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The 2015 Oscar nominations are here!

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It’s officially awards season, and the biggest and baddest of ‘em all, the Oscars (or Academy Awards, if you like to be more refined) has just announced their nominations for 87th annual ceremony to be held in Los Angeles on February 22nd. The biggest categories are listed below, but feel free to check out the entire list of nominees HERE. For reference, my preferred winners are starred, because my opinion is very important, naturally. The people/movies I think WILL win (or could, if there’s more than one) are italicized.

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”**
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”

Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”**

Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”**
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”**
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”**
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Directing
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”**
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6”**
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Documentary Feature
“Citizenfour”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Virunga”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Finding Vivian Maier”

Gotta say, there are a few shockers in there – mainly Steve Carell (well-deserved, just unexpected!) and Meryl Streep because y’all know she’s my queen, but Into the Woods was NOT Oscar-worthy. It was enjoyable and entertaining and she totally blew the musical score out of the water (I mean, she’s no Bernadette Peters) but sorry, this is a no-go for me.

What do you think of this year’s nominations?

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 2015 Oscars

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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.

What do you think? Is NPH a good choice?

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Here’s Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar Selfie That Everyone Won’t Shut Up About

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I’m sure you’ve seen the above photo about 800 times by now. Ellen DeGeneres decided to take her hosting duties at last night’s ceremony to the next level by getting together some of the biggest names in Hollywood to take the ultimate selfie! We’ve got a little Jennifer Lawrence, some Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper holding the camera, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto struggling to fit in the frame, a little Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita’s brother, Peter… it’s classic.

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.

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Jennifer Lawrence Fell at the Oscars, Of Course

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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!

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So, This Is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Year for the Oscar, Right?

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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?

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Could Bridesmaids Win An Oscar?

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).

Pretty much everyone I’ve ever met, including myself, absolutely loved Bridesmaids. And hey, everyone loves Melissa McCarthy too. Those facts, along with all the award nominations should, in a perfect world, at least make for a nomination, right? Please?

Could Justin Bieber Be an Oscar Winner Next Year?

Let’s just cut to the chase: Yes. Yes he could.

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.

From THR:

“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.

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