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81st Academy Awards

After the Fall, The Damage

We start the close of this season like we do every season with our favorite Iggy Pop quote, "it'll all be over soon." It always gets ugly this time of year. Someone has to take a hit in our world because the truth is most journalists hate,…

The Melissa Leo Thing

My friend and tipster has written in to explain his reasoning behind the possibility (no one said definite) sneak attack of Melissa Leo. I though you all might find it interesting. But before you lecture me about the validity of tips, let…

Potential Kate Winslet Upset and Other Spoilers

I just got a tip that Melissa Leo could upset Kate Winslet on Sunday. If so, it would be a kind of Marcia Gay Harden type thing where voters believe Leo deserved it over Kate. The only potential Frozen River upset I'm feeling (not that I…

Oscar Party Plans?

Who has special plans for the Big Night? Me, it's never fun.¬† It's only fun if most of my predictions turn out to be right - other than that, it's usually a tense, taut misery. It's that time of year again. Okay, so maybe no one…

More Leakage

E! has more interesting tidbits about the Oscar telecast: Several sources say that the Aussie hunk will be joined on stage by Beyonc√©, High School Musical stars and real-life couple Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens and Mamma Mia!'s…

Pattinson a Confirmed Presenter

Tweeners rejoice. My 10 year-old and her school chums will be beside themselves with joy that Twilight's Robert Pattinson will be a confirmed presenter at the 81st Academy Awards. The story comes as an exclusive on Hitfix (though no…

The Oscars Trailer by John Singleton

Matt at Gotcha Media shows us the YouTube video of the Oscars trailer - funny because he says, "The Oscars are making a big deal about this "trailer" directed by John Singleton. It's on YouTube, but embedding is disabled, ensuring that far…

About that Oscars Trailer…

So the trailer will not debut on the web, as far the press release goes, but only in theaters: Oscar¬Æ-nominated writer-director John Singleton has directed the trailer promoting the 81st Academy Awards¬Æ, Academy President Sid Ganis…

How to Spend Your Oscar Evening

The OC Register runs down how best to watch the Oscars: . Food: Think of this night as the Super Bowl of Movies. Oscar night is just like the Super Bowl, only the Super Bowl had Bruce Springsteen, and the Oscars ignored Bruce Springsteen…

Oscars Pre-Show, What to Do About Presenters?

The thing about waiting until the show to reveal the presenters is, I think, a disasterous decision for one key reason - no Red Carpet walk-down. Nikki Finke points out that Tim Gunn will be the person on the red carpet talking about the…

AMPAS Extends Design Challenge

Maybe this will work to help draw in some eyeballs: Online Voting to Determine Gown Worn on 81st Academy Awards¬Æ Show Beverly Hills, CA ‚Äî For the first time in its history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is inviting…

The Washed Out Season

Not to be always delivering bad news but it's remarkable how the Oscar race feels like a ghost town. Much of that is due to the snubbing of the year's most popular film. Yes, quietly AMPAS is probably snickering about it all, trying hard to…

Sid Ganis on the Oscars

I don't know but this paragraph seems a little, um, forced? Who wants to be the lowest rated Oscar show ever? We are rejiggering the show. Rethinking it. Remarketing it. And whaddya know, the movies we have as Best Picture this year are…

The Producers Speak

Bill Condon and Laurence Mark talk to the AP: Mark: I think people tune in to see the Oscars. I don't think they tune in to see any one person, or any one person perform or present. I think they tune in to see the Oscars and what we're…

How to Liven up Oscar Night

Mark Lisanti, writing for Vanity Fair, figures out a few ways to de-bummerize the Oscars. This one is my favorite, recalling the very bad decision, like seriously bad decision, to keep the winners in their seats during the "tech" awards.…

It’s Time to Get (Why So) Serious

Okay, we really have to talk about this whole Oscar surprise presenters situation. I can't decide if it's a brilliant marketing move or a really dumb one. How do you build hype for a show no one is hearing about on a daily basis? I mean,…