Oscars pizza delivery

Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony had no shortage of A-lister attendees, but the star who really stole the show wasn’t a celebrity at all. It was Edgar Martirosyan, a delivery guy from Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizzeria in Hollywood.

While a typical trip for him might yield a few bucks’ tip, Matirosyan’s extra-special delivery to Hollywood’s richest and hungriest yielded an extra-special payoff on The Ellen Show this week. Watch him tell his amazing story and collect his four-figure tip after the jump.

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See the Great 2014 Oscar Title Cards [Gallery]

Oscar title cards

If you watched last night’ Oscar ceremony telecast, you might have wondered the same thing many other people did. That is, who did all the great Oscar title cards seen throughout the show? In fact, the graphics package was put together by Mill+, which is the same company that has done work for the show in the past two years.

Creative directors Manija Emran and Henry Hobson oversaw a team which of artists to create the work. Emran explains that they “used the beam of light as our visual icon. The beam is significant in three ways: on a practical level it acts as the projector beam, it’s representative of the heroic aspect and finally it evokes the idea of a performer stepping out onto a grand stage.”

Below, see a gallery of the work produced to honor all the films nominated for Oscars. Read More »

Google Oscar commercial features Andrew Stanton

The Google Oscar commercial was one of the highlights of Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast. The one-minute clip featured young filmmakers learning about movies and storytelling, accompanied by audio from Oscar-winning director of Wall-E, Finding Nemo and John Carter Andrew Stanton speaking at the TED conference. It’s a beautiful, inspiring piece of work. Check it out below. Read More »

Kevin Spacey in Ameowadeus

For the last few years, one of the highlights of the Academy Awards night has been what comes after the Academy Awards. Namely, Jimmy Kimmel‘s post-Oscar spoof of Hollywood filmmaking at its grandest. This year was no exception.

After knocking it out of the park two years in a row with Movie: The Movie and its inevitable sequel, he switched gears this year to bring us highfalutin Oscar bait trailers starring the likes of Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ben Kingsley… based on the likes of YouTube classics “David After Dentist,” “Keyboard Cat,” and “Charlie Bit My Finger.” Check ‘em all out after the jump.

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2014 Oscar Winners

Here are your 2014 Oscar Winners from the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Ellen DeGeneres hosted the big event, which featured one of the tightest Best Picture races in years. In the end 12 Years A Slave took home the big prize, but the rest of the awards were spread between Gravity (which won 7 Oscars total) and Dallas Buyers Club, which took home the two male acting awards. Other multiple winners included Frozen and The Great Gatsby; you can read the full list as well as our live blog below.

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Las Vegas Odds on the 86th Academy Awards

86th Academy Awards

Courtesy of Bovada, we have the Las Vegas odds for this year’s Academy Awards. who is the odds on favorite to win Best Picture?  One things for sure, don’t bet on Nebraska or Philomena, both films carry the worst odds of the entire Sunday night telecast – 200 to 1. Find out the full odds for the entire awards telecast after the jump.

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There’s not a letter or decimal point missing in that headline. Makeup artist Robin Mathews, who is nominated for an Oscar for her work on Dallas Buyer’s Club, achieved the film’s impressive look on a budget of only $250 — that’s two hundred and fifty bucks for the whole thing, not just one scene or character. The other side of that budget is something more difficult to quantify; it’s a balance of time and effort, of experimentation and nights and weekends spent playing with technique rather than resting.

Mathews gives some details about the work below. Read More »

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Over the weekend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences hosted the Scientific & Technical Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel. There, one award given out was the Merit Award, on behalf of the technicians who have built and operated film laboratories.

Christopher Nolan, known as an advocate of shooting on film, presented the award, and his comments will be like poetry to those who favor film over digital. Watch his presentation below. Read More »

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