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Let’s Talk About the Oscars’ Baffling Approach to the Best Original Song Category

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Early this morning, the nominees for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced. The big takeaway is a lack of nominations for Ava DuVernay’s Selma outside of the category, Best Picture, and Best Original Song — and rightfully so, as there’s some of the usual glorification of white, male voices in this year’s noms. From the music perspective, I see another obvious, albeit less crucial, snub: where the hell is Lana Del Rey’s sweeping Big Eyes ballad?!
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10 Hilarious Videos About Grammar

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Life in the age of the Internet can be a frustrating thing, especially when it comes to proper grammar. The guys of Lonely Island recently created a hashtag rap that honors the semicolon, which had our grammar Nazi senses tingling. You can watch it after the break, where we’ve rounded up other videos that poke fun at the world’s grammar mistakes. Feel free to vent your own grammatical frustrations in the comments and share a related video you love.
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7 Great Songs Written for TV Shows

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Last week’s installment of Game of Thrones capped off its cliffhanger ending with a rollicking Hold Steady cover of “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” the medieval drinking song debuted earlier in the episode. The track, along with its Season 2 predecessor “The Rains of Castamere,” was a reminder that while film traditionally gets the lion’s share of… Read More

Ranking 15 of the Best ‘SNL’ Digital Shorts

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This past weekend, Jorma Taccone, Justin Bieber and Andy Samberg were amongst those celebrating Saturday Night Live’s 100th digital short in a new video featuring nods to the show’s best-of skits. The Lonely Island crew taught Bieber how to celebrate the occasion — and it’s as lewd as you’re thinking — while celebs like Natalie Portman made cameos, reprising their famous Digital Shorts’ characters. Never one to miss a celebration — particularly when it comes to one of the most reliable laughs on the long-running comedy series — we wanted to rank a few of the best SNL Digital Shorts of all-time. It was a supremely difficult task, but we left you plenty of room to drop your faves in the comments section. Head past the break — where we chat about male genitalia far more than you did today — to take a look (including brand new #100).
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A Selection of Hilariously Melodramatic Soap Opera Parodies

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Daytime soap operas have been on the decline recently — there hasn’t been a new one since 1999, and several famous ones that had been running for decades have been canceled. Meanwhile, primetime soap-like dramas like The O.C., Desperate Housewives, and Grey’s Anatomy occasionally get a chance to flourish, but they don’t get quite as ridiculous for our liking as the old-school daytime stuff. Sure, people get impaled by icicles and murdered by tornadoes or whatever, but where’s the melodramatic acting? The demonic possession?

In honor of this dying genre, we’ve rounded up a bunch of great viral videos and TV clips that parody the heyday of nonsensical soap operas. Let us know in the comments which is your favorite, and clue us in if we missed any.
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