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Neil Patrick Harris Hosting 87th Academy Awards

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows
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Someone has graduated to the big leagues. After hosting the Tony Awards and Emmy Awards previously, the 41-year-old actor has been tapped to host the 87th annual Academy Awards. The perfect man for the job if you ask me.

If sometime in the future, Neil Patrick Harris is asked to host the Grammys, he could be the first person to have a hosting EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscars and Tony) to his credit. It’s rare for a performer to win each of those statues, but hosting all events has never been done. If anyone can do it, it’s Harris.

The How I Met Your Mother actor takes over Ellen DeGeneres who hosted last year’s event which was seen by 43 million viewers. It saw ratings rise 6%, becoming the most-watched entertainment broadcast in 10 years. Can he topped those numbers? More importantly, can he outdo DeGeneres’ epic selfie pic?

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have been recruited to produce the Oscars for the third year in a row. The annual extravaganza will take place Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Do you think NPH is a great choice to host the event? He has a very similar hosting style to Hugh Jackman. I fully expect an extremely gay-centric production. I.CANT.WAIT!!! Watch his video announcement below and weigh in afterward.

watch the announcement after the jump

A Video Tribute To 2014′s Biggest Oscar Snubs

In: Donovan, Movies
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their nominations for the 86th annual Oscars last week. With only a precious few slots available, naturally some will be omitted. The notable snubs including Emma Thompson, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford immediately made headlines, but there are plenty other perceived Oscar hopefuls that also didn’t make the cut. Elysium, Pacific Rim and Man of Steel were considered shoo-ins for the technical categories but were ignored. JoBlo.com created a video compilation highlighting 2014′s biggest Oscar snubs. Check it out below.

watch the video after the jump

The 86th Academy Awards: The Nominations & Snubs

In: Donovan, Movies
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Early Thursday morning, Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boon Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Leading the pack with 10 nods apiece are Gravity and American Hustle. The latter received acting nods in every acting category, making it the 15th film in history to do so.

Following closely behind is 12 Years a Slave with nine. Typically, the film with the most nods has the best shot at Best Picture. The slavery epic has a slight uphill battle towards Oscar glory.

As always, there were a few surprises along the way. The Wolf of Wall Street fared better than pundits expected while Saving Mr. Banks fared much worse. Both Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson were snubbed for their work. Hanks was a double loser, missing out on a leading nod for Captain Phillips as well. I thought for sure he’d secure at least one nod.

Also getting shut out was Lee Daniels: The Butler, most notably Oprah Winfrey. Her turn as a boozy wife earned multiple accolades early on but floundered in the home stretch. Check out all the nominations and snubs below.

check out all the nominees and snubs after the jump

Ellen DeGeneres Dances In First Oscars 2014 Promo

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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 returns to the big stage next year, hosting the 86th annual Academy Awards. She takes over for Seth Macfarlane who presided over the festivities last year.

Not surprisingly, DeGeneres dons a tuxedo and frolics in the streets to promote the 2014 Oscars. Directed by Bridesmaids Paul Feig, the daytime talk show host lip syncs and dances to Fitz & The Tantrums’ “The Walker” while accompanied by 250 backup dancers on the WB Hollywood backlot. For someone who likes women, she’s always surrounded by extremely hot guys. The two male dancers on either side of her are beyond sexy. Perhaps, it’s only me because I love me boy who can dance. Check out the promo titled “Here We Go” below.

watch both clips after the jump

Early 2014 Oscar Predictions

In: Dan, Movies
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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

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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

Next to the nominations and the big show itself, the thing I look most forward to is the official poster commemorating that year’s Academy Awards. Usually, they’re on the mark, but they have made a few missteps.

Personally, the 2010 poster featuring hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin sitting on the shoulders of an Oscar statue was cheesy. Same goes for the 2004 creative when they went for a comic book-inspired feel. I much prefer it when they stay true to the Oscar statue and make that the focal point. After all, everyone hopes they walk out of the marathon ceremony holding one.

For the 85th Annual Academy Awards, they commissioned English artist Olly Moss to create the official artwork. He definitely took this honor seriously based on the amount of work he dedicated to the project. He transformed 85 statues to represent each Best Picture winner since 1927. Then he placed all of them on one commemorative poster which you can purchase for $35 over at Oscars.org. Check out a few of my favorite transformations below.

check out a few of my favorites after the jump

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