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No Miscues: Shape of Water Wins

Director Del Toro has a big night

(Newser) - Some said it was nothing more than "masochistic nostalgia," while others predicted it was going to provide the "ultimate Hollywood ending." That would be Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty making a repeat appearance Sunday night to present the award for best picture—after famously announcing the... More »

Could a Backstage Tweet Have Led to Massive Oscars Mix-Up?

The 'Wall Street Journal' lays out what appears to have happened

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal may have figured out how exactly the biggest flub in Oscars history happened Sunday night. As the paper explains, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz are the two PwC partners who stand at opposite ends of the Academy Awards stage with the envelopes containing the winners, ready... More »

Oscars End With One of Live TV's Biggest Snafus Ever

'La La Land' initially announced as winner ... but it was really 'Moonlight'

(Newser) - Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway now know how Steve Harvey felt. The latter announced the wrong Miss Universe in 2015, and at Sunday night's Oscars, the former made the same mistake during the presentation of the biggest award of the night, per the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly... More »

Vin Diesel Thinks Furious 7 Is Oscar-Worthy

But the Academy is biased against both action flicks and sequels, he says

(Newser) - The latest Fast & Furious film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy—it's an action flick and it's a sequel. That's according to Vin Diesel, who told the AP today that "we all know that... More »

Boyhood Loss a 'Travesty' That Will Sting for Decades

We haven't seen such a bad Oscars move since 'Forrest Gump': Dan Kois

(Newser) - The way Dan Kois sees it, when a Best Picture winner goes wrong, it can go a little bit wrong (which happens regularly—as he suggests, The King's Speech beating The Kids Are All Right, The Artist beating The Tree of Life, and Argo beating Django Unchained). Or it... More »

Iran Fumes Over Argo's Oscar Win

It's 'anti-Iran,' made by 'Zionist' studio

(Newser) - Argo's Oscar victory isn't going over well in Iran. The country's leading media sources are slamming the film about an Iran hostage crisis rescue, calling it an "anti-Iran" movie "produced by the Zionist company Warner Bros." Critics were particularly peeved at Michelle Obama's... More »

Zero Dark Thirty Drops Gangster Squad

Kathryn Bigelow's thriller gets boost from Oscar nom

(Newser) - Zero Dark Thirty kicked Gangster Squad's butt at the box office this weekend after receiving an Oscar nomination for best picture, says the Hollywood Reporter . Kathryn Bigelow's followup to The Hurt Locker banked a surprising $24 million, ahead of Haunted House ($18.8 million), the star-studded Gangster Squad... More »

How to Fix the Oscars: Institute a Live Re-Vote

After 10 years, an opportunity to fix mistakes: Lowen Liu

(Newser) - Slate wants to fix the Oscars—"Academy Awards ceremonies are laughable, even to those of us who love them," the site declares —so it's asking writers and editors to offer up their proposals in advance of the Feb. 26 ceremony. Lowen Liu's idea : Allow for... More »

Daniel Radcliffe: Snobby Oscars Never Liked Potter

Yet Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' gets acclaim, actor laments

(Newser) - Daniel Radcliffe is "slightly miffed" that none of the Harry Potter films have won an Academy Award, whereas children's movie Hugo was nominated for Best Picture and 10 other categories this year. "I don't think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids' films, unless they're... More »

Oscars Tweaks 'Best Picture' Rules

Anywhere from 5 to 10 nominees in category now OK

(Newser) - Wild and crazy changes coming to the Oscars: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved a tweak in the nominations process that will allow ... anywhere from five to 10 Best Picture nominees. "If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given... More »

Why the Oscars Are Already Over

The Academy picks 'heart over head,' writes Richard Corliss

(Newser) - Spoiler alert: The Oscars are over, and The King’s Speech has won Best Picture. Why? Because "in Oscar voting, as in old Hollywood weepies, sentiment trumps sense," writes Richard Corliss in Time . Critics may have loved The Social Network, but not a single one of them is... More »

What to Bet on Oscar Night

The Daily Beast predicts the winners

(Newser) - If you’re not sure how to bet in this year’s office Oscar pool, take a look at the Daily Beast ’s rundown of your best picks:
  • Best Picture: The Hurt Locker. In addition to being a critical darling and having swept most guild and critics’ awards so
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Dear Conservatives, Stop Hating on Hollywood

At least the liberal actors don't have political aspirations

(Newser) - The Best Picture winner is unknown, but one thing is certain on Oscar weekend: “Talk radio hosts and conservative columnists will trot out their annual complaints about Hollywood,” and that whole shtick is getting old. First of all, writes Bill Maher in Variety , “You never see Hollywood... More »

Hurt Locker Producer Banned From Oscars

Chartier first nominee un-invited for Oscar campaigning

(Newser) - For the first time ever, an Oscar nominee has been banned from attending the Academy Awards. The Hurt Locker co-producer Nicolas Chartier earned the ire of the academy with an email campaign telling friends to push academy members to support his movie over "that $500M film" (best picture rival... More »

Roger Ebert to Oprah: 'My Life Is Happy'

Film critic talks about life after cancer treatments

(Newser) - Roger Ebert is fine with the way his face looks after cancer surgeries, and he tells Oprah he's not going through another one for purely cosmetic reasons. "This is the way I look, and my life is happy and productive so why have any more surgery," he said... More »

Jersey Shore Stars Parody Hurt Locker

'Lopez Tonight' launches week of Best Picture takeoffs

(Newser) - If The Hurt Locker wins the Best Picture Academy Award Sunday, the cast and crew will surely consider it a great honor—their second in a week. Click the link to see Jersey Shore cast members performing an homage to the Iraq war drama. Yes, there's a hair joke. Pay... More »

Cameron: Give Ex Best Director

James Cameron says Kathryn Bigelow deserves Oscar

(Newser) - James Cameron graciously insists ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow should win the Oscar for best director, not him—because he doesn’t “really need another one.” In an interview with Charlie Rose, Cameron says his “fantasy outcome” would be to win Best Picture for Avatar while Bigelow wins Best... More »

Why You'll Actually Enjoy the Oscars

This year promises to be a doozy for the Academy

(Newser) - Planning to skip the Oscars again? Don’t! This year’s ceremony will be better than ever, New York magazine argues, and here’s why:
  • The expanded Best Picture category: This way, we’re sure to get a blockbuster or two up for the award, along with some well-built indies.
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Why Avatar Still Won't Win Best Picture

Sorry, James Cameron: Sci-fi, computerized actors will scare Academy

(Newser) - OK, so Avatar scored soaring reviews and scads of money, blah, blah, blah: That still doesn’t mean James Cameron is going to win another Oscar for best picture. Lane Brown details five reasons why not in New York :
  • Special effects: As in, the special effects are the only rave-worthy
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With 10 Slots to Fill, Oscar Debate Starts Early

Some execs remain opposed to expanded Best Picture nominee list

(Newser) - The point of doubling the number of Academy Award best picture nominees this year was to draw more viewers to the show. The pitfall: Hardly anything Oscar worthy has emerged, writes Kim Masters for the Daily Beast. And while most nominees hit theaters later in the year, 30% fewer films... More »

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