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Muppet or an 'Awww maaaan!'?: Oscars to reportedly nix Best Original Song performances


Haven’t you heard? Life’s a happy song! Unless, of course, you were hoping to sing that happy song on stage at the Academy Awards. According to Deadline, the Oscars are not having performances from either of this year’s Best Original Song nominees. That means no Bret McKenzie (or Jason Segel) doing a duet with Walter (or Jim Parsons) on their song from The Muppets, “Man or Muppet,” or a bouncy number from legendary Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes and the nominated song from Rio, “Real in Rio.”

While Deadline reports that the decision to not have musical numbers this year isn’t “locked yet,” it wouldn’t be the first time the Oscar ceremony didn’t have them. (The 61st annual Academy Awards opted out of performances for the Best Song nominees, but did, however, have that now-infamous musical number with Rob Lowe and Snow White.)

SAG Awards: The best presenters list of any awards show?

Today, the Screen Actors Guild announced George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Sir Ben Kingsley, Zoe Saldana, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, and Jessica Chastain have been added to the presenters list. Among the stars already set to present or otherwise honor their colleagues during Sunday’s joint TBS and TNT telecast (8 p.m. ET): Kenneth Branagh, Kyle Chandler, Tina Fey, Matt Czuchry, Jean Dujardin, Armie Hammer, Ed Helms, Regina King, John Krasinski, Julianna Margulies, Natalie Portman, Maya Rudolph, Kyra Sedgwick, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Williams, Dick Van Dyke, and Meryl Streep. No people who just look good in a dress, or have a reality show on the network to pimp (sorry, Elle Macpherson).* No potentially awkward pairings. (I’m still haunted by David Boreanaz and Lauren Conrad at the 2008 Emmys.) READ FULL STORY

'Extremely Loud' and incredibly disliked: The critical gap in this year's most surprising Best Picture nominee

Something is Rotten in Hollywood. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises at this morning’s Best Picture nominations was the nod for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. The 9/11-related drama, which was just released wide Jan. 20, was admittedly a hit with audiences (it merited an A- CinemaScore), but critics… not so much. The film scored a paltry 48 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which makes the B- grade from EW’s own Lisa Schwarzbaum (“A polarizing load of quirkiness in Extremely Loud gunks up … what is at heart a piercing story”) seem practically charitable. Compare to the other eight Best Picture nominees, which ranged critically from a low-end 76 percent RT score (The Help, which had 196 reviews to Extremly Loud‘s 119) to a near-perfect 97 percent (The Artist, with 175 reviews). And yet! The film scored a Best Picture nom. Where does Extremely Loud fit into this mix? READ FULL STORY

Muppet of a man: Bret McKenzie earns a Best Song Oscar nod for 'Muppets' tune

Life’s a happy song for Bret McKenzie and The Muppets today: Their other charming ditty, the reflective, funny, and surprisingly touching “Man or Muppet” earned a Best Song nomination for the 84th Academy Awards. Between our dreams of the Muppets hosting the Oscar ceremony being dashed and that baffling snub at the Golden Globes, there was some worry that Jason Segel‘s love letter to Jim Henson’s beloved characters would be all but forgotten by the Academy.

Alas, the charm of The Muppets and its masterful songwriter McKenzie prevailed and nabbed one of this year’s only two Best Song nominations. (They will go up against Rio and their tune “Real in Rio.”) But some big questions — aside from can The Muppets and McKenzie emerge as Oscar winners — still remain: Will Walter the Muppet perform alongside the Flight of the Conchords star or will Jim Parsons? Will there be an additional verse by the Rhymenocerous? Who is going to say “present” for Bret when he inevitably misses the band meeting that Sunday? We’ll have to wait and find out on Feb. 26.

Watch the video for Oscar nominated tune “Man or Muppet” below. (And yes, you are a very manly Muppet, Jason Segel.) READ FULL STORY

Oscar snubs Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio, 'Tintin': Which omission hurts the most?

Shame, indeed. Despite being one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, thanks to his mesmerizing performance as a sex addict in the harrowing drama Shame, Michael Fassbender was surprisingly not called among the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. Long considered a shoo-in for a Best Actor nominee, Fassbender was edged out by first-time nominee Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and dark horse nominee Demián Bichir for A Better Life. (EW’s Dave Karger hoped Oscar voters would take notice, and it seems like they most certainly did.)

But Fassbender wasn’t the only shocking snub in the Best Actor category. READ FULL STORY

Oscar Nominations 2012: Watch them LIVE on EW.com!

Jennifer Lawrence and AMPAS President Tom Sherak are announcing the 2012 Oscar nominations this morning at 5:30 a.m. PST (8:30 a.m. EST), and we’ve got the feed for you to watch. Want to see which film nets the most nods? Which newcomers Academy favorites Meryl Streep, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt will inevitably be facing off against? Or who stands the best chance of being 2012’s Adrien Brody-style dark horse come Feb. 26? Check back with us on our Inside Movies blog where we will carry the live stream of the event while Oscar guru Dave Karger logs the nominees as they are announced.  READ FULL STORY

Pop Culture by the Numbers -- Oscar nominations 2012 edition!

When Jennifer Lawrence and AMPAS President Tom Sherak announce the nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards tomorrow morning, lives will change, salaries will grow instantly, and new Cinderella stories will be spun. But what of the nominees of the past? What was Oscar’s most expensive film ever nominated? Who has been recognized the most times without ever actually winning? And which actor was nominated two years in a row — even after his death? Read on…

$320 million Production cost (adjusted for inflation) of 1963’s Cleopatra, the most expensive movie ever nominated for an Oscar — even with nine nominations, that’s about $35.6 million per nomination

1939 First year an Oscar (Hammerstein II) was ever nominated for an Oscar READ FULL STORY

Producers Guild Awards red carpet: Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain go black to basics -- PHOTOS

An A-list crowd packed the seats at last night’s Producers Guild Awards, but its red carpet was anything but flashy. Celebrities chose to go demure for the event, with many deciding that black was best. (Just see perennial red carpet stunners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who continue to prove this awards season that they’re better looking than we’ll ever be. Not that we’re bitter or anything.) Click the jump to see some of the big fashion winners on the red carpet, and click here to see last night’s big trophy winners. (Congratulations Best Picture winner, The Artist!) READ FULL STORY

Oh, grow up! 'The Descendants,' 'The Artist' among winners for AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards

Relax, this wasn’t an awards ceremony to honor the cinematic achievement that is Grown Ups. (That’s what the MTV Movie Awards is for!) Rather, it’s AARP: The Magazine‘s 11th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, an event which rewards outstanding acting, directing and writing of filmmakers 50 and over and the movies your parents really, really liked over the past year. (Sorry, Shame!)

Echoing the Golden Globes, The Descendants and The Artist will walk away the victors at the Feb. 6 ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, as they’ve been named Best Movie for Grownups and Best Comedy for Grownups, respectively. (Considering I dropped the median age by about 15 years when I went to see The Descendants at a crowded Manhattan theater and that George Clooney is just so darn charming, this one is a no-brainer.)


Go behind the scenes as Billy Crystal readies for the 2012 Oscars -- VIDEO

Billy Crystal is returning to host the Academy Awards this year, for his ninth time, and ABC has uploaded a behind-the-scenes video featuring Crystal prepping for the event. Between poses for promo shots, Crystal called the Oscars “the granddaddy of all the [awards] shows” and noted that he’s now in the running for the Oscars-hosting record (though he’s got a long way to go, because title-holder Bob Hope took the stage 18 times). Click through to the full video to watch Crystal explain what Oscar means to him, hint at his and producer Brian Grazer’s plan of attack, and discuss the expectations for his always epic opening monologue.


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