Academy Awards

Flavorwire’s Official 2014 Academy Awards Drinking Game

Prep those cocktails and gather round the telly — it’s Oscar time. The Academy is ditching the bro-isms of Seth MacFarlane and has accepted that “hip” hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway didn’t cut it. They’re playing it safe this year with Ellen DeGeneres, who is making her return to the Academy stage after a seven-year hiatus. We expect a fairly sweet and tame affair — at least where Ellen is concerned. There’s no telling what will happen when a celebrity gets a strong drink in their hand. Imbibe with us by playing our Official 2014 Academy Awards drinking game. Cheers! … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Jim Parsons

SNL had a month-long vacation and returns with The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck (in full creepy preacher regalia). Parsons seems like an odd choice for hosting duties, but his quirky delivery is a welcome addition. Will the writers do him justice, or leave the newcomer floundering? How did Colin Jost perform his first time sitting at the “Weekend Update” anchor desk? Its all here, after the jump. … Read More

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Every Best Actress Winner’s Dress Illustrated in One Poster

As you’ve probably already noticed, the Academy Awards are fast-approaching. While there’s commentary galore predicting who’s going to win… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Official 2014 Oscar Picks and Predictions

Well, friends, the big night is right around the corner: on Sunday evening at eight, after hours of insufferable people screaming on a red carpet, Ellen DeGeneres will tell some jokes, montages will unspool, songs will be sung, and Hollywood will hand out some little gold statues. The winners aren’t always predictable — some of the voters might not be quite as tuned-in as you’d think (leading to some truly bizarre choices over the years), and this year’s crop of exceptional films have made the race a bit more competitive than usual. But here’s our best guesses for who will take home the major awards come Sunday, along with who we’d give them to if we were the only ones… Read More

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25 Years of Oscar Hosts, Ranked

The perceived success of Oscar night hinges on many factors — how dull the speeches are, how interminable the musical numbers are, whether Debbie Allen is involved, etc. — but no element, it seems, is more important than the host. A good Oscar host has to be something of a miracle worker: they keep the show moving, react spontaneously to whatever clusterfucks occur (and they always do), rib the royalty but only gently, and make the night edgy enough for home viewers, but not too edgy for the Cryptkeepers in the audience. Many have tried, but only a few have succeeded, so in anticipation of Ellen Degeneres’ second run at the job, we’ve ranked every Oscar host from the last 25 ceremonies (save 1989, which had no host). … Read More

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10 Times Oscar Got It (Unexpectedly) Right

The Academy Awards telecast is one week away, and we’re already cynical about it. Maybe it’s just the prolonged nomination season, extended by a couple of weeks due to the Winter Olympics; maybe it’s our annual memories of the organization’s voluminous poor choices, snubs, and awkward ceremonies; maybe it’s that recent, horrifying peek into the voting process. At times like this, it’s worth remembering that for all the times they got it wrong, the Oscars occasionally get it very right — even when it’s least expected. And in that spirit, we’ve collected ten occasions when the Academy Award went, surprisingly and delightfully, the right way. … Read More

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A Terrifying Peek Inside the Empty Brain of a Typical Oscar Voter

Like many, my young person’s love and unwavering respect for the Academy Awards died on March 5, 2006, when Jack Nicholson opened the evening’s last envelope and announced that the voters had decided, in a year that included Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night and Good Luck, and Munich, that the Best Picture prize was going to Crash, Paul Haggis’ drippy, hackneyed, sledgehammer-subtle examination of race. “But, but… how?” I (and many others, it seemed) asked, befuddled as to what kind of human being could look at those films and choose that one as the cream of the crop. … Read More

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The ‘American Hustle’ Backlash and Why We Expect Too Much From Best Picture Nominees

In October of 2012, Warner Brothers released Argo, Ben Affleck’s highly fictionalized and highly entertaining account of the extraction of several Americans from Tehran in 1979. It was greeted with solid box office and enthusiastic reviews, and everyone seemed to agree that it was a well-executed and engaging period drama/caper. But a funny thing happened as 2012 became 2013 and Argo started accumulating year-end accolades: a chorus of Hey, hold on nows slowly formed, and continued to crescendo as it racked up seven Oscar nominations, became the Best Picture frontrunner, and won that prize. Suddenly, Argo wasn’t worthy of such praise; the agreeable little movie that everyone liked back in the fall had miraculously become terrible. … Read More

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