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Watch: Neil Patrick Harris Opened The Oscars With A Brilliant Ode To Hollywood Titled ‘Moving Pictures’

Written by the 'Frozen' songwriters
The 'Moving Pictures' Show

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?

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Watch: Tegan And Sara’s Oscar Performance Of ‘Everything Is Awesome’ Was TRULY Awesome & Fun

I want a LEGO Oscar!!!!
An 'Awesome' Oscar Performance

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 »

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Stephen Hawking Says He Is Proud Of Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar Win

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 »

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Watch/Discuss: Not Everyone Loved Patricia Arquette’s Oscar Acceptance Speech

Inspiring, offensive, or both?

I woke up to headlines that both praised and problematized Patricia Arquette‘s feminist speech after her well-deserved Best Supporting Actress Academy Award win for Boyhood. While many (most notably, Meryl Streep) praised the actress for demanding equal pay for women, others noted that both on stage and backstage, Arquette casually dismissed other movements (like those for black rights and LGBTQ rights) as separate from the feminist movement. I LOVE what she said about and for women, but I definitely took issue with her call for blacks and LGBTQ to fight more for women, because women have been fighting for these issues all along. One good argument states that these kinds of speeches are the reasons black women were ESPECIALLY opposed to the feminist movement for so long—because black rights were seen as a separate issue. It’s complicated, but I love the dialogues/interpretations I see happening (definitely read THIS take on it, by Luvvie), and want to hear what you all think. Click inside for more!

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Who Slayed The Red Carpet At The 2015 Academy Awards?

MUST SEE: Gaga, Lupita, Beyoncé, Emma Stone, and Rita Ora's NSFW gown!

Let me first say that I didn’t “get” Lupita Nyong‘o’s Calvin Klein dress until I saw the close-up. My god. Those ivory beads?! Slayed. But my top special for the 2015 Academy Awards red carpet was actually Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen. It was one of few where I lit’rally gasped, and it was just everything I want in an Oscar dress.

Other faves include Kerry Washington, ScarJo (I was back and forth with hers, then realized I really liked it—very striking), Zendaya (that was a first for me), LOVED Solange‘s Vanity Fair after party look (not so much her red Oscar gown—it looked like it was a great dress—by Christian Siriano—but not right for her), Emma Stone in Elie Saab = slayage (love her as a redhead), Marion Cotillard can do whatever she wants (so I shan’t speak a word against her Vanity Fair dress). Let’s ALSO discuss Jessica Chastain who, without showing a lot of skin, was oooozing sexy sexiness at the Vanity Fair party. I also liked her Oscar dress (Givenchy Couture), but I will never recover from the flawlessness of those red locks. LOOK AT THEM! She is insane. But not as insane as Rita Ora, who basically went naked (okay not really, but kind of) to the after-party. Lady Gaga, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Zoe Saldana also looked great. Ahhh, so much good stuff, but—again—Felicity Jones slayed all for me.

Your thoughts??? That Rita Ora dress though! Oh, and I nabbed a super-cute pic of Beyoncé and Solange. Peep the gallery for more!

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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‘Birdman’ Wins Big At The 2015 Academy Awards, Here Is The Full List Of Oscar Winners

'Boyhood' takes home only one Oscar

Yesterday our YATNB discussion centered on Oscar predictions. While I thought Birdman might take home Best Picture, I was not expecting so many other big wins for the movie last night. I really thought Richard Linklater would get Best Director, but Alejandro González Iñárritu took home that honor. I decided not to watch the live event last night, but I’d love to hear what you all thought of the show. Did Neil Patrick Harris deliver? I hear he did a Birdman scene, so I’ll be looking for that soon. Were there any big surprises for you? Any speeches that made you cry? Click inside to check out the winners!

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Here Are The 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners

Yes, you should have watched this show last night

Last night was the first time I actually sat and watched an Independent Spirit Awards show, and I will definitely be tuning in next year, and every year thereafter. I’m actually mad at myself for watching the Oscars and the Golden Globes year after year, when what I really wanted to see was this show—a celebration of independent film. Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen hosted (and my beloved Kerry Washington was honorary chair), and I missed some of the opening bits but I thought they were really fun. If you watched, my favorite part was probably when they did the inner monologue Birdman-esque cam. And it was just cool to see people coming together and celebrating great indie projects like Dear White People (which won Best First Screenplay, for Justin Simien). Click inside for more!

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Kristen Stewart Makes History As First American Actress To Win The French César Award

Your thoughts???

Well, well, well! I’d planned to see The Clouds of Sils Maria since we first saw the trailer a while back, but the film has just risen to the top of my must-see list. Kristen Stewart just became the first American actress to win the prestigious French César Award—the equivalent of a French Oscar. Except the French invented film, so, actually—in my opinion—an even bigger deal than an Academy Award. This is huge guys. Click inside for more!

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Street Artist Plastic Jesus Pays Homage To ‘Hollywood’s Best Party’

Just in time for the Oscars

Street Artist Plastic Jesus has unveiled his latest artwork just in time for the Academy Awards which will take place this Sunday in Hollywood, CA. Titled Hollywood’s Best Party, this new street art installation features an Oscar statue on his hands and knees snorting lines of cocaine. Last year, Plastic Jesus unveiled a street art installation of an Oscar statue shooting up with a needle of heroin shortly after Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of a heroin overdose … the piece was titled Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret. A few weeks ago, Plastic Jesus unveiled a street art installation that paid homage to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. Personally, I really liked the Hebdo sculpture (which you can see HERE) but the Oscar statues seem a bit obvious to me. Click through the gallery to see this new piece along with a few photos of the piece when it was under construction. Does this piece of street art make you feel any kinda way?

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Neil Patrick Harris & Oscar Make A Cute Couple In This ‘Entertainment Weekly’ Magazine Photoshoot

The Host with the Most

Last week we saw Neil Patrick Harris on the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine and today we get to see a bunch of bonus portraits from his EW spread. As you can see in the gallery presented here, NPH and Oscar get kinda cozy for photographer Robert Trachtenberg and EW magazine … it’s almost enough to make Neil‘s hubby David Burtka a bit jealous ;) NPH and Oscar will be reunited again this Sunday night when Neil hosts The Academy Awards LIVE from Hollywood. Aren’t these photos great? I can’t wait for Sunday night!

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