As host Anne Hathaway said, this year's Academy Awards kind of were the "young and hip" Oscars. They made the effort, anyway, from the choice of hosts to skits like the auto-tuned movie montage. Making a joke about how musicals were big this year, Franco introduced the parody, which features 2010 movies like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, The Social Network, and Eclipse. Watch as Justin Timberlake's "billion dollars" speech and Taylor Lautner's abs become fodder for hilarious lyrics!
Are you trying to see as many Oscar-nominated movies as possible? First, make sure you've downloaded and printed out my checklist and voted on my Oscar ballot for a chance to win a Samsung TV (and here's where you can print out your own). Then, I'd like to see which of the best picture nominees you guys have seen. Vote on each of the 10 films and let me know which ones you've already checked off your list!
Mark Wahlberg used to be a tough guy, but now he tears up at family films like Tangled and Toy Story 3. While chatting with Jay Leno, the father of four — Ella, 7, Michael, 4, and Brendan, 2, and Grace, 1, — talked about going to the movies with his oldest daughter and her date and how parenthood has changed him.
I was disappointed last year when the individual performances for the nominations for Best Original Song were cut from the Oscars, so I was happy to learn that not only are the performances coming back this year, but they're pretty star-studded. Gwyneth Paltrow will take the stage again (right after she performs with Cee-Lo at the Grammys) for her Country Strong number, while Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore will show off their duet from Tangled. For "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, composer A.R. Rahman is enlisting Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, and Randy Newman will perform his tune from Toy Story 3.
I can't wait to hear all of the performances on the big night, but I'm particularly pumped to see Levi and Moore team up since we didn't actually get to see their faces in Tangled. What about you — which performance are you looking forward to the most?
Films often reflect life, and that's why families will be well-represented at the 2011 Academy Awards. When the Oscar nominations were announced this morning, it was thrilling to see that movies made about and for families were recognized in the most prestigious categories. From mother and father roles to those behind animated flicks, see which nominees will be vying to accept the sought-after statue on the big night!
If the movies of the past couple of years are any indication, people love a good bromance. Big-screen friendships between men procure both laughs and heartwarming moments, from comedies like Hot Tub Time Machine to more dramatic films like The King's Speech. Which of these dude buddies were your favorite of 2010?
Don't forget to vote on all of my Best of 2010 polls!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can officially start thinking about hunting for a tree. But of course, along with that comes decorations, and what better way to show a little originality than to trim your holiday tree than with a few of these LEGO Ornaments from Etsy seller Hearts4Ever, inspired by popular geeky movies. Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Toy Story are the stars here, but I happen to think that any LEGO person could be a perfect candidate for ornamentation.
Sure, $15.50 is kinda steep for just one ornament, but if you have some LEGO sets of your own, you could totally make a day out of DIY'ing this idea.