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'The Lone Ranger' joins list of movies nominated for both Razzies and Oscars

On Wednesday, The Lone Ranger received multiple Razzie nominations, including the notorious Worst Picture nod. The next day, The Lone Ranger was nominated for an Oscar, for best makeup.

This isn’t the first movie to get nods from both ends of the spectrum. Since the Razzies first began back in 1981, 47 movies have been nominated for both “awards”– some even for the same exact person or song. Here’s a look at the club The Lone Ranger just joined:
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On the Scene at the Oscars nominations announcement

It’s Oscar nomination day, and for movie nerds, it’s like Christmas morning. Like Santa and his sleigh, we eagerly await the announcement of the year’s Oscar nominees. Who will get snubbed? Who will be surprised? Fans across the country can watch the nominations announced live either online or on some TV outlets. But what’s it like to actually be at the Academy on a morning like this? EW was on the scene (before the sun) to be there for the 5:38 a.m. PT air time. The room is full of press and publicists there to support their clients or films, hoping to hear their names called.

The Academy and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced that this year’s Oscar telecast would have a movie hero theme, so the lobby of the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills was filled with images and video clips of some heroic characters from past Oscar films. Everyone from Shrek to Superman to Thelma and Louise were represented. Publicists can be overheard pre-congratulating each other on such a great year for film. “Just hoping the best for everybody. There are just so many films, so many actors,” one was overheard saying. Soon, the friendly smiles turned to focused concentration once the theater opened. As you can expect, there’s a lot of security for an event like this, to make sure the nominees stay secret and in the right person’s hands. Once inside the theater, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs coyly announced that we had our own superhero among us to help announce the nominees: Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Here is what went down during the 12 categories they announced live:
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The sweariest movie in Academy history, who's up for an EGOT, and more 2014 Oscars talking points

Want to win friends and influence people using your intimate knowledge of this year’s Oscar nominees — and how they stack up against Academy history? Never fear: EW’s got you covered. (Caution: Nerd alert!)

- It’s unclear how many times the F-word is used in The Wolf of Wall Street. Vulture says it’s 569; Slate says it’s 544; some guy at some blog says it’s 506. In any case, it’s one of the most profanity-laced films in history and certainly the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Wolf director Martin Scorsese’s own Goodfellas, with a mere 300 documented “f—“s, is the previous record holder.

- American Hustle is the 15th film to receive nods in every acting category. David O. Russell is the first director to helm two movies (back to back, no less) that have both achieved this feat. No movie has ever won all four acting awards, though A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Network (1976) got three wins apiece. Also worth noting: While quadfectas generally snag at least one acting award, only two (1942’s Mrs. Miniver and 1953’s From Here to Eternity) have ever managed a Best Picture win.
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The 10 most high-powered Oscar races of the last 25 years

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Most Academy Awards hand out five nominations apiece. Some awards only hand out three; a few years ago, the Academy opened up the Best Picture race to like a million nominees. But the specific number doesn’t really matter. Most races inevitably come down to some kind of face-off between two nominees: Frontrunner vs. Dark Horse, Beloved Veteran vs. Dynamic Newcomer, Megahit vs. Beloved Smaller Film, Dark Tale Of The Modern World vs. Sentimental Nostalgia Bait.

Each year, though there are races that defy any easy binary rendering. These are the categories that stacked almost too high with talent. Sometimes that’s clear right away, and the category becomes that year’s Race To Watch media narrative. More often, it only becomes clear with the benefit of hindsight: The five nominees for a supporting Oscar become iconic faces of the ensuing decade, or the musical score of all five nominated films become synonymous with trailer-ready emotional cues. READ FULL STORY

Oscar snubs Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, 'Inside Llewyn Davis': Which omission hurts the most?

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The Oscar nominations were announced Jan. 16, and while we all congratulate the lucky ones, we can also lament those left off the list, starting with Captain Phillips‘ Tom Hanks, a two-time winner looking to snag his first nom since Cast Away in 2001 and his equally-decorated Saving Mr. Banks costar Emma Thompson, who hasn’t been nominated since Sense and Sensibility in 1996.

Inside Llewyn Davis is missing from the Best Picture and Best Actor races (but did score noms for Cinematography and Sound Mixing).

Which snub have you dubbed the most egregious? Feel free to tackle any category (no Blackfish in Documentary Feature?).  READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014 will celebrate heroes -- many of whom will likely be in the room

For this year’s Oscars, it will be an ode to the honorable.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Tuesday that this year’s Academy Awards will have a movie hero theme. Meron made the announcement through an Instagram video saying the night would be a celebration of all heroes: popular heroes, real-life heroes, animated heroes, and superheroes.

Does that mean we can expect host Ellen DeGeneres in a Wonder Woman suit? Probably not. However, many of the stars in contention for Oscars this year have already played heroic parts. Here is a look at some of the best (cape not required):
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Oh, so THAT'S why Jennifer Lawrence fell at the Oscars last year

Cake, you sly devil!

Turns out the sweet stuff is to blame for Lawrence’s big Best Actress tumble at last year’s Academy Awards. How, exactly? Well, here’s what the actress told Lynn Hirschberg in the latest issue of W:

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Ten years later, what are the most beloved movies from 2003? -- VOTE

If your Thanksgiving was anything like mine, you spent a portion of your meal talking about movies. It’s Oscar season, after all, and every favorite aunt, distant cousin, and annoying neighbor has an opinion — a strong opinion — on the year’s best movies. It’s a conversation that will only grow louder in the coming weeks, as the race’s final contenders open in theaters, year-end Top-10 lists take shape, and studios begin to jockey in earnest for nominations. At stake is nothing less than cinematic immortality: To win an Oscar for Best Picture or Best Actress or another major category can be the pinnacle of a career, securing a royal Hollywood title that will forever be part of one’s introduction: “Oscar-winning.”

If only Oscar always got it right.

It’s not the Academy’s fault, mind you. To be fair, its batting average isn’t bad. But it’s impossible, really, to identify true lasting greatness and cultural significance when the movies are metaphorically just out of the oven. Some movies catch a wave and ride it all the way to the ceremony. Others are revered, critical darlings — but then five years later, you realize you haven’t seen them since and have no desire to watch them again.

Over the years, actors such as Matt Damon have suggested the Academy would be better served by handing out its trophies 10 years later, rather than in the midst of cutthroat campaigning. “Like the way they do the Hall of Fame in Baseball,” he said in 2010. “They do it in five years, but if you did 10 years later … I think it would be much more honest.”

But it’s not just the politics of Oscar that can adversely impact what the industry deems “great.” More than anything, time is the ultimate arbiter. It does our hard work for us. No one cares today that Mean Streets didn’t receive even one Oscar nomination, or that Paul Newman and Robert Redford were overlooked for their performances in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Is there a more beloved movie from 1998 than The Big Lebowski, which took home a grand total of zero Oscar nominations?

Those films are undeniably and almost universally beloved, which I think is the key word. Films can be great and admired and not necessarily be beloved. As magical as the current crop of Oscar hopefuls is, they aren’t beloved — not yet. That takes time. What will Gravity be in 10 years? Will 12 Years a Slave still have its awesome visceral impact after it’s been seen a dozen times, and might Oz: The Great and Powerful join its iconic predecessor as a film that became an essential touchstone only after it became a television event? (It’s possible.)

Time will tell, but we can look back 10 years at the films of 2003 to see what movies from that year still have a hold on us. That was the year of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Mystic River, and Seabiscuit. Oddly enough, when I surveyed the writers of Entertainment Weekly in an informal poll to determine what movies from that year they’d want with them if they were stuck on a desert island, none of those three made the top 12 (though each got significant support.) Instead, the only Best Picture nominee that seemed to maintain its place in our collective hearts was Lost in Translation. Joining Sofia Coppola’s movie were, in alphabetical order: Bend It Like Beckham, Big Fish, Elf, Finding Nemo, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Kill Bill — Vol. 1, Love Actually, A Mighty Wind, Old School, School of Rock, and Shattered Glass.

One interesting takeaway from that eclectic list: comedies might perennially lose the Oscar battle, but they win the war, long-term. Apparently, the way to the audience’s heart starts at the funny bone.

At this point, you’re either waxing nostalgic about our 12 picks or typing an angry comment with lots of capped words and punctuation marks BECAUSE HOW IN THE H-E-DOUBLE-HOCKEY-STICKS DID YOU PEOPLE NOT MENTION PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL!!!!

Which is fine. In fact, we want to know your picks, too. What movies from 2003 still mean something to you? Which ones, in your not-so-humble opinion, are truly, timelessly great 10 years later? Which 10 films do you want on your desert island? Here’s that year’s Oscar list and here’s a list of what people paid the most to see, courtesy of IMDb and Box Office Mojo, respectively. We’ve included a long ballot of that year’s most notable releases in the poll below. Vote for 10 and comment on what we overlooked, so we can determine which films have stood the test of time. READ FULL STORY

Jamie Lee Curtis blasts Seth MacFarlane's Oscar song

Jamie Lee Curtis is no fan of Seth MacFarlane.

The actress wrote an op-ed for Huffington Post over the weekend, “And the Oscar Goes to… Hell,” where she took MacFarlane to task for the misogyny apparent in his Oscar hosting gig, particularly his opening number, “We Saw Your Boobs.”

“I was offended last week. As an Academy member, as the child of former Academy members and as a woman, I expected more from the best that the movie business has to offer,” she wrote. “The Oscars are about honoring art and artists. It is not supposed to be a cheesy vaudeville show…. I am an actress who has bared her breasts in films to satisfy the requirement of the role I was asked to do — lucky to do, for in my case, those films were significant in my career. I didn’t like doing it. I didn’t ask if I could do them topless. I did what was asked of me for the part I was playing. Mostly asked by men.” READ FULL STORY

Joan Rivers in hot water for Heidi Klum Holocaust joke

When viewers tune in to Fashion Police’s Oscar wrap-up on E! they’re probably expecting cutting remarks, but Joan Rivers – no stranger to controversy – went a bit further than that with some not-so-innocent jokes about Heidi Klum’s Oscar outfit.

Speaking about Klum’s showstopping gold dress with a seriously plunging neckline, Rivers remarked Monday, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” Yikes.

This made a lot of people quite upset, namely the Anti-Defamation League, who posted on their website: “Of all people, Joan Rivers should know better.  This remark is so vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans, that we cannot believe it made it to the airwaves.  Making it worse, not one of her co-hosts made any effort to respond or to condemn this hideous statement, leaving it hanging out there and giving it added legitimacy through their silence.  Almost as bad as her original comment is the fact that she sat there doubled over with laughter after saying it.” READ FULL STORY

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