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2012 Oscars

Not all that glitters is gold

The Oscars Are Tonight, So Here’s a Supercut of Every Single Best Picture Winner [VIDEO]

Academy Awards: Best Picture Oscar Winners from Nelson Carvajal on Vimeo.

To get you into the awards show spirit, here’s alcohol a montage of every single film to walk away with Best Picture, edited by Nelson Carvajal. (Though actually the first Oscars in 1929 had two Best Picture winners, one a general award and one for “Unique and Artistic Production,” which really says a lot about the current identity of the Oscars if you think about it… ah, sorry, my film nerdery ran away with me there). Just think—as of tomorrow there won’t be any speculation as to who the next Best Picture winner will be for a good two, three months.

(via: FilmDrunk)

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Essay

Does the Academy Hate Geeks? A Brief History of Oscar Snubs

The Oscar Nominations are out and the Golden Globes have come and gone. And while I should be delighted that Jennifer Lawrence took home the Globe for her stellar performance in Silver Linings Playbook, I can’t help but feel a sense of bitterness every time awards season gets underway. Why? Because geek movies are so consistently snubbed, it’s almost as if they’re cursed.

Ok, so they’re probably not cursed. After all, that would be ridiculous. (Just ask Leonardo DiCaprio.) History shows us that the Academy has little to no appreciation for geek-centric films. Here’s a list of notable Academy Award snubs for context:

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Bear Time

Oscar-Nominated Films, Starring Animals

I love movies. I love animals. (Some animals. I have a frog phobia. Don’t ask.) So it goes without saying that I love Old Red Jalopy‘s animal-themed spoof posters of Oscar-nominated films, originally posted on Next Movie.

Zero Dark Birdie. Dingo Unchained. Lynxin. I’d watch ‘em. Wouldn’t you?

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Oh Hollywood

The Winners of the 84th Academy Awards

Alright folks, prepare to be nonplussed. The nerdiest moment at this Oscars ceremony was probably when Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow presented an award together and if you squinted you could pretend it was Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. But it also, as TDW points out, had a moment where the Dean from Community made fun of Angelina Jolie, moments after she’d presented his Oscar for writing The Descendants.

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Do Try This At Home

Feminist Frequency Puts the Oscars to the Bechdel Test [Video]

So, we’ve got one more week until the Oscar telecast, and that gives us yet another week of people trying to handicap the possible winners. But goodness or badness of the movies aside, how do they stack up when it comes to how women are portrayed? Feminist Frequency asked this question and have put the Best Picture nominees to the Bechdel Test: Two women, with names, talking to each other, but not about men. You’ll find that this year’s nominees … will disappoint you. At least when it comes to this. They’re obviously not “bad movies,” but Hollywood clearly has some work to do when it comes to telling quality stories about women.

(via Pajiba)

it's time to play the music

Oscars: Plenty of Time for Cirque du Soleil; Still no Time for Two Musical Performances

Okay, we don’t mean this as a dig to Cirque Du Soleil. All in all, we think they’re pretty cool. But you can’t talk about the Muppets and Cirque Du Soleil in the same post without bringing up Cirque Du So Lamé, the cancelled Muppet Show act that an outside contractor proposed for the Muppets in Its A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, a.k.a. It’s a Wonderful Life but with Kermit the Frog, a.k.a. No, I Just Have Something In My Eye, Okay? For the record, it referred to the metallic fabric.

Moving along! The good news is that Kermit and Piggy are confirmed presenters at this year’s Oscars. The other news is that even though the Oscars decided that it didn’t have time in its broadcast for the meagre two musical numbers it nominated for Best Song, it does have time for a Cirque Du Soleil performance.

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And That's Terrible

Nostalgic Film Images Make Us Want To Watch The Oscars (Damn Them)

In my mind, there’s really no reason to watch the Oscars, especially not this year. As boring and as lip-servicey they are already, they’ve recently taken out the performance segment for the Best Original Song nominees which means there is basically no real entertainment value at all. Though we have to admit, the way the Oscars keeps people coming back for more is the nostalgia factor. Those montages of famous films and actors set to classic musical scores get me every time. Check out this series of images from their new ad campaign and see if you feel the same way. Also, read about how annoyed Daniel Radcliffe is at the Oscars this year, for obvious reasons. 

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Dammit Jim!

That One Time Gary Oldman Lost His Dark Knight Rises Script

I can imagine nothing instills fear in actors quite like losing the script to a top-secret Hollywood blockbuster. Not to mention an upcoming Batman blockbuster. But that’s exactly what happened recently to actor Gary Oldman, who plays Comissioner Jim Gordon in the recent films.

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We Can't Have Nice Things

The Oscars Will Now Deprive Us of a Musical Number by the Muppets (and the Birds from Rio)

After the controversial revelation that only two songs were nominated for the Best Original Song award at the Oscars, despite plenty of other good songs being perfectly eligible for a nod, Deadline is now reporting that neither of the two nominated songs — “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets and “Real in Rio” from Rio — will be performed during the telecast. So, if you were planning on tuning in for the sole purpose of seeing a Muppets musical number, you can go ahead and make other plans. We’d like to thank the Academy for making their awards show even more boring than it was going to be.

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Allow Us To Explain

Why Are There Only Two Original Songs Nominated For Oscars?

If you looked through our list of Academy Award nominees for 2012, you may have noticed something odd. The category for Best Original Song only had two nominees – Man or Muppets from The Muppets and Real in Rio from Rio. Now, while here at The Mary Sue were very excited at the prospect of Kermit getting an Oscar, I know when I saw the short list I thought to myself, “There had to have been more original songs this year.” So what gives? Well, turns out you can put the blame squarely on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ stupid rules. 

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