March 3, 2014 |
Book U2 frontman Bono for the Grammy Awards and perhaps only a Beatle or a Rolling Stone could upstage him. At the Oscars, however, the rock 'n' roll humanitarian had nothing on a Disney princess. Idina Menzel stole the Dolby Theatre stage Sunday with "Let It Go," the diva belter from Disney's smash "Frozen," which would go on to win the Oscar a few minutes later for original song. "To our fellow nominees, you are all rock stars - literally," said Kristen Anderson-Lopez as she accepted the Oscar with her husband, Robert Lopez.
March 2, 2014 |
You should have your Oscar pool by now. Twenty-four categories. One hundred and twenty-one choices. And, no, "The Lego Movie" is not among them. (Next year. Next year.) We've been here for you for the last six months, starting back in September when "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" pulled to the front of the pack after wowing at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. And here we are ... yes, same as it ever was , with the Oscars coming around the bend on Sunday. So, one last time, the envelopes, please.
March 2, 2014 |
An Oscar, whether it is for lead actress or for makeup and hair, weighs exactly the same (8.5 pounds). A win in production design represents a level of achievement in a craft on par with best director. The night for all the winners is just as golden - same stars overhead. Yet there is a different, dimmer spotlight on the below-the-line contenders. Their red carpet walk will go unnoted, their gowns and tuxedo flair overlooked and their heartfelt speeches mostly unremembered or rudely cut short.
March 1, 2014 |
As the final stop on the awards-show circuit before the Oscars, the Film Independent Spirit Awards serve as both a warm-up for the main event and a chance for some smaller non-Oscar-contenders to step into the spotlight for a moment. The race for best feature, the Spirit Awards' top honor, includes two Oscar nominees for best picture: the historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and the father-son road movie "Nebraska. " The other three candidates are "All Is Lost," about a sailor stranded in a damaged boat; "Frances Ha," about an aspiring dancer; and "Inside Llewyn Davis," about a down-on-his-luck folk singer.
February 26, 2014 |
The headlines on the Pentagon budget unveiled by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week were all about austerity: the smallest U.S. Army since 1940; fewer aircraft, ships and armored vehicles; even some modest belt-tightening on future military pay and benefits. But one category of military spending largely escaped the budget ax: nuclear weapons. The United States has about 1,600 long-range nuclear weapons on active duty - more than any other country, including Vladimir Putin's Russia.
February 21, 2014 |
The TV Academy has decided that TV movies like "Behind the Candelabra" shouldn't have to compete with the likes of "American Horror Story" anymore. Late Thursday, officials announced that for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in August, separate categories for miniseries and TV movies will be restored. The academy had combined the two categories back in 2011, reasoning that the decline in the network miniseries business had made it unnecessary to hand out two separate awards. But since then, miniseries have exploded on basic cable networks, with Emmy-nominated hits such as "The Bible" and "Hatfields & McCoys.