When you’ve been writing about the Oscars as much as I have been this week, an inevitable question pops into your head: why is an Academy Award called an Oscar? Apparently, no one is 100 percent sure. But the most accepted version of the story is that the first time the Academy librarian saw the little statue, she said that it looked like her Uncle Oscar. (Really? Because I think he looks like a golden robot.) The name took hold informally—a columnist used it in print for the first time in 1939, in a piece about Katharine Hepburn. Five years later, the Academy decided to adopt the name for themselves. Just a little trivia for you to bust out at your viewing party. [Oscars.org] Keep reading »
I’m very excited for the Oscars this Sunday — I am a sucker for an awards show, especially during years when I like a lot of the nominated films and actors. For example, I love Mark Ruffalo, who is nominated for one of my favorite movies of the year, “The Kids Are Alright.” And I love him even more now that I know we both were brace-faces. And are those rubber bands I see? Sigh. Check out more hilarious photos of Oscar nominees before they were stars, including a shy James Franco and Jeremy Renner with a radical flattop, here. Keep reading »
“I promise you, I’ll wear the same colors shoes … I have no idea [what I’m wearing] … As my boyfriend knows, it’s right up to the last minute… Can go wrong at any time. It’s probably going to be a catastrophe.”
– Helena Bonham Carter on what she’ll wear to the Academy Awards at the end of the month. We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating — we love this crazy bitch. [Access Hollywood] Keep reading »
Hooray! Award season has begun! On Sunday, the Golden Globe Awards will be handed out in Hollywood and I couldn’t be more excited. The Globes are my favorite award show of the season. While the Academy Awards have more “prestige,” I could fast-forward through about 90 percent of it. (Ditto for the Emmy Awards, which never fail to put me in a catatonic state.) No, the Golden Globes are the best and I’ve got five super solid reasons why. Keep reading »
Dear James and Anne,
Congrats on that whole “hosting the Oscars” thing. We suppose it’s kind of a big deal, though probably not for you two, what with your mega-blockbusters, and nude scenes and simultaneous quadruple master’s programs. Still, hosting The Academy Awards can be a tricky proposition–it’s a slow-moving, oft long-running show of self-gratuitousness–THAT WE LOVE TO PIECES! So we’ve decided to offer some tips and tricks to make your Oscars the best they can be. Keep reading »
Amelia, I will not be liveblogging the Oscars this year: Mr. Overexposure himself, James Franco, will be co-hosting the 83rd annual Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. Maybe we’ll get lucky and he will get stuck under a boulder and cut his arm off onstage? I kid, I kid. But seriously, James Franco is damn near impossible to avoid these days. He just published a book, his new movie “127 Hours” is out, he does performance art dissecting “Three’s Company,” he’s posing in drag on the covers of magazines, and he’s apparently a grad student at, like, five different colleges simultaneously. (I am exaggerating, but not by much.) While that is wonderfully productive, he’s really just a not-terribly-interesting thespian whose forté is acting like a stoner. Anne Hathaway, at least, can sing, dance and act, which are qualities that might come in handy for an Oscars host.
I’ll be skipping this year’s Oscars, I’m afraid. I’ll learn all I need to know next season on “The Rachel Zoe Project” as Rachel freaks out over Anne’s dresses, I’m sure. [People] Keep reading »
Hey, it worked getting her to host “Saturday Night Live,” so maybe Facebook will be successful in getting Betty White a hosting gig at the Academy Awards. Everything’s been coming up roses for Ms. White lately, so why not? Go join the group and make it happen … that is, if you don’t think Facebook is a “total waste of time.” [via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
We couldn’t have been happier when Jeff Bridges won Best Actor for his role as Bad Blake in “Crazy Heart.” [The Dude abides! -- Editor Amelia, President of the Jeff Bridges Rocks My Panties Club] He’s one of the most unpretentious actors out there who’s been under-appreciated for far too long. He comes across as being just as laid-back at his cult-favorite character, the Dude, even using the word “groovy” in his acceptance speech. And because we love him so, we’ve rounded up the 10 reasons why Jeff Bridges is so fantastic. Keep reading »
If you made it through the entirety of the Oscars last night, you probably noticed something missing. Well, two things missing. During the annual memorial montage, two bold-faced names who passed away this year were conspicuously absent—Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur. Friends and admirers of Fawcett’s have been taking to Twitter to protest the decision. “Where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included,” wrote Jane Fonda. “No Farrah in the memorial. They have a whole lot of ‘splaining to do,” chimed in Roger Ebert.
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