Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie may well have shifted a ton of Samsung Galaxy Note 3's. Just check out that crisp quality.
Ok, so we don't know if Samsung has seen a sales spike in their Galaxy Note 3 model since the Academy Awards, but Ellen Degeneres Oscars selfie wouldn't have hurt interest in the technology giant's popular cell-phone.
Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars Selfie is the most retweeted image in history
In case you've been holed away for the past 24 hours, you'll have heard about Ellen's famous Oscars selfie, which broke the record for the most re-tweeted post ever and apparently 'broke' the micro-blogging website. Yep, the Academy Awards host - who did a pretty damn good job of things - gathered together a few A-list friends including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey and Meryl Streep for the most famous selfie in history.
Best Oscars photo-bomb goes to Benedict Cumberbatch.
Benedict Cumberbatch won the Oscar for best photo-bomb at the 86th Academy Awards for totally spoiling a nice team shot of U2 posing outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Bono, The Edge and co were getting ready for the snap, when Cumberbatch leapt in the air behind them.
Benedict Cumberbatch at the Oscars
So intent on getting the photo-bomb, Cumberbatch repeated the bomb, as the band continued to pose unaware.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch. Best Oscars Photobomb. EVER.
Matthew McConaughey has won the Oscar for Best Actor. reciprocates
As we predicted, Matthew Mcconaughey's remarkable career turnaround is complete after the actor won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 86th Academy Awards for his stunning turn in Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey played Ron Woodruff, a HIV patient who smuggled unapproved drugs into Texas when he found them effective at improving his symptoms, and distributed them to fellow sufferers.
Jared Leto [L] and Matthew McConaughey [R] in 'Dallas Buyers Club'
McConaughey has long been the favorite to win the award and is now considered one of the greatest American actors after he ditched lucrative romantic-comedy roles for serious dramatic parts. He has been lauded for his roles in Mud, Magic Mike and Dallas Buyers Club and pretty much stole The Wolf of Wall Street away from Leonardo DiCaprio in one scene.
Alfonso Cuaron has won Best Director for 'Gravity' at the Oscars.
George Clooney in Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'
Cuaron has long been the favorite for the award and in many ways he was considered the biggest certainty. In recent years, the Academy has bucked its own trend of awarding best director to the man or woman behind the camera of the year's best film and instead considers technical achievements and progressive techniques. Last year, Ang Lee won Best Director for the visually spectacular Life of Pi, while Ben Affleck didn't even receive a nomination for his Best Picture winner Ben Affleck. Steven Spielberg was also nominated for Lincoln.
Continue reading: 'Gravity' Pulls In Best Director Oscar For Alfonso Cuaron
Jared Leto has won the Oscar for best supporting actor.
Jared Leto is now Oscar winner Jared Leto after claiming the Academy Award for best supporting actor. Leto has always been considered the favorite for the Oscar, given his stunning turn as Rayon alongside Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club.
Jared Leto [L] and Matthew McConaughey [R] in 'Dallas Buyers Club'
However, Leto had faced stiff competition in the form of Michael Fassbender and Barkhad Abdi, though it was the 42-year-old actor-turned-musician-turned-actor who deservedly took home the prize.
Continue reading: Jared Leto? That’s Oscar Winner Jared Leto To You
How will the well respected host handle her second Oscars?
There are two of Oscar host: the one who’ll set out to insult as many people whilsy trying not to cross an invisible headline with a view to entertaining the audience at home, and then there’s the type who knows his-or-her-limits, and can be relied upon to give a solid performance. Ellen Degeneres almost certainly falls under the latter category.
Ellen DeGeneres has hosted The Oscars before
“My intentions are to make people happy," the 56-year-old host told Robin Roberts on ‘Good Morning America’. "My intentions are to never hurt anybody, and my intentions are to have compassion and to hope I can spread that a little bit every single day." (Via New York Daily News)
Continue reading: Oscars 2014: What Kind Of Host Will Ellen DeGeneres Be?
We've all heard of the 'Academy', but who is this mythical organisation?
"I’d like to thank the Academy" is a phrase we’ve all heard a million times, but who the heck is this mystical ‘Academy’? We’ve always assumed that they were an immortal committee of terrifying movie expert wraiths who are summoned each year to choose who wins each award. We’re sorely disappointed to discover it’s a lot more simple, and less fantastical, than that.
We've all heard of them, but who are the Academy?
Each Spring we all go Oscars mad, but no one’s every really sat back to take a look at what the prestigious award show really is, and who’s behind it. We'll try to make sense of it for you.
Continue reading: "I'd Like To Thank The Academy", But Who On Earth Are They?
Leonardo DiCaprio will be unlucky to lose out on the Oscar for best actor, for 'The Wolf of Wall Street'.
Let's ignore the bookmakers' predictions for this Sunday's Oscars (March 2, 2014). The people who devise these odds have not seen the movies and base their prices on critics' reviews and public opinion of movies, actors and actresses. The McConnaissance - see Mud, Dallas Buyers Club, Wolf of Wall Street and True Detective - has left bookmakers quaking in their boots and reducing Matthew Mcconaughey's odds of winning best actor to 1/9. It's true that his portrayal of Ron Woodruff is probably the best of his career, though the Texan is way off being considered a nailed certainty on to win the award.
Consider the alternatives: we've got Chiwetel Ejiofor, the star of the finest movie of the year, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. History suggests that when a movie gains a momentum at the Oscars, it can rattle through the categories taking awards that it probably had no right to win. Nobody would complain should Ejiofor take best actor on Sunday anyway, though McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio could find themselves with little chance if the Academy has voted for 12 Years in the same way it took to The King's Speech and The Artist.
Continue reading: Ignore The Bookies, It Could Be Leonardo DiCaprio's Year At The Oscars
On a remarkable night at the BAFTAs, some remarkable performances were overlooked.
The Baftas delivered on certain promises, collating some of the world’s biggest stars and funneling them down a red carpet, giving a select few the chance to present an award, and, creating talking points as the perennial battle between who should have won and who did win continued to flare.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
Gravity was the night’s big success story as it was when it debuted at Venice all those months ago. The case for the film’s British credentials were never in doubt – BAFTA awards home soil movies and, given that the space thriller’s special effects were delivered by a British team in England, Gravity’s passport is a U.K one.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the coveted Best Director nod should have gone Alfonso Cuaron’s way. Despite the pure, exhilarating brand of entertainment delivered – almost old-school Hollywood – it’s hard to look past Steve McQueen for his work on 12 Years a Slave when looking for someone more deserved of individual recognition.
Yes, 12 Years reeled in two magnificent awards: that of Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Film. Despite these high-profile gongs, though, there were other categories in which the slave drama missed out on, and almost certainly didn’t deserve to.
The supporting actor categories leap out as key pieces of evidence in the case of 12 Years a Slave. Barkhad Abdhi’s ascension this past 12 months has been a joy to watch, and his performance in Captain Phillips was touching and terrifying in equal measure. But he wasn’t better than Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps – the evil plantation owner with a scary infatuation with Patsy, played majestically by Lupita Nyong’o.
And, like a seasoned radio professional, that neat segway leads me on to the Best Supporting Actress win for Jennifer Lawrence, which was – despite her current popularity and GIF-worthyness – a ridiculous decision. To put her role in American Hustle above Nyong’o’s in 12 Years was a travesty; to put it above newcomer Nyong’o and Sally Hawkins’ turn in Blue Jasmine is nothing short of wrong.
Continue reading: From 'Gravity' To Barkhad Abdi - Where The Baftas 2014 Got It Wrong
Ahead of The Oscars, the Dallas Buyers Club stars talk to Contact Music about the roles that got them nominated
A few years ago, it would’ve been nigh-on impossible to imagine Matthew McCaonaughy as an Oscar favourite. But that’s exactly what he is. In fact, he and Jared Leto, who star and stun in Dallas Buyers Club, are in line to each take home a statuette on March 2nd.
Matthew Mcconaughey and Jared Leto in The Dallas Buyers Club
McConaughey plays Ron Woodruff, the true-to-life cowboy-turned-activist, who himself was given 30 days to live after contracting the HIV/Aids virus.
We've a conspiracy theory that might just set the world ALIGHT...
It wouldn’t be insane to suggest that George Clooney knows good from bad at this point in his career. The silver fox has certainly enjoyed some terrific turns over the decades, and when he’s involved in a stinker, it’s surely not news to him when the critics turn around and say: “this stinks”.
The Monuments Men disappointed the critics
There must have been a point when, during the production of The Monuments Men – the World War II comedy/drama focused on an unlikely crew assembled to preserve art and culture otherwise threatened by the Nazis – that Clooney said to himself, ‘hang on, this isn’t very good.’
The move has only three precedents in the award show's history.
In a move with very few precedents in the Academy Awards’ 86-year-long history, the Academy’s board of Governors has disqualified a nominee. The song Alone Yet Not Alone, featured in a little-known indie film of the same name has had its Best Original Soundtrack nomination rescinded, thanks to what the creator, Bruce Broughton, calls “the simplest grassroots campaign.”
Broughton, a former Academy governor and current music branch executive committee member, "had emailed [some of the other 239] members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period," the Academy said in a statement Wednesday (quote via The Hollywood Reporter). Broughton’s connections to the board are quite extensive – he served as a governor between 2003 and 2012. 28 years ago, Broughton scored another nod for Best Original Soundtrack for his work on Silverado. Alone Yet Not Alone will therefore not appear on Oscar ballots once voting starts on February 14th and there will not be another nominee selected in its place.'
Broughton shared the nomination with lyricist Dennis Spiegel. The two worked together on the soundtrack for Alone Yet Not Alone, a faith-based feature about 18th century colonists struggling to survive in the Ohio Valley. In the film, the song was performed by Joni Eareckson Tada, a prominent, quadriplegic Evangelical minister.
The Academy have disqualified the Oscar nominated song 'Alone Yet Not Alone' due to the composer, Bruce Broughton, making voters "aware of his submission during the nominations voting period."
The board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have made the shock decision to revoke an Oscar nominated song for the upcoming award ceremony.
'Alone Yet No Alone', the soundtrack to the largely unknown film of the same name, was nominated for Best Original Song.
However, the track will not be eligible to enter the ballot when final voting takes place on February 14th, the Academy announced in a press release.
Continue reading: The Academy Revokes Oscar Nominated Song 'Alone Yet Not Alone'
It's taken it's time, but Mcconaughey finally has the respect he deserves
Matthew McConaughy is on a real hot streak right now, proving that reputations can be shaken almost as quickly as they’re gained in the fickle entity that is Hollywood. Following up his moving performance as the drifting outsider in Mud with an award winning turn in Dallas Buyers Club, the one-time, almost exclusively topless romantic comedy star is heading into The Oscars with a nomination for Best Actor, and he’s a solid chance of taking it home, too.
Matthew Mcconaughey and Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club
This week has been particularly fun for the Texan: he edged out some tough competition for the Best Actor in a Drama award at the Golden Globes, and yesterday he was the proud recipient of the equivalent award at The Critics’ Choice awards.
Continue reading: Matthew McConaughy's Journey From Topless Rom-Commer To Oscar Contender
We take a look at the front-runners and underdogs for next year's Oscars ceremony.
Six months of anticipation for four hours of award giving: that’s what you signed up for. The Oscars 2014 has its host, and now it has its favorites. Which director will be hurtling through an acceptance speech at breakneck speed, and which actor will be practising their sad-yet-humble loser face?
It’s Oscars season.
Kim Kardashian's 'vampire facelift' shocked some viewers of 'Kourtney and Kim Take Miami.'
Kim Kardashian underwent a "vampire facelift" on Sunday's episode of 'Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,' and with it, potentially started a new trend for women looking for a little boost. The scary looking procedure is the same one that Oscar attendees received via a gift certificate in their swag bags last month - maybe someone gave their voucher away to Kardashian?
Basically, you slap a load of stuff onto your face and end up looking like a vampire... zombie... thing, but does it work? Dr Jeffrey Spiegel, a plastic surgeon in Boston, has performed the procedure numerous times over the past five years. "What you do is you take out from a person's arm about two teaspoons full of blood - a standard blood draw, like you would get when you go to the doctor - and add some chemicals, spin it down, and separate it a certain way, and you end up with some fluid that can be injected into the face," Spiegel explained." It's similar to - if you ever scraped your knee, that kind of yellowy stuff that you see oozing out of you - it's like that. So then you inject this back in into the area where there are wrinkles." Sounds terrible.
So how much is this procedure going to set back those not fortunate enough to attend The Oscars? According to Yahoo, the "Vampire facelift" comes in it around $1,000, which is comparable to proven fillers like Juvaderm or Restylane. "For a little while, you will see an improvement because you just put an injection in," Spiegel added.
Continue reading: Kim Kardashian's Vampire Facelift: Your New Favorite Treatment
Tina Fey has said no to hosting The Oscars next year, but who'll do it?
Attention has already turned to the 2014 Oscars host; the problem is, though, no one knows who it’s going to be. One thing’s for sure: it won’t be Tina Fey. The comedy actress has ruled her self out in a conversation with The Huffington Post.
“But I just feel like that gig is so hard. Especially for, like, a woman - the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone ... no way,” she explained when asked if she might take the helm. The choice of 2014 host is a huge decision for the academy. Opinion on Seth Macfarlane was divided, and considering the controversial Family Guy creator was hired to lure a younger audience, it will be interesting to see if a safer choice is made next year, or they decided to push the envelope and get someone even more divisive. Chris Brown anyone? Probably not. Louis C.K. has been talked about recently; he certainly has the talent, but perhaps a comedian with his penchant for the colourful side of English isn’t the best option. Jimmy Kimmel is the safe bet.
Continue reading: Who Will Be The Next Oscars Host? NOT Tina Fey
Jennifer Lawrence wins an Oscar but forgets to thank her director and producer
It’s kind of an unwritten rule: when you win an Oscar, you thank all the people who helped you ‘make it’, even though they’re secretly thanking you for getting the film so much extra publicity.
So when Jennifer Lawrence trips up, wishes her fellow nominee Emanualle Riva a happy birthday and generally looks shocked to be anywhere near the golden statuette, but forgets to thank David O Russell and Harvey Weinstein, some post-Oscars love was certainly required. She’ll be hoping her statement to Entertainment Weekly can get her back into Hollywood’s good-books. "In the whirlwind of last night, I was remiss to thank two incredibly important people to this film and in my life," she said in the statement. She then thanked Russell for "the most incredible experience of my life" and "for your genius, for your guidance, for teaching me things about myself and nurturing me to be a better actor." She also thanked Weinstein for supporting the film "from early days" and for his "passion and unyielding support [which] gave this film the opportunity to thrive and touch so many people."
Iran's response to Argo winning Best Picture has hardly been celebratory.
If Ben Affleck and the makers of Argo were hoping that their film based around the 1979 Iran hostage crisis would be met with an open arms response by the people of Iran then it appears that they’re going to be sorely let down. In fact, bolstered by the news that Argo has put the political incident back into the spotlight, CNN reported last month that film makers in the country are preparing to write and make their own response to the crisis, in order to tell the side of the story from the Iranian perspective.
Now the reaction to it winning the Oscar has come in, and Iran isn’t happy. "I am secular, atheist and not pro-regime but I think the film 'Argo' has distorted history and insulted Iranians," said cafe owner Hossain to The Los Angeles Times. "For me, it wasn't even a good thriller." His thoughts were backed up by many others on the streets of Iran, "I did not enjoy seeing my fellow countrymen and women insulted," said Farzaneh Haji. "The men then were not all bearded and fanatical. To be anti-American was a fashionable idea among young people across the board. Even non-bearded and U.S.-educated men and women were against American imperialism." It was reported by the LA Times that bootleg copies of the DVD are currently going for less than $1 on the piracy market in Iran.
In January CNN had reported that Iranian capital Tehran’s Art Bureau was looking into making a response to the film, called The General Staff, and will be based on eye-witness accounts of the event.
Continue reading: Iran's Response To Argo? Bootleg DVD's Sold For Just $1
Ben Affleck has shaved his beard after winning Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday night. RIP Ben Affleck's Beard.
Ben Affleck shaves beard "to mark the end of a chapter," but it was such a great beard, this was a chapter we never wanted to end.
It certainly seems to have been his lucky charm so it seems a little strange for Ben Affleck to shave off that lustrous beard. However, as TMZ reports, it is done, and as a source told E! Affleck chose to do so to "to mark the end of a chapter."
Argo, his movie which won Best Picture at The Oscars on Sunday, was a labour of love for Affleck who both directed and starred in it. He originally grew the beard for the part; an agent who poses as a film maker to be able to get into Iran and save some Americans without the danger of being considered a threat to the state. Affleck's beard even has its own Twitter. On February 23rd it tweeted "Each day I pray he doesn't take a razor to me." Those prayers must have not been listened to.
Can Seth Macfarlane recover from the bad reviews of his Oscars hosting performance?
They say that all publicity is good publicity, right? Though it has to be said, if Seth Macfarlane happens to be self-googling this morning, he will probably be questioning why they say that and whether it holds any truth at all. After Macfarlane shut the lid on his controversial Oscars hosting stint, the dust is still a long way from settling.
Macfarlane’s management of his hosting role resulted in him offending pretty much every minority group going, particularly women and Jews (and especially Jewish women, we expect). And judging by New York Times’ report on the matter, even the white middle-class males that for the leftover majority managed to be offended on behalf of and out of sympathy for everyone that was already offended. Academy member Lawrence Turman remarked “I think I’m a very liberal guy, but I actually winced.” Jewish groups have labeled the Family Guy creator as “offensive, unfunny and inappropriate,” the Daily Mail report, after his Ted alter-ego told Mark Wahlberg that he had to be Jewish if he wanted to work in Hollywood.
He also took a pop at Adele’s weight, Chris Brown and Rihanna’s relationship and a whole bunch of female Hollywood actresses, including Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron, for daring to take their clothes off in movies. It’s not looking good for Macfarlane, who appears to have offended everyone in sight, if the headlines are to be believed (and the paragraphs after the headlines, containing all the evidence…) but hey, at least the ratings were up, eh, Seth!? That’s the main thing, right?
Continue reading: Ratings Up But That Won't Save Seth Macfarlane's Oscars Reviews
Ang Lee is no stranger to awards. His movies have received 38 Academy Award nominations and won 12, but to win Best Director for Life of Pi was nothing short of a shock for most. Its stunning visuals set it up for a win in the cinematography category, but Best Director (without wanting to belittle our expectations of Lee or of the movie itself) certainly seemed a toss up between Steven Spielberg for Lincoln or Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty.
However, we were all wrong, and gladly so. In his acceptance speech Lee thanked the cast, the crew, Fox, and Taiwan itself, all components of which came together to make one of the most beautiful films to watch of all time. "Suraj, where are you?" He said, the Telegraph quotes. "You're a miracle. He [carries] the movie. Every one of you in the cast... You're the golden statue in my heart."
Lee is well deserved of the award. While yes, indeed, the cast, the crew and the country all came together to make it work, it was Lee who brought all those components under one roof, as it were. It was Lee's vision that made the unfilmable, filmable; the impossible, possible. And that is something that should always be commended.
The First Lady appeared with Jack Nicholson via video link-up
The Obamas have always mixed well with the entertainment world, with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle listing the likes of Jay Z and Beyonce among their pals. So although Michelle Obama was the ‘surprise’ guest to award the best picture honor at The Oscars last night (February 24, 2013), we perhaps shouldn’t have been too stunned.
The First Lady appeared via video link-up alongside veteran actor Jack Nicholson, who at first appeared by himself before revealing who he was with. The pair were in the White House, with Michelle Obama wearing a silver, art deco-inspired gown by Indian-born American fashion designer Naeem Khan. It was the same outfit she wore at a dinner with the USA’s governors the same evening.
Discussing all of the nominees, Obama commented that the content of their films showed that “we can overcome any obstacle." Continuing, she added that the message is "especially important for our young people" and thanked Hollywood for encouraging children "to open their imaginations." Of course, as you surely all know by now, the eventual winner of the best picture was Argo. Directed by Ben Affleck, it gave him full redemption after the disappointment of missing the short list for best director. With its success, it also became the first film to take the best picture Oscar without an accompanying best director nomination, since 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy.
Continue reading: Surprise Michelle Obama Oscars Appearance For Best Picture Awards
Jennifer Lawrence was snapped showing her middle finger to someone at the Oscars... but who was it?
Jennifer Lawrence is forever endearingly candid, witty, beautiful, and always manages to pull off a look of 'gracious but goofy'. In fact, let's coin that phrase in honour of her. Jennifer Lawrence is graciously goofy and it's all part of her charm. This photo then, wearing a stunning dress and clasping her well earned Oscar, sums her up, but who on earth is she flipping off?
Who she definitely should not be flipping off:
Continue reading: Who Is Jennifer Lawrence Flipping Off At The Oscars? (Photo)
Very rarely has it been so clear that Oscar nominations and wins are a delicately calculated game of accumulated points and numbers, as the Academy panel want to keep everyone on side. While it comes as something of a shock for Argo to beat Lincoln to the Best Film of the year, if we look at the numbers, it all adds up.
Adele wins Best Original Song at The Oscars 2013.
Continue reading: Oscars Glory For British Darling Adele With Skyfall Win
Not to worry, Speilberg, you’ll bag best film, everyone knows it. But this was Ang Lee’s day, and he delivered his speech with the eloquence and grace that he’s become known for. “Thank you so much. Thank you movie god,” he said, looking up to the sky and receiving a titter of laughter from a knowing crowd. “I really need to share this with everyone who worked with me on Life of Pi. I want to thank you for believing the story and sharing this incredible journey. I need to thanks Yann Martell for writing this incredible, inspiring book.” This award was perhaps distorted by the fact were both Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino both, inexplicably, missed out on nominations, effectively making the Academy voter’s decisions a whole lot easier.
Continue reading: Oscars 2013: Ang Lee Beats Steven Spielberg To Best Director
Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis to star in Annie
Ahead of what could be the biggest night in Quvenzhané Wallis’ fledgling career, it has been announced that the young starlet will indeed star in Sony Picture’s upcoming version of Annie.
Wallis got the film world all aflutter with her incredibly mature performance in Beasts of The Southern Wild – a feel-good movie centred on climate change, which is nominated for Best Picture at tonight’s Oscars ceremony. The then-5-year-old Wallis has already made Oscars history with her nomination for best actress; she’s the youngest ever. A win is perhaps a stretch too far, with Emmanuelle Riva – incidentally the oldest ever nominee in that category – and Jennifer Lawrence leading the way for their parts in Amour and Silver Linings Playbook respectively. "With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star," President of production at Columbia Pictures Hannah Minghella said. "She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can't wait for audiences to further discover her." (via Yahoo).
Continue reading: Youngest Ever Oscar-Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis Secures Role In Annie
How did Dior know that Jennifer Lawrence was going to continue being a darling of the awards season? They announced last October that she would be the face of a new campaign and this week the results of their photoshoot, the fruits of their labour, have been revealed. Just ahead of The Oscars in which she's nominated for Best Actress means they've arrived in perfect time!
In a statement reported by E! Lawrence said: "It's such a dream to represent an iconic brand that is synonymous with high fashion." She said, continuing, "I'm so excited to be working with the fashion house and wear the new creations by Raf Simons. His most recent haute couture and ready-to-wear collections glamorously capture the modern era at Dior."
The collection of photographs, which best highlights accessories and jewellery, are mostly shot in black and white. Lawrence's softly strong bone structure combined with her beautiful skin reflect the light in the most flattering way. Sleek hair and simple makeup (a splash of red on her lips and very lightly smokey eyes) make the era placeless and should certainly make the look timeless.
For the nominees who were truly humbled by their Oscar nomination but know full well that they wont win, aside from an incredible night in Hollywood surrounded by their biggest inspirations, they'll also walk away with an incredible gift bag filled with $45k's worth of stuff.
Indeed, who needs a golden statuette when you can get a vampire facelift for free? Or a bottle of windex? Or a pack of branded condoms? Yes, these really are some items in this year's goody bags. We can laugh at these while we pootle home from the birthday parties our children have been to, bringing back bags filled with some squashed cake and enough sugar-filled sweets to see the children bouncing off the walls for a few days. What is a 'vampire facelift', anyway?
There are a few items included, however, that we can't laugh at... that, in fact, will induce an uncomfortable shade of green springing to our cheeks, matching the envy in our guts. The consolation gifts inspiring our jealousy this year are: a $12k trip to Australia, a $4k weight loss retreat and an $8,000 stay in Mexico. Even the slightly odd 'circus classes' and the $1,800 membership for the Heathrow luxury lounge wouldn't go a miss.
Look at the historical inaccuracies
Anyone bothered to check The Oscars 2013 news today – the day before the ceremony – has seen both Argo and Lincoln. We have, and we loved them both. But there’s an air of controversy surrounding both stories, which are dramatizations of real life events.
As is the case with all ‘based on a true story’ films, there are scenes in which a certain amount of embellishment adds to the drama or tension. This is certainly true of the (SPOILER) last scenes in Argo, where the team escape Iran with police cars chasing the plane. This didn’t happen; they entered the airport at around 5am, when it was quiet, and enjoyed a peaceful passage onto the plane. That wouldn’t be a very exciting film, though, would it?
Ahead of The Oscars 2013, we look at the casting process of Les Miserables
Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe are all well-respected actors, who’ve carved out hugely successful careers. But that didn’t mean they got a free pass into Les Miserables – no – they had to audition, and by that we mean sing, like everybody else.
Continue reading: Oscars 2013 – Les Miserables Cast Sang For Their Roles In The Film
We Look Ahead To The Oscars and Look Back At Daniel Day Lewis' Career
Never before has someone taken three Best Actor in a Leading Role awards. So for Daniel Day Lewis – a man with two, and a critically acclaimed performance as Abraham Lincoln under his belt - the stage is set for a record breaking evening in Hollywood tomorrow night.
Daniel Day Lewis clutches his Bafta for Lincoln
Continue reading: The Oscars 2013: Time For Daniel Day Lewis To Step Into Greatness
Meet the animated features that will battle is out this Sunday at The Oscars
Attention swerves towards best film, and the male and female versions of best lead and supporting actors at The Oscars. They’re the big ones, and attract the largest pre-cermoney-buzz. But spare a thought for the daring set of animated films vying in the lesser-talked-of, Best Animation category.
See, while the Toy Stories and Ratatouilles of this world are undoubtedly works of genius, there are darker, more adult themes in animation today that can stir up debate and conjure emotion just like any traditional feature film. Only three animated features have ever been nominated in the best film category: Beauty and the Beast, Up and Toy Story 3. All fantastic films, but there should be more. "I think this year with these films - and so many more - the envelope for animation is being pushed," said Brave director Mark Andrews at an Academy Awards event Thursday night, according to Fox. "We keep seeing more risky, deep films that we wouldn't have seen 10 years ago coming out. I wanna be 1 of those guys pushing it more and more and more because it's not only an awesome medium, but there's so many more stories that we can tell."
This year sees Brave, Frankenweenie, Paranorman, Pirates! Band of Misfits and Wreck-it Ralph battle it out for best animated feature. We reckon Wreck it Ralph will receive the gong despite Brave being the bookie’s favourite to take home thr prize. They’re all fantastic films, though, as most animations tend to be. You can read our review for Wreck it Ralph here, and watch the trailer below.
Continue reading: The Oscars 2013 – Let’s Take The Animation Category Seriously, Okay?
It's less than two weeks until the most prestigious movie awards ceremony - the Academy Awards -takes place on February 24th 2013 and rumours are flying around everywhere about alleged appearances. One of the biggest is, in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie 'Dr No', all six actors who have portrayed the British spy (from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig) will show up for one huge reunion on the Oscars stage. But just how likely is it happen?
Sean Connery has, according to the Daily Record, been invited to attend the so-called reunion, as sources reveal that they've 'not had a no from him'. 'Normally he is quick to turn things down', they said. 'Sean's relationship with the Oscars is good and we're hoping he'll appear.' The paper also went on to claim that Sean's 'issues' with the producers of James Bond may deter him from attending the event, although we've always thought of him as seeming rather proud of being the original 007 star so it would seem odd for him to refuse on that account. On the other hand, according to the Edinburgh Evening News, the Scottish actor didn't even know about the rumours, with his press agent claiming that no-one has yet asked him to get involved.
One who would be likely to attend is Sir Roger Moore; a man who was loved by so many that he played the role of Bond for 12 years, completing 7 movies between 1973 and 1985. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of the franchise last year by releasing his book 'Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book On 50 Years Of Bond Movies' so it certainly seems like it's a part of his life he holds dear. He mentioned in an interview on the 'Today' show that it was like 'working with a family every 18 months' but regrets that he finished his book before he saw the latest 007 movie 'Skyfall'. 'I would write another chapter', he said. 'I think it is just the best Bond ever made.' However, as happy as he seems to be constantly associated with the fictional secret agent, he wasn't spotted at the 2013 BAFTAS on February 10th 2013 where 'Skyfall' won 'Best British Film'.
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Malik Bendjelloul - 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon Los Angeles California United States Monday 4th February 2013
Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion to the celebrated Dark Knight trilogy was released in the summer of 2012, with many critics agreeing that it was already a viable contender for Oscar season, but of the 24 categories on offer, The Dark Knight Rises didn't receive a single nod.
Everyone seems to be up in arms over Ben Affleck's omission from the Best Director category, or over Skyfall's similarly unanimous snub (although, rightly so, it has been given the nod for Best Cinematography as well as nominations for its soundtrack and editing), but it does come as quite a surprise to see so few remarks about the lack of Batman at The Oscars.
Ok, we all agree that the film maybe wasn't overall as good as its predecessor The Dark Knight, but it was still one hell of a show (and how was Tom Hardy supposed to compete with Heath Ledger's Joker). From the colossal set designs (Bane's sewer-based lair), the quite brilliant costumes on show (Catwoman and Bane's mask) and the film's deep underlying messages reflecting our own world, raising questions about class, wealth and power, has a more deserving and appropriate for our time film been made this year? You'd have to say no, not really.
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We're still in 2012, but already talk of who will win what at next years Oscar ceremony is widespread across the web. One picture that isn't feeling the love so much is period picture Anna Karenina, which hits US cinemas today.
Keira Knightley's latest costume drama has received relatively wide-spread acclaim so far, but that doesn't mean that she or the film itself will be given so much as a how-do-you-do when the shortlist of the Academy Awards is announced early next year. In terms of Best Picture, both The Dark Knight Rises and Disney Pixar's Brave are placed above the Leo Tolstoy adaptation and we all know how well superhero and animated films perform at the Oscars. Argo is currently the bookie's favourite to take home the top gong, with Lincoln a close second.
As for Knightley and her chances of getting hold of a Best Actress award, things aren't looking too great there either. Jennifer Lawrence's turn in Silver Linings Playlist looks like everyone's favourite to pick up the award at only her second time of asking, with Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) all placed above the Brit by bookmakers.
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Alfred Hitchcock biopic ‘Hitchcock’ is set to be in line for an Oscar this year as Fox Searchlight reveals the 2012 release date.
Fox Searchlight Pictures are known for producing and distributing independent, mainly British films many of which have been successful Oscar winners or nominees including ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Black Swan’, ‘The Full Monty’, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Juno’. ‘Hitchcock’ could be set to be their latest jewel as the previously expected 2013 release date has been moved to November 23rd 2012 making it a serious contender for an Academy Award this year.
Unlike the actual Alfred Hitchcock movies, which were largely suspense-driven thrillers, the film is comedy drama based on the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s hit 1960 blockbuster ‘Psycho’ and the relationship the director had with his wife Alma Reville. It focuses on the major controversy surrounding the film’s sexual and violent content and Hitchcock’s battle with financing and censorship. It has been adapted by screenwriter John McLaughlin (‘Black Swan’) from Stephen Rebello’s biography ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’ with Sacha Gervasi (‘Anvil: The Story of Anvil’) in his feature film directorial debut. If this wasn’t enough to make a big impression at The Oscars, then the flick’s all-star cast is bound to be a winner. With Academy Award sensations Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren playing Hitchcock and Alma, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel playing ‘Psycho’ stars Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, the spectacular mix of both American and British actors is sure to appeal to most culturally singular film lovers.
Meryl Streep provided the only real upset of the night at the 84th Academy Awards Sunday night, breaking a 30-year losing streak. After winning Oscars in 1979 and 1982, she went home empty-handed after 12 nominations in the intervening years. But just as we thought the Oscar voters were starting to take her for granted, they honoured her once more. She may have joked that this was her last chance to win one of these things. But she already has high-profile projects lined up for this year (Great Hope Springs) and next (August: Osage County). And at age 63 she clearly has many great roles ahead of her.
Tessa Sanderson - Monday 9th May 2011 at Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences London, England
Jeremy Jordan, The Oscars and Oscars - Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan New York City, USA - Henry's restaurant owner Henry Rinehart and Jeff Calhoun hosts Broadway Watches the Oscars, a special evening where the Broadway community watches the Oscar broadcast, dines, drinks and celebrates in song, held at Henry's restaurant on Broadway and 105th Street Sunday 27th February 2011
Trent Reznor, Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences and Academy Awards - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Los Angeles, California - 83rd Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) held at the Kodak Theatre - Press Room Sunday 27th February 2011
David Furnish, Elton John and Academy Awards Sunday 27th February 2011 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party held at the Pacific Design Center - Arrivals West Hollywood, California
Geoffrey Rush, Jane Menelaus, Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences and Academy Awards - Geoffrey Rush and Jane Menelaus Los Angeles, California - 83rd Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) held at the Kodak Theatre - Arrivals Sunday 27th February 2011
Mario Lopez - Sunday 7th March 2010 at Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) - Arrivals at the Kodak Theatre Hollywood, California
Nick Ferrari and Vanessa Feltz - Nick Ferrari (winner of The Speech Broadcaster of the Year), Vanessa Feltz (winner of The Speech Radio Personality of the Year) Monday 11th May 2009 at Grosvenor House London, England
Preparations for the 81st Academy Awards (Oscars) in Hollywood - Saturday 21st February 2009 at Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences Los Angeles, California