Archive for the ‘Oscars’ Category

  • Mamo #342: MamOscar 2014

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    Oscars 2014! This omnibus episode stitches together all 9 of the minisodes from last night’s Oscar telecast. Ellen, Slave, Gravity, selfies, Blanchett, McConnaughey, Hustle, Menzel, Midler, Minelli, the pizza guy and much, much more!

    To download this episode, use this URL: http://rowthree.com/audio/mamo/mamo342.mp3

  • 86th Annual Academy Award WINNERS [Oscars]

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    This is the nominee and winners list for the 2014 Academy Awards. The results will be updated as the winners are announced. Or as close to live as possible. The party I’m at like to pause and chill and distract themselves so as our TiVO catches up the results below will begin to emerge in RED.

    If you’re interested in hanging out with the crew, you can join up with the live blog and up-to-the-minute commentary from RowThree staff and readers. Kurt Halfyard should be in fine form. Anything you like, he will hate. Guaranteed.

    TOTAL NOMINATIONS COUNT:
    American Hustle 10
    Gravity 10
    12 Years a Slave 9
    Captain Phillips 6
    Dallas Buyers’ Club 6
    Nebraska 6
    Her 5
    The Wolf of Wall Street 5

     
     

    TOTAL WIN COUNT:                 
    Gravity 7
    12 Years a Slave 3
    Dallas Buyers’ Club 3
    The Great Gatsby 2
    Frozen 2
    Her 1
    American Hustle 0
    Captain Phillips 0
    Nebraska 0
    The Wolf of Wall Street 0

     

    BEST MOTION PICTURE:
    12 Years a Slave
    American Hustle
    Captain Phillips
    Dallas Buyers Club
    Gravity
    Nebraska
    Her
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    Philomena

    DIRECTOR:
    Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
    Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
    David O. Russell, American Hustle
    Alexander Payne, Nebraska
    Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

    ACTOR:
    Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
    Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
    Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
    Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
    Christian Bale (American Hustle)

    ACTRESS:
    Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
    Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
    Amy Adams (American Hustle)
    Judi Dench (Philomena)
    Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

    SUPPORTING ACTOR:
    Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
    Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
    Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
    Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
    Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
    Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
    Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
    Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
    June Squibb (Nebraska)
    Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

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  • Six Annual Row Three Oscar Live Blog and Prize POOL – Oh Yeah!

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    It’s hard to believe we’ve been at it this long but alas, it’s true. Once again, Row Three will be Live Blogging the Oscars. For the 6th year in a row.

    Kurt is going to play master of ceremonies (and uber-priss), guiding us through the night with quips and observations but other R3 staff will be dropping in to share in the festivities and if you’ve participated in previous years, you’ll know that things get very interesting as the night (and drinking) progresses. Oh yes, ’tis a barrel of laughs that will never see the light of day again once the event is over so be sure to mark your calendar and drop on by and join us for the action. I cannot guarantee anything but I have a feeling there will likely be more than one “FU” spat at a TV/computer/phone screen. I am saddened that Seth MacFarlane will not be back (Hey, I liked the boobs song, so sue me) but heck, Ellen should manage quite well. She has those magical shoes and all.

      In the meantime, drop your Oscar picks for the main categories

    – Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Documentary, Animated, Foreign Language, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Best Song, Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Makeup, Production Design and Score —

      in the space below and we’ll send you some Blu Rays if you score the most correct guesses.

    The show kicks off at 4PT/7ET though if last year is any indication, the “official” red carpet will eat into the first 30 minutes of air time with the show kicking off at 4:30/7:30.

    ‘Till Sunday…

  • 86th Annual Academy Award Nominations [Oscars]

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    Good morning! Welcome to dark o’clock for the live blogging of the 2014 Oscar Nominations! We’re going to be posting the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards right here on this page (almost) as quickly as they are announced – and you can watch the presentation in the video above.

    Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth (aka James Hunt, aka Thor) took to the stage today to present this year’s nominees. I’ll be trying to keep up with them as they (very very quickly, traditionally) announce the titles and names for all of the major categories.

    You can check out all of the nominees printed below and be sure to sound off in the comments section with your thoughts/rants. The major categories will be posted here immediately (as they are announced) and the rest will be posted once they’re made public from the Academy (usually within a couple of hours).

    **UPDATE** All categories are now posted including the final nomination tally.

    Take a look at the full list of nominees printed below. See anything interesting or surprising? Anyone snubbed or is anything garnering undeserved attention? Make it known in the comments below!

    The award winners will be announced on Sunday, MARCH 2nd at 7pm ET live on ABC at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Ellen DeGeneres returns from a seven year hiatus to host the ceremony. Haters be damned, I’m excited for Ellen – it will be classy and most assuredly funny. We’ll see you in a month or so for a live blogging/discussion session and hopefully some good times (and lots of snark from our resident buzzkill, Kurt Halfyard!).

    TOTAL NOMINATIONS COUNT:
    American Hustle 10
    Gravity 10
    12 Years a Slave 9
    Captain Phillips 6
    Dallas Buyers’ Club 6
    Nebraska 6
    Her 5
    The Wolf of Wall Street 5

     

    BEST MOTION PICTURE:
    12 Years a Slave
    American Hustle
    Captain Phillips
    Dallas Buyers Club
    Gravity
    Nebraska
    Her
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    Philomena

    DIRECTOR:
    Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
    Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
    David O. Russell, American Hustle
    Alexander Payne, Nebraska
    Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

    ACTOR:
    Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
    Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
    Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
    Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
    Christian Bale (American Hustle)

    ACTRESS:
    Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
    Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
    Amy Adams (American Hustle)
    Judi Dench (Philomena)
    Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

    SUPPORTING ACTOR:
    Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
    Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
    Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
    Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
    Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
    Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
    Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
    Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
    June Squibb (Nebraska)
    Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

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  • Oscar Doc Short List Nominations

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    There were 147 documentary films contending for an Oscar nomination in 2013. In the end, there can only be five nominations, but The Academy has whittled the initial list down to fifteen.

    Most of the titles are unsurprising to my eyes. These are all of the bigger profile docs that people were talking about throughout the year. Front-runner predictions? I’d have to think Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell has got to be a favorite. Also, Blackfish and The Act of Killing have gotten a lot of buzz as well.

    The Act of Killing
    The Armstrong Lie
    Blackfish
    The Crash Reel
    Cutie and the Boxer
    Dirty Wars
    First Cousin Once Removed
    God Loves Uganda
    Life According to Sam
    Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
    The Square
    Stories We Tell
    Tim’s Vermeer
    20 Feet from Stardom
    Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

    A couple of titles notably missing from the short list are After Tiller, Gideon’s Army, Let the Fire Burn and Leviathan; four films I’ve seen on some other favorite lists and have been getting recognition in other venues. I think At Berkeley is another one I’ve seen cropping up on some best of lists as well.

    What say you? Any commentary you have on the list? Anything missing or more interestingly, are there any titles on the short list that absolutely should not be there?

    Also, the full list of 151 films is printed under the seats…
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  • Oscar’s Foreign Language “LONG” List.

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    Courtesy of Variety, here is the list of each countries submission. I’m sure we will see a narrowed list to about 10 entries at some later date, prior to the January 19th Nominee announcement, but if you want to start checking them all out, of the few I am aware of, I’d start with my favourite, Belgium’s Broken Circle Breakdown. I’ve been trying to track down Sean Ellis’s Metro Manila after missing it at Fantasia to no avail, maybe things will get easier now. Asghar Farhadi’s Parisian set The Past covers similar ground to his Oscar winning follow up to A Separation and is quite excellent. The Hunt is solid enough even though I had some issues with it, and The Grandmasters has already played wide, albeit the Chinese cut is the one being nominated, not the truncated USA version.

    The rest either have only mild festival awareness wholly unknown properties for yours truly. The full list is tucked under the seat for you to explore at will.

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  • Ellen DeGeneres Hosting Oscar Ceremony 2014

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    Ellen DeGeneresSome people watch Oprah, some people watch The View (dear God, why? squak squak squak!) and some people watch Fox and Friends. Me? I subscribe to the Ellen channel on YouTube. Although her stint at the Oscars a few years back didn’t work all that well, I still think she’s great at being funny with her stand-up and guest interviews alike. She does all sorts of good humanitarian work and makes people laugh while doing it. Also, she’s great in Finding Nemo. It’s safe to say I’m a fan.

    And now we get this Tweet from her earlier today:


    So yeah, I guess this is official. I’m willing to give her a second try on this one and actually look forward to it. Would I have chosen someone different to host if I were in charge? Yeah probably. But I’m happy with this choice.

  • Dueling Oscar News

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    1) As if the Oscars weren’t already meaningless enough, Oscar voters will now no longer have to actually watch movies in certain categories before voting. Now I actually thought that this is the way it whas been for years but apparently just yesterday The Academy announced it would now be sending Oscar Voters DVDs for the following categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film.

    So voters are no longer required to see the movies on the large screen and can now just ignore them from the comforot of their own home as the screening sit idly on a coffee table or kitchen counter before putting a check mark on their ballots. Perhaps I’m being cynical?

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    2) To the chagrin of many and the joy of many more, Seth McFarlane has reportedly been offered the Oscar hosting gig for 2014. Both The Academy and Seth’s people have remained silent on the issue, but this is the rumored news. Not to get into yet another debate about who an ideal Oscar host would be, but there you have it. Discuss.

  • RowThree Oscar Pool Winners

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    Thanks to everyone who played our annual Oscar Pool this year. Mixing it up a bit this year with some “funkier” question was a little bit more fun and some of those responses did make or break the line between winning and losing – especially the “second chance” question.

    A complete breakdown of all the responses are below. Before the winners are contacted, feel free (in fact, PLEASE DO!) review your answers and make sure my math is correct! You’ll have three full days to look over the responses and look for any discrepancies. If you find something amiss, leave a comment in the appropriate section below or feel free to shoot me an email. Thursday night will be the deadline for corrections. After that, winners will be official and will be contacted to receive their prizes.

    Thanks again to Corey and CriticalMassCast for sponsoring this contest and providing the DVD prizes!

    A few interesting statistics:
    – We had 42 total responses
    – 88% of respondents answered ARGO for Best Picture (five people did not and all five picked something different).
    – For the “how many Tweets” question, the range of [serious] answers was from 12,000 to 25 million (answer was 8.9 million)
    – Five-way tie for the closest correct answer to the Tweet question at 5,000,000
    – 17 people took correct advantage of the “second chance” question and received the extra 5 points
    – No need for the tie breaker question, but the closest answer to the correct one (215 min.) was 211 minutes
    – Biggest surprise (collectively) was Best Director. 65% incorrectly picked Spielberg. 21% correctly picked Lee
    – 93% of respondents correctly picked Day-Lewis to win best actor
    – 91% of respondents correctly picked Hathaway to win best supporting actress
    – 95% of respondents correctly picked Amour for best foreign language film
    – 93% of respondents correctly picked Adelle for best song with “Skyfall”

    and now on to the winners…
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  • Mamo #295: Oscar Mystery

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    We cable-knit the nine Oscar night mini-Mamo episodes into a sweater of showness. Jennifer Lawrence! Daniel Day-Lewis! Anne Hathaway’s nipples! They’re all here, except for the nipples.

    To download this episode, use this URL: http://rowthree.com/audio/mamo/mamo295.mp3

  • Academy Award Winners

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    The private orgy of the stars is still going on at Jack Nicholson’s house but we’ve got more important things to discuss. Like winners and losers in art. All of the nominees are below with the winners in bold red.

    TOTAL WINS COUNT:
    Life of Pi = 4
    Argo = 3
    Les Misérables = 3
    Lincoln = 2
    Django Unchained = 2
    Skyfall = 2

    BEST MOTION PICTURE:
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Silver Linings Playbook
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Lincoln
    Les Misérables
    Amour
    Argo
    Life of Pi
    Django Unchained

    DIRECTOR:
    David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
    Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
    Michael Haneke (Amour)
    Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
    Benh Zietlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

    ACTOR:
    Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
    Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
    Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
    Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
    Denzel Washington (Flight)

    ACTRESS:
    Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
    Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
    Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
    Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
    Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

    SUPPORTING ACTOR:
    Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
    Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook)
    Alan Arkin (Argo)
    Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
    Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
    Sally Field (Lincoln)
    Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
    Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
    Amy Adams (The Master)

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  • Oscars. Have at It.

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    To be honest I was somewhat, nay very baffled by all of the early Seth MacFarlane hate. We was far more entertaining than the last few years have offered up in terms of hosts – at least since Hugh Jackman. But as the show wore on, the hate waned a bit and people started to have fun with all of the great music and classic set design and general good will from the presenters and winners alike.

    Anyway, many of us were sitting right in the middle of the third row and saw the whole show unfold before our eyes. Whether you were near, far, or are Jewish, what were your thoughts on anything Academy Award related? Wins, losses, speeches, gowns highlights, lolights, sock puppets and Babs. Plenty to discuss, so feel free to sound off below…

    PS: Yay Tarantino!
    PPS: We’ll have all the winners listed in a later post very soon.

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