Film Mom: How to Host an Oscar Party with Kids

Posted by Tara Mcnamara on February 14, 2013

On Feb. 24, everything that Hollywood does best comes together: movies, awards, glamour and epic parties. Hosting an event around the Oscar telecast removes a lot of the elements a host may worry about: guests have something to do – watch the show; guests have conversation starters – debates about the worthiness of the nominees and the winners; and party themes are readily available. But, there is one element that can destroy an Academy Awards party: kids. Children are, by nature,... More

You Pick the Oscar Winner: Best Actress

Posted by Derrick Deane on February 13, 2013

Who was the best leading lady from 2012's crop of films? Most pundits have this race narrowed down to Jennifer Lawrence versus Jessica Chastain. Both actresses have had tremendous success at the various awards events thus far. So are the other three actresses playing the role of obligatory nominees? Naomi Watts has earned solid praise for her performance in The Impossible and the Academy made history in nominating Emmanuelle Riva and Quvenzhane Wallis as the oldest and youngest nominees,... More

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You Pick the Oscar Winner: Best Director

Posted by Derrick Deane on February 12, 2013

Easily one of the most interesting categories at this year's Oscars is the best director field. Ben Affleck's nomination snub has been well-documented and let's certainly not forget Quentin Tarantino and Tom Hopper – two guys who were predicted by various pundits to make the Oscar cut. Instead, we've got an eclectic mix of auteurs ranging from Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee to Michael Haneke and Benh Zeitlin. David O. Russell fills in the fifth nomination for the category. What... More

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You Pick the Oscar Winner: Supporting Actor and Actress

Posted by Derrick Deane on February 11, 2013

The Globes, SAG awards and BAFTA honors have been handed out, the critics have had their say and now we're in the final weeks before the 85th Academy Awards. This year's show promises to hold some surprises with a few categories very much up in the air as to who will win. Well, ok, so Anne Hathaway is pretty much a shoo-in for best actress, but maybe Amy Adams, Helen Hunt, Jackie Weaver or Sally Field can pull off an upset. The men's side is a bit more undecided. Philip... More

Fun Find: Zach Galifianakis Interviews Oscar Nominees in Latest 'Between Two Ferns'

Posted by Derrick Deane on February 11, 2013

It's been a while since Zach Galifianakis brought us a new installment of his low-budget, low-brow mock talk show Between Two Ferns. The comedian returned today though a doozy of an episode, lining up Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams. With the Oscars just a few weeks away, the stars are in full campaign mode and Galifianakis lobs the usual bag of questions to the stars with his own quirky twist. Check out the defiant Waltz, drunk... More

Oscar Discussion: Which Film Had the Best Visual Effects of 2012?

Posted by Christopher Campbell on February 08, 2013

There are a few Oscar categories in which we can always expect some blockbusters to earn nominations. Two of them involve sound; and indeed, this year each includes the latest James Bond actioner Skyfall. Another is Best Visual Effects, which this year includes Prometheus, The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Life of Pi, an adventure film to be sure, yet one with more of an art-house feel. And it’s likely to win the Academy Award. Interestingly... More

Oscar Discussion: Should the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director Match?

Posted by Christopher Campbell on February 01, 2013

Thanks to its success at the PGA and SAG Awards last weekend, Argo is suddenly a favorite to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards this month. Never mind that there is no logical relation between a top SAG Award honor of Best Ensemble and the top prize at the Oscars. And never mind that even though Best Picture is an award for producers, it needn’t necessarily align with the Producers Guild of America’s choice since the category is voted on by the entire Academy. Still, a lot of... More

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Poll: Vote on Most Overrated Movie, Most Welcome Appearance by a Former 'Friday Night Lights' Star and More!

Posted by Derrick Deane on January 28, 2013

Two weeks down and two weeks to go. The Movies Without Pity awards rolls on with a new batch of categories for you to vote in. Categories this week include Worst Movie of the Year, Best and Worst Actresses, Best and Worst Dramas, Best and Worst Screenplays, Most Overrated and Underrated Movies, Best Documentary, Best Cast in the Worst Movie, Best Special Effects, Biggest Missed Opportunity, Movie That Most Needs to Be a Video Game and Most Welcome Appearance by a Former Friday Night Lights... More

SAG Awards Backstage: Our Favorite Quotes of the Night

Posted by Elisa Osegueda on January 27, 2013

It was another big night for Hollywood A-listers as they gathered at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium. We got to mingle with a few of the winners backstage. Here are some highlights:  Dick Van Dyke, Lifetime Achievement Award "I love to perform. I need an audience. I love an audience. That's why I'm not good in movies. I’ve been very lucky. Luck has a lot to do with it. It’s about being at the right place at the right... More

2013 SAG Awards: 'Argo,' Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence Win Big

Posted by Erik Davis on January 27, 2013

No one knows the triumphs and difficulties of a great performance like an actor does, and so every year the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards sweeps into awards season, just as important (if not more so) than some other major awards because these are handed out to actors, by actors. The SAG Awards are also a great indicator for the year's biggest ceremony, the Academy Awards, and after tonight's victory for Best Ensemble it's hard not to view Argo as anything but the frontrunner for... More

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