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A Guide to Today's Biggest Oscar Snubs

Selma, Lego...

(Newser) - The Oscar nominations come once a year, and so too the avalanche of stories on the biggest snubs. But in terms of 2015 , Richard Lawson at Vanity Fair puts it thusly: "Don’t the nominations this year feel so wrong?" Our roundup of this year's particularly vocal snub-coverage:... More »

Birdman, Budapest Snag 9 Oscar Nods Each

Oscar nominations announced; Imitation Game in 2nd place

(Newser) - Just eight movies were nominated for Best Picture this morning at the Oscar nominations announcement: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash. Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman and Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel were big... More »

Terrible Aniston Film Proves Oscars Are a Joke

Cake is one of the year's worst, yet it's getting plenty of buzz: David Ehrlich

(Newser) - The film Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston, is a likely Oscar contender. It's also "one of the very worst films of 2014," writes David Ehrlich at Slate . Its inclusion in the Oscar conversation simply underlines how "hollow" the awards process is. "Cake is not a reflection... More »

Here's Your Next Oscars Host

Neil Patrick Harris gets the nod for 2015

(Newser) - He's hosted the Emmys, the Tonys, and now ... the Oscars. Neil Patrick Harris gets the emcee honors for the Feb. 22 ceremony, reports Variety . Harris himself confirmed the news with a video on social media in which he crosses the job off his bucket list. Entertainment Weekly thinks it'... More »

Academy Sues Winner's Heirs for Selling His Oscar

The Academy is not pleased with auction

(Newser) - Once you win an Oscar, that golden statuette is yours to do with as you please ... right? Wrong. One of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' bylaws states that before a member can sell an Oscar, they must first offer it to the Academy for $10. And the... More »

John Travolta Addresses That 'Adele Dazeem' Thing

Says Idina Menzel herself would say, 'Let It Go'

(Newser) - John Travolta has apologized for totally butchering Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars Sunday. "Here to perform the Oscar-nominated, gorgeously empowering song 'Let It Go' from the Oscar-winning animated movie Frozen, please welcome the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Dazeem," he said, using a pronunciation... More »

Tip for the Oscars Pizza Delivery Guy? $1K

He appears on Ellen DeGeneres' show to talk about the experience

(Newser) - The guy who delivered pizzas to the Oscars appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show yesterday, and the Academy Awards host gave him a $1,000 tip. Edgar Martirosyan, who owns Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria with his brother, said he thought the pizza order was for the writers... More »

This Year's Oscars Stank

Ellen DeGeneres hosts a boring Academy Awards: reviews

(Newser) - The general feeling this morning? Last night's Academy Awards ceremony was way too long, and host Ellen DeGeneres didn't do nearly as good a job as anyone was hoping:
  • On the Huffington Post , David Macaray offers up three reasons this year's Oscars was "the worst."
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12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture

Here are all your Oscar winners

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres opened tonight's Academy Awards with a few mild shots at the attendees—among other things, she teased Jennifer Lawrence for falling on her way up to the stage last year and then again on the red carpet tonight ; she raised her voice so that 84-year-old nominee June... More »

Ellen DeGeneres Takes Epic Selfie, Orders Oscars Pizza

Memorable Academy Awards moments

(Newser) - Two Oscar moments that will probably be talked about tomorrow: Ellen DeGeneres ordered pizza for the audience, and took what could very well be the most epic selfie of all time.
  • She took a poll of the audience, asking who else was starving and would be up for some pizza.
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Jennifer Lawrence Falls on Oscars Red Carpet

Video from Academy Awards is sure to go viral

(Newser) - One Oscars moment people are talking about before the show has even begun? Jennifer Lawrence's little fall on the red carpet. It's becoming a bit of a tradition for her, USA Today notes—she famously stumbled on her way up to the stage last year. More »

7 Cursed Oscar Couples

They broke up within a year of an Academy Award win

(Newser) - Winning an Oscar is great ... but for these couples, rounded up by People , it was followed by the demise of their relationship less than a year later:
  • George Clooney and Stacy Keibler: As a co-producer of Argo, Clooney won Best Picture last year—five months later, he and Keibler broke
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5 Weirdest Things in the $80K Oscars Swag Bags

$16K hair transplant system? Electrolyte pet therapy?

(Newser) - Everybody loves swag. But Oscars swag? It's on another level. The Academy Awards gift bags are aptly named "Everyone Wins at the Oscars," meaning lose a statue, still get awesome stuff. The "stuff" is both luxurious ... and weird.
  • Ever heard of the O-shot procedure? It's
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Actor Maximilan Schell Dead at 83

Won 1961 best actor Oscar

(Newser) - Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in Stanley Kramer's classic Judgment at Nuremberg, has died. He was 83. Schell's agent said he died overnight at a hospital in the... More »

Academy Yanks Song's Oscar Nomination

Ex-governor called, emailed pals on voting committee

(Newser) - A huge embarrassment for the Academy Awards: The song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the film of the same name has been yanked after it emerged that its writer—a former Academy governor and current head of the music branch—had been calling and emailing colleagues to... More »

Hello, Oscar: Gravity Builds Momentum at DGAs

Cuaron and Co. take home top film honors

(Newser) - Alfonso Cuaron and Gravity added top film honors to their collection at last night's Directors Guild of America Awards, building momentum in what's seen as a tight three-way race to the Oscars. The award all but guarantees Cuaron the Best Director Oscar (though don't ask Ben Affleck... More »

American Hustle, Gravity Score 10 Oscar Nods Each

'12 Years a Slave' gets 9 Academy Award nominations

(Newser) - American Hustle was a big winner at this morning's Academy Award nominations announcement, snagging nods in seven major categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and all four of the acting categories. Fellow Best Picture nominee Gravity tied Hustle for most overall nominations, with 10 apiece, the AP... More »

7 Oscar Winners Who've Starred in Horror Flicks

Even Tom Hanks has done his time in a scary movie

(Newser) - Just because you've won one of Hollywood's most coveted awards doesn't mean you're too good to star in a cheesy horror movie. Vanity Fair rounds up 15 Oscar winners who've done just that. Click through the gallery for a sampling or check out the full... More »

Next Oscar Host: Ellen DeGeneres

She'll be back for a second time

(Newser) - Seth MacFarlane won't be back at the Oscars next year for an encore: Instead, Ellen DeGeneres is returning as host for a second time, reports the Huffington Post . DeGeneres herself confirmed via jokey tweet : "It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars! I'd like to thank @TheAcademy,... More »

Don't Blame Seth, Blame Hollywood

He didn't create its sexist culture, he just ridiculed it: Victoria Brownworth

(Newser) - The criticism of Seth MacFarlane's Oscars gig just keeps on coming , with a familiar theme: He's a vile, sexist man, and the Academy should never have stooped so low. But at the Advocate , Victoria Brownworth wonders whether these critics were watching the same show she was. Take the... More »

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