Celebritology 2.0: Academy Awards


Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Jessica Chastain: Was her dress a red-carpet success?

Critics were divided on Jessica Chastain’s Alexander McQueen gown.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:04 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Kirk Douglas: The highlight of the 'young, hip' Oscar broadcast

Sunday's Oscar broadcast was not, in the words of our own Hank Stuever, the youth revolution promised by the hot young hosting pair of James Franco and Anne Hathaway. (Which has us wondering -- will next year's show attempt to skew even younger with, say, Justin Bieber and Natalie Portman's baby hosting?) Despite all the young blood, some of the night's best moments were delivered by card-carrying AARP members -- one-time Oscar fixture Billy Crystal, a CGI clip of Bob Hope and a deliciously feisty Kirk Douglas, who basically stole the show. If you missed it, here's a clip of Douglas's segment, in which the 94-year-old screen legend gets more laughs in three minutes than James Franco got all night:...

By Liz Kelly  |  09:31 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:03 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Oscar's best and worst dressed: Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett wow for totally different reasons.

This year's Oscar ceremony was underwhelming in myriad respects. One of them was fashion. This year's crop of gowns failed to produce even one buzzy fashion trend. And wiith considerably less bling on the red carpet, 2011 may just go down in history as the year that Oscar fashion was a bit of a yawn. Still, there were some standouts -- both stunners and stinkers -- worth a second look. Best dressed The insouciant Gwyneth Paltrow in utterly stunning Calvin Klein (which totally made up for her off-key on-stage performance), host Anne Hathaway's red carpet look: a dress from the Valentino archives (though we loved her in most of her gazillion on-stage gown changes, too), Helen Miren in drop-dead gorgeous grey Vivienne Westwood and a slimmed down Jennifer Hudson in Versace. Worst Dressed The usually fashion forward Cate Blanchett in a homely concoction from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Helena Bonham...

By Liz Kelly  |  01:03 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:05 PM ET, 02/27/2011

James Franco in drag: Oscar fail?

Oscar host/nominee James Franco channeled Marilyn Monroe (and Madonna) when he walked on stage in a fuschia gown and blond wig. It may have been a first for the Academy Awards, though not for Franco -- who has done this sort of thing before. More than once. But, in the context of tonight's Oscar broadcast, was there really a point? Or was it just another naked (or thankfully not-naked) bid to woo "young, hip" viewers?...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:05 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:48 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Live tweeting from the Oscar press room

Our own Jen Chaney is in the press room and tweeting as this year's Academy Award winners make their way backstage to face the press scrum. Follow her below and send your comments with hashtag #oscarspotting:...

By Liz Kelly  |  09:48 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 11/29/2010

James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the Oscars

Deadline is reporting that Anne Hathaway and James Franco *may* -- key word: may -- be hosting this year's Academy Awards.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:45 PM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Pick the animated movie on the Oscar short list that does not belong

"Toy Story 3": To infinity, and the Oscar short list for best animated film. (Pixar/AP) We now know which movies are officially in contention for this year's Academy Award for best animated feature. Oscar organizers revealed today the 15 films that have landed on the short list -- short list perhaps being a misnomer here -- of candidates. From those 15 candidates, three will become nominees. And out of those three nominees, "Toy Story 3" will ultimately be deemed the winner. So really, this whole thing is a bit of a cartoon charade. But I digress. All the usual animated suspects made the first round of cuts....

By Jen Chaney  |  05:50 PM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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