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.
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.
As part of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards ceremony, everyone’s favorite debonair spy is finally getting his due. The James Bond franchise is receiving a tribute for its 50th anniversary. Complete with an Adele performance. YAY. To promote this salute, 2013 Oscar host Seth Macfarlane filmed a promo with one of the actors who’s played 007. Macfarlane plays bartender and serves guess what to him… a vodka martini of course. Watch the promo below to find out which Bond actor.
This is the latest piece of promotional marketing featuring the Family Guy creator. He filmed another vid spoofing Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie, Psycho. In that clip, he’s in the room beside the shower where Janet Leigh is about to meet her demise. He pounds on the wall, telling them to keep it down because he has a meeting in four hours. Based on these two clips, I have really high hopes that Seth performs well on the live show. Check out both promos below.
It only took 36 years, but Barbra Streisand is returning to the Academy Awards stage to perform. The first, and only time so far, was in 1977 when she performed her Oscar-winning “Evergreen“- the theme song from A Star Is Born. I’m not sure how the producers coaxed the legend to getting back on stage, but I’m extremely thankful. The 85th Annual Academy Awards are going to be epic.
“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” says producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”
Seriously, I’m still in shock that Streisand agreed to do this. Why now? Back at the 1997 Academy Awards, her duet with Bryan Adams, “I Finally Found Someone,” was nominated for Best Original Song, but she opted out of performing it. Instead, Natalie Cole was supposed to sing the tune, but fell ill last minute. With only one day of rehearsals, Celine Dion stepped in and blew it out of the water.
With Adele already confirmed to perform “Skyfall” as part of the James Bond tribute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the spy franchise, and Barbra’s addition, the singing portions of the show are going to be must-see segments. Typically for me, it’s the perfect time for a bathroom break. Check out Barbra’s 1977 performance below, along with Celine’s last minute substitution back in 1997.
Let the official Oscar campaigning begin. Even though the race started long before today, with the nominations now revealed, the handshaking and butt kissing to Academy voters kicks into high gear. This is exactly the part Joaquin Phoenix criticized when he slammed the Oscars. Despite that dig, as predicted by him, Phoenix snagged an Oscar nod for his work in The Master. Can he parlay his “unique” campaigning to Oscar glory when the winners are announced on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood?
Oscar host Seth Macfarlane and Emma Stone woke up extremely early today to read out the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. Side note: Macfarlane is the first host to announce the nominations since Charlton Heston did double duty back in 1972. As widely predicted, Lincoln dominated with 12 nominations including Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Coming in second was Life of Pi with 11 nods. Unlike Lincoln, Life of Pi didn’t score any acting nods and their haul came mostly from the creative categories. Check out all the nominations and my commentary including snubs in all the major awards below.
It’s the most sought after award in Hollywood, yet one Academy Award nominated actor told Interview Magazine that he thinks Oscars are “bullsh*t”
“I think it’s bullsh*t,” says the actor. “I think it’s total, utter bullsh*t, and I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t believe in it.” He continues, “It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other… It’s the stupidest thing in the whole world.” As mentioned, the actor has previously been nominated himself, so he also touched upon that experience saying, “It was one of the most uncomfortable periods in my life… I never want to have that experience again.” To further explain his point of view, he adds, “I don’t know how to explain it — and it’s not like I’m in this place where I think I’m just above it — but I just don’t ever want to get comfortable with that part of things.”
Meanwhile, another actor and sex symbol just told Dujour Magazine that he plans on getting one at some point in his career: “I want to act for the rest of my life. I’ll win an Oscar one day, but I’m in no rush to get there. I don’t care if that takes me 50 years, and I’m old. I just love what I do.” Find out who the two actors are below.
Now that the Emmy Awards are behind us, it’s time to look onto the 85th Academy Awards that will be taking place on February 24, 2013. It’s still a ways away but today the host of the 2013 Oscars was revealed.
The person they chose has never hosted the Oscars before and is a very interesting choice. This person is a comedian and has had great success on television and some recent success in movies as well. This celebrity is not afraid to push the boundaries which people either love them or hate them for it. You may or may not know that they appeared on Star Trek once upon a time and that they hosted SNL not too long ago. An interesting fact is that this person shares the same birthday as my fiance and Homorazzi cast member, Tyrell.
Give up? Find out who the host of the 85th Academy Awards is below and be sure to share your thoughts on the choice.
Tonight, the 84th Academy Awards took place in a Hollywood, CA in a theatre that shall not be named (LOL). Kicking the night off right was a quick set of clips featuring host with the most, Billy Crystal. We watched as Billy appeared and cameoed in some of the year’s biggest films including The Help and The Descendants. One shining moment was when Billy shared the screen with non other than Justin Bieber who was there to help bring Billy the 18-24 demographic. Unfortunately with Twilight “snubbed” from every category this year, I doubt any of the Beliebers are watching this year’s Academy Awards.
Throughout the evening, the show was sprinkled with presenters in various forms. We had the formal presentations that are expected with the evening. And then, we had a few comedic performances from those of Emma Stone and Ben Stiller and of course, the entire cast of Bridesmaids. Highlight of that was definitely Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy turning their presentation into a drinking game. Overall, it’s all about the winners, so check out who took home an Oscar below.