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Chris Rock Confirmed To Host The 2016 Oscars

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows

After much speculation, it’s confirmed that Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards. It marks the second time the 50-year-old comedian has hosted the annual event. He previously held court in 2005 for the 77th Oscars telecast.

“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.”

Rock follows in the recent footsteps of Neil Patrick Harris (2015), Ellen DeGeneres (2014) and Seth MacFarlane (2013). Check out below the Saturday Night Live alum’s opening monologue from his first stint as Oscar host.

“Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” Academy Awards producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian — he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

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Like clockwork, the ‘In Memoriam‘ segment during the Oscars telecast sparks outrage immediately after it airs. Inevitably, there’s people omitted that the viewing public feel should’ve been included. Joan Rivers was the case this year.

While the comedy legend never won an Oscar or was ever nominated for one (although some say she was robbed for Spaceballs LOL), she was an integral part to the annual extravaganza with her red carpet coverage. She immortalized the phrase, “Who are you wearing?”

Naturally, Joan’s daughter, Melissa, was “disappointed” with her mom’s omission. According to TMZ, she wasn’t happy about the snub with sources saying she was left disappointed by the decision not to include Joan.

Read the Academy’s response to the snub below, along with watching the ‘In Memoriam’ segment just in case you missed it the first time around.

read their response after the jump


Correctly predicting the Best Picture or acting winners won’t guarantee glory with your office Oscar pool. The big categories are usually a foregone conclusion, with the Academy rarely providing a surprising upset. The key to winning and earning bragging rights is picking the winners in the less glamorous categories. That’s where the contest is won or lost.

Over the weekend, three different groups revealed their winners, giving a clearer picture on who might win in their respective categories.

The Writers Guild of America bestowed Best Original Screenplay honors to Wes Anderson for his work on the colorful caper, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Meanwhile, Graham Moore came out on top for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game.

The Grand Budapest Hotel was also a big winner over at the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards, along with The Guardians of the Galaxy. Over at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards, Emmanuel Lubezki won once again. His latest win for Birdman follows his other trophies for The Tree of Life, Children of Men and Gravity.

Get an in depth look below at each awards show’s respective winners in the other categories.

check out all the winners for both guilds after the jump


The 87th Academy Awards is going to be jam-packed with plenty of entertainment. Lady Gaga is just the latest name joining a star-studded roster of scheduled performers for Hollywood’s big night.

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealed the news via Twitter today, saying she will be involved in “a very special performance.”

“Lady Gaga is a once in a lifetime artist who’s musical evolution keeps growing. We are proud to have her perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” – Zadan and Meron said in a statement

other performers after the jump


We’re less than two weeks away from Hollywood’s biggest night. Have you done all your research for your Oscar office pool?

With Neil Patrick Harris at he helm, I fully anticipate (and expect) one of the gayest ceremonies in Oscar history. If a song and dance number isn’t performed, I’ll be extremely shocked.

Though it’s his first time hosting the big event, he has four Tonys and two Emmys shows under his belt. Nerves shouldn’t be a problem.

NPH sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about the big night and his favorite movies from yesteryear. Check out the full cover below and head over to to read his interview.

check out the full cover after the jump

Early 2014 Oscar Predictions

In: Dan, Movies

I just couldn’t help myself and had to jump in and write a post about the upcoming 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2014. We are just under three months away from the ceremony where Hollywood’s biggest and noteworthy-est stars come together to celebrate each other’s fantastic work over the previous 12 months. This is my favourite time of year as the best films roll out to theatres just as the weather starts to turn cold, giving me the perfect excuse to sit in a cozy, warm theatre several nights each week!

In my opinion, there have been some pretty spectacular movies already this year which should make the race up to the Oscars that much more interesting! If you haven’t seen Gravity, you absolutely MUST. With several film award shows between now and then, as well as the New York Film Critics Circle choosing their favourites this past week, there are bound to be some serious contenders emerging as we head into the new year. I’m going to break down some of the biggest categories with what I assume to be sure locks, my faves, and a few dark horses, just to keep things interesting. If you think I’ve missed anything from my list, I want to hear from you. If I believe you enough, I may even let you take me out to see the movie you’re gushing about!

check out my predictions after the jump

Ellen DeGeneres first hosted the Oscars back in 2007 for the 79th Academy Awards. She became the first openly gay or lesbian person to land the gig and earned an Emmy nomination for her work. The 55-year-old entertainer finally received another invitation from the Academy to do it all over again. Hopefully, she wasn’t waiting by the phone. Waiting for the second date call is always the worst 😉

DeGeneres broke the news via Twitter saying, “It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.” Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said she was the perfect choice as “there are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity.” Those who weren’t fans of Seth Macfarlane’s edgier and acidic performance will be happier with Ellen at the helm for the 86th annual Academy Awards. DeGeneres will be seen as a safer pair of hands.

Too bad, Hugh Jackman isn’t back. Loved the telecast from his year. It was the gayest Oscar ceremony in recent memory. As much as I love Ellen, I wasn’t overly impressed with her first outing. Hopefully, she’ll be more at ease with first time jitters out of the way. Check out her first Oscar opening monologue below.

Ellen’s Oscar opening monologue after the jump

2013 Oscars Will Honor Movie Musicals

In: Donovan, Movies

Typically, the musical numbers during the Oscar telecast are one big snoozefest. Even the producers think so and sometimes combine all the best nominated songs in one big medley to get them over with. Given the lame nominees in some years, I don’t blame them. That’s all about to change this year.

Craig Zadan and Neil Moran are producing the show and from the sounds of it, it’s going to be phenomenal. That is, if you’re a musical nut. They’ve already brought on Adele and Shirley Bassey as part of the tribute to James Bond’s 50th anniversary and enticed Barbra Streisand to perform at the Academy Awards after a 36 year absence. Now comes word a segment celebrating musicals from the past 10 years is on the program. That should come as no surprise given that Zadan produced the movie adaptations of Hairspray and Chicago, plus the classic Footloose and NBC’s Smash. Find out which musicals are being honored below.

find out what other musicals are being honored after the jump

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