TV Bites: 12th Annual Oskerbites

by Neena Louise

Worst Dressed

Melissa Leo
Tough choice this year, with all the tablecloths (Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman) and spacesuits (Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow). Leo takes it for combining the two: a starched lace tablecloth with bits of mirror stuck on it.

Best Dressed

hailee-steinfeld-2011-academy-awards-red-carpetHailee Steinfeld
A teenager – OMG – dressed as a teenager (and she looked stunning). How refreshing.

Worst Accessory

Natalie Portman’s earrings
It appeared that Portman was wearing curtain pull-cord tassels in her ears.

Best Accessory

Mila Kunis’ earrings
The blinged-out teardrop earrings gave me earring-envy.

Worst Hair

Russell Brand
He looked like an extra from Planet of the Apes.

Runner-up

Christian Bale
Not for the hair on his head, but for that silly bear rug hanging off his face. It was impossible to take him seriously.

Best Hair

Amy Adams
Adams’ simple swept-back ‘do looked lovely. Her 1980s makeup on the other hand…

Least Charming

Russell Brand
I guess he was trying to be funny, but his rambling nonsensical blather in the pre-show was just…stupid.

Most Charming

Jennifer Lawrence
Down-to-earth and not taking herself too seriously, she was a breath of fresh air on the red carpet.

Worst Acceptance Speech

Colleen Atwood (Costume Design, Alice in Wonderland)
Pulling out a piece of paper and reading it word-for-word is never a good idea at the Oscars. Considering this isn’t Atwood’s first time (and she’s done the same thing before), she really should have known better.

Best Acceptance Speech

David Seidler (Original Screenplay, The King’s Speech)
Starting off by poking fun at his age ("my mother told me I’d be a late bloomer"), Seidler kept it short and sweet.

Worst Song Presentation

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi ("I See the Light", Tangled)
Slightly off-key and shaky, it wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t good either.

Best Song Presentation

Randy Newman ("We Belong Together", Toy Story 3)
Just Newman at a piano, with Toy Story 3 clips projected in the background. Most enjoyable.

Worst Shout-Out

Anne Hathaway’s stupid and unfunny song about having to sing alone after supposedly being ditched by Hugh Jackman. Whatever.

Best Shout-Out

James Franco, dressed in a violent pink dress and blonde wig, saying "Weird part is, I just got a text message from Charlie Sheen."

Least Deserving of an Oscar Nomination

The Illusionist (Animated Feature).
Has anyone ever even heard of this film before? Didn’t think so.

Most Deserving of an Oscar Nomination

Hailee Steinfeld (Supporting Actress, True Grit)
Very accomplished for one so young, let’s hope she stays that way and doesn’t become famous for being infamous.

Least Deserving of an Oscar

Christian Bale (Supporting Actor, The Fighter)
I don’t know why everyone seems to think Bale is so marvelous. He hasn’t been good in anything since Empire of the Sun in 1987.

Most Deserving of an Oscar

Rick Baker and Dave Elsey (Makeup, The Wolfman)

The most gnarly makeup job I’ve seen in a very long time.

Least Surprising Winner

Toy Story 3 (Animated Feature)
With only three in this category, what else could it have been?

Most Surprising Winner

Melissa Leo (Supporting Actress, The Fighter).
Leo seemed just as surprised, as she dropped the F-bomb during her acceptance speech. Whoever had their finger on the bleep button must have been asleep at the switch, since the bleep came after she said it (which was almost as funny).

Worst Presenters

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis
One word: awkward!

Best Presenters

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law
Their back-and-forth and frenemy act actually made me laugh.

Worst Reaction of a Winner

Lora Hirshberg (Sound Mixing, Inception)
Her "I’m Miss America" stroll to the stage (despite her butt-ugly dress) and "what-up" fist pump once she got there made her appear to be anything but honored.

Best Reaction of a Winner

Melissa Leo (Supporting Actress, The Fighter)
Looking genuinely surprised and thrilled, Leo could barely contain herself. Oh, and did you hear she dropped the F-bomb during her speech??

Biggest Loser

The Social Network
Sure, it won three Oscars, but lost all the big ones to The King’s Speech. I guess we’ll have to wait for Mark Zuckerberg to steal something else to get an Oscar-worthy Facebook movie.

One of the shortest (at just over 3 hours), this year’s Oscar broadcast was miles better than last year. I feared the worst when we were tortured by a 90-minute preshow. I know people want to see who is wearing what, but did we need a 90-minute fashion show before one of the longest awards shows of the year? Or the stupid the "Justin Timberlake tracking" thing? Half an hour in, and I wished they’d just get on with it already. The moms talking about their celebrity kids was cute, though.

Hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco did an adequate job. Their opening monologue was unfunny and somewhat cringe-worthy, but they got better as the evening progressed (their matching 1000-watt smiles didn’t hurt). I got plenty weary of the "younger demographic" thing being oft-mentioned during the evening, though. So…what, you don’t want "old" people watching? Or winning (David Seidler, anyone)? Give me a break.

The stage was actually attractive for a change, but seemed woefully underutilized during much of the broadcast (the coolest thing was Bob Hope being projected onto plexiglass at a podium). I was also happy to see song performances put back in and the awkward gushing about actors and actresses taken out. Unlike last year, you could thankfully see the "In Memoriam" honorees, but why in the world was Lena Horne singled out? Yes, she is an important figure in entertainment, but does that mean she was better than the rest that have passed? I was a little put off by that. And I still don’t understand the purpose of mentioning past winners over and over again (Gone with the Wind, Titanic, etc., etc.) and going on and on about the television broadcast. It’s not like this was some milestone Oscar year, so who gives a rat’s ass about winners in years past? They should’ve focused exclusively on this year’s honorees. Disrespect aside, this Oscar broadcast shows that there’s hope yet that an entertainment awards show can be, well, entertaining.

For those who missed them:

Picture: The King’s Speech, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
Director: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Foreign Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark), Susanne Bier
Cinematography: Inception, Wally Pfister
Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Documentary Feature: Inside Job, Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs
Documentary Short Subject: Strangers No More, Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
Live Action Short Film: God of Love, Luke Matheny
Film Editing: The Social Network, Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
Makeup: The Wolfman, Rick Baker, Dave Elsey
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland, Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
Sound Mixing: Inception, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, Ed Novick
Sound Editing: Inception, Richard King
Visual Effects: Inception, Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
Original Score: The Social Network, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Original Song: "We Belong Together", Toy Story 3, Randy Newman
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich
Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan, Andrew Ruhemann

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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Grammy Awards doing their best to quickly become irrelevant

grammy_awardThe 53rd Grammy Awards produced several surprise results last night, with favored artists including The Bieber and Eminem losing out to lesser-known acts.

In the biggest say what of the night, the coveted album of the year award which was been expected to go to Eminem for his comeback record ‘Recovery’, the highest selling of 2010 in the US, went instead to Arcade Fire for ‘The Suburbs’.

Meanwhile Bieber, the 16-year-old sensation, lost out on the award for best new artist to Esperanza Spalding, an obscure 26-year-old jazz singer and bassist from Portland, Oregon.

There is nothing wrong with either winner, the problem is with awards going to these lesser known acts, fans are going to stop caring about the Grammy’s more than they do already.

Between the weirdness quotient (yes we are talking to you Gaga), and the unknowns winning we are going to take the night to sleep on this before commenting further, but if the instant reaction on Facebook and twitter are to be believed, the Grammy’s are in trouble.

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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2011 Golden Globes Winners

Snap_2011.01.17 01.47.20_008The Golden Globes were handed out last night and there were not too many surprises with The Social Network and Glee being big winners as expected, but there were some pleasant surprises. There were two highlights of the show. Jane Lynch had a fantastic acceptance speech, basically in character as she accepted her supporting actress role for her work as Sue Sylvester on Glee, and the best for us was that Katey Segal got a much deserved lead actress award for her amazing work on Sons of Anarchy.

On a final note, can we get someone besides Ricky Gervais to host this show. He just sucks at it and really,m rather than poke back at him I really wish that Robert Downey Jr. would have just come out and punched him in the face. Now that would have made an award show worth watching.

On with the award list

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"Inception"
"The King’s Speech"
**WINNER: "The Social Network"**

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Burlesque"
**WINNER: "The Kids Are All Right"**
"Red"
"The Tourist"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE
"Biutiful," Mexico/Spain
"The Concert," France
"The Edge," Russia
"I Am Love," Italy
**WINNER: "In a Better World," Denmark**

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
**WINNER: David Fincher, "The Social Network"**
Tom Hooper, "The King’s Speech"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"

BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR
Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
**WINNER: Colin Firth, "The King’s Speech"**
James Franco, "127 Hours"
Ryan Gosling, "Blue Valentine"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter"

BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS
Halle Berry, "Frankie and Alice"
Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter’s Bone"
**WINNER: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"**
Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Johnny Depp, "Alice in Wonderland"
Johnny Depp, "The Tourist"
**WINNER: Paul Giamatti, "Barney’s Version"**
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Love and Other Drugs"
Kevin Spacey, "Casino Jack"

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
**WINNER: Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"**
Anne Hathaway, "Love and Other Drugs"
Angelina Jolie, "The Tourist"
Julianne Moore, "The Kids Are All Right"
Emma Stone, "Easy A"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
**WINNER: Christian Bale, "The Fighter" **
Michael Douglas, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"
Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network"
Jeremy Renner, "The Town"
Geoffrey Rush, "The King’s Speech"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter, "The King’s Speech"
Mila Kunis, "Black Swan"
**WINNER: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"**
Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"

ANIMATED FILM
"Despicable Me"
"How to Train Your Dragon"
"The Illusionist"
"Tangled"
**WINNER: "Toy Story 3"**

SCREENPLAY
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, "127 Hours"
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, "The Kids Are All Right"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David Seidler, "The King’s Speech"
**WINNER: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"**

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, "The King’s Speech"
Danny Elfman, "Alice in Wonderland"
A.R. Rahman, "127 Hours"
**WINNER: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "The Social Network"**
Hans Zimmer, "Inception"

SONG
"Bound to You" (music by Samuel Dixon, lyrics by Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler), "Burlesque"
"Coming Home" (music and lyrics by Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges), "Country Strong"
"I See the Light" (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater), "Tangled"
"There’s a Place for Us" (music and lyrics by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey), "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"
**Winner: "You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me" (music and lyrics by Diane Warren), "Burlesque"**

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

DRAMATIC TV SERIES
**Winner: "Boardwalk Empire"**
"Dexter"
"The Good Wife"
"Mad Men"
"The Walking Dead"

BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA
**Winner: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"**
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"

BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA
Julianna Marguiles, "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Piper Perabo, "Covert Affairs"
** Winner: Katy Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"**
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
"30 Rock"
"Big Bang Theory"
"The Big C"
**WINNER: "Glee"**
"Modern Family"
"Nurse Jackie"

BEST ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Thomas Jane, "Hung"
Matthew Morrison, "Glee"
**WINNER: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"**

BEST ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
**WINNER: Laura Linney, "The Big C"**
Lea Michele, "Glee"

BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
**WINNER: "Carlos"**
"The Pacific"
"Pillars of the Earth"
"Temple Grandin"
"You Don’t Know Jack"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hayley Atwell, "Pillars of the Earth"
**WINNER: Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin"**
Judi Dench, "Return to Cranford"
Romola Garai, "Emma"
Jennifer Love Hewitt, "The Client List"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Idris Elba, "Luther"
Ian McShane, "Pillars of the Earth"
**WINNER: Al Pacino, "You Don’t Know Jack"**
Dennis Quaid, "The Special Relationship"
Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hope Davis, "The Special Relationship"
**WINNER: Jane Lynch, "Glee"**
Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire"
Julia Stiles, "Dexter"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Scott Caan, "Hawaii Five-O"
**WINNER: Chris Colfer, "Glee"**
Chris Noth, "The Good Wife"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
David Strathairn, "Temple Grandin"

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominees Announced

imageThe Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. This year’s event will again take place at the Hollywood Palladium. This is the fourth year in a row that VH1 will broadcast the gala live on the network and the first year the show will also be broadcast internationally.

“Black Swan” received an unprecedented 12 nominations for the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, garnering nods for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Score.  “True Grit” and “The King’s Speech” followed close behind with 11 nominations each, while “Inception” received 10 nominations and “The Social Network” garnered 9.

“Toy Story 3” was honored in the Best Picture and Best Animated Feature categories while two Best Picture nominees, “Inception” and “The Town,” were also recognized in the Best Action Movie category. “127 Hours,” “The Fighter” and “Winter’s Bone” also scored multiple nominations, including Best Picture….

Read more and complete list of nominees on EntertainmentNutz.com