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Quote of the Night: Gabourey Sidibe and The Money Shot

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Celebrity Gossip, Videos,

Oscar history may have been made inside the Kodak Theatre last night, but the quote of the evening was said outside on the red carpet.

In the event you missed Precious star during the pre-show coverage, I’ll just let you watch the clip and hear her describe the dress for herself.

Two words: Love. Her.

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Why Was Farrah Fawcett Not Mentioned at Oscars?

I was too distracted by Demi Moore’s thin frame last night to initially notice this omission. But let me assure you—many people on Twitter didn’t, and neither did Ryan O’Neal.

Although Patrick Swayze, David Carradine, Natasha Richardson and Michael Jackson were some of the names included in the Academy Award’s “In Memoriam” segment, one name was left off that annual list: .

Yes, Farrah was primarily known for her television work—but she did act in a number of big screen projects including Logan’s Run, Extremities and The Apostle. (And really - does anyone think of Michael Jackson as a movie star?) But yet, despite all the tabloids her face helped sell last year (and the documentaries that ran about her health battle), the 62-year-old didn’t make the final cut. (No pun intended.)

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The 2010 Academy Awards: Live Commentary

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards,

Oscar statues

When you throw in an extra host, add five more Best Picture nominees, take away the Best Song performances and nominate two formerly married directors—what do you get? A night that will surely be talked about.

Although many believe the will end with very few surprises, the possibility of an upset is still too great to ignore. Will the box office champ (Avatar) win Best Film as well? Or will The Hurt Locker - or even Inglourious Basterds - take the prize? Is Jeff Bridges a shoo-in for Best Actor…or could BAFTA winner Colin Firth sneak past him? Will Sandra Bullock have to deliver another acceptance speech, or will Meryl Streep take home her first Oscar since 1983?

To find out if the ceremony ends in a world of Hurt or Up in the Air, stay tuned here for the live results!

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No Best Song Performances at the Academy Awards

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Music, Awards,

If you’ve ever found yourself tuning out during the ritual musical performances, this announcement may come as good news to you: next month’s telecast won’t be featuring any.

To be clear - I should, of course, say the Best Song nominees won’t be performing any. I wouldn’t be surprised if co-producer threw a musical montage into the broadcast somewhere.

While I can’t say I would entirely miss that portion of the program, it saddens me to think that beautiful songs like “Falling Slowly” (Once) might not get the attention they deserve. And where else could you possibly see “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” performed before a sea of tuxedos?

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Select AMC Theaters to Show All Ten Oscar Nominees

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards, Box Office,

AMC Theaters Best Pictures 2010

Not sure if you’ll be able to preview the Best Picture contenders before the air in just a few weeks? Groaning because ten nominees are now in the running? Well, AMC Entertainment may have a solution for you.

Starting later this month, select AMC theaters will air a marathon of all ten films. The event - which will last over two different weekends - will start February 27 and end March 6 (one day before the Oscars broadcast).

Those who purchase a pass to the event will get free popcorn and unlimited refills for each day they attend. More information on participating locations, scheduling, etc. can be found here.

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2010 Academy Award Nominations

Academy Award nominations 2010

After the list of nominees were announced this morning, two movies rose to the top of the pack. Avatar and The Hurt Locker - helmed respectively by James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow - both lead the field with nine nominations each. Thankfully, the formerly married directors still get along.

Even though this will be the first time since 1943 (when Casablanca won) that ten films will go up for Best Film, this year’s list only revealed a handful of surprises. Those who have been following other ceremonies during this awards season saw very little changes in the acting categories.

Here are some of the noteworthy mentions/omissions from today’s nominations:

  • Many had hoped The Hangover, Star Trek and/or (500) Days of Summer would go up for Best Picture. Many were left disappointed.
  • Is this the first time Daniel Day-Lewis wasn’t nominated for simply breathing?
  • Acting queen is up now up for her sweet 16th nomination for her role in Julie & Julia. (I believe I will one day see her 20th.)
  • Speaking of leading women, there will be three newcomers going up against vets Streep and (The Last Station): Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)—someone who wasn’t even an actress to begin with!
  • Disney/Pixar’s will be double-dipping it this year. The feature has been nominated in both the Best Film and Best Animated Film categories.

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Anne Hathaway to Announce Oscar Nominations

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Awards, Celeb News,

Anne Hathaway will be up early next week to announce this year’s Oscar nominations.

The Devil Wears Prada star - who was nominated for her role in last year - will join Academy President Tom Sherak for the official presentation.

Sherak and Hathaway will reveal the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ press conference.

The event will take place Tuesday, February 2, from Beverly Hills.

Academy’s Best Picture Field Grows to Ten

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards,

Oscar statueAs strange as the are (why are all the Best Supporting actors lumped into one category?), there are several reasons why that ceremony trumps the Oscars. In addition to the laid-back feel (an endless flow of alcohol helps), the ceremony annually gives ten movies a chance to shine. That’s five more than the Academy Awards does! That is, until now

Beginning in 2010, the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will do something it hasn’t done in nearly seven decades. At the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, ten nominees will all be lumped into one Best Picture category. (That’s one less than the Globes.) The last time the category was that broad, Casablanca emerged as the winner. (That year was 1943.)

Low broadcast ratings (artsy projects in limited release tend to alienate viewers) and backlash from angry Dark Knight fans (a film can be #1 and be worthy too) were likely factors in the decision.

“Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize,” Academy president Sid Ganis said.

The 2010 Academy Awards airs Sunday, March 7, 2010 on ABC.

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