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An Alternative Look At The 85th Annual Academy Awards

Peggy Siegal’s Oscar Diary, A Must-Read

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The photos, the stories, the whole night written from a unique perspective of a well connected person and one you’ll want to read: We kissed elegantly composed Anne Hathaway and asked, “Who are you wearing?” “Prada,” she said. I suggested to her father Jerry that he buy her that Tiffany diamond necklace after she wins, imitating the late Bruce Paltrow’s generosity to his daughter Gwyneth after her own big night….

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Oscar Flashback: The Academy Theater in Inglewood

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From Vintage Los Angeles: Academy Theater in Inglewood, Calif – 1940 Photo by Julius Shulman Opened on November 7, 1939 and designed by architect S. Charles Lee, the Academy Theater, a classic Art Moderne style structure, was originally designed to house the Academy Awards. Sadly, however, the Academy Theater never did host the ‘Oscars’, but it was often the location of film premieres and served as a major suburban theater…

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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If you click this photo you can see the Oscar audience.  Some of these faces are so telling. Some are smiling. Some are not. Like, who’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt looking at? It doesn’t look like much fun to me but probably for Ms. Lawrence, the moment of a lifetime, what with the standing ovation and all.

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The Host – MacFarlane is the Only Thing People Can Talk About?

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It appears that Seth MacFarlane was too offensive for Oscar audiences. I was too busy paying attention to the offensive awards being given out and the charade of the whole thing at all I barely noticed MacFarlane.  Sometimes forget that it’s not Hollywood watching. It’s the public and the public want the dream machine. MacFarlane was apparently sexist, racist and unfunny.  Again, didn’t notice. Was too busy noticing how racist…

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Old White Guys Prefer Hot Young Babes

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I know, sort of like saying green plants like sunlight. But nonetheless,  one of our readers, Phantom, lays out the (mostly) grim statistics. I remember Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil telling me that “this Emmanuelle Riva” talk was crazy and that the actresses win are CTLF. Contenders they’d like to…you get the idea.  There was no way Jennifer Lawrence was losing — her main competitors, all save one, were older than…

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Affleck’s Speech

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“I was here 15 years ago or something, and I had no idea what I was doing. I was sitting out here in front of you all, really just a kid, and I went out and I never thought that I would be back here, and I am because of so many of you who are here tonight, because of this Academy, because of so many wonderful people who extended…

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Life of Pi wins 4 Oscars, Argo takes 3 including BP

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  Best motion picture Argo, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers Achievement in directing Life of Pi, Ang Lee Performance by an actor in a leading role Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln Performance by an actress in a leading role Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook Performance by an actor in a supporting role Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained Performance by an actress in a supporting role Anne Hathaway, in…

Red Carpet Open Thread….

Red Carpet Open Thread….

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Walter Kirn Pretty Much Nails It

Walter Kirn Pretty Much Nails It

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Oh, the beauty of the an illusion.  Once you pull away the curtain you know exactly what’s standing there by now, right? Oz, the envisioned glory town, Kansas – the reality. Up in the Air writer Walter Kirn writes up his experience in 2009 brilliantly which I hope he’ll turn into a book – I advise you read the whole thing but I will just quote this bit: The broadcast. I’d…

InfoGraphic Oscars App

InfoGraphic Oscars App

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