Neil Patrick Harris has already done the Tony Awards, and now he’s taking his on-stage schtick to the Oscars, where he’ll host the ceremony in 2015. Yay!
“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”
“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards,” Harris said in a statement. “I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”
This is good news – he’s got great personality and really keeps things moving. Sure, the ceremonies tend to be snooze fests anyway, but he makes them slightly less painful.
There’s not really much to say about this, other than that I really like this and everyone is so handsome/beautiful and that the Oscars seem like a nightmare that I would never attend because getting dressed up to that level is like, my worst nightmare. The end.
An awards show just isn’t an awards show unless Jennifer Lawrence trips and busts her ass, but last night’s Oscars were really special, particularly because Jennifer didn’t even make it in the door before she was on the ground. While walking the red carpet, I guess she tripped over her own two feet or whatever and down she went. Oh, Jennifer Lawrence. Never change!
CNN is pretty psyched about the Oscars, so they’ve been doing a lot of promo for the upcoming ceremony, going behind the scenes into what makes the show come together and all that. Well, the other day they showed the plaques made for the award winners to be soldered onto their trophies, and the broadcaster held up one made up for Leonardo DiCaprio.
BUT HOW CAN THIS BE? Academy members haven’t even finished voting and the ceremony isn’t for another several weeks! Is this thing really pre-decided?! HAS LEO FINALLY WON AN OSCAR?
Well… maybe, but maybe not. Turns out, the explanation is that the Academy Awards organizers apparently have a plaque like this made for every single nominee, in the case that they do turn out to be the winner. I feel like that’s sorta silly (and perhaps outright bullshit) since it would take 24 hours at most for an express engraving job to be done for the winners once they DID know the results, but let’s go with it.
I do think this will be Leo’s year – I’ll be absolutely shocked if it isn’t. Do you think this is a spoiler, or is it really the case that everyone has a plaque like this made?
Judd Apatow did an interview with Variety, and it’s basically about how hard comedies are shafted during awards seasons. He says there’s this big misconception that comedies are much easier to make than dramas or action flicks, so comedies rarely, if ever, get nominated for big awards, and I agree. I think it’s sad that well-made comedic films with great scripts and solid acting don’t get more recognition, but this year might be different. This year, Bridesmaids could win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Bridesmaids just burst into the Top 10 list of predicted nominees for Best Picture, according to a poll of Oscarologists by Gold Derby. At this point it’s unknown how many nominees there will be, though. It will fluctuate between 5 and 10, depending on the strength of support behind the films.
The sudden awards surge for Bridesmaids is fueled by its recent performance at the Golden Globes (nominations for Best Comedy/Musical Picture and lead actress Kristen Wiig), SAG Awards (nom for supporting actress Melissa McCarthy and an unexpected bid for best ensemble) and American Film Institute (10 Best Films of 2011).
I told you the other day how much I LOVED Never Say Never, Justin’s documentary that’s currently out in theaters, and apparently I’m not the only brilliant mind who agrees that it was really something quite special.
The Hollywood Reporter printed a piece today saying that Justin’s doc is so good that it may be nominated as one of the best in its category next year and that he was swamped by A-list fans at the Vanity Fair Oscar party last weekend.
“You’d be surprised at the caliber of people who came up to Justin at the Vanity Fair party at the Sunset Tower, most of whom had seen the movie [Never Say Never] and loved it,” says an insider. “There was even talk of putting it up for an Oscar next year in the documentary category. People appreciate that it’s not just a kids’ movie.” (THR’s Bill Higgins also noted Bieber was the star who awed the other stars at the Vanity Fair bash. The young singer would chat with someone and the buzz would immediately be: “What is Mick Jagger talking to Justin Bieber about?”)
Not surprised! As much shit as we’ve given the tiny gerbil with the formerly shaggy haircut, I actually find him to be truly talented and yo, that movie will change your life. When I saw it, here were people of all shapes, races and creeds clapping hands and singing “Baby” in the theater together by end of the whole thing. This might be bold, but within the next, Bieber’s gonna be the new Banksy. Except, you know, he’ll actually win.
I’ve you’ve seen Never Say Never, vote in the poll and let me know if you agree that it’s totally possible Justin Bieber could join the ranks of Hollywood’s very best.
Could 'Never Say Never' Win the Oscar for Best Documentary?
Every year I wind up accidentally live Tweeting the Oscars. It’s that cheap champagne/loud mouth tendencies/self-important celebrities on parade combo that gets me every single time.
This year, I’ve decided to commit to it. I just ate a piece of barbecue chicken, I have white wine chillin’ in the fridge (Two Buck Chuck ’til I die) and I’ve invited my good friend and fellow bloglady Marrisa A. Ross over to join in the fun.
Feel free to follow my Twitter account, as well as Marissa’s, if you’re looking for some snarkalicious commentary fueled by the combination of our own bitterness and, of course, inexpensive libations.
We’re in Los Angeles, so we’ll officially start at 5:30 PST.