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The 84th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2011. The ceremony will take place on February 26, 2012 (4:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. EST), at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Watch Academy Awards 2012 online. Billy Crystal will host the ceremony, while Brian Grazer will produce it. This will be Crystal's ninth time serving as host for the Academy Awards.
Watch Academy Awards online. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be hosted by Eddie Murphy. However, after Brett Ratner resigned as producer after using a gay slur when talking about rehearsals, Murphy also stepped down.
Academy Awards 2012 live stream. On Sunday, the 84th Academy Awards will hand out the Oscars for best actors, picture, director, film editing, and every category in between.
Academy Awards 2012 live stream. It’s no secret that nominees have been waging a campaign to win. It is one that is as intense as the GOP primary, even if the stakes aren’t as high.
Academy Awards 2012 live. Oscar nominees don’t try to persuade us, the general public, that they are the best since only members of the Academy can nominate and vote.
Academy Awards live stream. Instead they lobby hard and long, including ads, to persuade Academy members that they are deserving of the golden statuette. Of course, buzz helps.
Watch Academy Awards 2012 online. Did the public make a nominated picture a box office success? Is there a perennial favorite actor or actress in the race?
Academy Awards 2012 live stream. For lesser-known categories such as make-up artist or sound editing, the nominees are also dependent upon their fellow brethren in that field to vote for them but without all the fanfare.
Watch Academy Awards 2012 online. While Oscar campaigning has always been vigorous, not unlike the Presidential campaigns, it has grown even more so in recent years, again just like the Presidential campaigns.
Academy Awards 2012 live stream. The politics of the Oscars is a fact of life, as are all elections from school boards to union stewards to corporate chairs. There is a saying that all politics is local. It probably would be more apt to say that life itself is one long political campaign from getting a job to wooing the object of your desire to winning an Oscar.
The supporting categories are tricky, too. My guess is that Best Supporting Actor will go to Christopher Plummer for Beginners, but Max von Sydow gave a very showy performance in Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, which apparently enough people liked that it got a Best Picture nomination. The Help has strong contenders on the Supporting Actress side, with Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain both plausible winners (Chastain was almost amusingly prolific this year in films that were pretty highly thought of, including The Help, The Tree Of Life, The Debt, Coriolanus and Take Shelter). But there's also Berenice Bejo, who could benefit from The Artist momentum, and Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs, and — of course — Melissa McCarthy, the only person nominated this year for a pure comedy performance in Bridesmaids.
It could be a pretty dull night in terms of the actual awards, with The Artist potentially becoming the "well, at least it was fun" choice of a tired bunch of voters. But there are also other films that could surge. The Help won Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards, and it's not bad to have the acting branch on your side. Hugo is Martin Scorsese, and it doesn't hurt to be Martin Scorsese. (Ditto Midnight In Paris and Woody Allen.)
But of course, you know watching the Oscars isn't about who wins what. It's about the dresses, the tuxes, the unpredictable hair, the corny jokes, the awkward audience reaction shots — it's supposed to be fun. And it's pretty reliably fun, even when the show is going badly. (Perhaps especially when the show is going badly.)
Well muscled, leotard-clad acrobats from Cirque du Soleil, who will perform during the show, warmed up in the theater, some performing splits on the seats.
For the purposes of rehearsals, Miss Piggy was played by a petite woman with a knack for delivering her "mois."
"Whoever is my Robert Downey Jr. and my Gwyneth Paltrow and my Chris Rock, I need you over here," a voice boomed from stage right.
For the women, Oscar rehearsals are a place for anticipating fashion mishaps. "I've got a very big dress," Cruz warned her co-presenter, who stepped to the side to accommodate the phantom gown.
"Working out girl problems here," Diaz said to a patient crew, switching spots and tucking wisps of her blond bob over her ear. The problem? "Which side of my face my hair is gonna part down."
When Diaz and her co-presenter improvised a coquettishly theatrical moment, producer Brian Grazer declared the move, "So cute!"
"Is that stupid? Nobody's gonna hate us, right?" Diaz asked.
"No way!" a stand-in hollered from the audience. "You've gotta go for it!"
An Oscar-nominated documentary whose filmmakers are credited with helping a man escape death row could win big Sunday night, but not everyone is celebrating.
The family of a Cub Sscout murdered in the killings explored in the series of West Memphis 3 documentaries asked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to deny Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Oscar eligibility. That request was denied in December, the Associated Press reports.