A popular movie gets a live musical accompaniment
As I wrote earlier today, Sigourney Weaver's Playbill bio for the hilarious Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike wrongly states that she won the Oscar for Aliens. Well, don't blame Siggy. The show's publicist, Rick Miramontez, from O & M Co., has issued a mea culpa. First, some background. His fir ... More >>
Meaning the Big One. Argo has been picking up so much steam lately--it copped the PGA, the Golden Globe, and the SAG--that it's looking like a much healthier Best Picture Oscar candidate than it did when they snubbed Ben Affleck for a Best Director nomination. As has been pointed out, Hollywood li ... More >>
If the protean Daniel Day-Lewis wins his third Oscar for Lincoln--which there's a much better chance of happening than Liz & Dick nabbing an Emmy--he'll be the first three-time Best Actor winner in the Academy's history. Other actors have won three Oscars, mind you, but not all for Best Actor. (Ja ... More >>
I started thinking those breakthroughs could simultaneously happen if both Quvenzhane Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva get nominated for Best Actress on January 10, when the Academy's list of chosen folk is announced. Wallis, now 9, has gotten acclaim for her startling turn as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the ... More >>
Since Miss Cleo was driven out of business years ago, the Gold Derby site had to fall back on asking various pundits like myself to start predicting what will win the Oscar for Best Picture next year. Alas, I'm still working on last year's predictions. (The Artist doesn't have a chance. Trust me! I ... More >>
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:
Take that, Hollywood! In the battle for Oscars, New York City is beating Hollywood by a long shot -- at least in one category. A study released today from the Center for an Urban Future, a New York City-based think tank, shows that half of the films nominated for an Oscar in the documentary-film ... More >>
Well, it's just one question, actually, and then a followup. Who's the only actress to have been nominated once for Best Actress and once for Best Supporting Actress and won both?
In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close (above) convincingly plays a woman who dresses like a man in order to nab some employment in 19th-century Ireland. But it's the kind of stunt that can also nab you awards consideration.
Eddie Murphy has followed his homophobic pal Brett Ratner out the gay door, and now the Oscars are starting from square zero again, much like the Democrats did when John Edwards was revealed to have fathered a love child. So who should swoop in and save the show's ass? Naturally, I'm going ... More >>
A festival where less is more
When everyone's favorite actor, Jack Lemmon, was in the hospital dying about a decade ago, he was inspiringly uncomplaining and patient, according to Jack's actor son Chris Lemmon. But through all that impressive dignity, Jack managed to keep his bawdy humor intact. In fact, in his memoir, ... More >>
Take a wild ride with the NYPD's drug squad
christies.comIn 1963, the Best Actress race at the Oscars boiled down to a heated battle between Bette Davis for Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? and Anne Bancroft for The Miracle Worker (though the other nominees, Katharine Hepburn, Lee Remick, and Geraldine Page, all gave sterling performanc ... More >>
MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. Angelina Jolie in a Michael Bay production. In the 30 years since MTV first hit the air, the music video has proven itself as a medium able to collapse high and low cultureor, ... More >>
When awards shows get nominated for awards, it's a little like a dog sniffing its own butt. And sure enough, the Emmys have nominated the Tonys, the Oscars, and the Golden Globes, all of which will probably end up competing for a Pulitzer! It's all so creepily incestual it's like a cult in ... More >>
Have a picnic with Jack Nicholson
Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a heavily researched, carefully made up film called The Iron Lady? Reeks of Oscar, right? Well, I know the answer.
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 >>
Ok, get this, kids. The worst sitcom ever--except for My Mother The Car--has become James Franco's obsession to the point where he's threatening to take it to the stage and/or big screen. You see, Franco just did a Three's Company-related art installation, and the original show's creators w ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 16, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 16 Films in Focus by Andrew Sarris OSCAR GOES TO COLLEGE: You could hardly recognize Oscar this year at the celebration of his 42nd birthday. After years of flaunting his nouveau riche vulgarity and grade s ... More >>
Who ever thought that little Leonardo DiCaprio from Growing Pains would emerge as one of the most sought-after actors of his generation? After showing enough quirk appeal to get an Oscar nomination with What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, he developed into heartthrob material, almost making us bel ... More >>
Avatar co-star Sigourney Weaver has said in an interview that James Cameron would have won the Oscar for Best Director--except "he didn't have breasts." This is outrageous!
Avatar co-star Sigourney Weaver has said in an interview that James Cameron would have won the Oscar for Best Director--except "he didn't have breasts." This is outrageous! If the Oscars were simply making a statement by declaring the first woman Best Director, then I guess the Directors Gu ... More >>
Avatar, 10 Best Picture nominations, long, boring speeches—yes!
Avatar, 10 Best Picture nominations, long, boring speeches—yes!
Did anyone think the Best Actress Oscar race would boil down to a battle royale between the greatest actress of her generation, Meryl Streep, and Miss Congeniality, Sandra Bullock? No, but with both ladies' Golden Globes wins, that exactly what it's shaping up as. Mind you, I've always trum ... More >>
Movie award fever flares up again! If you think the expanded list of Best Picture nominees (from five to 10) with which the Academy will experiment in 2010 is an embarrassment of riches (or just an embarrassment), take a look at the list of 63 eligible Best Song contenders they released last week. ... More >>
Movie awards fever proceeds apace with the Golden Globes nominations. The once-derided Hollywood Foreign Press Association prizes are now considered legit and a predictor of Oscar behavior, so the Best Motion Picture - Drama nominees -- NY/LA Critics' laureate The Hurt Locker , along with Ava ... More >>
Was it Glitter? Gigli? No, let's stay away from the 'G' films. Instead, I'll toss out some of the decade's Best Picture Oscar winners, just as possible selections to crown from:
The MPAA have announced they'll nominate 10 rather than five Best Picture nominees next year, and the commentary has flown thick and fast. Each side has a point: Pro: Fans point out that in early years the Oscars frequently named ten or more nominees at a time. The fabled 1939 crop, for example, i ... More >>
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 ... More >>
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 >>
Murray Hill has the Academy to thank
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A Patriotic Hollywood Celebrates Its Own Beautiful Mind
Joan Rivers, Bohemia, and the Oscars