Academy Awards

Jimmy Kimmel Schools Trump on Oscars Ratings; Not About You Donnie (see!)

Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t resist snapping back at Donald Trump’s Tweet about the Oscars’ television ratings. He schooled the president and reminded him that, hey, it’s not about you. Trump apparently couldn’t wait to comment on the show. “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!” he Tweeted at 8:25 am yesterday (Mar. 6)...

Will Ryan Seacrest Be Radioactive to Stars on Oscars Red Carpet?

Ryan Seacrest will hit the red carpet for E! News at this Sunday’s Academy Awards, but it remains to be seen whether celebrities will shun him because his facing allegations of sexual harassment by his long-time stylist. The same questions were raised about Woody Allen at the 2014 Oscars after step-daughter Dylan Farrow’s compelling letter to The New York Times detailing sexual abuse allegations against him when she was seven years old....

Emily Blunt, a Hollywood Standout, Is Long Overdue for an Oscar (Pics, Video)

Emily Blunt is blunt about Hollywood. The British actress wouldn’t recommend movie-making as a career to any budding actress. Does this explain why she’s never even been nominated for an Oscar? Few actresses of her generation have demonstrated her strength, range and sexuality on screen. Yet, her discomfort with Hollywood’s sharper edges, and her willingness to speak out about it, may be short-circuiting the industry accolades she deserves....

Leonardo DiCaprio Isn’t Up for Oscar; His Trophy Will Be On His Arm (See!)

Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t up for an Oscar this year, but his trophy may be on his arm. The actor has been dating supermodel Nina Agdal for almost a year, which is a lifetime for the playboy actor. Will he break with tradition and bring her to the big show? DiCaprio, 42, has been one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors. He’s been known to play the field and cavort with bevies of models....

Alicia Vikander Shocking Oscar Win Has Her Rocketing to A-List (photos!)

Alicia Vikander scored a breakout role in “The Danish Girl” that catapulted her to an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress last night at the 88th Academy Awards. With a film resume as thin as a razor, she did the near impossible. Now, she’s Hollywood’s newest A-Lister. On Oscar night, she was up against Winslet again. Other nominees included veteran actresses Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight,” Roonery Mara in “Carol,” and Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight.”...

Jennifer Lawrence Sassy n’ Sweet; See Her Advice to Pre-Teen Fan (pics, video)

Jennifer Lawrence, the Hollywood actress known for her ribald sense of humor and potty mouth, recently gave some advice to a 10-year-old fan and it may surprise you. It’s simple, direct and makes a lot of sense for pre-teens who are just entering those awkward years. Vanity Fair’s multi-generation group of 13 actresses includes Helen Mirren, 70, and Cate Blanchett, 46, Saoirse Ronan, 21, Brie Larson, 25, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, 32, and Swedish breakout star Alicia Vikander, 27, among others. ...

Oscars Still Rolling in $$$ Despite Lack of Black Nominees, Boycott

The Oscars have taken a beating over the lack of African-American nominees for the second year in a row, but the show’s advertisers appear to be shrugging off protests and a possible boycott by sympathetic actors. So far, none are willing to pull their ads, according to a new survey. Director Spike Lee, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and activist Al Sharpton are leading the boycott and urging others to do the same....

Oscars Have Become Like the Golden Globes, Meaningless, Self-Destructive

The Oscars are doing their best to become The Golden Globes, another meaningless award to Hollywood egoism and self-importance. Nothing says it more than this year’s flap–for the second year in a row–over the lack of minorities among Oscar nominees. Talk about self-entitlement. But first, let’s start with the Golden Globes. They’re doled out every year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a sketchy group with a long, tainted history....

Jennifer Lawrence Ducks Critics Choice Awards After Golden Globes Flap

Jennifer Lawrence was a no show at the Critics Choice Awards, even though she was up for an award for Best Actress Award. She also seeing BFF Amy Schumer with for Best Actress Comedy, and take home the MVP award. Lawrence was stung last weekend when a seemingly innocuous exchange with a Golden Globes journalist turned into a major social media storm. Last night, Brie Larson, 26, won the Critic’s Choice Award for best actress for her role in “Room.”...

Oscar Nominations Skew to Big Budget Films, Hollywood Establishment

Oscar nominations cut their own course this awards season, departing from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild, and favoring big-budget films and established Hollywood actors for its top categories–best picture, best actor and best director. Best Picture nominations went to eight films, one less than last year. Making the list were “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “Mad Max Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” “Room” and “Spotlight.”...

Dakota Johnson Hot ’50 Shades of Grey’ Sexuality at Oscars (photos!)

Dakota Johnson vaulted onto the A-list of Hollywood actresses after starring in “50 Shades of Grey,” the hottest movie of 2015 and she looked the part on the Academy Awards red carpet tonight (Feb. 22), accompanied by her mother, actress Melanie Griffith. Dakota told Ryan Seacrest that her mom and dad, actor Don Johnson had yet to see her erotic film, co-starring Jamie Dornan....

Oscar Uproar Overblown Over Lack of Racial Diversity Among Nominees

This year’s Oscar nominations have touched off a firestorm of criticism over the lack of racial diversity. To the contrary, the fact that no minorities were tapped is actually an affirmation of the selection process. Critics say the failure to nominate “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, or the movie’s star, David Oyelowo, reflected a racial bias. Criticizing Academy choices has become an annual blood sport, and social media has only increased the bloodletting. This year though, a pack mentality has seized on the race card....

Oscars: What’s the Message in This Year’s Best Picture Nominations?

Top Oscar nominees “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman,” “Boyhood” at least four other Best Picture nominees share one thing in common. They are all fairly low budget indie movies. This year’s big-money pictures have been scorned,, again. The Oscars have never been about the money (supposedly), but about film artistry, craftsmanship and stellar acting. But in recent years it almost seems like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, is trying to prove to the world that Hollywood really is too cool for school....

Idina Menzel Sings ‘Let It Go’ Pre School Version on Tonight (watch!)

Jimmy Fallon may have a new show, but he’s up to old tricks again. He and Tonight Show houseband The Roots were joined by Idina Menzel to to perform the hit song “Let It Go” from “Frozen” soundtrack. Of course, Fallon and the band broke out the pre-school instruments especially for the tune. The talk show host has added his own signature arrangement to such songs as Carley Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me, Maybe” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” with hilarious, and always tuneful results....

Cate Blanchett Lauds Woody Allen, No Child Abuse Mentioned (watch!)

Cate Blanchett gave a moving speech after winning the Best Actress Oscar at Sunday’s Academy Awards for her role in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” without uttering a word about Allen’s child abuse feud with step-daughter Dylan Farrow. The 78-year-old writer, director and actor was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for the film, also starring Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins and Bobby Cannavale....

Will Hollywood Elite Stand, Turn Backs on Woody Allen at Oscars?

Dylan Farrow’s compelling letter to The New York Times detailing the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Woody Allen is forcing Hollywood to take sides in one of the most emotional, gut-wrenching issues it has ever faced. A whispering campaign has reportedly begun in Hollywood to urge audience members to stand and turn their backs to the stage when Allen’s Oscar category is announced....

Meryl Streep Shades Oscars Over ‘Surprises, Injustices’ (watch!)

Meryl Streep has gotten more Oscar love than any other actress, but doesn’t share the affection for this year’s picks. She told Ellen deGeneres she was “surprised” by the “injustices,” to actors who were passed over this year. There were so many performances that year that were great. I’m thinking of my friend Emma Thompson,” she said....

Oscar Race Still Foggy for Best Picture Following SAG Awards

Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and cast snared surprise best ensemble honors at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards last night (Jan. 18). It halted some of the momentum of “12 Years a Slave,” and turned the Best Picture Oscar race into a muddle. “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” are emerging as head-to-head rivals with “Gravity,” thought to be a strong contender early on, fading in comparison....

Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett Oscar Leaders After SAG

Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey cemented their spots as front-runners for Oscars following their Screen Actors Guild wins last night (Jan. 18), while Lupita Nyong’o is giving Jennifer Lawrence a run for her money as supporting actress. Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave,” also remains a strong dark-horse contender. Christian Bale, “American Hustle,” Bruce Dern, “Nebraska,” and Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave” are also in the Oscar hunt. At the SAG awards, Blanchett topped Sandra Bullock, “Gravity,” Judi Dench, “Philomena,” Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County,” and Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks.”...

Can Oscars Escape Pull of Major Commercial Films Like Gravity?

“American Hustle,” “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave,” are undeniably the biggest contenders for Oscars following the Critics Choice Awards, the first credible group to pick this year’s standouts. But whether their picks point to Oscars is another question. Among the leading categories, “12 Years a Slave,” was named best picture, while “Gravity,” scored seven awards and “American Hustle” won four....

Gravity, American Hustle, Top Oscar Noms; See Snubs, Picks!

Sandra Bullock led “Gravity” to the top of the leaderboard for Oscar nominations, along with “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave,” setting up an interesting match up for Academy Awards. But as always, some snubs and notable omissions overshadowed the picks. Let’s get the snubs out of the way, right off the bat....
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