roma oscar campaign

Netflix is going for the gold statuette by dropping the equivalent of half a metric ton of gold on its Roma Oscar campaign. The streaming giant is reportedly spending upwards of $20 million on wooing awards body voters for Alfonso Cuaron‘s masterpiece, making it the most expensive campaign in nearly a decade.

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Avengers Presenting Oscars

Now that Kevin Hart has officially turned down the second chance at hosting the Oscars, even after some poking and prodding from Ellen DeGeneres, the ceremony is officially without a host. But that doesn’t mean the evening will be without serious starpower, because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may be assembling The Avengers for an appearance. Read More »

Oscars 2019 logo

After weeks of back and forth nonsense with Kevin Hart, it’s finally settled: the 91st Academy Awards will not have a host. Unless, of course, the Academy changes their minds again at the last minute – but at this point, we’re only 46 days from the ceremony, and asking anyone to take such a high-profile job with so little time to prepare seems near-impossible.

A new report says the ceremony will go host-less for the first time in three decades. Learn more about what we can expect from this year’s Oscars below. Read More »

oscar animated shorts 2019 shortlist

Best Animated Short has long been a category overlooked by audiences — maybe they’re too experimental, too niche, too idiosyncratic. But perhaps the largest reason they’re overlooked is because no one has seen them. Apart from Pixar and Disney animated shorts, which reach the highest audiences thanks to their placement in front of theatrical releases, Oscar-nominated animated shorts often suffer from engagement scarcity, nearly always kept offline even after the shortlist is announced. This was an exclusive strategy that hurt the directors, but also hurt the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which only alienates its audiences by presenting awards to films no one had seen.

But this year, we’re seeing a dramatic shift for the first time. This year, all the shorts on the Oscar animated shorts 2019 shortlist are available online for everyone to see. The filmmakers and studios have each released their films online, allowing audiences to finally see what the Academy is voting for — and maybe get a more accurate Oscar pool going this year.

Check out all the films (via CartoonBrew) below the jump.

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2019 oscars host

UPDATE #2: Well, all that back and forth was for nothing. Deadline reports Kevin Hart has decided not to host the Oscars after reevaluating his decision following some prodding from Ellen DeGeneres. Hart was not only concerned about having less time to prepare, but he didn’t want to be a distraction from everything else on the big night either. Instead, the Academy will have some of the biggest names in Hollywood presenting awards. Our original story from January 4 follows below.

UPDATE: Variety now reports that “key parties involved in the annual Oscars telecast are open to the return of Kevin Hart as host” if he wants the job. Our original article from this morning follows.

People have noticed that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have yet to choose a 2019 Oscars host following the exit of their first choice, Kevin Hart. But, according to Ellen DeGeneres, that’s because they’re waiting for him to return.

Hart stepped down from the Oscars hosting gig following outcry over anti-LGBT tweets that were resurfaced following his announcement as host. But following an interview with The Ellen Show host, Hart is apparently reconsidering.

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Oscars Voting Process

The Oscars are stil in the process of figuring out whether or not they’ll have a host for next year’s ceremony honoring the year in film that was 2018. But in the meantime, they still have a whole process of voting to get through in order to determine which films will be vying for nominations. The Academy has unveiled the shortlists for nine categories, including Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Documentary Feature, Best Visual Effects and more.

Check out the Oscars nominations shortlists below to see what’s still in consideration. Read More »

The 2019 Oscars Might Not Have a Host At All

2019 oscars host

Despite the alleged “ultimatum” given to Kevin Hart amidst the outcry over his response to resurfaced offensive tweets, it seems the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn’t have a back-up plan in mind when the actor-comedian quit as the 2019 Oscars host.

The Academy has been sent scrambling for a replacement in the wake of Hart’s departure, but some reports suggest that they may just go without a host at all for next year’s Oscar ceremony — something that hasn’t happened since the 1989 ceremony.

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Best Score Oscar

Somebody goofed. First-round voting has kicked-off for the Academy’s Best Original Song and Best Original Score awards, and four buzz-worthy scores have already been disqualified. The causes behind the disqualifications vary, but the Solo: A Star Wars Story score might have the most embarrassing reason: someone forgot to submit it in time. Other scores that didn’t make the cut include MandyGreen Book and The Other Side of the Wind.

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Kevin Hart Steps Down as the 2019 Oscars Host

2019 oscars host

Just a day after he was announced the official 2019 Oscars host, Kevin Hart is stepping down from the gig.

The actor-comedian was met with outcry over resurfaced anti-gay tweets and comments he had made during stand-up routines nearly 10 years ago. He then responded with a defiant Instagram response that only earned him more hostility. Rather than apologize for his comments and for his non-apology, Hart decided to step down, leaving the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in search of a new Oscars host.

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2018 Best Visual Effects Oscar Nominees

We’re in the heart of awards season now, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is in the process of whittling down some of their categories to a shortlist of potential Oscar nominees that Academy members will vote on early next year. The latest category to get the shortlist treatment involves visual effects, and the race includes some key blockbuster contenders like Avengers: Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Ready Player One. But there are a couple surprises as well.

Get the full shortlist of potential Best Visual Effects Oscar nominees below. Read More »