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You know what’s the best? When you have super high expectations—like we did for the 2015 Oscars red carpet—and they aren’t just meet they are far surpassed.

Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris wasted no time kicking off a stormy 87th Academy Awards and conceding the ceremony’s much-discussed lack of diversity.

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“Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — I mean brightest,” said Harris in a Dolby Theater introduction Sunday. Harris’ opening quickly segued into a “Moving Pictures” song-and-dance routine that celebrated a love for movies, complete with dancing Peter Pan-style shadows, classic movie scenes, a Cinderella-style cameo from Anna Kendrick and a villain to his sunny outlook in Jack Black — who jumped on stage to counter that Hollywood wasn’t so fabulous, making movies “opening with lots of zeroes, all we get is superheroes.”

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“After ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” Black added, referring to this weekend’s top box office draw, “they’ll all have leather whips.”

The night’s first Oscar went to J.K. Simmons, a career character actor widely acclaimed for one of his biggest parts: a drill sergeant of a jazz band instructor in the indie “Whiplash.” Simmons fittingly accepted his supporting acting Oscar with some straightforward advice.

“If I may, call your mom, everybody,” said Simmons. “Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”

Patricia Arquette accepted the supporting actress Oscar for her role as the mother in Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood,” and delivered a rousing speech calling for wage equality and equal rights for women that had Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez among those cheering in the audience.

Nominee for Best Actress Julianne Moore arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, Feb. 22, 2015. Credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Two of the night’s early awards went to Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”: costume design, and makeup and styling. The European caper — released back around last year’s Academy Awards — could be the night’s unlikely leader in trophies, rewarding the hand-made craft of Anderson’s latest confection. Later in the telecast, the film picked up a third prize for best production design.

Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ — based on a Marvel comic about a team of superheroes — won best animated feature, coming out victorious in a category that sparked controversy because of the omission of what many considered a certain nominee: “The Lego Movie.”

The black-and-white Polish film “Ida” took best foreign language film, marking the first such win for Poland despite a rich cinema history. Director Pawel Pawlikowski charmed the audience with a bemused acceptance speech that ran drastically over his allotted time.

Pawlikowski remarked on having made a quiet film of contemplation about withdrawing from the world, “and here we are at the epicenter of noise and attention. It’s fantastic. Life is full of surprises.”

Harris, a frequent Tony Awards host, struck a chipper tone, while slyly mocking the Oscars. The $160,000 gift bags for attendees, he said, came with “an armored car ride to safety when the revolution comes.” The performance by Tegan and Sara and Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island of the Oscar-nominated song “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” let some live out their Oscar dreams, handing out golden Lego statuettes to Oprah Winfrey and Steve Carell.

Heading into the telecast, the Academy Awards were buzzing with something it hasn’t always had in recent years: genuine intrigue at who the night’s biggest winners will be.

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Three of the night’s top honors — best picture, best director and best actor — are tight races proving hard to predict for even the most seasoned experts.

With a co-leading nine nominations, Alejandro Inarritu’s backstage comedy “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” has the strongest wind at its back. It topped the acting, directing and producing guild awards, which are often strong predictors of what the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will vote for. The film also won best feature at Saturday’s Independent Film Spirit Awards, further boosting its momentum.

But the coronation of “Birdman” is far from assured. Many believe the landmark of “Boyhood” will ultimately prove irresistible to academy members. Best director also appears to be a toss-up between Inarritu and Linklater.

Three of the acting winners — Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Arquette (“Boyhood”) — were virtual locks heading into Sunday’s show, but best actor will be a nail biter. It could be the young British star Eddie Redmayne for his technically nuanced performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” or it could be Michael Keaton’s career-topper in “Birdman,” as an actor trying to flee his superhero past.

But whether suspense will be enough to pull viewers to the telecast on ABC remains to be seen. Harris will hope to continue the recent ratings upswing for the Oscars, which last year drew 43 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment telecast in a decade.

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This year’s crop of nominees, however, is notably light on box-office smashes. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” (six nominations including best picture) is the only best-picture candidate to gross more than $100 million domestically. (A runaway hit, it recently surpassed $300 million.)

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Increasingly, ratings are driven by moments that spark social media frenzy, like when John Travolta famously mispronounced the name of singer Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem” at last year’s show. Sunday night, he gets a chance for redemption.

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Want to go to the Oscar® in 2012?

Oscar® Saves Red Carpet Seats for Fans

Courtesy of the Academy

Movie fans can soon vie for seats at the most glamorous spot on Hollywood Boulevard, Oscar’s Red Carpet.

Beginning on Monday, September 12, at noon ET/9 a.m. PT, and continuing for only one week, fans from around world may apply online for a random drawing for bleacher seats along the 84th Academy Awards® red carpet.

There are only 700 seats available along the 500-foot-long walkway that leads into the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Those who are selected will watch and cheer Oscar nominees, presenters and other ceremony guests as they arrive at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Following the red carpet arrivals, everyone seated in the bleachers will be invited to watch the Academy Awards telecast at a nearby location.

The application form will be available at www.oscars.org/bleachers. The application process will close on Sunday, September 18, at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT.

To be eligible for the random drawing, an individual must complete the application form in its entirety. Applications may only be submitted online; they may not be returned via any other method.

Applicants may register for themselves and one guest. Duplicate registrations will not be accepted.

Those whose names are selected in the random drawing will be notified in late September. They will then be required to submit additional information for security purposes prior to final approval. Eligible attendees will receive a confirmation letter in early January with information pertinent to the event.

Only those individuals who have been pre-approved by the Academy will have access to the bleachers. Those who wait overnight to attempt admittance will not be granted entry.

The Academy will not be responsible for securing travel and/or hotel accommodations for bleacher fans.

In previous years, as many as 20,000 fans have applied online for the limited number of red carpet seats.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies. FOLLOW THE ACADEMY
www.oscars.org
www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
www.youtube.com/Oscars
www.twitter.com/TheAcademy

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Natalie Portman’s Acceptance Speech – (Transcript) 83rd Annual Academy Awards

Published by EOTM Press Room on February 28th, 2011 - in Celebrity News, Oscars 2011

Natalie Portman

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Thank you so much to the Academy this is insane and I truly sincerely wish that the prize tonight was to get to work with my fellow nominees. I’m so in awe of you. I’m so grateful to get to do the job that I do. I love it so much. I want to thank my parents, who are right there, first and foremost for giving me my life and for giving me the opportunity to work from such an early age and showing me everyday how to be a good human being by example.

And I want to thank my team who works with me every day. Aleen Keshishian, my manager, for 18 years and my agents Kevin Huvane and everyone at CAA. Bryna and Tamar at ID, my friends who are everything to me no matter what’s going on in my career. And everyone who has ever hired me, Luc Besson, who gave me first job when I was 11 years old. Mike Nichols, who has been my hero and my champion for the past decade and now Darren Aronofsky, you are a fearless leader, a visionary. I am blessed to have just gotten to get to work with you every day for the period of time we did.

So many people helped me prepare for this role. Mary Helen Bowers spent a year with me, training me, Michelle Rodriguez and Kurt Froman and Olga Kostritzky, Marina Stavitskaya, and my beautiful love Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the film and has now given me my most important role of my life. And also there are people on films who no one ever talks about that are your heart and soul every day. Margie and Geordie who did my hair and makeup, Nicci, who dressed me, and Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who designed the beautiful ballet costumes, Joe Reidy, our incredible AD, first AD, and our camera operators J.C. and Steve who gave me so much soul behind the camera everyday you gave me all of your energy. Most importantly, my family, my friends, and my love. Thank you so much.

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Oscar Fashions – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – You Decide

Published by EOTM Press Room on February 28th, 2011 - in Breaking News, Celebrity News, Oscars 2011

Royalty was a theme at the Oscars Sunday night, with the King’s Speech taking home the night’s top honors. Royal purple also made a big splash – best actress winner Natalie Portman donned a vibrant purple dress as well as co-star Mila Kunis. But not all the fashions were winners. Share your opinions below!

Cate Blanchett

Hilary Swank

Abhishek Bachchan

Anne Hathaway

Colin Firth

Gwyneth Paltrow

Annette Bening

Rick Ross and Brad Oltmann

Cate Blanchett

Mark Wahlberg

Mila Kunis

Celine Dion

Hailee Steinfeld

Halle Berry

Helen Mirren

Justin Timberlake

Jennifer Hudson

Natalie Portman

Reese Witherspoon

Jennifer Lawrence

Matthew McConaughey

Robin Roberts

Russell Brand and Barbara Brand

Sandra Bullock

Scarlett Johansson

Sharon Stone

Steven Spielberg arrives with Destry Spielberg

Valentino and Anne Hathaway arrive

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr.

Susanne Bier

Mira Jacob and Jed Rothstein

Jesse Eisenberg

Amy Adams

 

 

Kirk Baxter

Hans Zimmer

Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

OSCARS 2011-Hollywood Stars Arrive on Red Carpet

Published by EOTM Press Room on February 28th, 2011 - in Breaking News, Celebrity News, Oscars 2011

Mila Kunis

 

 

Hollywood’s brightest stars are out in force for the industry’s night of nights – the Academy Awards.

More than a billion viewers around the world are expect to watch Hollywood’s royalty sashay down the red carpet tonight.

The Fighter’s Melissa Leo, who is nominated for best supporting actress, and Winter’s Bone’s Jennifer Lawrence, who is up for best actress, were among the first to arrive.

Mila Kunis, whose film Black Swan is up for best picture, dazzled in a plunging Elie Saab haute couture dress.

Anne Hathaway looked incredible in a figure hugging scarlet gown created for her by Valentino, who hovered around to ensure the gown didn’t burst.

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Virginia Madsen

 

 

Jennifer Lawrence

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Oscars 2011: Anne Hathaway

Published by EOTM Press Room on February 28th, 2011 - in Breaking News, Celebrity News, Oscars 2011

Gearing up for a night in the spotlight, Anne Hathaway arrived for the 83nd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, the Oscar winning actress was all smiles as she geared up for hosting duties alongside James Franco at the star studded ceremony.

Anne Hathaway arriving at Oscar 2011

Oscars ® Correspondent Contest

Published by EOTM Press Room on February 25th, 2011 - in EOTM News, Oscars 2011

WHAT: Academy President Tom Sherak will announce the winners of the third annual mtvU Oscars Correspondent Contest

The grand prize winners will get a spot on the red carpet for the 83rd Academy Awards arrivals tomorrow, February 27, and will have access to the backstage press rooms and the Governors Ball. Oscar coverage from the winning team will be posted on mtvU.com and MTVNews.com the week of February 28.

WHO: Academy President Tom Sherak

mtvU Oscars Correspondent Contest Finalists:
Luz Pena and Philip Robibero from Hofstra University
Blake Mitchell and David Torcivia from the University of Georgia
Sarah Erickson and Joel Kutz from the University of Southern California

Academy’s Blue Ribbon Selection Panel
Brooke Anderson, co-host of HLN’s Showbiz Tonight
Sandy Cohen, “Oscar Insider” for the Associated Press
Adam Weissler, senior segment producer, EXTRA

WHEN: Saturday, February 26, 2011
10 a.m.

WHERE: Bottom of the Grand Stair in Awards Walk
Hollywood & Highland Center

QUESTIONS:
CONTACT: Tarrah Lee Curtis, (310) 247-3090, tcurtis@oscars.org

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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

FOLLOW THE ACADEMY
www.oscars.org
www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
www.youtube.com/Oscars
www.twitter.com/TheAcademy


The Oscars – Red Carpet – Pre Show – EOTM Media Style

Published by EOTM Press Room on February 25th, 2011 - in Breaking News, Celebrity News, Oscars 2011

Join EOTM Media for the Oscars red carpet pre show on February 27th and hang with Carla B and Teangelo Bell as they bring it to you for the 1st time ever for the new media company.

Yes –you’re invited to the glamorous 83rd Academy Awards red carpet experience as only EOTM can bring it!

Did we already say — this is the first time ever — yes sir — and this years red carpet event has a new director – EOTM — Stay tuned!!

Matthew McConaughey to Present On Oscar(R) Show

Published by EOTM Press Room on February 24th, 2011 - in Breaking News, Celebrity News, Oscars 2011


By: Tawanda  Cawthon

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT
Toni Thompson
tthompson@oscars.org

February 23, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Beverly Hills, CA – Matthew McConaughey will be a presenter for the 83rd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today.

McConaughey will be seen next in “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “Killer Joe.”  His other film credits include “A Time to Kill,” “Amistad,” “Ed TV,” “The Wedding Planner,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Tropic Thunder.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.