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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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Listen: Madonna’s Isolated Vocal Track From The Grammy Awards Is Stunningly Good

Sing, Maddy, SING!
Living for these Vocals

Last weekend, Madonna performed her new single Living For Love at the Grammy Awards on live television and today we get to HEAR just how live her performance really was. Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you but Madonna did sing live last week (particularly since the Grammy Awards prides itself on featuring performers who sing live on stage) but as you can hear in the video embedded above, she sang live … and she sang very well. It was noted that Madonna‘s dance moves looked a bit stiff during this performance but as this isolated vocal track proves, her singing was anything but stiff. She sounds fantastic. I mean, right? Isn’t this the best Madonna has sounded in years?

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Neil Patrick Harris Promises To ‘Kanye-Proof’ The Academy Awards

Better Safe than Sorry

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Academy Awards in a couple of weeks and after last night’s Grammy Awards telecast, he has revealed plans that he and the Oscar producers plan to put in place to protect the Oscars telecast from a potential Kanye West stage invasion. LOL. NPH‘s tweet below says it best, have a look. More »

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Watch: So, Did Kristen Wiig, Sia, And Maddie Ziegler Give The Best Performance Of The 2015 Grammy Awards?

Love, love, love.
WINNING

Probably the most disappointing thing for me last night during the Grammy Awards was watching Kanye West perform Only One. It actually hurt my feelings to be so bored by something he was doing (and it’s sad that, on a night when we could’ve been talking about another dope performance, we’re talking about another Yeezy rant instead). Luckily, Sia, Maddie Ziegler, and Kristen Wiig actually came through with Chandelier and delivered a performance that I couldn’t look away from. Some people who are not as obsessed with Wiig as I am did not recognize her right away (or at all), but as soon as I saw her I knew the performance was going to be hilarious and brilliant. It was. There were so many performances last night (I loved the opening with AC/DC, and the tribute to Selma at the end), but this was my favorite. Can’t wait to hear what you guys think! Did they win the night, or what?

[Source] [Photo Credit: Getty]

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