What are the 25 most notorious, revealing, or memorable fashion statements from the history of the Oscars? A new photo gallery looks back at Cher‘s infamous gasp-inducing risks, Ashley Judd‘s wardrobe malfunction, plus Bjork, Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron, and more. Entertainment Weekly.
Boris Kachka profiles several longtime awards bloggers during the home stretch of “the most competitive Oscar season ever.” Included is Gold Derby’s founder Tom O’Neil, who brings along his awards collection and says, “What I love about it is that Hollywood is fighting over a merely gold-plated statuette that tarnishes easily. Is it meant to be ironic?” Also included in the lengthy article are Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere), Pete Hammond (Deadline), and Kris Tapley (In Contention). Vulture.
Steve Pond asks the difficult question of who will make the cut on the Oscars “In Memoriam” segment Sunday night (and who won’t). An annual tradition since the early 1990s, it is a fairly brief segment that can only hold around 30 people. There are 27 past Oscar nominees and winners who passed away this past year, many of them from behind-the-scenes. The Academy website includes a list of members who have died since the last ceremony, and it currently contains 108 names. Will such a recent death as Harold Ramis be too late to be included? Will people like Sid Caesar and Cory Monteith, more noted for TV work than films, be there? The Wrap.
The Tony Awards quietly make a major change to to their show categories. The administration committee voted last month to allow a fifth nominee in the musical, play, musical revival, and/or play revival categories if any receive enough votes. To achieve that fifth slot, a production would “achieve a vote tally that would put it in the same ballpark” as the fourth place nominee. It’s good timing for the 2014 ceremony since there will be at least 12 new musical shows this season. Variety.
Las Vegas oddsmakers certainly know sports, but can they correctly predict the Oscars this year? They currently have “12 Years a Slave” a 2/11 favorite over “Gravity” at 4/1. Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) is a heavy 1/20 favorite. The acting winners are projected to be Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“) at 1/5, Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“) at 1/30, Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) at 1/10, and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) at 4/7. Rope of Silicon.
Several times during Oscar history, an ill-timed bad movie has derailed a good Oscar campaign. A new photo gallery looks back at nine examples, including Alec Baldwin (“Along Came Polly”), Tom Hanks (“Punchline”), Anne Hathaway (“Bride Wars”), Nicole Kidman (“Just Go With It”), Eddie Murphy (“Norbit”), and Meryl Streep (“Before and After” and “It’s Complicated”). Entertainment Weekly.
Hot off NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage, former ice skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are joining “Access Hollywood” as red carpet fashion commentators for the Oscars. The duo “got high marks” for their skating coverage, and Weir especially was noted for his outlandish outfits. NBC/Universal also owns the long-running entertainment show. Deadline.
“Saturday Night Live” announces that “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham will make her hosting debut on March 8. Musical guest will be The National. After a long hiatus during the Winter Olympics, Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“) will also host for the first time this Saturday with musical guest Beck. TV Guide.