When we first heard that Hugh Jackman was hosting tonight’s Academy Awards, we were confused. Don’t they always have comedians host? In the past 20 years, the hosts have all been well-known funny people, i.e., Billy Crystal, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, and Jon Stewart. But even if Jackman isn’t a stand-up comedian, he does have credentials that seem to make him qualified. He’s hosted the Tony Awards three times, even winning an Emmy for the 2004 Tonys, and he can sing and dance better than Billy Crystal. And he has one more thing going for him: He’s lovely to look at. Not to put down Crystal, our favorite Oscar host, but Jackman is what we’d call “dashing.” We shall see if good looks, charm, and musical theater experience are enough to make our Sunday night enjoyable. Above, a video of Jackman hosting the Tonys to give you a taste of what to expect. Keep reading »
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Oscar time and Hollywood goes all highbrow on us, taking cues for Tony Award nominated, dramatic the-a-ter. Sure, you saw the movie, but what do you know about the play?
In “Frost/Nixon,” Richard Nixon and David Frost (British satirist-slash-serious-news-guy who used to be huge in the ’70s) face-off on national TV after Dirty Dick’s fall from grace. Adapted by Peter Morgan from his own play, the flick is up for five Oscars including Best Pic and Best Actor for Frank Langella, who actually makes you feel sorry for the former crook/prez in a weepy Shakespearean tragedy sort of way. Keep reading »
What happens when you pack an auditorium full of attention whores…er, I mean actors? Oscar Night! The stars are all dying to shine at Hollywood’s biggest award night and the lengths they’ll go to to get some applause always make it worth watching! So, let’s take a tour of Crazy Tinseltown with the Top 10 Most Outrageous Oscar Moments! Keep reading »
Gus Van Sant’s biopic “Milk” is nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but writer Dustin Lance Black drew heavily on “The Mayor of Castro Street,” Randy Shilts’ 1982 biography of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official, played onscreen by the fiery Sean Penn.
Something that sets this movie apart from the pack of plain old biopics is its use of actual archival and documentary footage. But Black also took some liberties with the story—here’s a rundown, so you don’t get caught revising Wikipedia with “facts” from the movie that are as real as Bernie Madoff’s money. Keep reading »
Anyone can see the movie; only smarties read the book. This year all five nominees for Best Picture are
stolen from based on literary sources. We’re giving you a cheat sheet to all of Hollywood’s hippest reads.
“The Reader,” by Bernard Schlink (1995) is a former Oprah-fave. Now it’s an Oscar-nommed movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet in her Golden Globe-winning role as a German streetcar conductor who has nasty secrets and a penchant for teenage boys. Keep reading »
Maria Pinto, the Chicago designer who has dressed Michelle Obama on many occasions, is among seven up-and-coming designers competing to have their gowns worn onstage at this year’s Academy Awards. Pinto’s platinum-hued jacquard strapless gown is in keeping with the Old Hollywood theme of the night, which all the “Designer Challenge” contestants seem to have adopted. The winning gown, chosen by the public, will be worn by an award escort. To check out the other designers’ gowns, visit Oscar.com. Keep reading »
The Academy Awards are less than two weeks away, and with that, and Black History Month in mind, we want to remember Hattie McDaniel. McDaniel was an established radio and film actress before she played Mammy in “Gone with the Wind,” but it was this role that made her career and cemented her as a film legend. Her endearing comedy and ability to scold and scoff her white charges earned her a Best Supporting Actress Award, the first given to a black actor. She was also the first black actor to attend the Academy Awards banquet.
Ironically, however, segregation laws prevented her from attending the Atlanta premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on December 15, 1939. And she, like the other black actors, were excluded from the souvenir program. Producer David O. Selznick attempted to bring McDaniel to the premiere, but MGM cautioned against it because Georgia’s segregation laws would have required her to stay in a “blacks only” hotel and she would have had to sit in a segregated part of the theater away from her fellow actors. Clark Gable (Rhett Butler), who McDaniel had befriended while working on another movie, threatened to boycott the premiere unless she was allowed to attend, but she urged him to go anyway. She did, however, attend the Hollywood debut, and her photo was featured in the program upon Selznick’s insistence. Although, McDaniel received the highest recognition for an actor, her career was not without criticism… Keep reading »