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Published: 02/28/11

Melissa Leo's Unscripted Moment at the Academy Awards

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Melissa Leo's Unscripted Moment at the Academy Awards

The Oscars didn't really hold my attention Sunday night and sadly, after I got distracted,they still went on and on. Before the first commercial, however, I was glad to hear winning cinematographer Wally Pfister thank his "union crew" on the film "Inception." As my husband is a member of the screenwriters' guild, I was also glad to see, for the two winners in his professional category, that the Academy got it exactly right. Related Stories The Oscars: 'The King's Speech' and Natalie Portman Reign The Oscars: Young, Pretty, Snarky, So Who's Watching? Wh...

Published: 02/28/11

Opinion: 6 Ways to Improve the Oscars Next Year

By  David Fagin - AOL News
Opinion: 6 Ways to Improve the Oscars Next Year

When the biggest moments this year were Melissa Leo dropping of the F-bomb and a feisty Kirk Douglas, maybe the Oscars should start calling themselves "The Felixes"? To think, this is a show that honors some of the most deranged and spoiled members of our society -- actors -- and last night's telecast was the first time a bad word had ever been uttered in its history? No wonder the shows are so boring. Even Sesame Street is more edgy these days. And, let's face it, when everyone already knows the outcome, the Oscars are just too clean, too proper and too late for the Internet generation. ...

Published: 02/28/11

The Oscars: 'The King's Speech' and Natalie Portman Reign

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
The Oscars: 'The King's Speech' and Natalie Portman Reign

On an evening celebrating youth, when the parade of glamour on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre gave off plenty of Hollywood sparkle, "The King's Speech," a traditional historical drama about George VI, who overcame a crippling stammer to lead England in World War II, dominated the top honors at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony Sunday. So much for "The Social Network," which as the film about the creation of Facebook, represented the young and rising 21st century and had been the front-runner to win the best movie Oscar early on in the awards race. In its near sweep, "The King's Speech" w...

Published: 02/27/11

Kirk Douglas: Twitter Jokes as the Elderly Legend Steals Oscars 2011 Show

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
Kirk Douglas: Twitter Jokes as the Elderly Legend Steals Oscars 2011 Show

Kirk Douglas didn't become an icon without knowing how to work a room. The 94-year-old actor made the most of his time presenting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, talking about how beautiful co-host Anne Hathaway is and teasing the nominees by repeatedly delaying the announcement. If Douglas is a little before your time, you may know him as Michael Douglas' father (and Catherine Zeta-Jones' father-in-law). He starred in "Spartacus" in 1960 and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" in 1954; he has worked steadily since the 1940s and even provided a voice on "The Simpsons" once. On Twitter, the Os...

Published: 02/27/11

Oscar Winners 2011 [LIVE UPDATE]

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
Oscar Winners 2011 [LIVE UPDATE]

If you weren't able to catch the Oscars tonight -- or if you just couldn't bring yourself to sit through those Oscar winner speeches -- but you still want to know who comes out on top, have no fear. Surge Desk is here. Here are the winners of the biggest prizes of the night. Best Picture Winner: "The King's Speech." The nominees were: "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "The King's Speech," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit," and "Winter's Bone." Best Leading Actor Winner: Colin Firth for "The King's Speech." This is Firth's first...

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