The Way the Academy Awards Were

While it's hard to imagine the Academy Awards without the mani cam (RIP) or elaborately produced dance numbers starring Neil Patrick Harris, it's true that for decades, the Oscars as we know them now were a decidedly more low-key affair. But thanks to old footage that they Academy periodically puts on their YouTube… » 2/23/15 1:10pm 2/23/15 1:10pm

Lady Gaga Solves the Maria Problem with Stunning Sound of Music Medley

The music performances at tonight's Oscars have run the gamut from underwhelming (Rita Ora) to frenetic ("Everything Is Awesome") to moving and gorgeous ("Glory"). And now, thanks to Lady Gaga's beautiful Sound of Music medley, we add gut-wrenchingly nostalgic and beautiful to the list. » 2/22/15 11:35pm 2/22/15 11:35pm

Drunk Patricia Arquette at the Oscars: 'Look at This Place. Here I Am'

Here's a disheveled and already drunk Patricia Arquette doing an interview with ABC's Lara Spencer right before the start of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Arquette is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood. "That's me!" she says. "I'm one of them. Look at this place. And here I am." » 2/22/15 9:25pm 2/22/15 9:25pm

Didn't Get Nominated This Year? Play Our Oscars Bingo Instead.

Everybody knows that play-at-home award show games are kind of like winning, anyway. And unlike winning an Oscar, you can go right ahead and do this in sweatpants without being made into a Fashion Police laughingstock. » 2/22/15 8:00pm 2/22/15 8:00pm

Want To Win an Oscar? Play a Wife or Criminal 

Over at Fusion, they have a breakdown of all the fictional professions that have garnered a Best Actor and Best Actress win. They found that while 16% of women have won for playing wives, 13% of men have won for playing criminals. » 2/22/15 1:00pm 2/22/15 1:00pm

Oh, Here's the Oscar Statue Snorting Coke

Cool piece of statement art: Street artist Plastic Jesus deposited this beautiful sculpture of the Oscar statuette sniffing cocaine right on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, in the vicinity of the Academy Awards ceremony venue. » 2/20/15 10:50am 2/20/15 10:50am

Mo'Nique Explains How She's Being Blackballed in Hollywood

In 2010, Mo'Nique famously refused to play along with Oscar politics when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Despite winning that year for her role in Precious, the actress says she's facing the reality that a blackballing is in effect for her in Hollywood. » 2/19/15 1:15pm 2/19/15 1:15pm

Remember When Emma Stone Sang "Bitch" on a Patridge Family Reality Show?

The 20 stars nominated for Academy Awards this year represent some of the most talented (or, anyway, famous) actors on screen today. At one point, however, they were slack-jawed, blank-eyed, no-name novices. They'd probably like to forget their often humiliating early work, but thanks to the magic of technology,… » 2/19/15 12:15pm 2/19/15 12:15pm

This Is Why the Academy Awards Voting Process Is Such a Mess

If you've ever wanted insight on why the Academy Awards voting process is so screwed up and racist, this insider commentary published today on The Hollywood Reporter explains a lot. » 2/18/15 10:30pm 2/18/15 10:30pm

Diane Warren Is Shocked That Rita Ora Hasn't Promoted Their Song

The OG songwriter Diane Warren penned a record for Beyond the Lights called "Grateful," which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Unfortunately, Warren is upset that the song's performer Rita Ora hasn't promoted it on social media. » 2/04/15 1:10pm 2/04/15 1:10pm

David Oyelowo Calls Out Academy for Awarding Black Stereotypes

Oscars So White Update: In an interview at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, David Oyelowo said what a lot of critics have been saying for years about the Academy awarding black actors for playing stereotypical roles. » 2/02/15 2:50pm 2/02/15 2:50pm

Cheryl Boone Isaacs Doesn't Think the Academy Has a Diversity Problem

This morning we learned that the 2015 Academy Awards will be one of the whitest in recent memory. Not a single person of color was nominated in any of the acting categories and with the snub of Selma's Ava DuVernay, no women were nominated for Best Director. » 1/15/15 2:50pm 1/15/15 2:50pm

2015 Oscar Nominations Snub Basically Everybody Who Isn't a White Dude

With Thursday morning brought the Oscar nominations, and though it's gotten huge praise, Selma received few nominations, and Ava DuVernay did not become the first black woman to be nominated for best director. » 1/15/15 9:14am 1/15/15 9:14am

Oscar Gift Bags Will Soon Contain Weed Vaporizers

Sure, "it's an honor just to be nominated" and all that rot, but you know it doesn't feel too great losing on Oscar night. At least 2015's also-rans will receive vaporizers in their gift bags, though. (Technically they're for tobacco, but come on—none of us was born last night.) » 8/15/14 6:50pm 8/15/14 6:50pm

OK, Here Is Benedict Cumberbatch Photobombing U2 to the 'Jaws' Theme

This year's Oscar's were memorable for a lot of reasons—Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar win, Pharrell's giddy performance of "Happy," the guy who delivered the pizza I ordered that night accidentally giving me extra cheese bread—but Benedict Cumberbatch's hilarious photobomb of U2 on the red carpet was probably the best part.… » 3/16/14 8:45pm 3/16/14 8:45pm

J-Law's BFF Wrote a Charming Essay About Being Her Oscar Date

Jennifer Lawrence has a civilian best friend (no, not you; sorry, I'm not embedding in your active imaginary life today) and, being a good best friend, Jennifer Lawrence brought her to the Oscars. » 3/07/14 2:30pm 3/07/14 2:30pm

Watch Lupita Nyong'o's Post-Oscar Interview with Kelly and Michael

Lupita Nyong'o sat down with two of America's most daytimey-est talk show hosts, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, to talk about her stunning win as Best Supporting Actress at Sunday night's Oscar ceremony. » 3/03/14 8:00pm 3/03/14 8:00pm

Let's Fantasy-Cast Next Year's Oscar Presenters!

I hosted a live Oscars viewing party at a Seattle club last night, which required me to stand on a stage next to a giant screen and crack jokes during the commercial breaks. Pretty tough to screw up, right? But at one point—somewhere around Channing Tatum o'clock—my boyfriend texted me from the crowd: "You really need… » 3/03/14 7:00pm 3/03/14 7:00pm

The Oscars Can Seriously Go Fuck Itself

The Oscars has always been an overwhelmingly obnoxious event. While the Golden Globes has booze to make things interesting and the Emmys has the inferiority complexes of television actors to keep it honest, the Academy Awards is so steeped in its own importance that it could probably make its own fancy-ass tea (it… » 3/03/14 3:45pm 3/03/14 3:45pm