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Final Oscar Ratings: Demo Stays Lowest Since 2008, Viewership Worst Since 2009

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FINAL UPDATE, 11:57 AM: Like the show itself, the ratings for the Oscars feel like they will never end. Now, two days after Hollywood's biggest night we have the final, final numbers for the 87th Academy Awards. While it is still the lowest performance among adults 18-49 since 2008 and the lowest viewership since 2009, the spread has tightened a touch. In final ratings, the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Oscars on Sunday went up a bit to get an 11.0/26 rating in the key demo… Read


When Oscar Met Tony: Art Versus Commerce Collides At Awards Shows

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Oh, the rending of garments concerning Birdman’s Oscar win over American Sniper, the sole blockbuster in the Best Picture field of eight. The triumph throws into high relief the growing disconnect between Academy voters and what scores with ticket buyers — Birdman (gross cume, $37.8M); American Sniper ($320M) — according to the people who tell people what to think. Moreover, the Academy hadn’t even bothered to fill all 10 available slots in the expanded Best Picture… Read


Conan Explains Oscars Politics

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“A lot of political moments at the Oscars last night,” Conan said. “Winners at the Oscars drew attention to racial injustice, equal pay for women, and immigration reform. Unfortunately, they were each played off with the song, Everything Is Awesome.”  Read


Oscars: The Creative Team Behind Those Stylish Graphics


The 87th Oscars had its highlights: the Selma “Glory” moment, Lady Gaga and Julie Andrews celebrating 50 years of The Sound Of Music, moving acceptance speeches from J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, writer Graham Moore; and, of course, the work of Henry Hobson. Who? The unsung designer-director behind those category introductions. Hobson’s been behind the scenes for seven consecutive years with the Oscars, since 2009, but this year the stylish look of the title sequences… Read


Oscars: Did Lady Gaga Rule The Night? She Sure Ruled Twitter & Facebook – Update

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UPDATE with Facebook numbers: Lady Gaga took to the Oscars stage to sing a four-song medley from The Sound Of Music as the Academy Awards celebrated the movie’s 50th anniversary on Sunday. Her performance garnered a standing ovation and according to Twitter generated the highest number of tweets per minute of any segment of the show, alongside Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s speech for winning Best Picture and Patricia Arquette’s call-to-arms acceptance speech for winning… Read


Oscar Wins By Film: ‘Birdman’ & ‘Grand Budapest’ Lead List

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In an odd year statistics-wise, only three films earned more than three wins last night at the 87th Oscars: the two Searchlight pics and Sony Pictures Classics’ Whiplash with three nods. Here is the full annotated list of winners by film: Birdman – 4 BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING: Alejandro G. Iñárritu ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander… Read


Oscars 2015 Winners – Photo Gallery


Fox Searchlight's Birdman had a total of four wins at last night’s 87th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu, Original Screenplay and Emmanuel Lubezki's cinematography — a second consecutive Oscar for the DP. Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, also from Fox Searchlight, scored four nods, too. Among them, a first-time win for oft-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (this was his ninth nomination). Other winners included Whiplash… Read


Oscar Wins By Studio: Fox Searchlight Tops Again


The 87th Oscars on Sunday marked the second consecutive big Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight, which on the strength of its second Best Picture winner in a row (Birdman, after 12 Years A Slave in 2014) and its Wes Anderson pic The Grand Budapest Hotel ran away with top studio honors with eight wins overall out of a leading 18 nominations going in. Only five studios had more than two trophies last night, with Sony Pictures Classics second overall with four nods, followed… Read


Jimmy Kimmel Post Oscars Show: Stars Pay Tribute To Kimmel School Of Perfect Acting

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  Jimmy Kimmel Live’s post-Oscar show paid tribute to acting coach Jim Kimmel, of whom it’s said almost every Academy Award winning actor owes a great debt — including Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Lupita Nyong'o, Harvey Weinstein, Mila Kunis, Jeff Bridges, Kristen Bell, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Aniston, and Gary Oldman, Sean Penn, Matt Damon,  John Krasinski, and Emily Blunt. Part 2 of the… Read


Oscar Aftermath: ‘Birdman’ Flies High & Parties Into The Night On Wings Of Victory

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OK, as I suspected the guilds were right and the critics groups and Golden Globes were wrong. With Birdman triumphing as Best Picture, Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Original Screenplay and Cinematography, it followed the path of exactly what the guild victories at PGA, DGA, SAG and ASC were predicting. And SAG went even farther in cementing its powers of prescience with the Oscar victory of The Theory Of Everything‘s voter-charmer Eddie Redmayne, who took Best A… Read


Oscars TV Review: Oscarcast Proves Risky Business For Neil Patrick Harris, “Sentimental Hogwash” For Celeb Causes

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All those months playing German wannabe rockstar Hedwig on Broadway paid off big time for Neil Patrick Harris, who scooted during the 87th Oscars ceremony from his dressing room to the stage of the Dolby Theatre wearing nothing but his tighty-whities. The bit paid tribute to a similar scene in the night’s big winner, Birdman, with a nod to Tom Cruise’s dancing number in Risky Business. How many actors other than Jennifer Lopez have been as unembarrassedly revealing on the… Read


‘Birdman’ Wins Oscar For Best Picture As Year’s Top Film Finally Elevates Itself

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In a rare year in which the marquee Best Picture category came down to the wire despite seven months of campaigning and three months of running the awards-season gauntlet, Fox Searchlight’s Birdman won the big prize tonight at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Its four total wins tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel for the most trophies on the night. It was the fourth victory of the evening for the pic, which centers on a former action-hero actor (Best Actor nominee Michael… Read