Academy Awards

  • Film

    January 29, 2014

    Reviewing the 2014 Oscar Nominated Shorts

    Who says award-season winners have to be epic?

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Hey, Oscar Winners! Here Are Some Speeches You Should Avoid

    The Oscars are this Sunday and I'm trembling with anticipation but a little queasy, knowing that certain acceptance speech patterns will surely crop up on the telecast along with bad surgery and uneven bosoms. In case it's not too late to avert them--the speeches, that is--the nominees should read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    The Oscars Should Be More Like The Golden Globes

    The recent Golden Globes telecast was so rivetingly entertaining that the Oscars need to do exactly what they did in order to approach watchability on February 24. IMHO, they should: *Tell Seth MacFarlane that he will now have two cohosts--Tina and Amy. They were brilliantly wry and need to be ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Wolfgang Puck Shows Off the Governor's Ball Menu

    Inaugural Balls are so last week. Next on the gala circuit is Governor's Ball, the swanky Academy Awards after party, featuring 1,500 of the Academy's closest friends. Yesterday Chef Wolfgang Puck previewed the menu he's been working on for the annual affair and spoke with Entertainment Tonight abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Venues Can't Serve Alcohol To Women With No Underwear on and Other Things You Learn Talking To R.A. the Rugged Man

    Tonight, one of underground rap's most notorious legends, R.A. the Rugged Man, throws his own birthday bash at Drom. Joining him for tonight's shindig are critically acclaimed West Coast MC Blu and politically charged syllable killer Diabolic. We spoke to R.A. about completing another Rugged year, r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Did Barbra Streisand Re-Use An Old Version Of "My Man" For The Funny Girl Movie?

    The answer seems to be yes, judging from the below video posted by Townhouse pianist Rick Unterberg. The version of "My Man" used in the 1968 Oscar-winning film sounds eerily like the one Babs had already recorded in 1965 for her My Name Is Barbra album. I mean, it's note for note.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    It's A Vacation Week For Mikey Musto!

    This week, I won't be smoking, drinking, wrong-way driving, or ordering large sodas. I won't be working either! I'm taking a vacation week, and I implore you all to be as responsible as I am, even without me watching over you with my incredible conscience as your guide.

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Michael Fassbender's Penis Cost Him An Oscar Nomination

    That's the contention of this GQ profile of the actor, who was getting lots of Oscar buzz for Shame until constant focus on his privates took away from the film's golden glow. The author notes "the surreal, feverish totemization of penis size in our culture: People feel free to harp on about someo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    The Hookie Awards Are Coming! Get Out Your Credit Cards!

    Oscars, Shmoscars. The young, hip, and happening awards show is the Hookies--"the Oscars of escorting"--slated for a very steamy March 23 at Roseland.

  • Columns

    February 29, 2012

    Nostalgia Has Wussified Our Culture! Make It Stop!

    It's getting out of control—hear me out

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Oscars 2012: Best Dresses With the Meh Factor

    Dear Ladies of the Red Carpet: Where's the shock of the swan dress or the pizzazz of the goth showgirl of yesteryear? Come on, ladies, this is the Oscars, and it's 2012! Why are so many of you million dollar actresses playing the Grace Kelly card? We are fully aware that all of you can't pull off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2012

    Oscars Live Blog: Finally, Some Attention for Our Nation's Celebrities

    ​Tonight, we'll be covering the 84th Annual Academy Awards, live from a computer. Stay here on Runnin' Scared for exclusive insight and commentary from a Hollywood insider who has seen THREE movies this year (not including a two-part episode of The Mentalist that looked pretty big-budget). Who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2012

    Oscar Comes To Grand Central

    I'm going to be honest. I have a certain affinity for the Oscars, despite all of the oft-mentioned problems with the event (too long, too off-base with the films it honors). My frequent go-to procrastination technique involves searching for clips from old ceremonies on YouTube. (Billy Crystal as Gol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Octavia Spencer Is Getting Her Breasts Done!

    Yes, the Oscar front-runner for The Help thinks the help she needs is to get a rack lift. And you gotta love her for the honesty. As she tells Parade magazine about her post-Oscar plans:

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Meryl Will Lose Again, And Other Fail-Safe Oscar Predictions

    Check out my new column, in which I detail my exclusive, highly knowledgeable takes on who will win the major categories at the Oscars this Sunday, causing them to exude a kindly glow at least through Tuesday. Not among the victorious for the kazillionth time in a row is my gal Meryl Streep. She w ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 22, 2012


    Murray Hill wins the Oscar for Best Host

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    The Saddest Celebrity Deaths of 2011

    ​Who will you miss the most? *Elizabeth Taylor. A legend, a goddess, an activist. *Steve Jobs. Ditto, except for the goddess bit.

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Billy Crystal, Not the Muppets, Will Be Hosting the Oscars

    ​It took a lot of imagination and thinking-outside-the-box for the Academy to come up with this year's Oscar host after Eddie Murphy said no thanks: it's Billy Crystal, who has hosted the Oscars approximately 40 times already. The number is actually eight, but still. This is a safe choice, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Now That Eddie Murphy's Out, Should the Muppets Host the Oscars? Q&A

    ​Eddie Murphy announced that he was bowing out of hosting duties for next year's Oscars today. This came on the heels of Brett Ratner's resignation as the show's producer following an unfortunate gay slur. Oscar hosting duties are now up in the air. Who will take the reins?! Maybe the Muppet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    I Met Elvis's Costar Who Became A Nun!

    ​And three Oscar winners! And Pam Grier, Valerie Perrine, a former porn star, a lesbian movie star, Michael Pare, and Martine Beswick. They were all in the same room at the Chiller Theatre autograph show at the Parsippany, New Jersey Hilton. And they're all in this week's column.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Celebrity Photos From Chiller Theatre!

    Me and the always fierce Pam Grier. She lit up the place like a Roman candle.​Today's column is all about my interactions with various Oscar winners, ex child stars, sitcom survivors, and other culty icons at the Chiller Theatre autography show in New Jersey the other night. Well, here's a go ... More >>

  • Film

    September 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Jane Fonda's Body In Harper's Bazaar

    ​The two-time Oscar winner looks positively smashing in the diaphanous side view. You'd think she'd just done Barbarella or something. The woman could definitely charge for tricks again, just like in Klute. They shoot horses, don't they, but older actresses simply age like fine wine. Agree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2011

    Oprah Winfrey Rumored to Be Possible Host of Next Year's Oscars

    ​[Insert obligatory "And you get an Oscar! And you! And you!" joke.] Oprah Winfrey, ruler of Earth, is rumored to be a candidate to host next year's Academy Awards, although nothing is official at this stage in the game. Look, anything beats Franco and Hathaway. At the Oprah Oscars, winners won't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Staten Island's PS22 Chorus Were The Only Remotely Competent Performers At The Oscars

    Oh my dogg, the Oscars were terrible this year: Anyone who is not Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, or Cate Blanchett ("That's gross") is invited to take a seat. The only other entity that came out ahead: Staten Island's own PS22 Chorus, taking a break from prettying up tunes from Katy Perry, MGMT, Arie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Oscars 2011: Ranking the Red-Carpet Fashion Highs and Lows

    You had us at beard. ​At Refinery 29's Oscar Viewing Party at the W Hotel in Union Square last night, we waited eagerly to be wowed by the celebs on the red carpet. Alas, that moment never came. We mostly shrugged, "meh"ed, and nodded. Not even Helena Bonham Carter, whose eccentricity has kept ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2011

    Runnin' Scared Liveblogs the Oscars

    These aren't blurry Facebook photos or anything.​Hey -- the Oscars are tonight. Jen Doll and I will be liveblogging it here, so read it or else. We have a lot of opinions even though we've seen four of the Best Picture nominees between us, and I'm the one who has seen those four. White wine wi ... More >>

  • Film

    February 2, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    The Oscars Will Be More Boring Than Dirt

    ​Is there any living being alive -- even a slug -- who doesn't know by now that the same four people who've won every acting award in tarnation are going to win the Oscars too? Yes, as sure as silk, Colin Firth will be stoic, Natalie Portman will cry, Christian Bale will have bulging eyes, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Anne Hathaway and James Franco? Here Are 5 Pairs Better Suited to Host the Oscars.

    via NY Daily News​Today, Anne Hathaway and James Franco were named the hosts of this year's Academy Awards. The Daily News reports that Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer (the producers of the Oscars) said, "James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons -- fresh, exc ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 6, 2010


    Protest the killing of dolphins in Japan

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Sandra Bullock's First Public Appearance Since The Oscars

    ​It was at Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards--a slight step down from the Academy Awards. But I guess Sandy felt it was finally time to face the world with a mixture of gratitude and humor, and this op came up, so she showed up. And, like the charmer she is, Sandy managed to get in a joke about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    My Heart Goes Out To Sandra Bullock

    ​How painful to step to the podium and caress your Academy Award while knowing that you're man is a dog who's playing around with a neo-Nazi motorcycle chick and your personal life has fallen to utter shit. Similarly, my auricles and ventricles go out to poor Kate Winslet, who's also suddenly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    The Worst Oscar Speeches

    via Wikipedia​Supposedly this year, Oscar winners are forewarned to save their gratitudey lists of agents and preachers for backstage. On the telecast, they'll be advised to actually say something meaningful about the work they're being rewarded for. I don't necessarily agree that the Oscars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Patricia Clarkson, I Need You!

    ​I've been trying to invite you to an event I'm having, and it's important because I worship you, and you've always been delightful about MY work too, unlike a lot of other Oscar nominees. And your publicists don't answer calls! Or emails! WTF? Is that any way to treat someone recently lion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Oscar Nominees Announced; Extended Best Picture List Includes Up, Inglourious Basterds, A Serious Man

    In another February 2 ritual, the 2010 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning. The Best Picture list, expanded to ten nominees this year, are: An Education Avatar The Blind Side District 9 The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire A Serious Man Up U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Which Movies Make You Cry?

    ​One of the awful things about getting a teeny bit older is that you start becoming sentimental about everything to the point where movies and plays that used to have you rolling your eyes suddenly make you break into more tears than an actress trying to get an Oscar nomination. In the theate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Pussycat Dolls Sing Oscar Winning Song!

    Did you ever think you'd hear Pussycat Dolls and Academy Award in the same sentence? Well, the gammy gals have redone the Oscar winning tune from Slumdog Millionaire, that bit of Bollywood bombast called "Jai Ho," while adding their own inimitable trollopy dollop of sex appeal. It's not that strang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Pedophile Nazi Wins Oscar! Pedophile Priest Loses To Corpse!

    How gay were the Oscars? Well, Queen Latifah sat with her trainer girlfriend; Hugh Jackman sat on Frank Langella's lap; Beyonce sang "Over The Rainbow"; Milk writer Dustin Lance Black and star Sean Penn gave stirring speeches about how God loves the gays; and kisses from that film were included in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Oscar Night Reminder! It's Tonight!

    No, it's not the actual Academy Awards that are tonight--that's this Sunday, as gays everywhere have known for a year--but this evening marks an even more spectacular gala: the me-hosted panel talking about the Oscars at the LGBT Center, as we span both gay heroes (Milk) and gay molesters (Doubt). T ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 11, 2009

    Best Oscar Party

    Murray Hill has the Academy to thank

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    How Was The Super Bowl Halftime Show?

    Damned if I know! My cable strangely died while it was on and the screen went blank, almost as if it were a sign from God--or at least Time Warner--that I should go back to my life of gay debauchery and not try to enter the wondrous world of sports, even if just to see some sparkly entertainment. My ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Oscar Predictions Made Easy

    All year long, I draw up crazy, neurotic lists for myself of who will surely get Oscar nominations, sometimes before the films have even been made. So it makes perfect golden sense that I've been chosen by Tom O'Neil, the editor of the esteemed Goldderby site, to be one of his stellar Oscar prognost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2008

    Oscar Mania Strikes! Let's Regroup and Discuss

    I live for the gay Super Bowl known as the Oscars and always go against the popular waves of feeling in my reaction to everything on the telecast. When the media was crucifying Cher, Bjork, and Geena Davis for supposed fashion crimes, I was raving about how adorable they looked while searching aroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2008

    There Will Be Gold: Oscar Predictions Come True

    Alzheimer's is a big winner is at the Oscars! I got 19 out of 25! Correctly predicted Oscar nominations, that is! The big winners? Anyone playing an assassin, a gangster, a greedy whore, a vengeance queen, a queen period, or an Alzheimer's patient. The losers? The Simpsons Movie plus most of the pe ... More >>

  • Film

    December 11, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 25, 2007

    It's On!

    It’s the 79th Annual Academy Awards! WOOO HOOO! Could I possibly be any more excited? No. And what a very special moment it is for me, your humble film critic, to be live blogging the Oscars for the first time. It’s all I can do to contain my pee. As a half-breed homosexual, let me just say that ... More >>

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    February 6, 2007
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