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

The 2014 Hater's Guide To The Oscars

Oh hey, the Oscars are on Sunday night! And congratulations to America's celebrities for enduring another painfully long and arduous awards season. YOU POOR THINGS! Being shuttled from red carpet to red carpet, forced to wear nice clothes, asked the same dumb questions over and over again ("How's it feel to be… » 2/27/14 1:20pm 2/27/14 1:20pm

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 your … » 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 night … » 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, if… » 2/25/13 10:45am 2/25/13 10:45am

Your Grierson & Leitch Oscar Predictions: The Big Eight Categories You…

Yesterday, to help you out with your pool, Grierson made predictions in all the technical Oscar categories. Today, we both make our predictions for the eight major categories, the ones you actually care about. Let's go to it. » 2/20/13 5:25pm 2/20/13 5:25pm

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