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The 45-year-old actress used a tactic that’s worked for so many before her. Play against type and look as unglamorous as possible for an indie film. It appeared it was working. All the stars were lined up for Jennifer Aniston to nab her first Oscar nomination. She scored SAG and Golden Globe nods and earned rave reviews from major critics.

However, when the Academy Awards revealed their nominations last week, Aniston’s name was missing from the Best Actress category. Marion Cotillard came out of nowhere to snag her presumed spot. Reese Witherspoon and Julianne Moore, who made the Final 5, both sent messages to Aniston expressing their sympathy.

The former Friends star opens up more about her Oscar snub with her good friend Ellen DeGeneres. Watch her joke about it below, along with tossing several cakes at Ellen’s audience members and why she grabbed Kate Hudson’s butt on the Golden Globes red carpet.

watch the interview after the jump

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After their big win at the 72nd Golden Globes, it’s pretty safe to say that John Legend and Common are headed to Oscar glory. Given that Selma was practically snubbed in a few major categories including Best Actor and Best Director, honoring them in this category is a nice consolation prize.

Both Lana Del Rey and Lorde who earned Golden Globes nominations failed to pick up Oscar nods. Taking their place are Adam Levine and surprisingly Rita Ora. Check out all the nominated original songs below and weigh in on which one should win.

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87th Academy Awards: Nominations & Snubs

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For the first time ever, the Academy Awards unveiled all 24 categories and their nominees live. Chris Pine and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams woke up early to make the announcement.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led this year’s class of Oscar films with nine nominations apiece, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director. Close behind was The Imitation Game with eight. Making a big splash late in the game was Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with six tying Boyhood. Eastwood, himself though, failed to pick up a Best Director nod.

Over on the acting front, it was pretty much status quo but with a couple of surprises. Meryl Streep extended her own record by scoring her 19th Oscar nomination. Robert Duvall at 84-years-old became the oldest male to nab an acting nomination. Now on to the snubs.

check out all the nominations after the jump

Neil Patrick Harris In Festive New Oscars Promo

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Neil Patrick Harris is one step away from becoming the first ever EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) host. If anyone can do it, it’s NPH. Expect to get wooed, all you Grammy telecast producers.

In a new promo for the 87th Academy Awards, Harris suggests giving the gift of reminding your loved ones to tune in February 22, 2015 to watch the extravaganza. And if one of your loved ones happens to be a producer for the Grammys, even better. I’m sure he’d appreciate someone putting in a good word on his behalf.

Nominations for the 2015 Oscars will be announced on January 15. Academy Honorary Awards will be given out to Jean-Claude Carriere, Hayao Miyazaki, and Maureen O’Hara, while Harry Belafonte receives the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Check out the short promo below.

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Neil Patrick Harris Hosting 87th Academy Awards

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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.

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A Video Tribute To 2014′s Biggest Oscar Snubs

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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.

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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.

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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.

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