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Oscars 2013: Opinion, news and information about the 2013 Academy Awards.

Clooney's Clumsy Start to 'In Memoriam' Saved by Streisand

Feb 24, 2013 8:14 PM PT

The clumsiest part of any Oscar telecast is the In Memoriam segment. Either the crowd starts up an applause contest, or the list of the dearly departed leaves out someone who had a real impact with viewers.

Tonight, George Clooney introduced the somber segment as if he were reading a cereal commercial. C'mon, George, puts some emotion into it. You do have an Oscar, remember?

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After The Oscars

Feb 24, 2013 7:57 PM PT

Watching the Oscars, you'd think these people were curing breast cancer. But the truth is, they're just really good at helping us suspend disbelief for a few hours. 

But when these kings and queens of cachet are all done celebrating themselves, most Americans will still be stuck in a less luxurious reality. After the Oscars are over, the actors, the producers and the directors won't have to cope with smaller paychecks and bigger tax bills, a lower standard of living and higher gas prices. 

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Feb 24, 2013 7:24 PM PT

Yes, McFarlane. You don't like Jews. We get it.

Ow, Wow Man

Feb 24, 2013 7:15 PM PT

He's pretty much making the Oscars into Ted + The Family Guy.

They're not funny either.

More Music? Isn't This Film's Night to Shine?

Feb 24, 2013 7:10 PM PT

I've always been aghast at how many musical numbers an event honoring film manages to squeeze in each year

That said, the just-wrapped musical numbers (Les Mis, Dreamgirls, Chicago) really brought the show back to life. I'm not a movie musical kind of guy, but seeing the cast of Les Miserables belt out their song gave me chills - and also helped me forget how presenter John Travolta mangled the film's title.

Oscars Eschews Politics, Goes for 'Sugar Man'

Feb 24, 2013 6:52 PM PT

The Best Documentary category often lets Academy voters flex their political muscle. Just consider that both Al Gore and Michael Moore have golden statuettes on their respective mantles.

Tonight, with two films casting a negative light on Israel competing in the documentary category (5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers), the Oscar voters went for ... a soulful story about a presumed dead singer finding new creative life in South Africa.

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Bond Tribute

Feb 24, 2013 5:07 PM PT

If I don't see this man during the Oscars' tribute to the Bond movies I will be very disappointed.


There are no accidents on the Red Carpet

Feb 24, 2013 4:46 PM PT

In response to Presented without Comment:

Anne Hathaway's dress was completely forgettable and not particularly fashionable.  I hate the necklace with that neckline.  The only thing that could save her from oblivion was to turn on the highbeams.  As Mae West said, "It's better to be looked over than overlooked."

Attention Hollywood Producers

Feb 24, 2013 3:49 PM PT

Why not combine the excitement of the Oscars with the excitement of NASCAR?  I give you the ultimate reality TV cross-demographic ratings bonanza, the NOSCARS - where flaming car wrecks fly into grandstands full of movie actors!

I'm only asking 10% of gross and 25% of merchandise licensing. Let's do lunch!

Spotting an Oscar Winner

Feb 24, 2013 2:40 PM PT

The Red Carpet arrivals start at 5:30 p.m.  We know who the nominees are, but here are a few ways to spot those who think they may win:

- For the most part, all the nominees for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor will be in classic tuxedos.  For instance, if Bradley Cooper decides not to wear a tie, he thinks he'll lose.

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Why Argo, Lincoln beat Zero Dark Thirty's odds

Feb 24, 2013 9:27 AM PT

Presidential leadership is a prominent theme at this year's Oscars--and a lacking theme in American politics today. Three contenders for the Oscar provide an alternative: LincolnArgo, Zero Dark Thirty (Obama). 

Each was written with a view to current (Democratic) politics. Tony Kushner wrote Lincoln to support Obama's ideological push against the Reagan revolution; Argo is an attempt to rewrite history's view of the inept Jimmy Carter's conduct during the Iran hostage crisis; and Zero Dark Thirty was long suspected of being an election-year promotion for Obama (whose White House may have shared information with the filmmakers for precisely that reason). Yet only the first two are considered in the running, because Zero Dark Thirty appears to take the position that torture was necessary to obtain clues leading to Osama bin Laden.

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