2015 Academy Awards Roundup: And The Winner of Most Boring Awards Show Of The Year Goes To…

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Neil Patrick Harris and Anna Kendrick during the Oscar’s opening number.

Neil Patrick Harris: I love you, but you were just dreadful last evening, despite your brief stint (no pun intended) in your underwear. Patricia Arquette totally rocked out major girl power. Gaga wore strange red gloves and then surprised the hell out of people later when she totally nailed an entire medley from The Sound of Music. People were uncontrollably bored as a whole. That essentially captures the highlights of last evening’s Academy Awards ceremony, which dragged on and on and on and on. The show finally came to life during a rousing performance of “Glory” by John Legend and Common during the last hour of the night, and the aforementioned Gaga number. Here, to save you the trouble of watching the first two and a half hours of the show on your DVR before things got really good, are our picks for the good, the bad, and the ugly of the night. Read more »

8 Places to Watch the Oscars Live in Philly

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This Sunday, February 22nd, Philadelphia is rolling out the red carpet for those of us not fortunate enough to attend the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. We’ve rounded up several local venues hosting Oscar-viewing parties so your experience watching the ceremony on Eastern Standard Time feels at least somewhat like the real thing.

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Oscar Face-Off: Marion Cotillard vs. Julianne Moore

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Oscar nominees Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard have films opening in Philly this weekend. Who deserves the golden statue for Best Actress?

Every year, Academy Award nominations produce at least one “group of death” involving a hyper-competitive category with many worthy candidates. Arguably, one of the toughest this year is in the Best Actress tilt, which offers up perennial populist fave Reese Witherspoon (Wild), audacious Brit Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), and relative newcomer Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). But the two early frontrunners are clearly French actress extraordinaire Marion Cotillard, for her role as a wounded, suffering wife and mother in the Dardenne Brothers brilliant Two Days, One Night; and longtime indie darling Julianne Moore, who plays the titular character battling early-onset Alzheimer’s in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice. The two women give absolutely scintillating performances the films, both of which open in Philly this weekend. They’re so good in their respective roles, it’s difficult to imagine either of them losing out on a statue, so how do we break it down? Let’s go to the tale of the tape!

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Bradley Cooper Scores Oscar Nod for American Sniper

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After being snubbed by the SAGs and Golden Globes, Bradley Cooper finally gets his day in the sun. The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, and the Jenkintown native scored a nod for Best Actor for American Sniper.

The film, which is opening this weekend with an expected $50 million-plus box office, got five other nominations, including the coveted Best Picture. See the full list below, courtesy of Washington Post:

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MORNING TEA: Bradley Cooper Technically Owns Ellen’s Oscar Selfie

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TMZ reports that Bradley Cooper — not Ellen — actually owns the most famous selfie in the world:

Here’s the way it works … the person who owns the now-famous photo is the person who actually took it … NOT the person who owns the camera or organized the shoot. … So unless Bradley signed his rights away to the Academy, he’s the copyright owner. Any use of the pic without his permission is a violation of the copyright.

Oops. Should I have emailed him before using it above?

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PHOTOS: The Gays Dazzled at the 10 Arts Oscar Viewing Party

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The third annual Oscar Viewing Party took place at the Ritz-Carlton on March 2nd. Guests donned their finest gowns and suits (some even wore black tie) to enjoy a pre-party before the screening of the famed awards show. They enjoyed a complimentary happy hour featuring Peroni beer and Casamigos Tequila cocktails, as well as light bites and desserts from the 10 Arts bistro.

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These GIFS of Celebrities Dancing With Pharrell at the Oscars Will Make You “Happy”

One of my favorite moments from last night’s Oscars is when Pharrell, who was singing “Happy,” the Oscar-nominated tune from Despicable Me, took to the floor to dance with a few celebs on the front row. Here, I’m celebrating the 20-second-ish moment of pure Oscar bliss with GIFS of him shimmying with Lupita, Meryl and wild child Amy Adams.

Lupita Nyong’o had been waiting for this moment all her life. I sense chemistry. 

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Guardian Slips Up, Says Bradley Manning — Not Bradley Cooper — Took the Record-Breaking Oscar Selfie

By now you’ve heard about Bradley Cooper and Ellen’s tweet that was heard around the world, but for a split second, some web readers may have been confused when The Guardian accidentally misidentified Bradley Cooper as Bradley Manning in their coverage of the milestone – yea, the WikiLeaks guy. Here’s the blurb they had to tag their coverage with:

This article was amended on 3 March 2014. The original stated that Bradley Manning took Ellen’s selfie. In fact, it was Bradley Cooper. This has been corrected.

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