Next year's show will take place on March 2, 2014
No doubt hoping to end any continuing speculation about the Academy Awards moving to January, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the key dates for the 2014 season and Oscar isn't coming early.
It seems crazy, but is it?
Every four years the Winter Olympics take a major bite out of the February Primetime television schedule as tens of millions of Americans cuddle up in front of the tube to watch bobsled racing, ski jumping and curling in hopes of U.S.A. taking home the gold. It's always been something of a pain for awards show schedulers, but beyond a late dater date for Oscar, everything usually worked itself out. More recently, however, changing dates for the games have found major awards season players trying to find safe haven with a night or weekend all to themselves. Throw in competition from the Super Bowl, Grammys and Sundance and the first two months of 2014 become something of a logistical nightmare. The first major awards extravaganza to put a stake in the ground? The 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Who will the Academy court for the gig?
Wanna host the 2014 Oscars?
Just a day after this year's controversial host Seth MacFarlane said there was "no way" he would do the gig again, "30 Rock" mastermind Tina Fey has expressed a similar disinterest in hosting next year's Academy Awards.
Let's keep Washington politics out of Oscar, shall we?
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
Was this the best monologue of the weekend?
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
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
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?
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.