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'Saturday Night Live' host poll: How did Kevin Hart size up?

It’s been an Oscar-caliber season so far for Saturday Night Live. By that, I mean that two of the show’s most popular guests took home golden trophies last week at the Academy Awards, and another was the award show’s host. (And that’s not even counting Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway, who was no slouch herself when she hosted SNL in November.)

So Kevin Hart stepped into a tight spot on Saturday: he followed Django‘s Waltz, who rocketed into the lead of our Mr. Saturday Night host poll, and he’s got all-timer Justin Timberlake on-deck, set to host next week. Not exactly the ideal place to be for a first-timer. Technically, I suppose, Hart isn’t really a first-timer. As he explained in his opening monologue, he’d auditioned to join the show’s cast before — an experience that didn’t go down too well despite some amazzzzing impressions of Robert De Niro and Denzel Washington. Fortunately for the comic star of Think Like a Man and the upcoming About Last Night remake, Saturday night was a much better experience.

Waltz certainly was a tough act to follow, though: he cruised to a 37-point victory in the latest vote for our favorite host of the season. Christmas-episode guest Martin Short and season-premiere host Seth MacFarlane both lost ground, but are comfortably in second and third place, respectively. Jennifer Lawrence didn’t seem to get much of an Oscar bounce, as her support was slashed in half, but fortunately for her, Justin Bieber‘s fans simply forgot to vote. The worst 19th birthday gift yet for the Biebs: pathetic support that resembled a GPA for a Delta House pledge more than a popularity contest result for one of music’s biggest names.  READ FULL STORY

Sorry, world -- Tina Fey says she won't host the Oscars

The Oscars will look to 30 Rock creator Tina Fey and shout, “Save us!” And she will whisper, “No.”

Fey and Amy Poehler’s winning turn at this year’s Golden Globes has led legions of fans — including thousands of EW readers — to speculate about how great it would be if one or both took their sister act all the way to next year’s Oscars ceremony. Unfortunately, Fey has no intention of fulfilling our dreams.

“I just feel like that gig is so hard,” she told the Huffington Post yesterday. “Especially for, like, a woman — the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone … no way.” When pressed, Fey wouldn’t even say that there’s a “one in a million chance” of her taking the stage at the Academy Awards: “I wish I could tell you there was,” she said, killing us softly with her words.

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Oscars 2013: Chris Brown's new tune? 'I only love people'

Amid the fame and finery of a Hollywood party, you’re invited to hand your real-world anxieties off to the valet along with your car keys. But that doesn’t work for Chris Brown, who was once hyped as the new Michael Jackson, but now appears to be settling in as the fitful heir of Ike Turner. As a guest at Elton John’s tony Oscar-watching party, the 23-year-old Brown was reminded of his sins before the soup was even served. That reminder came from the overhead flat-screens, where Oscar host Seth McFarlane sucker punched the R&B singer with a Django Unchained joke: “This is a story about man fighting to get back his woman who has been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or, as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it: a date movie.”

It wasn’t the only awkward moment for Brown, who picked up the nickname Breezy back in Virginia, but is now often treated as an ill wind in Hollywood. Some of the guests glowered, others turned away or folded their arms as he passed. Brown, who seems younger in person than on the page or screen, was contrite when asked about the infamous 2009 beating he gave Rihanna on the eve of the Grammys. READ FULL STORY

YouTube answers 'We Saw Your Boobs' with 'We Saw Your Junk' -- VIDEO

Still fuming about Seth MacFarlane’s purposefully tasteless Oscars opening number? The Internet has the answer: A song by prolific YouTuber Kevin Gisi that cites a gaggle of respected actors who have gone full frontal onscreen, including Jason Segel, Richard Gere, Michael Fassbender, and Dustin Hoffman. Sample lyrics:

Kevin Bacon, we saw your junk in Wild Things
Bruce Willis’ junk in Color of the Night
Billy Crudup, we saw your junk in blue in Watchmen
It probably wasn’t yours, but that’s all right

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Watch the Oscars musical performances again ... and again, and again -- VIDEO

Even if you didn’t know that music in film was the theme of this year’s Academy Awards, you had to notice the abundance of musical numbers. Nominees (Adele), past winners (Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones), icons (Barbra Streisand), and even host Seth MacFarlane all took center stage to belt out a classic tune. You can catch them all, plus more, on ABC’s Oscar blog or click through for highlights, like Adele singing ‘Skyfall,’ which took home the Oscar for Best Song last night. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2013 backstage: Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, Adele, and more

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Oscar winners get 45 seconds to gush about their journey to Oscardom and pack in a bunch of thank-yous in their acceptance speech. Most of them aren’t Quentin Tarantino and don’t get to turn the tables, cutting off the orchestra with their speech like the Django Unchained director managed to tonight, but they do have the chance to get in a few extra words backstage. Read on for what the winners at the 85th Academy Awards said in the press room Sunday night – including Ben Affleck on hearing the First Lady announce his win, Jennifer Lawrence on why she felt like Steve Martin on Sunday and a short filmmaker’s response to a surprise celebrity in the room.

Ben Affleck – Best Picture for Argo
On Michelle Obama announcing Argo’s win live from the White House:
“I was sort of hallucinating when that was happening. In the course of hallucination, it doesn’t seem that odd. It’s like, ‘Oh, look, a purple elephant. Oh look, Michelle Obama.’  Honestly, I was just asking these two guys outside, ‘Was that Michelle Obama?’ The whole thing kind of alarmed me at the time, but in retrospect, the fact that it was the First Lady was an enormous honor, and the fact that she surrounded herself by service men and women was special and I thought appropriate.” READ FULL STORY

Nate Silver crunches the Oscar numbers, learns what you already know

You don’t have to be a genius to accurately predict the Oscars — but it probably can’t hurt. Nate Silver, the sports and political statistical soothsayer who correctly predicted all 50 states’ results in the most recent presidential election, has filled out his office pool for Sunday’s Oscars based on the numbers. His only problem: those elusive numbers, which aren’t as solid as a political junkie might be used to. “You can’t claim to have a data-driven prediction when you don’t have any data,” he admits on his New York Times FiveThirtyEight Blog. “There is [no] magic formula for this.”

Instead, Silver digs into the history of the pre-Oscar awards and their respective track records for predicting the big winners. Kudos, Directors Guild (80 percent success rate). Why bother, L.A. Film Critics Association (12 percent)? Crunching the data, dividing by the Life of Pi, and multiplying by the number of electoral votes from the home state of each film’s dolly grip, Silver ultimately produces results that… well, likely resemble your own. READ FULL STORY

Oscar pool be darned! Which winners would make for the best television on Sunday night?

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With only 55 hours until the 84th annual Academy Awards, there is a subtle shift that takes place where the event suddenly becomes less about the movies we’re supposed to be celebrating and more about the television show itself. Who’s presenting? How will Seth MacFarlane be received? Will Sean Connery be part of the James Bond tribute? Who will be bleeped for profanity?

For months, I’ve debated the merits of the top films, and my choices for the major awards have been etched in cement that dried long before the Golden Globes were even handed out. Lincoln was and is my favorite (this Oscars is as close as I’ll ever come to voting the straight Republican ticket), but now, I find myself pulled in a different direction. The question isn’t necessarily, “Who deserves to win?” but rather, “Whose victory and subsequent acceptance speech will make for the best television?” As someone who’s watched every Oscar ceremony on television since 1983 — I was a disappointed Right Stuff guy then, even though I’d yet to see it or any of its rival Best Picture nominees that year — I am not immune from these forces.

Click below for my list of who I want to see win the major categories, ignoring the actual on-screen performances and based purely on my existence as a couch-potato and Oscar broadcast nerd. These aren’t the selections to refer to when you’re filling out your Oscar pool, but don’t be surprised if they correspond with ABC’s hopes and dreams. READ FULL STORY

'Between Two Ferns' Oscar Special: Things get weird with Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, and more -- VIDEO

Zach Galifianakis’ interview series “Between Two Ferns”  just got super-duper star-studded!

As you all eagerly await Oscar night, Galifianakis grabs the buzziest Oscar stars and asks the questions that would make Barbara Walters green with envy. Highlights: Anne Hathaway sings “Best Thing I Never Had” by Beyoncé, Jennifer Lawrence does not like getting played off, Christoph Waltz wants to avoid talking about his Mein Kampf tattoo, and Amy Adams says a pretty NSFW line with great conviction.

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Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Life of Pi'

Name: Life of Pi

Release date: Nov. 21, 2012

DVD release date: March 12, 2013

Run time: 2 hours, 6 mins.

Box office: Opening weekend: $30.5 million; Total domestic box office: $106 million; Worldwide gross to date: $548 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88 percent

Life of Pi movie math: (‘Calvin and Hobbes’ + ‘Open Water’) x George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” / (Noah’s Ark + metaphors)  x π x ∞

Tweetable description: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Stuck in a boat with a Bengal tiger? Create your own reality.

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