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Academy Awards

I Want to Believe

Gravity Summed Up In 60 Seconds [VIDEO]

Didn’t catch the Academy Award-nominated Gravity in theaters? Thanks to Leigh Lehav, you can catch up before the big night. Plus, it’s less scary this way.

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Firsts

In Which President Obama Name-Checked Mad Men While Talking About Equal Pay For U.S. Women

Last night’s State of the Union was very much like the Academy Awards. People were honored, people were bored, camera operators got a workout trying to find the right people in the audience. Just swap the political and pop-culture references (one or two political mentions at the Oscars vs. one or two pop-culture items at SOTU). Check out this relevant clip from President Obama’s SOTU last night then hit the jump to look at a depressing image of how many Congressmen stood up for this part of the speech.

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All this has happened before...

The 2014 Oscar Nominations Have Been Announced, Do You Agree?

While last year’s Oscars certainly held its share of Geeky Moments, overall, we were pretty annoyed by it. But we’ve got Ellen DeGeneres hosting this year! And for that we’re thankful. Though she’s gonna have to pull out the stops to beat the tag-team that was Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. Without further ado, here are the nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards. 

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Random Oscar Winner Generator

To create their Random Oscar Winner Generator, TIME took the IMDB keywords of the 233 movies nominated for Best Picture since 1970 and plugged them into an algorithm. My favorite is “A movie star and a film producer in the 1860s cope with fame and adultery,” because time travel. Share yours in the comments.

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Great Moments in Advertising

Ellen DeGeneres Lip-syncs & Dances Her Way To The Oscars

How is Ellen so effortless? How!

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And All Was Right With the World

Angela Lansbury to Receive First Academy Award

The Governors Awards are one of the side events of the three-ring circus that is the Oscars, honorary and humanitarian awards carved out of the larger broadcast in 2009 and presented in a separate ceremony. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s honorees, which include Steve Martin and Angelina Jolie… and Angela Lansbury, for whom this will be her first Oscar.

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Officially Official

We Have a New Oscar Host: Ellen DeGeneres

Maybe it seems a little too early to be thinking about who’s hosting the Oscars this year, but apparently somebody is, because Ellen DeGeneres just announced that she’ll be returning (she last hosted in 2007) to the Academy Awards as host.

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i'll just leave this here

Breathe Deeply, Everyone: Seth MacFarlane Won’t Host the Oscars Next Year

Maybe we can get a hologram of Bob Hope to do it. That’s totally a thing that science can do, right? I could swear I saw it on CNN.

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I'm In A Glass Case of Emotion

Tina Fey Says “No Way” to Hosting the Oscars

“I just feel like that gig is so hard. Especially for, like, a woman—the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone … no way.” Tina Fey, asked whether her Golden Globes hosting gig and an endorsement by William Shatner might lead to her and Amy Poehler hosting the Oscars next year.

Told that the interviewer “was hoping for at least ‘a one in a million chance,’” Fey responded “I wish I could tell you there was.”

Welp. There you go. It was a nice dream while it lasted.

(The Huffington Post, via I Watch Stuff)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Game Of Thrones Dragons Get Revenge On The NY Times

Surfing the web today you might have noticed HBO took out huge, site-spanning advertisements for Season 3 of Game of Thrones which featured the shadow of a dragon passing over the page. Well here’s the still version of that from today’s NY Times. (I’m gonna say it’s revenge for this.)We sell ad space here on The Mary Sue but this is one I would have paid to have on the site. (via Co.Create

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