Throughout his Oscars monologue, Seth MacFarlane received “tomorrow’s” headlines from William Shatner (who appeared as Star Trek‘s iconic Captain James T. Kirk.) Since some of MacFarlane’s “future” segments — including a sock puppet re-enactment of Flight and his musical number “We Saw Your Boobs” — bombed, Shatner was trying to help the host salvage the show and his reputation. And with every improvement — Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum’s elegant dancing, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe’s song and soft-shoe — the next day’s headlines were kinder to MacFarlane — slightly. By the end, MacFarlane’s future review said “Best Oscars ever, says everyone but Entertainment Weekly.” Thanks for the shout out, Seth!
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How many winners will get played off during tonight’s Oscars ceremony? How many times will we see unnecessary montages, musical numbers, or George Clooney reaction shots? How likely is it that Jennifer Lawrence will win — and make another reference in her acceptance speech that nobody in the theater understands?
There’s no way to know, of course, until this year’s Academy Awards begin at 8:30 p.m. ET. But know this: The minute any of these things happen, you may be on your way to total Bingo dominance — provided you and yours are playing EW’s extra-classy Oscar Bingo game. We’ve provided three distinct boards; simply print and enjoy. (You do remember paper, don’t you?) High-res versions of the cards can be found here, here, and here.
All around Hollywood, the movie industry’s best and brightest are preparing for the year’s biggest awards bonanza — a starry, starry night of designer dresses, well-deserved wins, and touching acceptance speeches.
But as exciting as the Independent Spirit Awards may be, they can’t hold a candle to the Golden Raspberry Awards. Since 1980, this off-brand ceremony has rewarded the best in bad film, giving cinematic trainwrecks like Mommie Dearest, Howard the Duck, Showgirls, and Battlefield Earth the dishonor they deserve. The films in contention this year may not be quite as terrible as those that have won in years past — I Know Who Killed Me, anyone? — but most of them are certainly worthy of a $4.79 gold-spray-painted trophy.
So, which less-than-Oscar-worthy flicks will walk away “winners” at this weekend’s most important awards show? Here are EW’s picks for those that should snag “gold” — and those that will most likely end up victorious.
A cocktail certainly would have mellowed us out during the anxiety-inducing Zero Dark Thirty. And who didn’t get a hankering for French cuisine after the revolutionary songs of Les Miserables? If themed dishes for Oscar night are on your party agenda, check out these recipes created by Top Chef‘s season 10 cheftestants, inspired by the Best Picture nominees. But you may have to wait until next year’s show for Josh’s “Afghan Sun”, inspired by Zero Dark Thirty – it takes three weeks to cure the oranges needed!
Click through each page, or go directly to the movie of your choice with the links below. Bon appetit!
Admit it, you’ve done it. You’ve looked in the mirror, big smile or fake tears at the ready, and you’ve practiced your Oscar acceptance speech. But where would your big moment fit in with the hundreds of winners and the speeches that go along with them that already exist? Georgia Tech Masters student Rebecca Rolfe has all the answers. Like, all of them.
On an extensive website where she analyzed Oscar speeches going back to 1953, the first year the awards were televised, Rolfe came up with some interesting data about what is said and how everyone behaves. Fun fact: Harvey Weinstein is the most-thanked person in Oscar history. And apparently, crying has become more and more fashionable. 71% of Oscar speeches induced tears have been cried since 1995.
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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 »
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 »
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