Inside Movies and Pop Culture with Gregory Ellwood
Let's keep Washington politics out of Oscar, shall we?
Why did one of these Oscar winners come out looking better than the other when all was said and done?
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An unlikely awards season ended where it started.I had the pleasure of attending the first public screening of "Argo" at the Telluride Film Festival in September. Five months later, "Argo" pulled off a historical comeback to win the Best Picture prize many of us predicted it would take that sunny Labor day weekend. In the half a year between those moments, Hollywood managed to release six $100 million-plus-grossing best picture nominees (unthinkable at the beginning of the season) and make past controversies such as Melissa Leo's infamous for your consideration ads seem as inconsequential as a playground fight between two 5-year-olds. This season was serious and a battle of mammoth egos that won't long be forgotten. Thankfully, however, there are always lessons for pundits, studio executives, their likely still-stressed-out consultants and, most importantly, the powers at be at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Open up your books to page one, students, and let's review...
'Family Guy' and 'Ted' creator has a full plate
Seth MacFarlane on the Oscars.
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Seth MacFarlane brought some new blood to the Academy Awards this year, to mixed reviews. Although ratings were strong, there doesn't seem to be much hope that the "Family Guy" and "Ted" creator will be seen emceeing the show again next year.
Was this the best monologue of the weekend?
"Bottlecap." All she wants to do is roll her hand in the wind.
There is a tremendous amount of debate today about whether Seth McFarlane did a good or bad job in his inaugural turn as Oscar host Sunday night, but no one is arguing over Andy Samberg's hosting performance Saturday afternoon. Samberg was fantastic as this year's Independent Spirit Awards host, but you probably didn't catch his work since IFC broadcast it at 10 PM on Saturday night.
A rare great backstage Q&A
Jennifer Lawrence admits she just had a shot before speaking to the press backstage at the 85th Academy Awards.
Not surprising to anyone who's spent more than five minutes with her, Jennifer Lawrence's honest and funny personality shined through as she spoke to the press backstage at the 85th Academy Awards Sunday night. The "Silver Linings Playbook" actress handled her fall before accepting her first Oscar with self-deprecating humor and class on stage. Lawrence continued to charm as she took some typically silly questions from the international journalists during the traditional post Q&A. In particular, her "process" of getting dressed for the show is awesome. You can watch the best of her remarks in the embedded video below. If you're experiencing any Oscar show hangover today, it should absolutely do the trick and perk you right back up. Enjoy.
Plus: What did you think was the biggest upset of the night?
Ah, Oscar. You never fail to disappoint and 2013 was clearly was the best and worst of times. An incredibly uneven show with a host whose 15 minute monologue/intro/whatever you want to call it wasn't the best choice. Thankfully, however, there were some great individual musical numbers, some surprising upsets ("Django Unchained's" great night) and none other than the First Lady of the United States announcing best picture. HitFix's editorial team has given the show a thorough review and recognized the best and worst of the 85th Academy Awards.
Oh yeah, it wasn't live
Bryan Cranston tries to save best first screenplay winner Derek Connolly from getting booed off the stage at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.
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Santa Monica, CA - Every year awards season ends with a Sunday night Academy Awards extravaganza, but for 28 years Oscar's little brother the Independent Spirit Awards have been having their own party the Saturday before. Once again, Film Independent decided not to broadcast the show live and instead taped the afternoon proceedings to air at 10 PM on both coasts (sigh). Happily for those in attendance, host Andy Samberg did a memorable job emceeing the event and there were some unexpected moments that should entertain the broadcast audience as well.
'Perks of Being a Wallflower' or 'Sound of My Voice' for best first feature?
The "Silver Linings Playbook" team won't have much to cry about after the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday afternoon.
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First rule about the Independent Spirit Awards: box office wins 99% of the time. Second rule about the Independent Spirit Awards: the voting membership is more mainstream than you'd think. Of course, these are rules that have really come into play over the past five years or so, but important to keep in mind when trying to predict the winners of the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Kerry Washington and Jennifer Garner will also grace the stage
Can you really disagree with any of these mistakes?
There is probably no peer organization that receives more blowback over their annual honors than the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. There is rarely a year when at least one Oscar winner is deemed unworthy by the media or moviegoers. Sometimes it's a question of taste. "Crash" vs. "Brokeback Mountain"? Boy,that's a debate that won't end anytime soon. Either you love "Dances with Wolves" or "American Beauty" or you don't. Either you think Sandra Bullock was deserving of a best actress Oscar or you don't. Many times, however, there is no debate. History is the greatest judge of all and the Academy has made a number of glaring mistakes over the show's past 84 installments. With that in mind, HitFix's editors have chosen 10 winners that truly weren't deserving in our eyes. These aren't necessarily the 10 most glaring mistakes, but 10 we would likely fix first.
Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake star
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The Coen brothers' upcoming music drama "Inside Llewyn Davis," starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, will be hitting screens later this year, as CBS Films has close a deal to acquire the North American rights distribution rights.