Entries in Academy Awards (70)


Robert Downey Jr. on Oscar: 'I'm Getting One'

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Robert Downey Jr. — not exactly known for his modesty — is calling himself one of the best actors of his generation.

“I’m probably one of the best,” the Iron Man star said in the latest issue of GQ. “But it’s not that big a deal. It’s not like this is the greatest swath or generation of actors that has ever come down the pike.”

The Oscar-nominated actor believes he will take home an Academy Award before he dies.

“Because I’m young enough, and I’m running down being occupied with these kind of genre movies, close enough,” the 48-year-old actor said. “Even the next thing we’re doing with [my wife, Susan Downey], I’m so confident about it. It’s the best script the studio has; it’s the best thing I’ve read in years.”

He added, “Look, even if I don’t get one directly, eventually they’re just going to have to give me one when I get old. So no matter how you slice it, I’m getting one.”

Despite that, he prides himself on being a regular guy.

“Nothing pleases me more than when somebody who was awe-inspired to be working with me realizes I’m just another schmuck that they’re bored of hanging out with on a set,” he said. “I love that moment. I like it when that persistent illusion is smashed.”

Unlike a lot of his Hollywood peers, Downey had no problem discussing salary.

Asked whether he made about $50 million to appear as Iron Man in The Avengers, he told the GQ interviewer, “Yeah.”

“Isn’t that crazy?” he added. “I’m what’s known as ‘a strategic cost.’”

It was Downey’s persistence that won him the role of Iron Man to begin with. When director Jon Favreau first approached Marvel, the comic book company told him, “Under no circumstances are we prepared to hire him for any price.” But Downey persisted until he got a screen test.

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Will Jimmy Kimmel Be the Next Host of the Oscars?

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- With this year's host Seth MacFarlane reportedly saying "No way," and ditto for another possible host, Tina Fey, the New York Post reports on Friday that the next emcee for the telecast will be found in-house for ABC: Jimmy Kimmel.

"Jimmy is favored to host the Oscars next year," a source tells the paper.  "ABC has been pushing him for the role."

While ratings for the ABC late night host's post-Oscar special were bigger than ever, the decision is far from settled, cautions an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences source.

"It is way too early," the spy says, explaining the choice won't be made until the Academy picks a new president.

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Tina Fey: 'No Way' She'd Host Oscars

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- Despite a bit in this year's Academy Awards telecast that had William Shatner pleading from the future that she and Amy Poehler would host The Oscars telecast, Tina Fey is saying, "No way."

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Fey admitted it was, "an honor to be 'Shatnered'" during the Seth MacFarlane-hosted show, but the job's not for her.

"I just feel like that gig is so hard," says Fey, who recently hosted the Golden Globes.  "Especially for, like, a woman -- the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone -- no way."

Incidentally, MacFarlane also tweeted "No way," to a fan who asked him if he'd host The Oscars again.

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The Oscars Ratings Up from Last Year

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oscars on Sunday night pulled in its biggest audience in three years.

The ABC telecast of the awards show was seen by 40.3 million viewers, an increase of one million from last year's ceremony.

It was the most-watched awards show of the past two months, topping the Golden Globes and Grammys.

Argo won the Oscars' top prize, best picture.  Lincoln's Daniel Day-Lewis and Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence received the prizes for best actor and best actress, respectively.

This year's Oscars ceremony was hosted by Seth MacFarlane, whose off-color jokes earned mixed reviews.

ABC's eighth annual post-Oscars Jimmy Kimmel Live special drew an audience of 5.79 million viewers.  It ranks as Jimmy Kimmel's most-watched post-Oscars telecast to date.

The latest edition featured guests Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, plus the premiere of the spoof movie trailer Movie: The Movie: 2V.

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Jewish Group Calls Seth MacFarlane "Ted" Joke at Oscars 'Offensive'

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Count the Anti-Defamation League among Seth MacFarlane's post-Oscars critics.

The group, which fights anti-Semitism, says a joke that the Oscars host made at Sunday night's ceremony was "offensive" to Jewish people.

The ADL is bothered by the segment in which MacFarlane's animated teddy bear character, Ted, and Mark Wahlberg presented the awards for sound mixing and sound editing.  MacFarlane, voicing Ted, joked that Jewish people control the movie industry.

The national director for the ADL, Abraham H. Foxman, said in a statement, "While we have come to expect inappropriate 'Jews control Hollywood' jokes from Seth MacFarlane, what he did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny.  It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism.  It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sought to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs."

MacFarlane's performance as host has also been picked apart by some critics for being too sexist or racist.

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Oscars Fashion: Hollywood Glamour Shines on the Red Carpet

JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It was all about color on the Oscar red carpet Sunday night. The world's biggest stars strutted in colors ranging from pale pinks and hot reds, to light silvers, greys and metallics and everything in between.  Hollywood legend Jane Fonda went with canary yellow: the only look that could be seen from miles away.

Hairstyles were mostly in two categories: upswept, like Jennifer Lawrence and Amanda Seyfried, or down with a soft curl, like Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain.  Bucking the trend with short locks were Halle Berry, Charlize Theron and Anne Hathaway.  Those who went strapless mostly stayed away from necklaces, but the few who did adorn their swan-like necks went with a choker-style with the necklace part cascading down the back, the better to highlight the plunging backs on many dresses.

As for the guys, it was mostly standard tuxedos and bowties, with a few, like Channing Tatum and Dustin Hoffman, donning regular neckties. Daniel Day Lewis stood out, though, in a navy blue tux, as did Samuel L. Jackson, in a red velvet jacket and silver shirt.

SLIDESHOW: Stars Arrive on the Red Carpet

Here's a closer look at who wore what:

One of the best-dressed of the night was Jennifer Lawrence in white Dior Couture.  It was strapless with an enormous puffed-out bottom.  She also wore diamond globe earrings and a ring you could see from space, as well as a very fine necklace that draped down her back. Her hair was upswept and perfect.

Jessica Chastain chose a Giorgio Armani Prive strapless gown in salmon metallic with sequin beaded pattern.  It complimented her skin tone and hair, which was down in a soft wave. She wore big diamond hoops in her ears and a big bracelet, but no necklace.  Her mother, who was her date, sported black Michael Kors and Harry Winston jewelry.

Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis walked the carpet like a pro in navy Giorgio Armani with a matching shawl.  Her hair was up in pin curls, and she carried a purse that looked like a puppy.

Django Unchained star Kerry Washington wore a sleeveless Miu Miui gown with a hot red bottom and a bejeweled top, as well as a bow at the waist and a bit of a train: it was a little too much.

Jackie Weaver of Silver Linings Playbook was dripping in two million dollars' worth of Steven Webster diamonds: dangling earrings, a rock of a ring, and giant bracelet.

Helen Hunt, nominated for The Sessions, wore a navy blue satin strapless by -- believe it or not -- H&M.

                                 SLIDESHOW: Best and Worst Dressed at 2013 Oscars     

Django Unchained's Cristoph Waltz wore a navy Prada tux, with a white shirt, bowtie and hornrim glasses. Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell also wore a Prada tux.

Ben Affleck wore a standard tux with vest and bowtie; he sported a mustache and beard.  Hugh Jackman also wore a standard tux with bowtie; his wife Deborah also wore a tux, with a bustier underneath.

Robert De Niro wore a navy blue tuxedo; his hair looked uncombed.

George Clooney was in a tux with a bow tie and very full grey beard.

SLIDESHOW: Hottest Couples on the Red Carpet

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Tie for Best Sound Editing Oscar: Has It Happened Before?

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The award goes to... It's a tie. Wait, what?

One of the biggest surprises of Oscar night was when Mark Wahlberg announced there was a tie for Best Sound Editing between Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall.

Which sparked the question, can there really be a tie at the Oscars?

Surprisingly enough, ties have happened before.

The first Oscar tie came in 1949 in the Best Documentary category, which also had a tie in 1986.

In 1969, Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied for Best Actress for their roles in The Lion in Winter and Funny Girl respectively.

The Best Live Action Short Film category ended in a tie in 1994.

In 1932, Fredric March and Wallace Beery tied for Best Actor -- but it wasn’t a true tie. March, who won for his role in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, actually had one more vote than Beery, who was nominated for The Champ. The rule at the time stated that if a nominee came within three votes of the winner, the nominee would also receive the award. Today, only an exact match in votes qualifies as a tie.

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Oscars 2013: Facial Hair Fashion Statement?

Michael Buckner/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Forget having a glammed-out gal on your arm. The best accessory for men at the Oscars this year appeared to be facial hair.

Stars like George Clooney, Ben Affleck, and Bradley Cooper all strutted down the red carpet rocking some serious scruff.

And they weren't alone. Best Actor nominee Hugh Jackman, Jason Clarke from Zero Dark Thirty, and last year’s Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin all seemed to have gotten the memo to follow suit on this year’s beard trend.

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Oscars Will Be Presented this Sunday

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's almost here: the Oscars.  The ceremony -- officially known as the 85th Academy Awards until recently -- will be presented Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Calif.

Seth MacFarlane will host ABC's live telecast, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time and 5:30 p.m. Pacific time.  It will be preceded by the network's hour-and-a-half red carpet special.

Steven Spielberg's historical drama Lincoln is the leading nominee.  It has 12 nods, including best picture and best director for Spielberg.  The film's stars, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones, are nominated in the acting categories.

Life of Pi trails Lincoln with 11 nominations.

The Ben Affleck thriller Argo has won several major awards in recent weeks and has emerged as the front-runner to take the best-picture Oscar.  There are nine nominees for the top prize: aside from Argo, Lincoln and Life of Pi, they include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, and the French-language film Amour.

Day-Lewis is considered a shoo-in to win the best-actor Oscar for his performance as President Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.  His competition is Denzel Washington, nominated for Flight; Hugh Jackman, for Les Miserables; Bradley Cooper, for Silver Linings Playbook; and Joaquin Phoenix, for The Master.

The best-actress race essentially boils down to two women: Jennifer Lawrence, who's a contender for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, and Jessica Chastain, who's nominated for Zero Dark Thirty.  But there's another interesting name in the mix: 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest-ever actress nominee.  The Impossible star Naomi Watts and Amour actress Emmanuelle Riva -- who turns 86 on Oscar night -- round out the field.

The best-director category is as notable for the snubs as it is for its nominees.  MIA: Affleck, Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow and Les Miserables' Tom Hooper.  The most recognizable nominees are Spielberg, Life of Pi's Ang Lee and Silver Linings Playbook's David O. Russell.

Announced presenters for the telecast include Affleck, Chastain, Lawrence, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Garner, Kristen Stewart, Kerry Washington, the cast of 2003 best-picture winner Chicago, and more.

During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will salute the James Bond franchise, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.  Adele will perform her Oscar-nominated Bond theme, "Skyfall," from the movie of the same name.

A special edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live will air after the Oscars, with guests Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum.  It will include a sequel to the star-studded spoof trailer "Movie: The Movie," which debuted during Jimmy Kimmel's 2012 Oscars special.  Cooper, Chastain, Jude Law, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski and Samuel L. Jackson are among the many celebrities who will appear in the trailer "Movie: The Movie Twovie."

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Oscar Losers Take Home $45,000 Gift Bag

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- Everyone wins at the Oscars this Sunday.  While a few of Hollywood’s best and brightest will get to walk away with a coveted golden statuette, the nominees who don’t can console themselves with a gift bag worth more than $45,000.

This year’s goody bags include a $12,000 trip to Australia, condoms, a $600 acupuncture appointment and a package of 10 personal training sessions valued at $850.  Circus lessons for the nominee’s children worth $400 are also included, as well as a $5,000 facelift procedure, an $1,800 one-year membership to Heathrow Airport’s private VIP service, a $3,000 stay at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico, and Windex.

Distinctive Assets, a marketing firm, will be delivering the goody bags to the nominees who did not win.  For 11 years, the firm has given consolation gift bags to Oscar nominees in the major categories who come home empty-handed.

“It was a way for us to reach the exact talent we wanted [major nominees] without having to deal with the immense production challenges of the Hollywood/Highland area during Oscar week,” Distinctive Assets CEO Lash Fary told ABC News.

Nominees in the major categories – including best actor, best actress and best director – as well as the host, Seth McFarlane, will all have the gift packs delivered the morning after the awards, either directly or through their management.

“Even Hollywood’s most acclaimed stars are disappointed over this particular loss,” Fary said. “And when our consolation gift shows up the next day, we like to think it is welcome distraction.”

Unfortunately, the losing nominees of other events, such as the Latin Grammys, Grammys and CMA Awards, do not have the same comforting packages.

“We are actually onsite gifting the presenters and performers as their official thank you for the show,” Fary said.

Until Sunday night, no one will know for certain which stars will be nursing the sorrows with a $795 water filtration system and a diet valued at $411.96.

Maybe they can use their $204 custom candle package to have their own Oscar award crafted.

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