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The Oscars 2013: The 85th Annual Academy Awards

Posted by    |    February 25th, 2013 at 11:56 am

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 marked the celebration of the 85th Annual Academy Awards.  Following a very exciting year in film, this year’s Academy Awards was a show filled with comedy, dancing, music, and emotional acceptance speeches from some of Hollywood’s finest.  Oscar host Seth MacFarlane gave audiences a taste at his style of humor while targeting several Hollywood figures throughout the night, and as always, there were several expected award winners as well as a few surprises.

Below is a recap of last night’s winners:

2013 Oscar Nominations Revealed

Posted by    |    January 10th, 2013 at 10:32 am


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has finally released the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards. Despite pre announcement nomination expectations, films such as Lincoln and Life of Pi lead the group while Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) were left out of directing nominations. The Academy Awards will take place on February 24th, 2013, with Seth McFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) hosting.

Below is a list of nominees for the ceremony:

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty


Oscar Predictions – Did We Get It Right?

Posted by    |    February 28th, 2012 at 11:30 am

Last week, YouPlusDallas paired up with the talented Mr. James Faust, Artistic Director for the Dallas International Film Festival and the Dallas Film Society, to talk Oscar picks. The 84th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday night, so we’re backtracking to see just how well Mr. Faust picked the winners.

Best Picture

Winner: The Artist

Faust’s Pick: The Artist (more…)

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Dirty Publicity Stunt

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Let’s talk about Sacha Baron Cohen’s inane publicity stunt on the red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards.  He made the interwebs buzz long before the nominees even set foot in the Kodak Theatre – by dumping what appears to be some sort of flour mixture on Ryan Seacrest.

Dressed in full costume to promote his upcoming ‘comedy’ The Dictator, Baron Cohen carried an urn, saying it was the remains of his “dear friend and doubles tennis partner,” Kim Jong Il.

The red carpet is a prime place to pull the ultimate prank, especially when viewers are sitting at home with their smart phones, tablets and laptops ready to tweet, retweet, post and repost the first flawed moment they see.

Baron Cohen completely took advantage of this; but was it necessary? Perhaps for D-list actors; however, did any of you see Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street? Baron Cohen may traditionally rely on the whacked-out shenanigans of Brüno and Da Ali G Show, but he is a true talent, and doesn’t need to send anyone’s twitter feed in to a frenzy by ruining Seacrest’s shoes.

If anything, the above video solidifies what a classy guy Seacrest truly is.

The Magic of the Academy Awards and Photoshop: Angelina Jolie & the Trending Leg

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Angelina Jolie is (to some people) super talented and stunningly beautiful. She also has, despite popping out three kids, a svelte physique that looks good in virtually any red carpet gown, especially the black Versace she donned yesterday at the 84th annual Academy Awards.

Jolie presented a couple of awards at the Kodak Theatre, arriving at the microphone and striking a pose, her right leg making its Oscar debut to millions of viewers before the Academy Award winner even cleared her throat to speak.

This was a pretty bizarre move. Yes, your dress has a slit. Sure, you have gorgeous gams. Why you gotta rub it in our faces, Ange?

The above photo, a true work of art, is how Oscar viewers collectively felt upon seeing Angie’s leg rear its kneecap from its usual hiding place.

Jolie’s right leg is currently trending, and has earned its own twitter handle with over 21,000 followers. Really, America? Really?

What Winning an Oscar Should Look Like

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

At the 84th annual Academy Awards, Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help. Last night, plenty of Oscar winners accepted their awards nonchalantly; but let’s be real, if you’re winning an Oscar, you should be on the verge of tears and/or passing out. Unless you’re Meryl Streep. The quality of the above video is less than awesome; regardless, Spencer’s enthusiasm and shock shine through, the way one should appear when accepting such an incredible award.

Click here for the complete list of Oscar winners.

Recapping The Worst Oscars Ever

Posted by    |    February 28th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Did that really just happen? Did the coolest, most star-studded event on the planet just melt down like a 13-year-old with a new crop of acne? Fifteen minutes into that painful exercise our whole Oscar-watching party slumped in disbelieving silence. No laughs. No energy. No electricity whatsoever. It was so bad on so many levels, and hopefully somebody somewhere has taken show producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischner out back and administered punishment. A cattle prod comes to mind. Herewith, my comments on the car wreck that was the 83rd Academy Awards.

1.  James Franco, keep your day job, even it requires you to cut your arm off. You are charming, handsome, talented, and perhaps the worst MC ever selected. Poor Anne Hathaway practically popped a hammy trying to keep the mood up and the pace lively. She set her career back five years trying to cook this turkey. (more…)

Yawn … Colin Firth Takes B-B-Best Actor

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2011 at 11:33 am

What does a guy have to do to win an Oscar? That’s what James Franco must be asking himself. The bro totally carries 127 Hours, climbs mountains, scales sheer rock walls, starves, cries, and finally, cuts his own arm off, and it looks like he will lose the Academy Award to an English guy who, wait for it … stutters. As luck would have it, Franco is also co-hosting the Oscar broadcast this year, so he should just sneak backstage and write his name in.

The email buzz I’m getting shows a surprising amount of support for Jeff Bridges, who reprises the Rooster Cogburn role in True Grit. Says one reader: “Bridges has the big brass ones to take a role made famous by the great John Wayne — no other actor would go near that role — and he nails it!” No one understands the Javier Bardem nomination: “Hey, isn’t he shagging Penelope Cruz? That’s enough award for anybody!” And personally, I think Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is absolutely brilliant. He took Aaron Sorkin’s genius dialogue and made a movie about computer programmers riveting. Award-worthy stuff. See what our reviewers predict here. As for my ballot, I think Oscar will bow to the king and go home to Britain with Colin Firth.

Academy Award Debate: Best Picture

Posted by    |    February 21st, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Welcome, film fans of Dallas! For the next week we will enthusiastically debate which films, actors, actresses, and directors should be holding Oscars when the 83rd Academy Awards airs on Sunday, Feb 27 on ABC. You can read my post, then add your own comment or send me an email and I’ll post it for you. We also have two semi-qualified movie buffs weighing in via our Academy Award video series. We begin with Best Picture.

The list of nominees:  Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone. Here is my luminous, dazzling insight:  Black Swan — mix evil and artsy with ballet, feathers, and bloody-eyed lesbians and I’m in. But too weird for Best Pic. The Fighter — Loved every Bahston brahwlin’ minute. Has character arc, courage, incredible performances from the entire freakin’ cast. A contenduh. Inception — brilliant. Maybe too brilliant? Too much CG FX for me. The Kids Are All Right — too trendy and PC. Does not deserve nomination. The King’s Speech — bloody marvelous. Damn those Royal Shakespearean thespies for making st-st-st-stuttering heroic! 127 Hours — If this wins, I’ll cut my arm off. The Social Network — Socially awkward nerds defeat rich, entitled face jocks … how can this NOT win? Toy Story 3 — 37,000 times better than “Up” (what is it with SAD animated films?), but too heart-wrenching for The Reidster. True Grit — Only deepened my Coen Bros. crush; best dialogue of any western ever. Gutsy, transcendent remake. Winter’s Bone — My personal favorite on so many levels. No other film pulls you in like this one. Indie film-making at its very best. Oscar goes to: The Social Network. Your thoughts?

The Trickery of Ryan Bingham

Posted by    |    January 26th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Facebook is a labyrinth of untruths. A tip off from a friend suggested that Academy Award winner and sexpot, Ryan Bingham, would be performing at The Green Elephant Tuesday night. What? You ask. Why is he not performing at a bigger venue? We riddled ourselves the same question.

The Green Elephant is a vacuous wasteland, aside from Thursday nights between the hours of 11pm-2am respectively, depending on what time they kick the college kids out.

My friends and I checked the Facebook invite that seemingly professed a fact: we would be hearing The Weary Kind about 10 feet away from our eardrums in mere hours. We headed to our former college party scene with hopes of hearing the acclaimed 29-year-old’s whiskey drenched vocals.

While opening band Marc Ford’s Fuzz Machine was actually quite good, come 11pm, we were wondering where Mr. Bingham was. (more…)