An Oscar statue is pictured on the red carpet arrival area during preparations for the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2012. The Academy Awards will be given out in Hollywood on Sunday. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni The Oscar ceremony has much to prove Sunday, including whether a blockbuster-free field can draw a TV audience and if Billy Crystal's host routine remains a crowd-pleaser. Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, the show's producers, are laughing off the challenges: "Comedy is the direction we're going in this year," said Mischer. For Crystal, who returns to the ceremony (8:30 p.m. EST, ABC) after an absence of eight years, that means jokes and patter that were being rehearsed at the last minute to avoid punch line leaks. The actor also is bringing back two of his trademark Oscar bits: A film sequence in which he appears via CGI in clips from the nine best-picture contenders, and a musical number that pays tribute to the ceremony and nominees. "It's … [Read more...] about Crystal to the rescue for 84th Academy Awards show
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Ben Affleck's Iran hostage drama "Argo" won the Oscar for best film Sunday at the 85th Academy Awards, with Ang Lee taking best director for "Life of Pi". Daniel Day-Lewis won in the best actor category for "Lincoln". Taiwan-born Ang Lee won best director for spectacular 3D fantasy "Life of Pi," Daniel Day-Lewis took home his third best actor trophy for "Lincoln" and Jennifer Lawrence was crowned best actress for "Silver Linings Playbook." But veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg, whose presidential drama had the most nominations with 12 nods, went home without either of the top awards -- best picture or best director. Overall, "Life of Pi" won most Oscars with four awards, against three for "Argo" and "Les Miserables," two each for "Django Unchained" and "Lincoln," and one for "Zero Dark Thirty." The show was heavily musical: British singer Adele sang Oscar-winning 007 theme "Skyfall" as part of a segment feting 50 years of Bond films, and legendary diva Barbra Streisand sang "The … [Read more...] about ‘Argo’ wins best picture at 85th Academy Awards
THE 2019 Academy Awards are set for a major revamp following the news that this year's ceremony was the lowest-rated telecast on record. The Academy has announced that the awards will be held weeks earlier than usual than late February but when's the date and where will they be held? Here's the lowdown... When are the Oscars 2019? The Oscars 2019, or the 91st Academy Awards will be held on February 24, 2019. In an official announcement, the Academy announced that the following year the awards will be brought forward to February 9, 2020. They also revealed the introduction of a new category designed around achievement in popular film as well as a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast. The 2018 awards was hosted for a second time by Jimmy Kimmel but the furore surrounding the Harvey Weinstein allegations perhaps contributed to the ceremony's lowest-rated telecast. What date are nominations announced? As of yet, there is no … [Read more...] about When are the Oscars 2019, what date are nominations announced and where are the Academy Awards held?
By Martha Ross | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group April 20, 2018 at 11:51 pm When Vanessa Redgrave unleashed her tirade against “Zionist hoodlums” at the 1978 Academy Awards, she became one of the most notorious examples of how things can go horribly wrong when celebrities talk politics on Hollywood’s big night. var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push([’embed’]); The “hoodlums” were Jewish groups who protested the acclaimed British actress for helping to make a pro-Palestinian documentary. Her belligerent, self-righteous rant didn’t go over well. After Redgrave left the stage, author and “Network” screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky came out and blasted Redgrave and other celebrities who think it’s OK to get political at the Academy Awards. He said, “I’m sick and tired of people exploiting the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal … [Read more...] about When Oscars speeches get political: the best, worst and most annoying in Academy Award history
A movie adapted from a Vietnamese children book has been submitted to the 89th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. A movie adapted from a Vietnamese children book has been submitted to the 89th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. “Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh” (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass), adapted from the namesake book by best seller children author Nguyen Nhat Anh, will represent Vietnam at the 2017 Oscar award in February, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Friday. Deputy minister Vuong Duy Bien said the ministry’s voting board highly appreciated the film by Victor Vu and decided to submit it to the Academy Awards. Director Victor Vu said this is a very big encouragement to him. “I was born and grew up in the U.S. so the motherland Vietnam has always brought me a special feeling,” he expressed. “I want to tell a very Vietnamese story and ‘Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass’ brings me … [Read more...] about Vietnam announces 2017 Academy Award submission