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The 2013 Academy Award Red Carpet: The A-List

6 Mar

OK, this isn’t a comprehensive list, but we pulled out pictures of red carpet celebrities for special attention whose attire we really liked.

Charlize Theron is sporting a short hair doo. The dress is OK, but we like stylish short hair on women and we like Charlize Theron.  Stunning isn’t she?

Charlize Theron - Academy Awards Red Carpet 2013

We usually hate big dresses, but Jennifer Lawrence makes it work. And we liked she laughed off the fall it caused her on her way up to collect the award.

Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

Often, a dress that blends into the wearer’s natural skin tone can mute her appearance. We typically like colors that accentuate a woman’s look with contrast. However, Jessica Chastain surprises with the former with just the right touch of red and auburn.

Jessica Chastain on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

Bradley Cooper is making us rethink the whole “we hate bow ties” thing. Here he is with Christopher Waltz.

Bradley Cooper on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

Hugh Jackman: Yep.Thumbs up, as always. He’s accompanied by his wife Deborra-Lee Furness in an “his and hers” ensemble.

Hugh Jackman on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

Corinne Bishop is Jaime Foxx’s daughter?! Really? He’s that old? Corinne’s gorgeous and so is her dress.

Corinne Bishop and Jaime Foxx on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

Wow. See, bow ties are sucking less and less. You are one dapper fellow, Chris Pine. Suggestion though, at least shave your neck next time. You are also one hirsute fellow. BTW, are double-breasted jackets back in? Why don’t we hear about these things?

Chris Pine on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

See, this is how you grow old. You stay beautiful and you wear elegance elegantly like Salma Hayek.

Salma Hayek on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

Here’s Zoe Saldana … Yeah. We liked it.

Zoe Saldana on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

Nancy O’Dell  sports a fresh look in a flowing Sea World blue gown. It works perfectly on her figure.

Nancy O'Dell on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program


We started to do a Worst Dressed List but we just don’t have the meanness in our hearts tonight. However, some things just need to be said.

Kristen Stewart: This girl needs a serious break from the cinema so she can get her act together. In both senses of the word. Was she hopped up on pain killers? Or is she always so bored?

Kristin Stewart on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

Anne Hathaway: We like Anne, but sadly, we usually don’t like what she wears. And nipple seams are tasteless. Thumbs down.

Anne Hathaway on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

picture source: JustJared.com / funny caption: who else but comicsagogo.com 

 

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton: These two are the last ones to think quirky goth chic has a place in style. Now that Harry Potter’s been put to bed, there’s really no point anymore.  Freshen up a bit for the kids’ sake, Hels and Burts.

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program


And here are the ladies that are going to show up on sites that specialize in “Celebrity Nip Slips.”

Brandi Glanville

Brandi Glanville about to show us a nip slip on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland about to show a nip slip on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn about to show us a nip slip on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award Program

2013 Academy Award Winners

5 Mar

Alright, alright, already! Yes, we’re a day late and a rupee short, but one of our laptops crashed and typing a post on an HTC One S is not so easy. Anyway, the 2013 Academy Awards over. So how did we do with our predictions?

The predictions we made are in red.  The actual results are marked with a green check.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

checkArgo

Best Achievement in Directing

checkAng Lee (Life of Pi)

xSteven Spielberg (Lincoln)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

checkDaniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

checkJennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

checkChristopher Waltz in Django Unchained

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

checkAnne Hathaway in Les Misérables

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Original Screenplay)

xAmour: Michael Haneke
checkDjango Unchained: Quentin Tarantino

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Adapted Screenplay)

checkArgo: Chris Terrio
xSilver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

checkBrave: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

checkSkyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth (“Skyfall”)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

xAnna Karenina: Dario Marianelli
checkLife of Pi: Mychael Danna

Best Achievement in Cinematography

checkLife of Pi: Claudio Miranda
xSkyfall: Roger Deakins

Best Achievement in Editing

checkArgo: William Goldenberg
xLife of Pi: Tim Squyres

Best Achievement in Production Design (Art Direction)

xLes Misérables: Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
checkLincoln: Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

Best Achievement in Costume Design

checkAnna Karenina: Jacqueline Durran

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

checkLes Misérables: Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

checkLes Misérables: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

xLife of Pi: Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton
checkSkyfall: Per Hallberg, Karen M. Baker
checkZero Dark Thirty: Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

checkLife of Pi: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott Prometheus: Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

checkAmour (Austria)

Best Documentary, Feature

checkSearching for Sugar Man: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

Best Short Film, Live Action

checkCurfew: Shawn Christensen
xDeath of a Shadow: Tom Van Avermaet, Ellen De Waele

Best Short Film, Animated

checkPaperman: John Kahrs

Best Short Film, Documentary

checkInocente: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Sheesh. 62.5% correct. We suck.

Length of the show: we predicted  3 hours and 15 minutes. The actual time was 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Curious to know how we did last year?  We got 75% of our predictions right! We missed Best Actor and Best Actress last year because we weren’t paying enough attention. Eh.

2013 Academy Award Winner Predictions

25 Feb

The OscarsThe 2013 Academy Awards begin in just about 5 minutes! We’re woefully behind schedule on submitting this post, so for those of you that are here to see how our awesome prediction powers will bear out, give us a break. This time it isn’t because of our infamous lethargy. We were actually busy this weekend.

Anyway, you’re not here to hear us whine. So break out the champagne (or, preferably, sparkling grape juice — Comics A-Go-Go! does not endorse alcohol for ingestion (because, that’s why)) and settle down for the ride. Our predictions are in red. Here you go:

The Oscars

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Nominees:
Amour: Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
Argo: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald
Django Unchained: Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone
Les Misérables: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi: Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
Lincoln: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Silver Linings Playbook: Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon
Zero Dark Thirty: Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison

Best Achievement in Directing
Nominees:
Michael Haneke in Amour
Ang Lee in Life of Pi
David O. Russell in Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg in Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominees:
Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
Denzel Washington in Flight

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominees:
Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts in The Impossible

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
Alan Arkin in Argo
Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained

Academy Awards 2012

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
Amy Adams in The Master
Sally Field in Lincoln
Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables
Helen Hunt in The Sessions
Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Original Screenplay)
Nominees:
Amour: Michael Haneke
Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino
Flight: John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty: Mark Boal

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominees:
Argo: Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi: David Magee
Lincoln: Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Nominees:
Brave: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Frankenweenie: Tim Burton
ParaNorman: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
The Pirates! Band of Misfits: Peter Lord
Wreck-It Ralph: Rich Moore

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Nominees:
Chasing Ice: J. Ralph (“Before My Time”)
Les Misérables: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer (“Suddenly”)
Life of Pi: Mychael Danna, Bombay Jayshree (“Pi’s Lullaby”)
Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth (“Skyfall”)
Ted: Walter Murphy, Seth MacFarlane (“Everybody Needs a Best Friend”)

Oscar Statue

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Nominees:
Anna Karenina: Dario Marianelli
Argo: Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi: Mychael Danna
Lincoln: John Williams
Skyfall: Thomas Newman

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Nominees:
Anna Karenina: Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained: Robert Richardson
Life of Pi: Claudio Miranda
Lincoln: Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall: Roger Deakins

Best Achievement in Editing
Nominees:
Argo: William Goldenberg
Life of Pi: Tim Squyres
Lincoln: Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook: Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty: William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Best Achievement in Production Design (Art Direction)
Nominees:
Anna Karenina: Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright
Les Misérables: Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi: David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
Lincoln: Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Nominees:
Anna Karenina: Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables: Paco Delgado
Lincoln: Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror: Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman: Colleen Atwood

Academy Awards

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Nominees:
Hitchcock: Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Peter King, Rick Findlater, Tami Lane
Les Misérables: Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Nominees:
Argo: John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, José Antonio García
Les Misérables: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes
Life of Pi: Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Drew Kunin
Lincoln: Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Ron Judkins
Skyfall: Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Stuart Wilson

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Nominees:
Argo: Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained: Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi: Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton
Skyfall: Per Hallberg, Karen M. Baker
Zero Dark Thirty: Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Nominees:
The Avengers: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Daniel Sudick
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
Life of Pi: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott
Prometheus: Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Phil Brennan, Neil Corbould, Michael Dawson

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Nominees:
Amour (Austria)
War Witch (Canada)
No (Chile)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
Kon-Tiki (Norway)

Dolph Lundgren at the Academy Awards

Best Documentary, Feature
Nominees:
5 Broken Cameras: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers: Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky, Estelle Fialon
How to Survive a Plague: David France, Howard Gertler
The Invisible War: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering
Searching for Sugar Man: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

Best Short Film, Live Action
Nominees:
Asad: Bryan Buckley, Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys: Sam French, Ariel Nasr
Curfew: Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow: Tom Van Avermaet, Ellen De Waele
Henry: Yan England

Best Short Film, Animated
Nominees:
Adam and Dog: Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole: PES
Head Over Heels: Timothy Reckart, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Paperman: John Kahrs
The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare: David Silverman

Best Short Film, Documentary
Nominees:
Inocente: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Kings Point: Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine: Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
Open Heart: Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption: Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Predicted length of the show: about 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Curious to know how we did last year?  We got 75% of our predictions right! We missed Best Actor and Best Actress last year because we weren’t paying enough attention. Eh.

…And the Oscar goes to …

27 Feb

The results are in. Hugo and The Artist did better than we predicted. Here are our selections with the correct ones checked off and the incorrect ones marked with an “x” (in case that wasn’t abundantly obvious). 18 out of 24. That’s 75% right. That would make our effort a solid “C”. We blame the public school system.

Best Picture: The Artist

Directing: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Actor in a Leading Role: George Clooney – The Descendants (Actual Winner: Jean Dujardin for The Artist)

Actress in a Leading Role: Viola Davis – The Help (Actual Winner: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady)

Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help

Writing (Original Screenplay): Midnight in Paris

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): The Descendants

Animated Feature Film: Rango

Original Song: The Muppets – Bret McKenzie, “Man or Muppet”

Original Score: The Artist

Cinematography: The Tree of Life (Actual Winner: Hugo)

Film Editing: Hugo (Actual Winner: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Art Direction: Hugo

Costume Design: Jane Eyre (Actual Winner: The Artist)

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Actual Winner: Hugo)

Foreign Language Film: A Separation – Iran

Documentary Feature: Undefeated

Documentary Short: Saving Face

Short Film (Animated): The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Short Film (Live Action): The Shore

Guessed Length: 03:45
Actual Length: 03:08
Difference: 37 minutes

2012 Academy Award Winner Predictions

24 Feb

Not sure why we participate in these sorts of exercises, but hey, what the hell. We’ll throw our hat in the ring.

Und so, here we go:

The OscarsBest Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Directing
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne – The Descendants
Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn

Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Academy Awards 2012Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help

Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris
A Separation

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Animated Feature Film
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Original Song
The Muppets – Bret McKenzie, “Man or Muppet”
Rio – will.i.am, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett, “Real in Rio”

Oscar StatueOriginal Score
The Adventures of Tintin
The Artist
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

Cinematography
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Film Editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball

Art Direction
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

Costume Design
Anonymous
The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
W.E.

Academy AwardsMakeup
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Iron Lady

Sound Mixing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Sound Editing
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Foreign Language Film
Bullhead – Belgium
Footnote – Israel
In Darkness – Poland
Monsieur Lazhar – Canada
A Separation – Iran

Dolph Lundgren at the Academy AwardsDocumentary Feature
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Pina
Undefeated

Documentary Short
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Short Film (Animated)
Dimanche
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Short Film (Live Action)
Pentecost
Raju
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

Predicted Length of show: about 3 hours longer than the 30 minutes it should take to run down the list and get it over with. Opa!

And here it is, your moment of Niven…

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