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.
Let’s take a stroll down the Best Supporting Actress memory lane. Keep reading »
It’s T-minus two weeks until the Oscars, and we here in The Frisky office are already getting our Oscar pool organized—which means that you probably are, too. Luckily, the Academy is pretty predictable. And since we want you to win your co-workers’ money, we are looking at each of the major awards and dissecting some theories about who generally wins. Last week, we showed you that to win the Best Actress award, it’s best to be a card-carrying America’s Sweetheart getting her first nomination for a meaty role. To win Best Actor, it’s exactly the opposite—the Academy tends to vote on consistency in this category. In other words, the Oscar generally goes to the dude who has the most Best Actor and Best Supporting nominations under his belt already.
Don’t believe us? Here are just a few examples: Keep reading »
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.
Do you think short dresses are appropriate for black-tie affairs? [People StyleWatch] Keep reading »
Only a few weeks left until the Oscars, people. The epic awards show will be going down on March 7, with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosting. Since pretty much the same people won both the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes acting awards, pundits are predicting that the Oscars will be like “Groundhog Day.” But that’s no fun—we want upsets and surprises!
Sadly, over the years, the Academy has proved itself to be fairly predictable. Play a prostitute, win Best Actress. The older you are, the more likely you are to win Best Actor. In honor of the upcoming awards, we thought we’d take a look at some Oscar theories—both at how they’ve played out in the past and how they’ll affect this year’s race. The first theory we’ll dissect: that the Best Actress Oscar always goes to America’s Sweetheart the first time she does a role with an iota of heft. Keep reading »
Jake Gyllenhaal has been through the Oscar nomination rigamarole—he got a nod in 2006 for “Brokeback Mountain.” So he knows exactly what sister Maggie, who was just nominated for Best Supporting Actress in “Crazy Heart,” feels. He was on hand when Maggie’s phone started ringing off the hook the morning nominations were announced. After a bit, Maggie wanted to go back to bed. “Don’t go back to sleep, this is amazing!” said Jake. “Have a coffee with me, and I’ll make you pancakes.”
Now that it’s been a few days, Jake has given Maggie some advice. She told People, “He said, ‘It’s a lot of fun, and enjoy it in that spirit. If you make it too much more than that, you’ll probably go astray.’” Interestingly, their mama Naomi also had her Oscar moment—in 1988 she got a Best Screenplay nomination.
So which other famous siblings have Oscar running in their bloodstream? After the jump, find out. Keep reading »
After winning top honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes, Sandra Bullock received her first Oscar nomination this year for “The Blind Side.” But she’s already convinced she’s not bringing the little man home. “I’m so not winning an Oscar,” said the feisty brunette. “Nine times out of ten I always pick who’s going to win. And I already know who’s going to win.” Hmmm … sounds like she’s using a little reverse psychology, doesn’t it? [People]
Still, I’m sorta digging Bullock’s self-deprecation. Over the years, a few of her fellow movie-makers have made similar pronouncements. Let’s see how it turned out for them. Keep reading »
The recent announcement of Academy Award nominations may have people blogging, talking, tweeting and a host of other verbs ending in -ing about the best films of the past year. But what about the worst? To keep things in perspective, on the same day of the Oscar nomination announcements, the Razzies also released their nods. For those who don’t know, the Razzies are the awards created to celebrate, or at least point fingers at, the worst films and performances of the year. And this year, like most, they seem to have done a pretty accurate job, even if they did pick on “New Moon“—gasp. Keep reading »
“This is beyond anything I’ve ever dreamed of. I’ve definitely never felt such excitement and nausea this early in the morning!”
—Carey Mulligan on being nominated for an Oscar for her role in “An Education.” Oh, Carey, you must choose your words more carefully. This is how bump watches start. Keep reading »
Yes, today is Groundhog’s Day, and according to that little bastard Phil, it’s going to be a long winter, but the silver lining is that we have The Academy Awards to look forward to. Oscar noms are finally in! Woohoo! While most of the world has started their betting pools about who will win the coveted Oscar for best pic, here at The Frisky, we have been hard at work voting on which nominees we would shun, shag, or marry. After the jump, our picks.
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This year’s Oscar nominees won’t be announced until February 2nd, but because an entire school of journalism has sprung up around predicting such things, we have a pretty good idea of what the nominee lists will look like. And almost everyone agrees that “The Hurt Locker,” the story of an elite bomb squad in Iraq, is the dark horse threat to “Up In The Air.” The director of “The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow—an accomplished painter who also directed “Point Break” back in the day—will almost certainly be one of the five nominated for Best Director. If this happens, she’ll be one of only three women to ever be up for the award (the others were Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, and Sofia Coppola)—and she has a great chance of being the first to actually win it.
But here’s where things get interesting. Kathryn is also the ex-wife of James Cameron, who also is very likely to get a nomination in the Best Director category for the cinematic juggernaut that is “Avatar.” Keep reading »