Award

    01/16/2015 6:57:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/15/2015 | Rick Moran
    By the tone and tenor of the reaction to the recently announced Academy Award nominations, you would think that old Jim Crow himself had been resurrected and is stalking the land. No black actors are up for best actor or supporting actor. The film "Selma" - which some historians claim is horribly inaccurate - was "snubbed" (although nominated as Best Picture) as was the film's female director. The reason? 97% of Academy voters are white and 75% are men. Case closed, right? It is - if you live your life looking at reality through a prism of race and gender....
  • The 87th Academy Award Nominations for the 2015 Oscars

    01/15/2015 7:10:19 AM PST · by Borges · 42 replies ^ | 1/15/2015
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  • Sixty-Eighth Anniversary of Disney’s ‘Song of the South’

    11/12/2014 10:59:39 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 59 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/12/14 | Calvin E. Johnson Jr.
    Is the movie 'Song of the South' racist...of course not!...Have a Zippy Doo Dah Day! Is censorship of Hollywood motion pictures a thing of the past, or… Is it still alive and well in the movie industry today against movies that are not politically correct? There are many who find some ‘R’ rated Hollywood movies of today equally offensive but I don’t think Hollywood is listening. Why would an old wonderful family motion picture offend anyone starring an African-American man whose stories fascinate both Black and White children? Some call Walt Disney’s 1946 family classic ‘Song of the South’ racist....
  • God Shows Up at the Oscars

    03/03/2014 9:43:45 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 92 replies
    Over much of its history, the Academy Awards have been the backdrop for some rather off-putting acceptance speeches. In 2011, for instance, Melissa Leo dropped a so-called “F-bomb” when she accepted the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “The Fighter.” In 2003, “Bowling for Columbine” was awarded Best Documentary, which provided Michael Moore a platform to rant against duly-elected President George W. Bush. “We live in the time,” he said, “where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. And, in 1972, Jane Fonda took the stage after winning “Best Actress” for her performance in “Klute,”...
  • The 86th Annual Academy Awards thread - March 2nd, 2014 7pm EST

    03/02/2014 11:34:36 AM PST · by Perdogg · 215 replies
    • Best Picture o American Hustle o Captain Phillips o Dallas Buyers Club o Gravity o Her o Nebraska o Philomena o 12 Years a Slave o The Wolf of Wall Street B
  • 14 Films That Should Have Won the Oscar for Best Picture But Weren’t Even Nominated

    03/01/2014 7:11:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/01/2014 | KYLE SMITH
    Anytime you’re tempted to care too much about what’s going on with the Oscars, consider the list of great movies that should have won Best Picture yet weren’t even nominated in that category.1. King Kong (1933) The landmark in special effects and fantasy captivated the imagination and heralded a new era in which anything anyone could dream up became a cinematic possibility. The closing line was so perfect that Peter Jackson couldn’t resist using it again in his remake seven decades later. But Oscar was obsessed with historical sweep at the time, and gave its top award to the generational...
  • First Oscar Concert Honors Nominated Composers

    02/13/2014 9:34:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | February 13, 2014 | Sandy Cohen
    After 85 years, Oscar is putting on his very first concert, and there are plans to televise future shows worldwide. The motion picture academy will present a live Oscar Concert in the days leading up to the 86th annual Academy Awards that celebrates the year's nominated music. The Feb. 27 concert at UCLA's Royce Hall will feature all five original scores performed by an 80-piece orchestra conducted by each nominated composer, plus performances of the four original songs up for Oscars this year.
  • Academy Rescinds Low-Budget, Faith-Based Film’s Oscar Nomination

    02/04/2014 7:30:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 04 2014 8:57 AM | (Fox and Friends)
    Questions are being raised about whether an Oscar nomination was rescinded because of the film’s faith-based message. The low-budget film “Alone Yet Not Alone” was nominated in the Best Song category, but then the song, also called “Alone Yet Not Alone,” was disqualified a few weeks later. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences pointed out that the song’s creator, Bruce Broughton, had improperly emailed 70 fellow Academy members to ask them to listen to the song. …
  • Evangelicals: Alone and Exiled in Hollywood

    02/02/2014 7:32:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2014 | Fay Voshell
    Her story is the stuff Hollywood films are made of. She is a severely disabled woman with an inspiring story and the singer of a sweet song entitled "Alone and Yet Not Alone," a piece about the person who stood by her side and helped with her struggles.  The song was recently nominated for an Academy Award. The singer is Joni Earekson Tada, who was left a quadriplegic at age 17 after a diving accident crippled her for life.  She can't even use her hands.  But despite her disability, she became an artist, an author, and a speaker.  A strong and powerful advocate...
  • Academy Disqualifies Oscar-Nominated Song 'Alone Yet Not Alone'

    01/29/2014 5:52:05 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/29/2014 | Scott Feinberg
    "Alone Yet Not Alone"? More like nominated yet not nominated. In a move with few precedents in the 86-year history of the Academy Awards, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to disqualify an Oscar nominee prior to the Oscars ceremony itself. "Alone Yet Not Alone," a little-heard tune from a little-seen film of the same name, will not appear on Oscar ballots when the final round of voting begins on Feb. 14. And the Academy will not announce a replacement nominee.The Academy's board of governors met on Tuesday evening to investigate...
  • Ohio guards: Inmate was urged to fake suffocation

    01/28/2014 11:19:42 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    AP ^ | 01/27/2014 | By JULIE CARR SMYTH
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate whose slow, gasping execution with a new drug combination renewed questions about the death penalty was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the condemned man to fake symptoms of suffocation. The Office of the Public Defender said Robert Lowe, one of the attorneys representing inmate Dennis McGuire, was back at work Monday after an internal review failed to substantiate the allegation. State prison records released Monday say McGuire told guards that Lowe counseled him to make a show of his death that would, perhaps,...
  • Oprah, Redford, Thompson: Oscar Snubs and Surprises

    01/16/2014 11:20:47 AM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    ABCNews ^ | January 16, 2014
    Perhaps no bigger snub was Oprah Winfrey failing to earn a nom for her supporting role in “The Butler.” After being snubbed by the Golden Globes, Winfrey seemed destined for a nomination, especially after having received a Screen Actors Guild nod. Instead, she and “The Butler” were shut out entirely from the 86th Academy Awards.
  • Back-to-Back Crimes Threaten Hollywood’s Destination Appeal

    07/23/2013 11:11:56 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/23/13 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    Hollywood Boulevard is the West Coast equivalent of Times Square, an urban reclamation project that transformed a strip once notorious for crime, drug-dealing and prostitution into a tourist destination, a thriving night life district and the home of movie premieres and the Academy Awards. But over the past month, two high-profile crimes — a fatal stabbing of a tourist by a homeless person and a robbery spree by a gang that bounded past people gawking at the Walk of Fame — have threatened this carefully cultivated and civically critical reinvention, worrying community leaders and presenting an early challenge to this...
  • Glamor Swims With Sharks at the Oscars

    03/01/2013 8:36:05 AM PST · by Kaslin ^ | March 1, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    Conservatives usually have a few bones to pick with Hollywood over the Academy Awards. Not content with merely opening it, Hollywood pushes the envelope, often with questionable taste and mockery of common values. Nevertheless, Washington and Hollywood are linked at the hip like Siamese twins. It's a love-hate relationship; one with changing party affections over the years. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan each sent greetings to the awards ceremony -- FDR by radio in 1941 and Ronald Reagan with videotape 40 years later. Both offered encouragement to one of our most popular cultural institutions. The real stars, as both...
  • Another Oscar Night Wasted

    03/01/2013 5:13:33 AM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Maybe Seth McFarlane should be footman to Mrs. Obama, our own Evita. Sunday I am not quite sure who Seth McFarlane is, but he must be important, because he was the host of the Oscars show last night. He managed to be the most offensive host I have ever seen on an awards show. He looks sane, but there is something wrong with him, or maybe it’s that the producers asked the writers to be really offensive, and the writers produced offensive material, and Seth McFarlane just blithely read it. But herewith some of his bons mots: He mentioned various...
  • The Oscars: Seth MacFarlane's 'We Saw Your Boobs' Song Outraged Women In Hollywood

    02/28/2013 7:31:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/28/2013 | Aly Weisman
    Despite solid ratings for Sunday's 85th annual Academy Awards, host Seth MacFarlane is catching a lot of flak for his crude jokes about women, Jews, Abraham Lincoln and most notably, actresses' boobs. In a musical number titled "We Saw Your Boobs," MacFarlane pointed out actresses who have bared all on-screen — often during emotionally-charged or rape scenes. Women both in the audience and watching at home were offended by the song, calling it crass and inappropriate. We spoke with Elizabeth Cantillon, film producer and executive vice president of production at Sony who was in the audience at the Dolby Theater...
  • In Denial Over 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    02/26/2013 2:18:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | February 26, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    You've got to admit that it's awfully precious that there was a huge controversy about "Zero Dark Thirty" because Kathryn Bigelow's film suggested that enhanced interrogation techniques helped intelligence officials find Osama bin Laden but no controversy about the final mission in the movie -- to kill, but not capture, the al-Qaida leader. Some of the film's defenders believe that the controversy robbed "Zero Dark Thirty," Bigelow, actress Jessica Chastain and screenwriter Mark Boal of well-deserved Oscars. Maybe so but maybe not; a number of fine films were up for best picture this year. But it cannot have helped that...
  • Michelle Obama’s Oscar Dress Too Sexy For Iran’s State Media (Actual headline)

    02/25/2013 10:32:15 AM PST · by kristinn · 18 replies
    Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty ^ | Monday, February 25, 2013 | Golnaz Esfandiari
    Iran’s Fars news agency has Photoshopped a picture of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama from the February 24 broadcast of the Academy Awards, electronically adding material to her dress to make it less revealing. The dress, a shimmering silver, sleeveless gown by Indian-born American designer Naeem Khan, was widely praised in the U.S fashion press. The official White House photo is above. In its rendering of the photo, the Iranian news agency raised the neckline and added short sleeves.​​ Fars, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), noted that it was unusual that Michelle Obama had announced...
  • Michelle Obama's Surprise Oscars Appearance: How It Happened, Dress Details!

    02/25/2013 7:14:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    US Magazine ^ | 02/25/2013 | JUSTIN RAVITZ
    People you expect to see towards the end of a typical Oscar ceremony: Jack Nicholson. People don't expect to see: First Lady Michelle Obama. Presenting the final award of Sunday's very long Academy Awards -- Best Picture -- three-time Oscar winner Nicholson, 75, introduced the President's wife, 49, appearing via satellite from the White House. "Thank you Jack, and welcome to the White House everyone. I'm so honored to introduce the nominees for Best Picture," said the First Lady, resplendent in a Naeem Khan dress plus chandelier earrings. "And to help celebrate the movies that lift our spirits, broaden our...
  • A 9/11 Victim’s Family Raises New Objections to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    02/23/2013 3:02:37 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 22, 2013 | By MICHAEL CIEPLY
    LOS ANGELES — It’s not over yet for “Zero Dark Thirty” — at least, not in the complaints department. As the Oscars approach on Sunday, the film, which is nominated for five awards, including best picture, has drawn new objections from the survivors of Betty Ann Ong, a flight attendant who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. The survivors contend that Ms. Ong’s voice, recorded on a call from American Airlines Flight 11 before it hit the World Trade Center, was improperly used in an opening sequence of “Zero Dark Thirty.” They are demanding an apology at the Academy Awards...
  • Bush CIA Director: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Portrayal of Interrogations 'Not Factually True'

    02/23/2013 3:59:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 23, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    On the eve of Sunday's Academy Awards presentation, former George W. Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden has made a strong statement about the hunt for Osama bin Laden film "Zero Dark Thirty." In an interview to be aired on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday, Hayden said, "If you look at the movie, it was artistically true, not factually true. Artistically, it portrayed the CIA interrogation program, but factually it was overwrought and inaccurate" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Bush CIA Director: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Portrayal of Interrogations 'Not Factually True' FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: Did enhanced interrogation techniques, specifically waterboarding,...
  • Oscars predictions: Argo Worthy, but Zero Dark Thirty more thrilling

    02/22/2013 11:15:51 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 17 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 02/22/13 | Jay Stone
    Best Picture The nominees: Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Amour, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Beasts of the Southern Wild Will win: Argo, which has overtaken Lincoln as the favourite and been sweeping up the hardware — BAFTA (the British Academy awards), the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild, Screen Actors Guild and more. It’s a worthy choice: a smart entertainment about the 1980 Iran hostage crisis that combines high tension with a hilarious portrait of Hollywood insiders who helped plan the escape. It’s also surprisingly sophisticated about the politics of the region. Should win: Zero...
  • Oscars: 10 awful moments in Academy Awards history

    02/22/2013 10:23:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/22/2013
    Though meticulously planned, film's most important night of the year rarely goes off without a hitch. When you get too many of Hollywood's biggest names in a room, there's bound to be some mayhem. Here are the 10 worst Oscar moments of all time. 10. James Franco and Anne Hathaway host the Oscars James Franco and Anne Hathaway are great actors, but the two didn’t make such great Oscar hosts in 2011. They were called “boring,” “spectacularly bad” and the like by critics across the board. The worst moment of the night came when Franco dressed up as Marilyn Monroe,...
  • The Polluted Documentary Oscar Pool

    12/07/2012 4:54:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 7, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    The cabal that chooses the 15 nominees for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature has issued its 2013 selections. Why was the top-grossing documentary of 2012 -- and the fourth most-successful documentary of all time - not on that expansive list? Because it was "2016," the film in which conservative author Dinesh D'Souza warns of a dark future for America if Barack Obama is re-elected. The film's producer, Gerald Molen, who already won an Oscar for "Schindler's List," was scandalized. "The action confirms my opinion that the bias against anything from a conservative point of view is dead on...
  • Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm dies at 95

    07/15/2012 12:24:34 PM PDT · by John W · 46 replies
    AP via CBS ^ | July 15, 2012 | AP
    NEW YORK - Celeste Holm, a versatile, bright-eyed blonde who soared to Broadway fame in "Oklahoma!" and won an Oscar in "Gentleman's Agreement" but whose last years were filled with financial difficulty and estrangement from her sons, died Sunday, a relative said. She was 95. In a career that spanned more than half a century, Holm played everyone from Ado Annie — the girl who just can't say no in "Oklahoma!"- to a worldly theatrical agent in the 1991 comedy "I Hate Hamlet" to guest star turns on TV shows such as "Fantasy Island" and "Love Boat II" to Bette...
  • Oscar's aging audience: Time to shake up the academy?

    02/28/2012 7:39:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 28, 2012 | Patrick Goldstein
    The 84th Academy Awards really looked their age on Sunday night. The painfully cobwebby spectacle included a cringe-inducing blackface joke, a tribute to an elderly seat filler and endless self-absorbed claptrap about the magic of movies. After a dreary 6-month-long awards season largely revolving around movies about movies, why did Oscar organizers feel the need to hammer away at the idea that they love — I mean really love — their movies? Probably because there's growing evidence that the rest of us don't really love the same movies they do. With one exception, “The Help,” the academy's nine best picture...
  • 84th Annual Academy Awards [LIVE THREAD]

    02/26/2012 5:23:26 PM PST · by Bender2 · 179 replies · 1+ views
    Best Picture: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse Actor in a Leading Role: Demián Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt Actress in a Leading Role: Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams You lost me there, Mr. Peabody. A Wayforward... machine?
  • Oscar's filter: Worldview, not artistic merit, helps unpopular films dominate the Academy Awards

    02/25/2012 10:31:50 AM PST · by rhema · 103 replies
    WORLD ^ | 2/25/12 | Megan Basham
    Nine films are competing for the Best Picture award to be handed out at the 2012 Academy Awards extravaganza on Feb. 26—and the average box office gross of the nominees is one of the lowest in the last 20 years. Only one of the nine, The Help, could be considered a genuine hit. And, as with popular nominees of the previous two years, few industry insiders give it much chance of winning. (One Oscar betting site currently pegs its odds at 33 to 1.) Since underrepresentation of crowd-pleasers prompted the Academy's decision in 2009 to have up to 10 Best...
  • 84th Oscars preview and predictions.

    02/24/2012 11:36:03 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 17 replies
    Washington Times Communities ^ | 02/24/2012 | Jason Black
    Best Picture: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse. The Artist has for the most part swept all of the awards for Best Picture, and it doesn’t look like the Oscar will be an exception... Director: Michel Hazanavicius The Artist, Alexander Payne The Descendants, Martin Scorsese Hugo, Woody Allen Midnight in Paris, Terrence Malick The Tree of Life. Once again this looks like another award for The Artist with Hazanavicius being the favorite,... Actor in a Leading Role: Demian Bichir A Better Life, George Clooney...
  • Eddie Murphy named host of 84th Academy Awards

    09/06/2011 3:04:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/06/2011
    The rumors became a reality Tuesday: Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards, which will be telecast Feb. 26 on ABC, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Buzz started circulating over Labor Day weekend that the 50-year-old comedian-actor was being considered for the host job. In some ways, it's no surprise, since Murphy is starring in the upcoming film "Tower Heist," which was directed by Brett Ratner -- who is also producing the Academy Awards show with Don Mischer. "Tower Heist" is set to open in November. By selecting Murphy, the academy is returning to...
  • 'The King's Speech': The triumph of Hollywood conservative values

    02/28/2011 12:44:03 AM PST · by thecodont · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | February 27, 2011 | 10:41 pm | Patrick Goldstein
    As one essayist wrote not long ago, it's become an article of faith in Conservative America that Hollywood is a “collection of hopeless la-la-land liberals — or worse, an elitist gaggle of heartland-bashing snobs.” Conservatives have routinely ridiculed Oscar movies for attacking the military (“Avatar”), promoting homosexuality (“Milk” and “Brokeback Mountain”) and depicting corporate executives as evil villains (“The Constant Gardener” and “Syriana”). So it must've been quite a shock to watch all the la-la-liberals at the Oscars Sunday night honoring their elders and celebrating tradition on a show where the first clip of the night was from “Gone With...
  • 83rd Academy Awards LIVE THREAD

    02/27/2011 3:11:48 AM PST · by DollyCali · 582 replies
    27 February 2011 | Dolly Howard/DollyCali
    Oscars 2011Academy Awards 83rd Edition ABC 8 PM EST Sunday February 27, 2011 Official Oscar Site The I HATE the Academy Awards Thread HERE
  • Oscars 2011: How All Good Leftists Must Have Voted

    02/26/2011 10:36:50 AM PST · by mikalasukala · 4 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | February 26, 2011 | Consigliere5
    How all good Leftists (AKA HOLLYWOOD) must have voted:Follow along on this Oscar Nomination list.Best Picture:As you can see from this Big Hollywood article from Lawrence Meyers, a majority of these nominees are not worthy.It's clear that there is only one movie that you could've voted for in this category with a clear conscience: The Kids Are Alright.from John Nolte's review:Remove from this little family drama the gratuitous girl-on-girl sex, the guy-on-girl sex, and the ridiculously unnecessary and explicit images from a guy-on-guy gay porn film that no amount of hypnotism or bleach could ever erase from my mind,...
  • Fox411's Dr. Oscar Offers 2011 Oscar Predictions.

    02/25/2011 11:01:05 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 44 replies ^ | 2/22/11 | Tariq Khan
    BEST PICTURE Nominees: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter's Bone Prediction: “The King’s Speech” The bottom line: while Oscar voters appear to really like “The Social Network,” they LOVE “The King’s Speech.” In many ways, it’s a throwback to the Oscar film of yesterday – like “Casablanca,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Godfather” and “Out of Africa.” Grand art direction and costumes, beautiful cinematography and score, magnificent performances and an examination of history – “The King’s Speech”...
  • Oscar nominations 2011: Academy Award season is here (list of nominees)

    01/25/2011 9:17:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Star-Ledger ^ | 01/25/2011 | Anthony Venutolo
    The nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced live this morning in Beverly Hills, California. They were read by Academy President Tom Sherak and last year's Best Supporting Actress winner, Mo'Nique. The British monarchy saga "The King's Speech" led the pack for this year's Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. The Coen brothers' western remake of "True Grit" snagged 10 nominations, just ahead of "The Social Network," David Fincher's Facebook drama which racked up eight. Entertainment's most esteemed award ceremony will take place from the...
  • James Franco, Anne Hathaway to host 83rd Oscar telecast

    11/29/2010 2:18:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 5+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/29/2010
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday morning that actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the 83rd annual Oscar telecast Feb. 27 on ABC -- a move that certainly seems designed to help the academy achieve its long-held goal of attracting a younger viewing audience. The 32-year-old Franco is currently receiving rave reviews for his work in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" and the 28-year-old Hathaway, currently starring in the new romantic drama "Love & Other Drugs," earned a best actress nomination for 2008's "Rachel Getting Married." "James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation...
  • No Politics at the Oscars, Please

    03/13/2010 4:57:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies · 1,230+ views ^ | March 13, 2010 | Bill O'Reilly
    For the first time that I can remember, there were no politically charged comments at the Academy Awards ceremony last Sunday. And I was ready. We had left-wing bomb throwers like George Clooney, Sean Penn, Barbra Streisand and co-host Alec Baldwin all lined up in the "let it fly" zone. But the show turned out to be the silence of the lambs. What's going on? The answer to that question is money, pure and simple. The rise of the machines has dislocated entertainment all over the country. Now you can program your life on your computer and endlessly amuse yourself...
  • Why Cameron Diaz is the party animal of Tinseltown

    03/12/2010 7:41:11 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 20 replies · 1,711+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10:07 AM on 12th March 2010 | Baz Bamigboye
    Hats off to Cameron Diaz, who was out till well after 4am on the morning of the Oscars at the party Harvey Weinstein threw at Soho House's sexy digs on Sunset Boulevard. She had about four hours sleep before she had to try on a rack of gowns for the Academy Awards. Incredibly, she was full of vim when she stopped to say 'Hi' to me on the Oscar red carpet. She did her little gig on stage for the awards show.
  • Oscars Capture Biggest TV Audience in Five Years

    03/08/2010 5:26:23 PM PST · by myknowledge · 20 replies · 108+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 8, 2010 | Sam Schechner
    <p>The audience for Sunday night's Academy Awards grew for the second time in as many years, indicating that live events continue to draw big audiences amid the overall fragmentation of the television landscape.</p> <p>An average of about 41.3 million people in the U.S. were watching the three-and-a-half-hour show at any given minute, according to preliminary Nielsen Co. estimates, up 14% from last year. It was the biggest audience since 2005, when Best Picture was awarded to the film "Million Dollar Baby."</p>
  • The 2010 Oscars Red Carpet (Penelope Cruz, Zoe Saldana, Diane Kruger, Charlize Theron)

    03/08/2010 11:43:54 AM PST · by Mister Ghost · 44 replies · 601+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Mar 8th, 2010 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    Hollywood may have gone to war, but the Academy Awards Red Carpet was filled with peace and serenity, showy outfits and spectacular ensembles. It was the night for the Leading Ladies of Tinseltown to showcase their best, and the Stars and A-List Celebs came through, glittering like gold, smelling like Chanel and bedazzling us with their chic couture. There are many more images for your perusal at The Fashion Time
  • Kathryn Bigelow/The Hurt Locker win Academy Award over James Cameron/Avatar - Best Picture, Director

    03/07/2010 10:12:22 PM PST · by RGirard · 7 replies · 146+ views ^ | March 7, 2010 | Réne Girard
    It was an Oscar shocker as Karthryn Bigelow won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Director over James Cameron, and the military film she directed, The Hurt Locker, won the Academy Award for Best Picture instead of Avatar. Not only is this the first time that a woman has won the academy award for Best Director, but this woman beat James Cameron - the man whose last two films, Avatar and Titanic, have grossed more money than any other two films in history. And to top it all off, Kathryn Bigelow happens to be James Cameron's ex-wife ...