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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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Oscar Winner Anne Hathaway Answers Critics

Fred Duval/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Anne Hathaway may have won the approval of the Academy on Oscar night with her supporting actress win, but so-called “Hathahaters” are criticizing the star’s authenticity.

In what was seen as a stereotypical Oscar win moment, Hathaway cried, “It came true!” as she accepted her award on Sunday.  Us Weekly reports that she rehearsed her speech a lot after backlash over her Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA acceptance speeches.

At the Golden Globe Awards for instance, the Les Miserables star called her award “a weapon of self-doubt.”

Hathaway addressed the jokes that were made about her emotional speeches. She told Us Weekly, “It does get to me. But you have to remember in life that there’s a positive to every negative and a negative to every positive.”

She tried to win over the haters in her Oscar speech, but expressed that even with all of the criticism, “I live my life with love. I live my life with compassion. I live my life hoping the best for absolutely everyone, no matter how they feel about me. And when you live that way, it’s amazing how beautiful every day can be.”

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The Story Behind Michelle Obama's Oscars Appearance

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(LOS ANGELES) -- While everyone knows that the spy-thriller Argo won best picture, thanks to first lady Michelle Obama’s presentation of the award on Sunday, it turns out that her appearance was a bit of a secret operation itself.

Producers of the Academy Awards are revealing the lengths they went to in order to get Mrs. Obama to appear in the ceremony and to keep her appearance a surprise until the last second.

Producer Craig Zadan told The Hollywood Reporter that the idea for Mrs. Obama’s appearance was first pitched by Harvey Wienstein’s daughter Lily. The producers liked the idea, and flew out to the White House in secret, telling many of their colleagues that they were going to New York instead. They kept the details of the trip and their plans off of any manifests and program runs to prevent leaks.

When asked, the first lady agreed immediately, saying that it was a great idea, and noting that the first family watches movies at the White House all the time in the private theatre. Obama and the producers then surveyed various rooms of the White House to decide where she should broadcast from.

Obama was introduced by film legend Jack Nicholson on the Dolby Theatre stage in Los Angeles. Nicholson had a second envelope with the winner in it, in case a technical error with the connection upset their well-laid plans.

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Seth MacFarlane on Hosting the Oscars Again: 'No Way'

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seth MacFarlane's debut as host of the Academy Awards appears to be a one-off. 

When asked by one of his Twitter followers if he'd host again, the Family Guy creator posted plainly early Tuesday morning: "No way."

However, MacFarlane added, "Lotta fun to have done it, though."

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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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Late Celebrities Left Out of Oscars' 'In Memoriam' Segment

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- The Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment is typically notable as much for who it excluded as for who it included.  This year is no exception.

The "In Memoriam" segment on Sunday's Oscars telecast left out the late Andy Griffith, Dallas star Larry Hagman, Webster and Blazing Saddles star Alex Karras, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory director Mel Stuart, among many others. 

However, the aforementioned names and more are featured in an online "In Memoriam 2012" slideshow posted on the Oscars' official website.

But even that slideshow omits a few memorable actors, such as comedienne Phyllis Diller, The Jeffersons star Sherman Hemsley, and Diff'rent Strokes' Conrad Bain.  To be fair, Diller, Hemsley and Bain are all well-known for their TV work or appearances.

Actress Lupe Ontiveros, whose credits include the films The Goonies and Selena and the TV series Desperate Housewives, was also omitted from the "In Memoriam" TV segment and Internet slideshow, to the dismay of her family.  Her son tells the family was "disappointed" by the perceived snub.

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"The Onion" Apologizes for Vulgar Tweet About Quvenzhané Wallis

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Onion, a satirical news site, apologized Monday for a crude tweet posted during the Oscars about Quvenzhané Wallis, the 9-year-old actress nominated for best actress for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c***, right?” read the tweet, which was deleted about an hour after it was posted.

While some of Oscars host Seth MacFarlane’s jokes Sunday night were met with cool silence inside the Dolby Theater, Twitter users lashed back at The Onion for its tweet.

Steve Hannah, CEO of The Onion, apologized today, saying, “No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.”

“It was crude and offensive — not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting,” he wrote in a statement posted on the website.

Hannah said the unidentified employees behind the tweet would be disciplined.

Wallis, who played Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild, was also ribbed during the awards broadcast by MacFarlane. He quipped at one point that “it’ll be 16 years before she’s too old for” George Clooney.

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Oscars 2013: Complete List of Winners

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The 85th Academy Awards took place on Sunday night at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The big winners were Argo, which won the award for Best Picture; Daniel Day-Lewis, who took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln; and Jennifer Lawrence, who was named Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

Here's a complete list of the winners:

Best Picture

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Best Director
Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Best Animated Feature Film

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour, Austria

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Django Unchained

Best Original Song
“Skyfall” from Skyfall; music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Best Cinematography
Life of Pi

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina

Best Documentary Feature
Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short Subject

Best Editing

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Les Miserables

Best Original Score
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna

Best Production Design

Best Animated Short Film

Best Live Action Short Film

Best Sound Editing
TIE: Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall

Best Sound Mixing
Les Miserables

Best Visual Effects
Life of Pi

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