Local News Anchor Has Thoughts About Lady Gaga's "Jigaboo Music"

Ohio news anchor Kristi Capel was trying to compliment Lady Gaga here, but she somehow was unable to get through her brief thought without saying something racist. The poor guy next to her knows exactly what just happened, even if she doesn't. » 2/23/15 9:41am 2/23/15 9:41am

J.K. Simmons Uses Oscar Win To Promote Calling Your Parents

As expected, J.K. Simmons took home the Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance in Whiplash. Simmons's acceptance speech was simple and yet memorable, simply because he told a worldwide audience to call—"Don't text, don't email, call"—a parent, if they have any living ones remaining. » 2/22/15 9:25pm 2/22/15 9:25pm

Oscar 2015 Predictions: The Categories You Actually Care About

The Oscars are Sunday! Wednesday, to help you out with your pool, Tim Grierson made predictions in all the technical categories; yesterday, Drew Magary yelled a lot. Today, we both unveil our picks for the eight major categories: you know, the ones you actually care about. Let's get to it. » 2/20/15 12:15pm 2/20/15 12:15pm

The Hater’s Guide To The 2015 Oscars

Every year, the Oscars come along, and it becomes more evident that the Oscars are the worst live event on television. Other award shows are smart enough to jettison technical categories, get the nominees shitfaced, and encourage poor wardrobe choices. Meanwhile, these things are still as self-important as ever… » 2/19/15 12:09pm 2/19/15 12:09pm

Oscar Predictions 2015: The Categories No One Understands 

Sunday's Academy Awards will have plenty of suspense: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor are all toss-ups at this point. Will and I will tackle those and the other major categories Friday, but today, I'm going to look at the lower-profile awards: the tech prizes, short films, etc. They're not any easier… » 2/18/15 4:04pm 2/18/15 4:04pm

Oscar Nominations Won’t Solve A Fucking Thing

Okay, so the Oscar nominations came out this morning, and all of the acting categories feature white nominees, and all the Best Picture nominees are stories about dudes. As you can imagine, the Problem Internet was not pleased with this development. We go right to the takes! » 1/15/15 3:12pm 1/15/15 3:12pm

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

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… » 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

Your Slightly Early Oscar Predictions For 2014

The only thing we know for certain about next year's Oscars is that: a) Seth MacFarlane won't be hosting them, and b) It's pretty stupid to be talking about them already. But being stupid has never stopped me before. » 2/26/13 5:40pm 2/26/13 5:40pm

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

Sandra Bullock Should Take Up Weightlifting

Sandra Bullock had some trouble opening the envelope for Best Editing last night, and perhaps she might avoid such embarrassing circumstances in the future if she starts a weightlifting regimen. After all, she's already got the liftface down pat. » 2/25/13 11:00am 2/25/13 11:00am

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