2015 Oscar Watch: Yes, It's Time To Start Arguing About This Already

As of this second, we are 122 days away from the 2015 Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris as Billy Crystal growls angrily in the corner and everyone tries real hard not to make a Renee Zellweger joke. That's a ludicrously long time from now, but there won't be a single moment between now and then in the… » 10/24/14 10:39am 10/24/14 10:39am

Toronto Film Festival 2014: 10 Movies We Can't Wait To See

The Toronto Film Festival, which starts Thursday, is always excellent one-stop shopping for many of the major films hoping to crash the Oscar and best-of-the-year conversations. Beyond the world premieres, it also features the best of what played at Cannes, as well as plenty of films that already screened at the… » 9/03/14 3:32pm 9/03/14 3:32pm

Who Was The Best Oscars Host Of The Past 25 Years?

11. James Franco and Anne Hathaway (2011). Always beware of courting the "young," particularly two young people who are basically 50-year-olds in grownup clothing. Franco, stripped of all self-referential schtick, turned into an empty suit with nowhere to hide, and Hathaway's desperate attempts to pep up the room made… » 3/03/14 12:53pm 3/03/14 12:53pm

Your Handy Guide For What Will Win The Oscar Categories No One…

One of the more competitive Oscars campaigns in recent years culminates Sunday, when millions of people will gather around their televisions and think, "Ellen DeGeneres is a pretty dull host, but at least she's not Seth MacFarlane." Tomorrow, Will and I will do our predictions for the eight major prizes, but here I'm… » 2/26/14 7:21pm 2/26/14 7:21pm

How To Oscar-Bait Your Way To A Best Picture Nomination

Oscar nominations got released this morning, and the Academy only used nine of the 10 Best Picture slots (snubbing All Is Lost, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis, or The Butler, depending on what you're into). Last year, we took a look at the IMDB plot keywords that were most—and least—associated with getting… » 1/16/14 1:22pm 1/16/14 1:22pm

Jose Canseco's Oscar Night Tweets, Illustrated

We've long believed Jose Canseco's Twitter account to have transcended his Earthly realm. (In other words, it's possible somebody else is doing most of the tweeting.) That doesn't mean those tweets aren't still occasionally funny when provided with some context. Here, then, is what Jose Canseco was watching last… » 2/25/13 5:30pm 2/25/13 5:30pm

Seth MacFarlane Wasn't The Worst Oscar Host Ever: In Defense Of A Boob

For Seth MacFarlane's critics, Sunday night was supposed to be the moment we finally got to see the guy get his comeuppance. A "billion" viewers around the world, one of the most prestigious gigs in all of entertainment: As Oscar host, this was his chance to justify his swiftly, perhaps inexplicably, rising star. Or,… » 2/25/13 10:45am 2/25/13 10:45am

Grierson & Leitch's Bold Predictions For The Oscar Technical Categories…

Come Sunday night, you may embark on that annual ritual: Filling out the bottom of your Oscar pool entry, pretending you know the difference between Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Will and I will both offer our picks for the eight major categories tomorrow, but today I'm going to offer my predictions on the… » 2/19/13 6:20pm 2/19/13 6:20pm

Chaps Don't Get A Fella What They Used To: We Predict The 2013 Academy…

Thursday morning, Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone will get up about seven hours earlier than they usually do to announce the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards. This will be stupid and pointless and watched by millions of idiots, myself giddily among them. The Oscars are dumb, but as far as awards shows go, they're… » 1/09/13 6:05pm 1/09/13 6:05pm