Oscar hosts in training

Posted by · 9:49 am · January 27th, 2011

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Jon Stewart offers hosting advice to James Franco

Posted by · 11:17 am · January 26th, 2011

From last night’s “Daily Show.”  He refused to skip poetry class at Yale to be available for interviews in New York.  Love this guy: ABC’s promo pics of Franco and co-host Anne Hathaway after the jump.

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Oscar nominations: the good, the good and the good

Posted by · 11:22 am · January 25th, 2011

Even when they aren’t being read out with gale-force enthusiasm by Mo’Nique, the Oscar nominations tend to attack you with breathless speed that you need at least half an hour to decide how you feel about them at all. As usual, this morning’s announcement found me bouncing from one split-second reaction to another: Yay! No! […]

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Nominations live stream and reactions thread

Posted by · 5:09 am · January 25th, 2011

Alright folks, AMPAS president Tom Sherak and actress Mo’Nique will be announcing the major category nominations in, oh, 20 minutes or so.  The full list will be available at Oscar.com immediately after (though sometimes during) that announcement. I’ll leave this space for your instant reactions and will post up my own extended thoughts shortly thereafter.  […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Don’t let ’em catch you caring

Posted by · 12:35 pm · January 20th, 2011

(Updated Oscar predictions here. They’ll likely be tweaked once more before Tuesday.) Following the Academy Award season is a little like watching a particularly low-rent TV soap: just as the mindlessness and predictability of the enterprise escalates to a point where quitting seems the only credible option, some or other narrative curveball will lure you […]

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83rd Oscarcast posters revealed

Posted by · 9:42 am · December 16th, 2010

I always look forward to the official poster(s) for a given Academy Awards ceremony.  I remember being giddy at the Alex Ross-crafted image (however cheesy “The Gold Knight Returns” might have been as a tagline) from a few years ago.  This year we have four “inviting” you to the show.  Check them out in full […]

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First Oscar presenters announced

Posted by · 3:36 pm · December 13th, 2010

With the big night still over two months away, it’s rather early for us to be thinking of Oscar telecast details, but you can bet the show’s frantic producers aren’t feeling quite so calm about it all. As we speak, Rolodexes and little black books are being frantically rifled through as the list of presenters […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Precursors begin, ‘Grit’ unveiled and Oscar hosts tapped

Posted by · 2:18 pm · December 3rd, 2010

• The biggest news of this busy week may well have been the announcement of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as this year’s Oscarcast hosts. • Unless you count “The Social Network” dominating the National Board of Review as bigger news, that is. • Or, for that matter, our first look at the Coen brothers’ […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 43 — NBR, Gothams and Spirits, ‘True Grit’ and Franco and Hathaway as Oscar hosts with special guest Peter Knegt

Posted by · 9:01 am · December 3rd, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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Franco and Hathaway to host the Oscars

Posted by · 8:37 am · November 29th, 2010

(UPDATE: Yes, it’s official. Check out the full AMPAS press release after the cut.) Nikki Finke is reporting over at Deadline that the Academy has asked actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host the 83rd annual Academy Awards, and that the pair has accepted the offer.  No official word yet and Finke is tossing […]

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11/9 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Screenwriting hopefuls, Hooper on fugly ‘King’s Speech’ poster, MPAA shamed

Posted by · 8:22 am · November 9th, 2010

• Sasha Stone on the season’s screenwriting contenders. [Awards Daily] • “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper also hates the poster everyone has been knocking. [Movieline] • David Poland split screens “The Social Network” star Armie Hammer. [The Hot Blog]

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Jackman turns down Oscar hosting gig

Posted by · 6:03 pm · November 7th, 2010

With the season now unshakeably upon us, it’s time to dust off the annual conversation topic of who should host the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. I am prompted to do so, of course, by Deadline’s recent scoop that 2009 host Hugh Jackman — the first choice of new Oscarcast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer […]

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9/27 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Wall Street’ timing, Oscar’s love affair with social relevance and a real-life ‘Whistleblower’

Posted by · 8:32 am · September 27th, 2010

• Does “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” have poor timing Oscar-wise? (Or, I don’t know, did it just kinda stink?) [The Guardian] • On Kathy Bolkovac, the real-life whistleblower of Toronto title “The Whistleblower.” [Lincoln Journal Star] • Andrew Garfield has played “Spider-Man” before, FYI. [Daily Telegraph]

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Back to Monday for Oscar?

Posted by · 8:32 am · August 26th, 2010

Some of our younger readers may think of the Academy Awards as a weekend-capping tradition, having taken place on a Sunday for the last 12 years running. However, seasoned Oscar-watchers will remember the days when, rather than rounding out the week, the ceremony kicked it off, falling on Monday so as not to interfere with […]

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Reacting to the Oscars in January

Posted by · 11:34 am · June 23rd, 2010

Nikki Finke’s report last night that AMPAS execs discussed moving the Oscar telecast to January spurred plenty of debate from the readership.  I thought I’d poke around and see what the rest of the blogging community has to say on the matter. For starters, David Poland is seeing things the way I do [The Hot […]

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AMPAS brass debating moving Oscars to January?

Posted by · 9:54 pm · June 22nd, 2010

That’s what Nikki Finke is reporting tonight (in the midst of further outlandish bitching about AMPAS executive director Bruce Davis), just hours after a new producer and director were tapped for the ceremony.  And it’s obviously a major decision with a lot of moving parts, but let’s consider this. First and foremost, it’s the drum […]

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Cohen, Mischer tapped as Oscarcast producers

Posted by · 6:41 pm · June 22nd, 2010

What a novel idea, getting a jump on things.  The press release, in part: Academy Award®-winning producer Bruce Cohen and acclaimed television producer/director Don Mischer will produce the 83rd Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced this evening. Mischer will also serve as the telecast’s director. This will […]

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