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This Year’s Best Oscar Presenters Were Senior Citizens

Last night’s Oscars was billed as “young and hip” thanks to James Franco and Anne Hathway, so it’s interesting that my two favorite presenters of the night were ages 65 and 94. We’ll start with the baby of those two—Helen Mirren. While so many of last night’s presenters were stilted and visibly nervous, Helen appeared with her good friend and “Arthur” co-star, Russell Brand, to present the award for Best Foreign Film. Helen spoke in French while Russell gave hilariously inaccurate translations of what she said. Their rapport was so adorable and natural. I think Helen is amazing—not to mention pretty banging for an AARP member—and I have a full-fledged crush on Brand after reading a bit of My Booky Wook 2 and finding out that he is a former chubster. Honestly, it kind of left me wondering—why didn’t these two host the Oscars? It would have made more sense with the whole young-meets-old theme the Academy went for this year. Keep reading »

Natalie Portman Says Being Preggers Grounded Her During Awards Season

“Baby was definitely kicking a lot during the song portion of the show. Little dancer. … With my child, I think I will just thank them. It’s sort of been a protection. It feels like a protection against all the hoopla and the part that keeps you centered where your meaning is and what is actually important in the midst of shiny stuff that’s superficial.”

Natalie Portman says that, in the end, she didn’t mind the morning sickness during awards season and thinks being pregnant for it was a good thing. Man, she is always so wise. Let’s just hope she does not fall victim to the Oscar curse. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Grading Oscar Hosts Anne Hathaway And James Franco

James Franco and Anne Hathaway are the youngest hosts of the Oscars, ever—it’s a stat that’s been repeated over and over again since it was first announced that the two would be taking on hosting duties. But, uh, how did they do? I’d give Anne an A- for being friendly and charming, and for taking beaks from her scripted dialogue for off-the-cuff moments. Meanwhile, James gets a C for having stank face throughout the whole show. Also, was it just me, or did he seem to be squinting to read the teleprompter an awful lot? Homedude looked like he needed glasses, or like he’d jumped on the Pineapple Express in the green room.

After the jump, we grade the dynamic duo on some of their best and worst moments. Keep reading »

Who Is This Oscar Guy, Anyway?

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 »

Oscar Theory #11: Whoever Wins The BAFTA Gets The Oscar

When it comes to the acting awards at the year’s Oscars, it looks things could get very British. No, not because the world has gone mad over Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Because Brit Colin Firth looks like an almost shoe-in to win Best Actor for his performance in “The King’s Speech,” while his fellow countryman Christian Bale—who in all honesty, I didn’t realize was British until just a few weeks ago—is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actor. While we were too busy with the Super Bowl to watch the BAFTA Awards—that’s the British Academy of Film and Television Arts—maybe we should have been paying more attention. Back in 2000, the British award show moved to February so that it would it would precede the Oscars. Ever since, it has become like looking in a crystal ball. Last year, 12 of the 18 major BAFTA winners went on to win Oscars. [EW]

The predictive powers of the BAFTAs get even more impressive when you limit it to the top six categories—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. I crunched the numbers and, over the past few years, 80 percent of the winners have overlapped. After the jump, take a look at the BAFTA effect played out in the past few years, and what it could mean for this year’s Oscar hopefuls. Keep reading »

James Franco And Anne Hathway Feeling Grease Lightening For The Oscars?


T-minus three days until the Oscars, and people are starting to wonder—what do hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway have up their sleeves? Yesterday, James posted this 19-second clip on Twitter, which shows him and Anne recreating “You’re The One That I Want” from “Grease.” In it, James has his hair slicked back a la John Travolta and Anne looks just as dope as Olivia Newton-John in the iconic shiny leggings. And they appear to be on a carnival set. So will they be performing this number at the Oscars? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. [People]

After the jump, another new promo for the big show. Keep reading »

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