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Tweet Follow me Beverly Hills, CA – The 85th Academy Awards is history, and this blogger had another successful visit to Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We’ll focus on The Night Of 100 Stars Party later, but the focus now is on the Oscar winners from last night. The surprise, to me, is that Argo won Best Picture, even after Ang Lee (another surprise) won Best Director for Life Of Pi over Steven Speilberg for Lincoln. In Oscar’s statistical history, Ang Lee’s movie should have been the Best...

Tweet Follow me The 85th Academy Awards and The Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party is today, what’s called Oscar Sunday, the Super Bowl Sunday of entertainment! And what would Oscar Sunday be without a surprise, this day’s ripe for this one: Argo gets Best Picture over Lincoln. While this blogger explained why in the video below…. The point has to be expanded upon a bit. Last fall, there was an “e-voting” controversy, where many members of The Academy didn’t know how to access...

Tweet Follow me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv4yVykTid0 This is the video version of yesterday’s Oscar Red Carpet visit that was expressed in the previous blog post. Note the number of students playing celebs, and also we, Eva and I, highlight the blogs that are now on The Red Carpet for The Academy Awards. ...

Tweet Follow me Hollywood, CA – As this blog’s originating from the Loews Hollywood Hotel, the story of how this blogger got to this place, less than a day from the start of the 85th Academy Awards, is summed up in this embed produced by my Zennie62 On Vidoco page (I’m on the Vidoco Advisory Board): As you can see, the day started with a BART ride to SFO from Oakland, and the discovery that BART tickets are being devalued by my cell phone. To digress for a moment, in other words, I’ll use...

Tweet Follow me As this blogger’s just hours away from jetting off to Los Angeles for the 85th Academy Awards,(follow Zennie62 on Twitter and check out Vidoco, too!) more news comes in from the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman will present on this year’s Oscar telecast. Jack Nicholson And Dustin Hoffman really need no introductions but formality sake, Nicholson has been nominated 12 times and won for his leading performances in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest...

Tweet Follow me The Academy Awards are three days away, and it’s time for predictions. Here’s this blogger’s hypothesis: Lincoln will win ‘Best Picture’ at the Academy Awards. Note that, I said “hypotehesis,” because that means ‘educated guess, based on study.’ (Catch Oscar Coverage At Zennie62 from the Night Of 100 Stars Party) The reason for Lincoln as my selection goes like this: about 70 percent of the time in Oscars History, the winner of the Director’s...

Tweet Follow me James Bond will get an Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, sort of. The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced that the presentation ceremony will have a celebration of the 50th Birthday of James Bond. “We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Starting with ‘Dr. No’ back in 1962, the 007...

Tweet Follow me The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has what could only be called a “Votergate” problem. First, the main news is that the Oscar Nominations Voting Period has been extended to January 4th (press release below). Second, according to Deadline.com, a number of Academy members were having problems adjusting to a new online voting format, when they were used to the old snail mail system used over the past 84 years of The Oscars. You can ask for a paper ballot only if your dues...

Tweet Follow me There are 282 movies eligible to be nominated for Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards. According to The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to be eligible for 85th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited...

Tweet Follow me Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards opened Monday, and that included the first time use of electronic voting for the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy Members will have until 5 p.m. PT, Thursday, January 3, 2013, to vote electronically or mail in a paper ballot. Any paper ballots received after the deadline will not be counted. Nominations and final Awards ballots will be tabulated and verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to ensure that all aspects...

Tweet Follow me Seth MacFarlane is the host of the 85th Academy Awards. Again, Seth MacFarlane is the host of the 85th Oscars in 2013. This is unbelievable. Totally wild. Seth MacFarlane is a TV guy known for Family Guy and his movie Ted, but really his contributions have been massively tilted toward television. For Oscar Producers Craig Zedan and Neil Maron to have picked Seth is really out of this World. A reach for a new demographic. “We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing...

Tweet Follow me AMPAS, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has finally hired a replacement for the last communications director, Leslie Unger, who was released last fall in what Deadline’s Nikky Finke called “housecleaning,” and didn’t do so with any love from Nikke Finke: My lack of fondness for the arrogant...

Tweet Follow me More from the Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Party, where I think I set a video record over last year. This time, I met the legendary ex-wife of Tom Cruise, Mimi Rogers, who currently stars on Two And A Half Men on CBS with Ashton Kutcher and John Cryer. In person, Ms. Rogers is tall and statuesque; quite the queen of the ball and regal in her way. She came with her daughter, who was just taking in all of the media surrounding her famous Mom, and looked like she was having a great time. When I asked...

Tweet Follow me Daniel Sutton is a friend and LA media local who represents News 10 out of Austrialia and focuses on entertainment. Last Saturday, we traded videos in a way, with Sutton talking to me about what to look out for during the Oscars…. And also talking about why he wanted to see The Help win Oscars Best Picture. “It’s the kind of film that tugs at the heartstrings, especially at the end,” he said. I agree with Daniel, but my days of hoping the Academy picks a movie I like are...

Tweet Follow me Between Beverly Rivas, Tiana Patterson, and myself, there were three different views of The Red Carpet at the 2012 Oscars. Well, since Bev and Tiana were a team, really they should be considered one person. At any rate, here are the videos we created while on The Red Carpet, including the videos from the morning of The Oscars. The Oscars Red Carpet 2012 Media Positions Here I give Bev and Tiana a tour and point out that, once again, the minority media companies were all lumped together: TV One, BET,...

Tweet Follow me (Thanks to the Courtyard By Marriott Century City / Beverly Hills) The Oscars Red Carpet design was vastly different this year, and I sought to talk to someone connected with The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to explain the reason for the difference. AMPAS staff pointed to Joe Lewis. Lewis’ official title is “Oscars Pre-show Production Manager,” but, as he told me on camera, he’s not the head of design. That said, Lewis explained that they changed the “color...

Tweet Follow me (Thanks to the Courtyard By Marriott Century City / Beverly Hills) The 2012 Academy Awards featured the only Oscar upset of the Sunday evening – that belonged to the legendary Meryl Streep – and it was predicted by yours truly. It happened on Saturday, and while I was being interviewed by Daniel Sutton, who works for Australia’s News One and is based in LA. I gave my extensive set of reasons for the prediction in an earlier blog post, writing: Streep’s frequency of nominations,...

Tweet Follow me Hollywood, CA (And thanks to the Courtyard By Marriott Century City / Beverly Hills) Oscar stands ready for what should be a rather predictable Academy Award ceremony Sunday. But, predictability aside, and regardless of the number of times I’ve been here, the preparation for the Academy Awards just never gets old. And after all of this time, I’ve figured out why: everyone here’s excited about the event. It’s what for me has become the “old” case of buzz creating...

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Tweet Follow me The time is almost upon us for the 84th annual Academy Awards, and while the show has yet to fully embrace social media – it has made some impressive leaps and bounds technologically speaking. I downloaded the official Oscar app last night, and I have to say I am rather impressed! It is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and it provides a nice added value of the Oscars social feed, as well as original content and trailers from all the nominated films. There is also an interactive...