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Biggest Night in Hollywood Ends with a Twist! #Oscars [Winners’ List]

Leading with whopping 14 nominations — to tie the record set by Titanic and All About EveLa La Land ended the Awards season with the Best Picture Oscar…or did they? Continue reading Biggest Night in Hollywood Ends with a Twist! #Oscars [Winners’ List]


#Oscars Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road Win Big [Winners’ List]

Spotlight wins Best Picture while Mad Max: Fury Road nabbed the most wins with six Oscars!  Here is the complete list of winners: Continue reading #Oscars Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road Win Big [Winners’ List]

Oscars 2016: ‘The Revenant’ leads the pack, ‘Mad Max’ racing close behind [See Full List of Nominations here!]


It’s the Awards season again and the most prestigious of them all has just announced its nominations for the 88th Annual Academy awards! Continue reading Oscars 2016: ‘The Revenant’ leads the pack, ‘Mad Max’ racing close behind [See Full List of Nominations here!]

Ellen DeGeneres set to Host the 2014 OSCARS!

Ellen DeGeneres is set to host the Academy Awards next year.  This will be her second time doing this high-profile hosting gig.

DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, watched by a TV audience of 39.9 million. She also received an Emmy nomination.

Here is the Official Press Release:

Television icon Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014 on the ABC Television Network.

Ellen then tweeted this hilarious message:

Michelle Obama Defends Controversial Oscars Appearance [Link]

Michelle Obama Defends Controversial Oscars Appearance

Michelle Obama Oscars Presenter - H 2013

When Michelle Obama made her surprise appearance at Sunday’s Oscars, presentingArgo with the best picture prize, criticism came fast and furious, with conservative media pundits and other detractors lamenting the mix of Hollywood and politics.

“That’s just the nature of life,” the first lady told NBC’s Today show in an interview that aired Friday. “I mean, we live in a time when there are bloggers and tweeters and 24-hour news and everyone has a voice in this town square and it’s a big one. And it’s good — overall, it’s good — but that means that at any point and given time, somebody’s not gonna like what you do. That’s just the nature of things.”

Today interviewed Obama on Thursday in Springfield, Mo., during the last leg of a tour promoting her “Let’s Move!” campaign to combat childhood obesity.

Her Oscar cameo (broadcast from the White House) was arranged by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and intentionally kept off the show’s run sheets so it wouldn’t leak. After the fact, producer Craig Zadan told The Hollywood Reporter that when it was pitched to the first lady, her response was: “Yes, I think it’s a great idea. We watch movies all the time at the White House. Let’s do it.”

Jennifer Lawrence’s Post-Oscar Interview

The Oscar for Best Actress was the lone-category I was anxious to see the results! I mean, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain were (at least for me) neck-and-neck for Best Actress. When Lawrence was announced the winner, I was so happy, shocked and relieved at the same time!

Watch this video, recorded moments after her Oscar win. Jennifer Lawrence is one smart, funny and adorkable lady!

Oscars TIE: Best Sound Editing Has Two Winners, But It Isn’t A First [Link]

Oscars TIE: Best Sound Editing Has Two Winners, But It Isn’t A First [Link]

On Sunday night, something unusual happened at the 85th Annual Academy Awards — there was a tie.

The Oscars tie had two winners for Best Sound Editing — “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall.”

Although it is rare, Oscars ties have happened before.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards: Everybody Wins! [Winners List]

It was THE biggest night for movies and it seemed like everybody was happy with the results! Argo won Best Picture while Daniel Day Lewis created history as he scored his third Best Actor Academy Award.

Other big winners were Jennifer Lawrence who stumbled on stage as she received her first-ever Oscar for Best Actress (Silver Linings Playbook), Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress (Les Miserables), Ang Lee for Best Director (Life of Pi) and Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor (Django Unchained).

Host Seth MacFarlane brought his funny antics to the Oscars that I felt like I was watching a special Family Guy episode.  One of my favorite and funny highlights of the night was the introduction of the Von Trapp family, similar to the classic movie Sound of Music.  Of course the family was not present because apparently they “left.”

It was also a night for music as Adele performed her Oscar-winning song Skyfall, while the cast of Les Miserables joined on stage for a tribute to Musicals.  Catherine Zeta-Jones relived her Chicago performance and Jennifer Hudson brought the house down as she reprises her Oscar-winning performance And I Am Telling You.

Here are the rest of the Oscar Winners:

Best Motion Picture

Amour, Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, producers
ARGO, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, producers
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, producers
Django Unchained, Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, producers
Les Miserables, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, producers
Life of Pi, Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, producers
Lincoln, Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, producers
Silver Linings Playbook, Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, producers
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, producers

Achievement in Directing

Michael Haneke, Amour
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Original Screenplay

Michael Haneke, Amour
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
John Gatins, Flight
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay

Chris Terrio, Argo
Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
David Magee, Life of Pi
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Foreign-Language Film

Amour, Austria
Kon-Tiki, Norway
No, Chile
A Royal Affair, Denmark
War Witch, Canada

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Brave, Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Frankenweenie, Tim Burton
ParaNorman, Sam Fell and Chris Butler
The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Peter Lord
Wreck-It Ralph, Rich Moore

Achievement in Cinematography

Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina
Robert Richardson, Django Unchained
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
Roger Deakins, Skyfall

Achievement in Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado, Les Miserables
Joanna Johnston, Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Documentary Feature

5 Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers, Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon
How to Survive a Plague, David France and Howard Gertler
The Invisible War, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn


Best Documentary Short Subject

Inocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Kings Point, Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine, Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
Open Heart, Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption, Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Achievement in Film Editing

William Goldenberg, Argo
Tim Squyres, Life of Pi
Michael Kahn, Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, Silver Linings Playbook
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, Hitchcock
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, Les Miserables

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Mychael DannaLife of Pi
John Williams, Lincoln
Thomas Newman, Skyfall

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

“Before My Time,” from Chasing Ice; music and lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” from Ted; music by Walter Murphy, lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby,” from Life of Pi; music by Mychael Danna; lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall,” from Skyfall; music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly, from Les Miserables; music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Achievement in Production Design

Anna Karenina, production design: Sarah Greenwood; set decoration: Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, production design: Dan Hennah; set decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Les Miserables, production design: Eve Stewart; set decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi, production design: David Gropman; set decoration: Anna Pinnock
Lincoln, production design: Rick Carter; set decoration: Jim Erickson

Best Animated Short Film

Adam and Dog, Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole, PES
Head Over Heels, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare, David Silverman
Paperman, John Kahrs

Best Live-Action Short Film

Asad, Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys, Sam French and Ariel Nasr
Curfew, Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw), Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
Henry, Yan England

Achievement in Sound Editing

Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn, Argo
Wylie Stateman, Django Unchained
Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton, Life of Pi
Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, Skyfall (TIE)
Paul N.J. Ottosson, Zero Dark Thirty (TIE)

Achievement in Sound Mixing

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia, Argo
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes, Les Miserables
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin, Life of Pi
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins, Lincoln
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson, Skyfall

Achievement in Visual Effects

Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick, Marvel’s The Avengers
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill, Prometheus
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson, Snow White and the Huntsman

Are You Guys Ready For OSCARS? Well, Seth MacFarlane Is!

We are just counting the hours before the 85th Annual Academy Awards! Are you guys ready for the hits and misses of the OSCARS?

OSCARS Best Pictures Tribute

The 85th Annual Academy Awards is next week!  Who is EXCITED?  To celebrate 85 years of incredible movies, the Academy created a one-of-a-kind poster by an English artist Olly Moss, featuring all the Best Picture winners for the past 85 years (1927-2012), each movie drawn distinctly into one of 85 Oscar® statuettes, or should I say 84 statuettes.  The big question is: how will the 85th trophy turn out to look like? A bearded guy with a fake movie script on one hand? Or a tall president-looking guy with a top hat? A guy jogging wearing a black garbage bag? Or a peasant kid with her hair being blown to the right? Or Richard Parker? Django? Or Osama bin Laden? Let’s just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of my favorite transformations.  Head on to Oscars.go.com for the rest of the Oscar® artworks.