In anticipation for this Sunday’s Academy Awards, “Lopez Tonight” had the “Jersey Shore” cast perform guido versions of scenes from some of the Best Picture nominees, including “The Hurt Locker” (above) and “Inglourious Basterds.” Hy-sterical. I can’t wait to see Snooki go blue in “Avatar.” [TBS
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The way I see it, this year’s Best Supporting Actor race is between two actors—Christoph Waltz, who won both the SAG and Golden Globe for his role in “Inglourious Basterds,” and Stanley Tucci, who was the one good part of the fairly universally panned “The Lovely Bones.” Why these two? Because the characters on screen gave the viewers the heebie-jeebies. See, the Academy has shown itself to be fairly predictable over time. For Best Actress, the Academy loves America’s Sweethearts. For Best Actor, they tend to vote for the guy who’s been nominated the most times. For Best Supporting Actress, they like an out-of-nowhere star. But for Best Supporting Actor, nothing wracks up the votes like playing an exceptionally creepy character. Let’s take a look how the Creepy Effect has played out in the past, and what it could mean in this year’s race. Keep reading »
Holla! The Oscars are this Sunday! I get a little bit giddy each year imaging who will win, who will have the most ridiculous acceptance speech, and who will offend us all with their poor choice of attire. This year, we should expect more fun than ever before with hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Oooh! Banjo duet? While there’s no confirmation about the use of banjos, there will be music. The producers are spicing up the 82nd Annual Academy Awards with a DJ set by Joel Madden. OK, not sure I get it, but I’m totally willing to go along with it. After the jump, ten more reasons why we’re super excited for the Oscars this year. [Much Music] Keep reading »
Let’s play Oscar psychic for a minute, OK? I have a pretty good idea of who is going to win this year’s Best Supporting Actress Award. My crystal ball says Mo’Nique—and not just because she won both the Golden Globe and SAG awards. See, the Academy is pretty darn predictable on who they decide to bestow with their gold-plated paperweights. For Best Actress they tend to go with America’s Sweetheart and for Best Actor they pick the guy with the most nominations under his belt already. But something very interesting happens in the Best Supporting Actress category. The Academy generally favors actresses who are fresh out of the gate—who are making their movie debut, or who landed their first big role. In other words, they like the Breakthrough Star.
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While not everyone was crazy about the black and white Vionnet dress Carey Mulligan wore to the BAFTA Awards last weekend, the 24-year-old actress thinks she has everything under control in the wardrobe department. Carey told People StyleWatch she’s not going to follow Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s advice when she’s picking her dress for the Academy Awards.
“Anna said I should wear short for the Oscars. I was like ‘No, that is so not what I had in my head when I was six years old!’”
While it’s surprising that Carey would even consider disobeying the queen of the fashion world, we think it’s notable Anna suggested Carey wear a short dress to a fancy affair. Sure, we’ve seen cocktail dresses at black-tie weddings, but these are the Oscars we’re talking about. It seems our culture has gotten so casual that the rules of formal dressing have been completely thrown out the window.
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The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced this morning and some of the nominees include: George Clooney for best actor in “Up in the Air,” Mo’Nique for best supporting actress in “Precious,” Maggie Gyllenhaal for best supporting actress in “Crazy Heart,” Gabourey Sidibe for best actress in “Precious,” and a little movie called “Avatar” was nominated in a whole bunch of categories, tying “Hurt Locker” for a total of nine nominations. One difference in the awards this year is that 10 movies have been nominated for best picture rather than the usual five. For a full list, check out the official website of the Oscars. Keep reading »
“I feel like I had that [Oscar-worthy role] in ‘El Cantante,’ but I don’t even think the Academy members saw it. I feel like it’s their responsibility to do that, to see everything that’s out there, everything that could be great … Well, it is a little bit frustrating. It was funny; when the Oscars were on, I had just given birth on the 22nd, and the Oscars, I think, were a day or two later. I was sitting there with my twins — I couldn’t have been happier — but I was like, ‘How dope would it have been if I would’ve won the Oscar and been here in my hospital bed accepting the award?’ ‘Thank you so much! I just want to thank the Academy!’ But we joked about it. It’s all good.”
– Jennifer Lopezis a wee bit delusional about her acting talent in the new issue of Latina [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
By now you’ve probably heard the news that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will be co-hosting the Oscars on March 7, but have you heard who was considered for Baldwin’s role before he was? Apparently, the big guns were so impressed with the pairing of Steve Martin and Tina Fey as co-presenters earlier this year, they first approached Fey about hosting with Martin at the next ceremony. Oscar producer, Adam Shankman, tells EW.com:
“It was a really quick discussion and it was mostly about “do you think that could work?”‘ It wasn’t that she turned us down but her work schedule right in that time, she’s writing the last of her shows, and we realized then that it wouldn’t work. But they were so great on the show together (the Oscars last year) and he’d done “30 Rock.”
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Too bad you weren’t released last year, “Star Trek,” because the Best Picture Oscar is going to be twice as hard to win at the 2009 Academy Awards ceremony. From now on, 10 movies will be nominated for the Academy’s top nod. Why? So that any type of film—be it a drama, a comedy, a documentary, or a cartoon—has a better chance of being recognized for its greatness. This is something of a return to old Hollywood—from 1931 to 1943, anywhere from 8 to 12 movies battled it out for the statue. Keep reading »
Beyonce tells Self that her dream of winning an Oscar is what keeps her in shape. She has a painting of the golden statue in her gym, she explains. “I look at it, and I’m like, OK, I have to stay in shape,” she said. I don’t get the connection between winning an Oscar and staying in shape. Jennifer Hudson proved that smaller sizes aren’t the ones winning Academy Awards. Maybe Beyonce was trying to take a dig at Hudson, who didn’t look her best when she won the Oscar for her role in “Dreamgirls,” which costarred Beyonce. Let’s face it, B. isn’t a great actress — she’s slightly better than mediocre — so she should probably give up her dream or at least stop talking about it. Her performances as a singer/dancer to be more entertaining. Saying her love of unitards forces her to stay in shape would have made more sense. [E! Online] Keep reading »