If, like me, you are a) too old to be watching the MTV Movie Awards, b) too busy watching Game of Thrones and Mad Man to watch, and c) just not interested in the loudness and Selena Gomez-ness anyways, then you missed the new trailer for Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games movie which comes out in November (hence the soon-ish in the title).
Though we’re in for a long wait until November 22, I for one am completely content to start getting pumped up for this movie now, as it’s probably going to be awesome!
Are you as psyched as I am for THG: CF to come out? Can you bear the 6+ month wait until it hits theaters? Leave ’em in the comments!
Now that we’re a full week+ removed from the 85th Academy Awards, I wanted to throw up a gratuitous pic of the acting winners, along with some interesting facts about each!
Some fun facts abou each of this year’s acting winners:
- This is the second time in three years Christoph Waltz has taken the best supporting actor statue; both of his winning performances were directed by Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Bastards).
- Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence each took home their first Oscar with their second nominations; Hathaway was nominated in 2008 for Rachel Getting Married, while Lawrence was nominated for best actress for Winter’s Bone in 2010.
- As for Daniel Day-Lewis, he’s been nominated for Best Actor 5 times and has won 3 of them (My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, Lincoln), which made him the only male actor in history to accomplish this. One more win, and he’d tie Katharine Hepburn as Hollywood’s most Oscar-laden actor.
Also, not sure if you saw this, but JLaw (which is her thing now, apparently?) forgot to thank some VIPs in her acceptance speech: Silver Linings Playbook Director David O. Russell and The Weinstein Company chairman Harvey Weinstein. She released a statement thanking them (which can be seen here), but my favorite part was her closing:
Thank you to both. I will never be able to forgive myself for such a brain fart but I hope that you both can. Obviously it was not on purpose, I couldn’t remember what I had already said and my mind went completely blank–your brain does funny things during the most overwhelming moment of your life!
How can you not love her?!
Now that I have my quick initial thoughts of last night’s telecast up, it’s on to the fashion! Overall, I found the red carpet pre-show to be a little boring, fashion-wise. Lots of status quo dresses and hair, not too much adventure or excitement. Still, no one gets away from the cameras on Oscar night without be asked who they are wearing!
Of course, there were a few exceptions! I thought the lovely ladies below all rocked it:
Best actress winner Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture
Jennifer Garner in Gucci
Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta
Halle Berry in Versace
Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain in Armani
As for my least faves…I thought Charlize Theron’s gown was WAY too similar to what Anne Hathaway wore to the Golden Globes:
Anne Hathaway at the Globes in Chanel, Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture at the Oscars
Speaking of Ms. Hathaway, she didn’t wow last night either, in this dreadful pink thing, which she described as “business in the front, party in the back.” When you’re pretty sure you going to win an Oscar, probably don’t wear a mullet, ok?
Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway in Prada
And don’t even get me started on Kristen Stewart. Someone get that girl a hairbrush.
Who did you love on the red carpet? Anyone stand out as the fashion winner to you?
Let me put it out there: last night’s Oscar telecast was fantastic. A little long yes, a tad dry in parts, but overall, I found it to be funny and delightful. I was genuinely surprised that Seth MacFarlane did so well. He was charming and walked the line of cracking jokes at Hollywood’s big players and being respectfully that the he, the dude who voices a vulgar teddy, alien-like baby and talking dog, was hosting the Oscars.
Though there weren’t a ton of surprises, winner wise (see the full list here), there were many moments during the telecast that stood out to me. Here are some quick reactions:
- I seriously loved Oscars tribute to music, especially the performances from Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Miserables. What can I say? I love me some musicals.
- Singing and dancing by Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron,
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Godron Levitt was a definite hightlight, as was the riff on The Sound of Music. The opening monologue parts with William Shatner were not my faves.
Another area in which the show really shined was with the host of wonderful acceptance speeches. Jennifer Lawrence receiving best actress (at the ripe old age of 22, making her the second youngest actress to win the award and the youngest person to have been nominated for Best Actress twice!) really nailed her speech, despite taking a tumble as she walked to accept the award!
Other speeches that stood out were Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (surprisingly funny, and also history-making, as DDL is the first actor to win three best actor statues!) and Ben Affleck (not surprisingly emotional and poignant!) taking home best picture for Argo. He’s only the fourth filmmaker to take home best picture without being nominated for best director. Go Ben!
Another one for the history books was Oscar’s first tie since 1995 and only the 6th in Oscar history, when Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty both won for best sound editing!
What were your favorites moments from last night’s telecast? Were you a fan of Seth’s schtick? Sound off in the comments and check back in for more in-depth analysis later this week!
Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the 2012 Oscar nominees! Jennifer Lawrence (star of the upcoming Hunger Games series and best actress nominee for Winter’s Bone) and Academy president Tom Sherak did the announcing this morning; see below for nominees in the major categories!
- The Decendants
- The Artist
- The Help
- War Horse
- The Tree of Life
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Midnight in Paris
- Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
- Brad Pitt, Moneyball
- George Clooney, The Descendants
- Jean Dujardin, The Artist
- Demian Bichir, A Better Life
- Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
- Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
- Viola Davis, The Help
- Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
- Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Supporting Actor:
- Jonah Hill, Moneyball
- Christopher Plummer, Beginners
- Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
- Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Nick Nolte, Warrior
Best Supporting Actress:
- Octavia Spencer , The Help
- Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
- Jessica Chastiain, The Help
- Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
- Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
- Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
- Michel Hazanaviciu, The Artist
- Alexandar Payne, The Decendants
- Martin Scorsese, Hugo
- Terrance Malik, The Tree of Life
Best Original Screenplay:
- The Artist
- Margin Call
- A Separation
- Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay:
- The Descendants
- The Ides of March
- Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy
- What was once touted as the year of Ryan Gosling yields no nominations for him! I’m sure he’ll be at the ceremony looking dapper, which is all I ask for anyways
- YEAH MELISSA MCCARTHY AND KRISTIN WIIG!!!
- No best picture or supporting actor nod for the final Harry Potter film; instead, 3 technical noms in art direction, makeup and visual effects. I would’ve liked to seen Alan Rickman get SOME credit for his portrayal of Severus Snape, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be!
- Lots of love for The Help, which is awesome!
- A little surprise, but pleased with Rooney Mara’s nomination for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!
- The people in the audience at the announcement seemed REALLY excited every time Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was nominated. Could that be an indication of things to come?
All in all, good stuff! Not too many surprises, but lots of solid performances here and some big name nominees that should make for some interesting races! See the full list of nominees here.
What are your initial thoughts here? Any surprises or shoo-ins you see here? Leave a comment!