Though ultimately not a winner at tonight’s Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor nominee and all-around good guy Mark Ruffalo tweeted his acceptance speech before the ceremony. Ruffalo was nominated for his fine work in The Kids Are All Right and took his Twitter to thank those he felt responsible for his success thus far. It’s pretty neat. He starts off:
“So just in case I don’t win tonight and even if I did, the Academy forbids thanking people in your speech I would like 2 selfishly use tweets. Thank You Sunrise. My wife and my partner in crime and fun and hard times and joy and sadness in heartbreak and healing and dinners and kids.”
For the rest of Ruffalo’s acceptance speech, hit the jump.
In what easily had to be one of the most painful, unfunny Oscar ceremonies in recent memory, The King’s Speech finally reached the end of its inevitable march to Best Picture. It was the first Best Picture winner to win less than five Oscars (it won four, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay). [Correction: Crash, which won Best Picture in 2006, only won 3 Oscars] Does that make it more or less unworthy of the Best Picture crown? I don’t know. I don’t care. I’m drained after live-blogging the awful show and 50 minutes of terrible pre-show.
Hit the jump for the full list of winners.
Like any good Oscar ceremony, the 83rd Academy Awards will most likely drag on unto infinity. Categories will blend together and you’ll find yourself waiting to see who wins “Best Costume Design for a Live-Action Short Starring Winter’s Bone“. I’m trying to stop myself from being on auto-snark and hoping that the show is genuinely entertaining. I find hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco to be charming so hopefully they’ll have some good material. Last year, I didn’t expect much from Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin and I thought they did a terrific job. While the Oscars are a show for rich people to congratulate themselves on a job well done, the host doesn’t have to tear the room down to make us poor slobs at home feel better. There’s a balancing act and hopefully Hathaway and Franco can pull it off.
So get your Oscar ballots ready and hit the jump as I live-blog the 83rd Academy Awards. Also, you can click here for my predictions.
I will be so happy once Oscar season is over. I won’t have to hear about who’s up, who’s down, who deserves to win, and how Best Picture nominee A is more historically accurate than Best Picture nominee B. For all the needless pomp and circumstance, the awards do serve a purpose. Sure, studios like the kudos, but they really like the big business an awards film can generate. Audiences like the awards because it’s a way of telling them “There were so many great movies last year, but here’s the one you must see because Hollywood agreed it was the ‘best’.”
But since the awards show appeals to our competitive spirit, I’ve decided to give my predictions for this year’s winners along with who I think deserves to win among the nominated films. As a reminder, I will be live-blogging the Oscars, which air Sunday, February 27th, at 8pm on ABC. Hit the jump for my semi-educated guesses.
by Jason Barr Posted: February 24th, 2011 at 4:06 pm
By all accounts, Ricky Gervais can be considered a successful writer. Proof of this can be found by looking no further than his multiple Emmy-nominations for working on such projects as Extras, Ricky Gervais: Out of England – The Stand-Up Special, and (of course) The Office. That said, I’m not sure his latest piece has much of a shot at getting picked up. Gervais, apparently still a tad on the bitter side following the criticisms that accompanied his hosting of the most recent Golden Globes, has taken it upon himself to write an opening for Oscar co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway. You know, according to the scribe himself, “in case they have a few minutes to fill.”
To check out Gervais’ take on how the Oscar’s should kick things off, hit the jump. The 83rd Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday, February 27 at 8pm EST.
The 83rd Academy Awards are nearly a week away, and as such, nerves are starting to set in. Not just on the nominees, mind you, but the hosts as well. This year’s hosts are James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Since Franco loves having jobs, he relies on advice to do the best that he can. His old pal Judd Apatow came to the rescue, and below you can see Apatow giving Franco advice on how to be funny at the Oscars. Hit the jump to watch the video yourself.
If elusive street artist Banksy wins Best Documentary for film Exit Through the Gift Shop at this year’s Academy Awards, how will he win? It’s unlikely that he’ll reveal himself to everyone at the Kodak Theatre and the millions watching at home, but he should be allowed to win it on reasonable terms. Unfortunately, Academy president Tom Sherak isn’t having it. He tells The Wrap the he would prefer the film’s producer Jaimie D’Cruz and an executive producer accept the award on Banksy’s behalf:
“We suggested to them that it might be a good idea that if he did win, one of them would accept in his place – that it would not be dignified for the Academy to have somebody come up wearing a monkey’s head.”
Hit the jump for why Sherak’s suggestion is silly and disrespectful.
What are the Oscars without a little pageantry? As it’s been done in years prior, the Best Song nominees will be performed by the folks who sang them in the movie. Gwyneth Paltrow will perform “Coming Home” from Country Strong; Randy Newman will perform “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3; songwriter Alan Menken will provide piano accompaniment to Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi for “I See the Light” from Tangled; and songwriter A.R. Rahman will join Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine to perform “If I Rise” from 127 Hours.
Hit the jump for the press release and to hear the songs. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held on February 27th.
The nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been announced. The King’s Speech led the pack with 12 nominations. True Grit followed with 10 nominations while early favorite The Social Network racked up eight. Most of the nominees were easy to predict. While I’m not surprised that John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) nabbed acting nominations, I’m happy they were recognized for their work. I’m also ridiculously happy that Exit Through the Gift Shop picked up a nod for Best Documentary.
As far as snubs go, the biggest one has to be Christopher Nolan for Inception. While he picked up the DGA nomination, the Academy chose to go with Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit. As someone who loved the hell out of True Grit, it’s hard for me to complain.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees along with my commentary. Winners will be announced on February 27th. James Franco and Anne Hathaway are set to host the awards ceremony.
Forty-one songs are in contention to receive nominations for Best Original Song from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Among the possible nominees are such classics as “Never Say Never” from The Karate Kid and “Be the One” from The Next Three Days. If it sounds like I’m giving absolutely no credit to the Academy, it’s only because I’m still sour that they snubbed Bruce Springsteen’s title song for The Wrestler. But I look forward to the Oscar ceremony where they’ll play partial versions of each song set to poor choreography.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of potential nominees and how the Academy will be making their selections. Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards will be announced on January 25th.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 83rd Academy Awards. Of the fifteen, five will be selected for final Oscar consideration and the winner will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
- “Alice in Wonderland”
- “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
- “Clash of the Titans”
- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″
- “Iron Man 2″
- “The Last Airbender”
- “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”
- “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”
- “Scott Pilgrim vs the World”
- “Shutter Island”
- “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
- “Tron: Legacy”
Of the 15, I’d love to see Inception, Scott Pilgrim, TRON: Legacy, Harry Potter and because of one amazing effect… Prince of Persia. Leave your choices in the comments. Via Oscar.org