Watch the Oscars In Style With the Philadelphia Film Society

The 25th Philadelphia Film Festival opens with La La Land.

La La Land is up for 14 awards at the Oscars on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Film Society is rolling out the red carpet for Oscar night, literally. The fourth annual PFS Academy Awards party and screening is this Sunday, February 26th, and it’s a dressy affair. Guests will walk the red carpet at the Prince Theater (1412 Chestnut Street) before heading in to eat, drink, bid in a silent auction, and watch the awards show, which beats sitting on your couch in sweatpants dissecting the designer dresses.  Read more »

The 2017 Oscar Nominations Are Out, and It’s #GoodNightSoWhite

Halle Berry and Denzel Washington with their Oscars in 2002. (Doug Mills/AP)

Halle Berry and Denzel Washington with their Oscars in 2002. (Doug Mills/AP)

After two consecutive years of white actors and actresses dominating the acting categories for Hollywood’s biggest night — and two years of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite pointing out that the problem goes back much further — it appears as though the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences might finally be headed in the right direction: The 2017 Oscar nominations, announced Tuesday morning, represent a strong and much-needed push for diversity and inclusion. Read more »

Shop Talk: Who Won the Oscars Red Carpet?

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Looks from Hollywood’s most glamorous night. | Images via Pure Wow.

  • Struggling to stay awake this morning because the Oscars went on forever last night? Same. Here are the 30 most memorable dresses from the Oscars red carpet, from Rachel McAdams’ emerald backless stunner to Chrissy Teigen’s beaded maternity gown. Which is your favorite? [Pure Wow]
  • From Jennifer Lawrence’s icy platinum lob to Lady Gaga’s sultry copper eye, here are some of the most stunning hair and makeup looks from the Oscars red carpet (because, let’s be real, they deserve their own list). [Pop Sugar]
  • In other celeb beauty news, Caitlyn Jenner is making her first foray into the makeup world – step aside, Kylie. Over the weekend, she announced on Instagram that she’s created an exclusive lipstick with MAC called Finally Free. All of the profits from her new shade will go towards the MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative. Go Caitlyn. [The Zoe Report]

Plus: Underwear to replace your tampons and what it’s really like to be a fitting model.

Joe Biden, Lady Gaga Teaming Up at the Oscars


VP Joe Biden is taking to the Oscars to promote his message against campus sexual assault. Biden will be introducing Lady Gaga before her performance of Oscar-nominated “Til it Happens to You.” The song, which was released last year and is featured in the film The Hunting Ground, focuses on the act of sexual assault, the response of victims and friends, and the prominence of sexual assaults at colleges.  Read more »

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Hosting the Oscars?

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler ended their multi-year hosting gig on the Golden Globes last year, but their fancy-Hollywood-awards MCing duties may not quite be finished. Time and multiple other outlets are reporting that Academy Awards producer David Hill hinted that next year’s show will have not one but two hosts, sparking speculation it will be Upper Darby darling Fey and her partner-in-crime Poehler.

“There will be multiple hosts for sure – there will be two,” said Hill. “Two is better than one. … Just imagine, you’re in there. One of your hosts drops dead from cardiac arrest. What do you do? Second host goes on! And you keep going. … Note to self. Check out their heart rates.”

Though that’s all the info we’re getting, Entertainment Weekly is betting on Fey and Poehler or Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele.

The last time a duo hosted the Oscars was in 2011, when James Franco and Anne Hathaway did it. Anything would be better than that–but few could out-do Fey and Poehler. We’ll be crossing our fingers until the updates roll in.

Whom Does Patricia Arquette Want Equality For?

Patricia Arquette accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for Boyhood at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Patricia Arquette accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for Boyhood at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

It was tempting to cheer Patricia Arquette on during her now-infamous Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday night.

“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” said the actress, who won for her role in Boyhood. “It is our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

Meryl stood up. JLo stood up. These are women I very much want to stand up with.

But even as it still hung fresh in the air, even before we had time to parse the language, something was strange about that statement. Arquette seemed to leave out an awful lot of women who perhaps need more help asserting their rights than millionaire movie stars.

And if there was any doubt about the inclusivity — or lack thereof — of Arquette’s statement, she sealed the deal backstage. Read more »

The Oscar Fashion Rundown: 11 Best and Worst Red Carpet Looks


My assistant editor and I chatted about the Oscars fashion this morning over coffee. Our main takeaway from this awards season? One big fat yawn.

There was nothing truly remarkable that stood out at the Oscars. Sure, the massive pink cloud Rihanna wore to the Grammys was divisive, but it was, at the very least, a look. This year, the Oscars were very nude, very tight and very boring. No one really knocked it out of the park, and no one failed tremendously. (Also, where were the rest of the movie stars? Clooney? Jennifer Lawrence? Angelina?) Still, there were some small standouts in an otherwise lackluster field.

See our best and worst here.

Bradley Cooper’s Mom Got Her Oscars Earrings at This Abington Boutique

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J.K. Simmons, we hate to admit it, but Bradley Cooper one-upped you last night. While you were imploring the Oscar audience to call their moms, local boy Cooper was already sitting right next to his mom, who just happens to be his usual awards-show date.

His mom, local resident Gloria Cooper, looked stunning in a black and teal embellished gown, which she complemented with a smattering of sparkly accessories. Of the baubles, her gorgeous statement earrings were a recent buy from Abington boutique Artware. Yep, that means you can go buy a pair for yourself. Read more »

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

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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