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Oscars Retrospective: Memorable Looks of 2007

If you’re tired of the fashions of today, it can sometimes be fun to hop into the time machine and revisit some of the most memorable looks of previous Oscars. While 2007 may seem like it was just yesterday, this year will mark 10 years since The Departed won for best picture. In anticipation of this year’s Oscars, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the best and worst looks of the 79th Oscars.

Compared to years past, the Oscars were fairly conservative fashion-wise. Most dresses were column or A-line, with few traditional ball gowns in attendance. Greens and neutrals dominated the red carpet, although keeping with the trends of the mid-2000s, there were a number of metallic gowns as well. Read on for some of the most memorable looks!  Continue reading

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The Revenant: The Film to Beat at the Oscars

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The film that may finally get Leonardo DiCaprio his Oscar is up for several Oscars itself – a dozen, in fact, including best picture. DiCaprio’s performance is just one of several aspects that make The Revenant not only a must-see, but also an award contender.

For those who haven’t seen it for themselves yet – or for all those movie-goes who wondered, “Who is that guy? What have I seen him in before?” – here’s a rundown to prep you for the Oscars.

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Leonardo DiCaprio: Gifs to Make You Fall in Love with Him All Over Again

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The Oscars are almost here and on everyone’s mind is this: Will it finally be Leonardo DiCaprio’s year?

With his raw and stunning performance in The Revenant, plus a diverse resume that includes The Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Gatsby, Django Unchained, Inception, Catch Me If You Can, and, yes, Titanic, DiCaprio has secured himself a reputation as one of Hollywood’s greats.

And we can’t get enough of him. When we’re not watching his movies, we’re following him across the covers and pages of our favorite magazines, catching every glimpse into the superstar’s life.

According to IMDB, DiCaprio has been on a magazine cover 113 times, and has been interviewed and written about in Entertainment Weekly, Time, GQ, Rolling Stone, People, Us, American Cinematographer, Esquire, TV Guide, Vanity Fair and more. And he’s been in plenty of international magazines, too.

Clearly, he’s got our attention and we’ll all be waiting to hear the verdict on February 28th.

But no matter what happens at this year’s Oscars, we’ll still love Leo for all that he is and all that he’s given us. Please join me in an ode to Mr. DiCaprio, not through verse, but through gifs.

 

 

Oh, Leo. With Titanic, you splashed onto the scene. One flip of your hair was all it took to make us fall in love with you.

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But like an iceberg, your performance in Titanic was just the tip of your stunning career. You are truly a man of many hats.

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Performance after performance, you’ve showed us what it’s like to fly.

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You’ve made us laugh

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You’ve made us cry

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 We’ve felt ALL the feels.

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You’ve got the moves.

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The guts.

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The class.

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And no one can say “white cake” quite like you.

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So here’s to you, Leo.

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You do you, and never quit.

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Entertainment Weekly Oscars Issue

Billy Crystal Covers Entertainment Weekly’s Annual Oscar Issue

Entertainment Weekly Oscars IssueBilly Crystal is returning as the Oscar emcee for the eighth time tonight, but he’s not about to make the same foibles others have in recent years.

Some may enjoy the celebrity assault Ricky Gervais mounted while hosting the Golden Globes, but this year’s Academy Awards host Billy Crystal isn’t one of them. Covering Entertainment Weekly‘s annual Oscar Issue, the actor says, “That whole concept of ‘I want to really go after people’–I don’t understand that. Is it a roast or is it an awards show? Do you dislike these people?” Ahem, Mr. Gervais?

But before the Hollywood elite breathe a complete sigh of relief, they should know that Crystal doesn’t want them to get too comfortable. While Crystal, returning to the gig 21 years after his Oscar hosting debut, uses a “different bar” as a host, he’s not opposed to a friendly jab now and then. “If there’s a good target and they deserve it, you can kid them in the right way,” he says. “But it’s not the place to go out there and hammer people, because who am I? There’s many times we’ve kicked out jokes because they were too personal.”

It seems the eight-time Academy Award emcee  wants to have a good time but not at the expense of the nominees. After all, the comedian-turned-actor has also been a die-hard fan of the show itself since he was six or seven years old.  He recalls, “When I would first watch it … I very rarely could stay up until the Best Picture award, so my mother would write down who won and when I came into the kitchen the next morning, the list of winners would be in my cereal bowl.”

A host who’s just as big of a fan as we are? How fantastic is that? So much better than last year when Anne Hathaway tried to will fellow Oscar host James Franco into enjoying the night. But no amount of dress changes or Cheshire cat grins could win him (or their critical audience) over. For that reason, the expectation for this year’s show to be great is certainly high, to which Crystal simply says, “I’ve got to deliver.”

Will you be watching the Academy Awards tonight? How do you feel about Billy Crystal returning as the host? Which film deserves the Best Picture crown in your opinion?

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Top 4 Confessions of This Year’s Oscar Nominees

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The Oscars are upon us, and Newsweek offered up some of the juiciest confessions from this year’s nominees.

It’s Oscar season! And that can only mean one thing: a barrage of interviews with some of our favorite stars who are touting their movies before the February 26 broadcast. No interview is more fun or telling than Newsweek’s annual Oscar Roundtable.

George Clooney used to do what before he became “Gorgeous George?” There’s so much ground to cover with these Oscar noms, and Newsweek is giving all the nitty-gritty details–nothing is off limits. Here are just four of the many unexpected confessions given by some of this year’s outstanding performers:

1. “It was a terrible job!” George Clooney (“The Descendants”) used to hawk women’s shoes? Seems years ago an 18-year-old Clooney could be found schlepping around a department store. He tells the magazine, “There was a whole generation of women who had a toe cut off to fit in tight pumps.” Yikes! Good thing he switched his day job!

2. “I did actually pee on tape.” If you thought an actor couldn’t be asked to do more for a role than full-frontal nudity, think again. “Shame” actor Michael Fassbender went a step further for his controversial turn as a sex addict, thus joining “an elite group of actors, including Kate Winslet in ‘Holy Smoke,’ who had to urinate on screen.” Too much information?

3. “I’ll never work with him again!” Contrary to popular belief, actors aren’t the only ones to blame if their films fail–they’re just the most visible scapegoats. Best Supporting Actor favorite Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) knows exactly who to point the finger at for his 2005 flop “The New World”–director Terrence Malick (currently nominated for Best Director for “The Tree of Life”). Plummer admits, “I love some of his movies very much, but the problem with Terry is he needs a writer, desperately.”

4. “I was terrified of Meryl Streep.” Viola Davis (“The Help”) has become great friends with her “Doubt” costar Meryl Streep; however, Davis was not at all confident of her own skills upon first working with the living legend. How did she prepare for the set? She wrote a 50-page biography on her character. Now that’s dedication to the craft!

Which films and performances stand out to you this award season?

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Oscar Nominee Brad Pitt Talks Politics, Religion, Marriage with The Hollywood Reporter

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Brad Pitt talks about his ever-evolving worlds of fatherhood, the enviably gorgeous Angelina Jolie, weed and his chance at an Oscar.

The Internet has been abuzz this week with Brad Pitt’s past resolve not to marry his love of seven years Angelina Jolie until all gay couples are able to do the same. Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter released its cover story on the actor, just in time to coincide with his multiple Oscar nominations, which were announced Tuesday. Aside from looking forward to golden boy Pitt walking away with the golden boy next month, fans can now celebrate the fact that the star is finding it harder to avoid the wedding aisle these days.

“We’d actually like to and it seems to mean more and more to our kids,” Pitt says. “We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out.” What’s changed? The father of six further explains, “It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”

When pressed about a proposal, Pitt declares, “I’m not going to go any further … But to be in love with someone and be raising a family with someone and want to make that commitment and not be able to is ludicrous, just ludicrous.”

A more open than usual Pitt goes on to talk politics (staunch Obama supporter), religion (agnostic/atheist, much to the chagrin of his Southern Baptist parents) and … weed? It’s true. After suffering from depression, which he credits to an inability to cope with his growing celebrity status in the ’90s, he admits to having used marijuana, “numbing myself to sleep.” But a trip to Casablanca, Morocco, and a front row seat to poverty persuaded him to quit the habit. “I just quit,” he explains. “I stopped grass then–I mean, pretty much–and decided to get off the couch.”

He also opens up about his friendship with notorious prankster and frequent costar George Clooney. Both impossibly good looking men, who sometimes feign a faux rivalry on the red carpet, have been nominated for Best Actor Oscars this year–Clooney for “The Descendants” and Pitt for “Moneyball.” Jolie’s perhaps soon-to-be husband is also up for a possible two producer nominations for his work on Best Picture nominees “Moneyball” and “Tree of Life” (his producer credit has yet to be determined by the Academy).

But the man who would be more father than Hollywood royalty in real life simply says, “It’s a great honor.”