Warning: Kanye's speech went on FOREVER
Last night, BET aired The BET Honors award show that was taped back in January … giving us out first chance to watch Kanye West accept this year’s Visionary Award. As you can imagine, Kanye gave a speech for the ages. His speech went on for about 8 minutes (something he got away with because the awards show as pre-taped) and he name-checked a lot of people, made points about race, marriage, fashion, music … you name it. Thankfully, Kanye‘s comments were thoughtful and his speech was well-spoken. If you have the time, the video below may be worth your time. Click below to hear the words of BET‘s Visionary Award recipient for 2015. More »
A pathetic statement, I might add
For whatever inexplicable reason, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences decided not to include the late Joan Rivers in the In Memoriam tribute that aired during the telecast of The Academy Awards on Sunday night. As soon as the tribute was shown, a great many people took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the blatant omission. In response to the angry outcry, the Academy released an official statement that is so pitifully short that it’s almost not worth mentioning. Considering Joan’s long career in entertainment, including her appearance in more than a dozen films over a thirty year period (including Spaceballs, Rabbit Test’ and the documentary film A Piece of Work, to name but three), one would think that the simple mention of her name during the Oscar In Memoriam tribute might be warranted. More »
One of Neil Patrick Harris‘s better (and most memorable) bits during the Academy Awards last night was when he spoofed Birdman and appeared on stage, in front of billions of people, wearing only his tighty-whitey underwear. And, naturally, almost as soon as he appeared on stage in his skivvies, eagle-eyed folks decided to take a closer look at Neil‘s assets. Appearing on Live with Kelly & Michael earlier today, NPH talked about this part of the Oscars telecast last night and responded to the question about whether or not his package was enhanced inside his undies. According to Neil himself, his bulge was unpadded … but … More »
The 2nd Year in a Row
For the second year in a row, Vanity Fair magazine teamed up with Instagram to showcase photos from their annual Oscar Portrait Studio. Oscar winners and big name show attendees alike lined up to pose for photographer Mark Seliger … some of which you can see in the gallery presented here. These photos made their debut on the official Instagram profile for Vanity Fair magazine and then were shared on VF‘s official website. Seliger is an excellent photographer. He really manages to get great photos of the celebs he shoots. I love Eddie Redmayne‘s photo with his Oscar and I am in surprising lust with Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson‘s photo. Click through the gallery and see who you like best.
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By pretty much most accounts, Lady Gaga delivered one of the greatest performances at the Academy Awards last night … undoubtedly, she gave one of the most talked-about performances of the night. Gaga performed a medley of songs from The Sound of Music in tribute to the Academy Award-winning musical film and she managed to bring the house down inside the Dolby Theater AND win the fevered praise of fans around the world. For most of the Oscars, Gaga was the butt of meme jokes because of the silly red gloves that she wore on the red carpet but once she opened her mouth to sing the songs featured above from The Sound of Music, the laughs turned to applause:
At the end of her performance, Julie Andrews
came out on stage to heap more praise on Gaga
and, well, in the span of just a few minutes — after one performance — Gaga
changed people’s perceptions of her completely around. Click the embed above to watch Lady Gaga
‘s tribute to The Sound of Music
and please tell me … do you love it or nah?
Someone get Chris Pine a whole box of tissues
While Tegan and Sara‘s performance of Everything Is Awesome (Featuring The Lonely Island) at the Oscars last night was probably the most fun performance of the night (not counting Neil Patrick Harris‘s brilliant opening number performance Moving Pictures), I think it’s pretty safe to say that Common and John Legend delivered the most emotionally-stirring (and best?) performance of the night with their live performance of Glory — the song they wrote for the Best Picture-nominated film Selma. Glory, as you may know, won the Oscar for Best Original Song … and its performance last night left the audience wrecked and in TEARS (just ask Chris Pine). Click the embed above to watch Common and John Legend‘s stirring performance of Glory and see if you can keep yourself from turning into a bawling mess of tears.
The 87th Annual
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was the big winner at the 87th Academy Awards last night taking home awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu, Best Original Sceenplay and Best Cinematography but there were other big winners of the night as well. Click through the gallery presented here to see photos of Julianne Moore (Best Actress), Common and John Legend (Best Original Song), J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor), Graham Moore (Best Adapted Screenplay) and more! Everyone always looks so incredibly happy with an Oscar in their hands. Congratulations to all the winners of the 87th Academy Awards.
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Written by the 'Frozen' songwriters
Neil Patrick Harris‘s job as Oscar host last night is getting mixed reviews (some loved him, some hated him) but one thing that is not in dispute is his absolutely brilliant opening number at the Academy Awards last night. The rousing song that he performed, along with a bit of help from Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, was titled Moving Pictures and it was co-written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (the married couple who wrote all of the songs for the Disney animated film Frozen). This performance was really fun and was a really great way to kick off the Academy Awards. The video elements were great (I loved the nod to NPH‘s love of magic) and the surprise performances by Anna and Jack were great additions to the overall performance. For me, this was Neil‘s shining moment of his entire Oscars hosting gig (with his underwear bit coming in a close second and the lame Oscar predictions lockbox bit coming in dead last). Did you love NPH‘s opening number performance? Of course you did. But what did you, personally, think about his job as Oscar host overall?
I want a LEGO Oscar!!!!
Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island performed their Oscar-nominated song Everything Is Awesome from The LEGO Movie during the Academy Awards last night and by all accounts, it was one of the fun highlights of the entire broadcast. Altho Awesome didn’t win the Oscar for Best Original Song, it managed to make its presence known on the Academy Awards stage in front of billions of people around the world. During the performance, when they came out with those Oscars made out of LEGO and started handing them out to people in the audience (Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Channing Tatum, etc.), I began to seethe with jealousy. Those LEGO Oscars are amazing! Check out Tegan and Sara performing Everything Is Awesome (Featuring The Lonely Island) in the embed above and fall in love with their performance all over again.
OH and if you can’t get enough of those LEGO Oscars, click below to watch video of how they were made. More »
Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar at the Academy Awards last night for his role as scientist Stephen Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything … just as I hoped. Back when I first saw and reviewed The Theory of Everything, I knew that Eddie would be a lock for an Academy Award nomination and I hoped that he would win the award. Hell, I even cried the first time I saw the first trailer for Theory months before the movie came out … I think I just knew that he had to win. On Facebook today, Stephen Hawking shared a congratulatory tribute to Eddie Redmayne for his Oscar win, which you can read below. More »