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Oscars Liveblog: Highlights

JOCELYN HOPPA: Alright, kids. It’s the 84th Academy Awards. I’ve got a bag of bold party Chex Mix and a sharpened tongue… let’s do this. Who will win? What will they say? What pills will they have ingested beforehand? It’s thrilling. Please feel free to pontificate on the finer (and not so finer points) of this annual film celebration in the comments section below, as it’s really all just commentary. Continue reading

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Oscar Hosts

NAVA BRAHE: As someone old enough to remember Johnny Carson as an Oscar host, here’s what I propose: Exhume his body, extract some DNA, get a sample from Billy Crystal, Jon Stewart and Ricky Gervais, throw them all into a Petri dish and see what happens. Of course, that’s improbability bordering on lunacy, but all the same, that’s what I got. In a perfect world, the Oscars would go down like this: red carpet parade (presided over by Joan Rivers, of course), the reading off of the award recipients, then the parties. That’s really all you need.

ZOË RICE: Who’s with you, Jon Chattman of the Huffington Post? I’m with you! I’m so with you. Justin Timberlake would be the awesomest Oscar host ever. Hear that, hyperbole haters? Awesomest of all time. Continue reading

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Oscars in Review

ZOË RICE: Oscar night! I confess, I love it. The spectacle, the surprises, the speeches–I even love judging what I don’t love about the night. And of course, though it’s become cliche, I love talking about the fashion. I look forward to being wowed; I want to see a dress and think “Oh, it’s just gorgeous.” Unfortunately, I can’t say that happened much this time around. This year’s the red carpet was muted by peaches, pale pinks, dusky grays, and washed out metallics.
JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: I love awards shows. Usually. Just not this year’s Academy Awards.

AKIE BERMISS: Well the 82nd Annual Academy Awards were last night, for those of you who didn’t know, and they were quite the scene, as usual. If I felt a little let down by the whole affair, it might be some sort of quaint nostalgia for the days when I think the Oscars were actually really, really important. Could be that I was just young and impressionable. And I wanted to be in movies back then. But all the stars came out last night and it WAS the Oscars, no doubt about that. The jokes were chuckle-worthy, but the biting humor and self-deprecation of the days when the hosts used to sing and dance and do some stand-up and really MC the evening was missing. It was surprising to see Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin so harnessed and restrained all evening. When being host isn’t what it used to be, the rest of the show really suffers. Continue reading

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