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!
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:
- Matthew McConaughey released a t-shirt to commemorate his Oscar win. The slogan: “Alright, alright, alright.” The shirts are part of McConaughey’s JKL menswear line (did you know he had one of those?), but looks like they’re all sold out already at Dillards. Sigh. [E! Online]
- Forget Birchbox’s beauty samples. There’s now the Cocksman Club, a startup that’s a subscription-based condom delivery service. Hm. [Betabeat]
- The latest in nail art? Cuticle tattoos. (And they’re actually pretty awesome.) [Style]
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?
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.
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.
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.
- Welcome to another week, Shoppists! Let’s dive into last night’s Oscars, shall we? First up, the fashion! The good: Lupita Nyong’o looked smashing, as did Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lawrence. The bad: Anna Kendrick (way too much going on there, girl) and—shockingly—Kerry Washington. [The Cut]
- GIF alert: Jennifer Lawrence fell … again. (And almost took another girl down with her!) [Huffington Post]
- Guess which star wore eyeliner on her lips? Plus, these are the exact brands and names of the best lipsticks worn on the red carpet, from Lupita’s coral-pink lips to Kerry’s plum pout. [Glamour]
At 10:06 p.m., Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted this photo with Jenkintown’s Bradley Cooper (and a bunch of other really famous people). Within one hour, it had over 1 million retweets and broke the previous retweet record, set by President Obama after his re-election. It also broke Twitter, temporarily.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014