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2012 Academy Awards: And The Oscar Winners Are...

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It’s that time of year again, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences joins together with the Hollywood community to pose on a red carpet, then hand out little gold men to those who have made the greatest achievements in cinema over the past year (I dare you to say that last part aloud without snickering).  Wondering who will nab best picture?  Will George...

ScreenCrave's 2012 Oscars Drinking Game – Cheers!

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The time has come to say goodbye to the films of 2011. Au revoir The Artist, see you on Netflix! No more Michael Fassbender puns, or Octavia Spencer acceptance speeches. So what better way to say goodbye, and celebrate the Oscars, than by toasting Hollywood's cream of the crop with a fun drinking game? We understand that some of these...

Sacha Baron Cohen Releases Video Response About His 'Oscar Ban'

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Yesterday, we reported that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may revoke comedic actor Sacha Baron Cohen’s tickets to the Academy Awards on Sunday if he arrives to the awards ceremony dressed as the titular character from his upcoming film, The Dictator.  And because the news that story generated is just about the best promotion the film could ask...

ScreenCrave's 2012 Oscar Predictions

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The process of Oscar predictions has changed completely over the last twenty years. Where there may have been favorites and hopes before that came with no sense of what could actually happen on Oscar night, blogging has turned the award ceremony into a stats game, where there are way fewer surprises than ever before. But, if you pay attention to the guilds, you have a great guide as to who is...

Sacha Baron Cohen May Be Banned From The Academy Awards

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Because Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film, The Dictator, could use the press, and because the Academy Awards desperately, desperately needs a reason for people to tune in to a three-hour telecast in which Billy Crystal mugs his way through a series of celebrity backslappery, news broke this week that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will...

Cogan's Trade, Scary Movie 5 and Butter Get Dated

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One of our most highly anticipated films of the year reunites Brad Pitt with The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director Andrew Dominik, and after the extended post-production schedule of their last film, it was hard to know how long the wait would be for their follow-up Cogan's Trade. Wonder no more, The Weinstein...

Tilda Swinton Wants to Party With The Oscar Snubbed

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When the Oscars were announced, there were some favorites that didn't make the cut. It happens every year, and a number of performers - like Albert Brooks in Drive, Patton Oswalt and Charlize Theron in Young Adult, and Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin were not nominated. Oswalt - on Twitter - joked about having a party for the...

2012 Academy Award Nominations Announced

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The climax of award season is finally upon us--the Oscars have been announced and, for once, there are a few surprises in the mix (but that's not exactly a good thing).  The Artist is, rather shockingly, not leading the pack with the most reviews (see what film is after the jump), while the critically slammed Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close nabbed some major noms and,...

The Artist, Hugo Lead DGA Nominations

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For those who like playing Oscar pools, DGA nominations tend to be a good harbinger for the actual Oscar nominations. So it's worth noting what made the cut: Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Alexander Payne's The Descendants, and...

Kim Novak Calls The Artist a Rapist

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The Artist is gaining steam to be the picture to beat this year at the Oscars, and just today its director Michel Hazanavicius was nominated for the DGA's best director award. The film has not had many detractors, but there was a shot across the bow today when Kim Novak - star of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo -...

Funny or Die Produces Terribly Unfunny Academy Awards Trailer Starring...

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In an attempt to show how edgy and hip the Academy Awards can really be,  the Academy decided to hire the clever folks at Funny or Die to make a trailer for the 84th Academy Awards ceremony.  And, despite being jam-packed with cameos by celebrities no one will really care about (host Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, William...

Brian Grazer in for Brett Ratner for the Oscars

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So, that happened. With Brett Ratner's recent exodus at the Oscars, and Eddie Murphy quickly jetting as well, it was hard to know how fast it would be until someone was set up with the gig. And now we know it's Brian Grazer who will be producing the award show to end all award shows, the 84th Academy awards.

Eddie Murphy Backs Out Of Hosting The Oscars

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Because his bestest buddy Brett Ratner decided to back out of producing the Oscars next year (for lobbing a an offense comment towards homosexuals, and then bragging about sex with Lindsay Lohan, and for making a ton of offensively bland films), now Eddie Murphy has also followed suit, joining his Tower Heist director in bowing out of next year’s ceremonies.

Brett Ratner Quits The Oscars Due To Controversy, Eddie Murphy May Follow

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Remember earlier in the week when we reported that Brett Ratner slipped his foot into his mouth and stated that only “fag” directors rehearse their films before shooting?  Well, on top of that, he’s been spending his Tower Heist promotional tour talking less about the film (which might be for the best) and is spending more of his time graphically describing sex with...

Eddie Murphy to Host The Oscars

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Brett Ratner is producing the next Oscar telecast. Brett Ratner just directed Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in Tower Heist, and has been the rumored choice for a Beverly Hills Cop 4 movie. So perhaps it's no surprise that Ratner asked Murphy to host the Academy Awards. The surprise is that Murphy has said yes (according to Deadline...

Five to Ten Best Picture Nominees?

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Two years back the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided that five wasn't enough best picture nominees. Some thought this had to do with 2008's biggest blockbuster The Dark Knight not making the cut. Regardless, for the last two ceremonies there have been ten nominees. This year the academy says that there will be five nominees, but for there to be more...

New DVD Releases: The King's Speech, Gulliver's Travels, Somewhere

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A very solid week on DVD this week, crowned by this year's Best Picture winner, The King's Speech, making its way on to small screens. But that's only leading a charge that includes bombs aplenty including misfires from Peter Weir, Sofia Coppola and a colossal pile of sunk costs from Jack Black! All that plus some very cool retro TV on DVD choices and the latest...

Why The King's Speech Proves The Oscars Are Irrelevant

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Don't get me wrong: The King's Speech is a handsome, well-shot, well-acted, well-written movie. It's quite good and Colin Firth deserved his statue. But, it's also the exact kind of movie the Oscars shouldn't be nominating in the first place, and proves that the Oscars have never been less relevant than they are now.

2011 Oscar Reviews: How Did Franco and Hathaway Do?

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The 83rd Annual Academy Awards were hard to watch for multiple reasons. But the young hosts caught most of the flack. When we first heard that James Franco and Anne Hathaway were hosting the show we were concerned. They've both done comedy, but aren't professional comedians with hosting experience. See what critics around the country thought of their performance last night.