Going in to tonight's Oscars ceremony, it was a pretty foregone conclusion that Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" would gobble up a number of crafts categories. It has dominated each of the fields it has been nominated in thus far at the 86th annual Academy Awards, including the quartet of Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
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'12 Years a Slave' star Lupita Nyong'o holds off Jennifer Lawrence to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar
Ending months of tense debate as to whether "American Hustle" star Jennifer Lawrence would be a back-to-back Oscar winner or whether lovely "12 Years a Slave" ingenue Lupita Nyong'o would complete her Cinderella story on the Academy's stage, it was the former taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and on her first major film, no less.
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as Chachi means what I think it means...
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I visit the pro shop...
A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I throw you a barbell when you're drowning...
This year it seemed everyone got a memo to blah it up on the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards. Thankfully, a few women (and even a few men) willfully ignored the directive to dress like expensive paper bags. Maybe no one wanted to look like a crayon melting in the rain that never came, who knows? While some stars are still knockouts in beige, a few very notably were not.
After nearly sweeping the precursor circuit, from the New York Film Critics Circle to the Independent Spirit Awards, Jared Leto has capped off his 2013 with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar win for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club."
Many of the races at Sunday (March 2) night's Academy Awards seem pre-determined as the ceremony is about to begin. Those guys from "My So-Called Life" and "True Detective" seem like locks. Etc. However, Best Picture is wide open.
So let's hope that adds drama, while Ellen DeGeneres adds comedy.
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So, Pharrell Williams decided that wearing that oversized Vivienne Westwood ranger hat did not create enough buzz. Thus, we get shorts at the Oscars. Shorts. With dress shoes, without socks. Because I'm really not sure which socks would work with formal shorts and a bow tie. Excuse me, I think my head just exploded.
Jimmy Fallon takes the polar plunge
Before plunging into 32-degree slushy water, Fallon said, "If you hear a scream like a little girl's, just know that Jimmy Fallon is swimming in Lake Michigan."
Jim Parsons, new Weekend Update did nothing for “SNL’s” ratings
The post-Seth Meyers era kicked off with an average night. PLUS: How Johnny Weir reacted to Parsons’ portraying him.
Over the last week and a half we've asked In Contention readers for their preference in each of the Academy's 24 Oscar categories in our daily Oscars Lowdown features. The results are in and, like a number of people and organizations this year, our readership had a tough time deciding between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" for top honors. In the end, Steve McQueen's film was voted Best Picture by those who participated, while Alfonso Cuarón was the preference in Best Director.
When I awoke this morning to the unhappy news that Alain Resnais, the French director of "Last Year at Marienbad," "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" and "Night and Fog" among many, many others, had passed away at the age of 92, my first thought was how different the moment felt to most other announcements of veteran artists' departures -- more sorely immediate than the usual solemn, remove-your-hat mourning. Most nonagenarian directors who die do so with their life's work complete; Resnais's certainly wasn't lacking, but the man wasn't finished either.