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February 11 2014

Oscars Go 'Frozen': Idina Menzel to Perform 'Let It Go'

It's a go for "Let It Go" at this year's Academy Awards. Idina Menzel will perform the song from Disney's Frozen for the first time on TV during ABC's March 2 broadcast of the ceremony, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealed Tuesday

"Let It Go" is nominated for Best Original Song, along with "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and "The Moon Song" from Her.

It's really happening. I'm singing on the Oscars! Surreal. Thank u frozen family and Oscar producers for this incredible opportunity.

— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) February 11, 2014

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February 09 2014

14 Ways Jennifer Lawrence Is a Disney Princess

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most idolized celebrities in Hollywood. She's beautiful, she's talented, and her adorably zany antics on the red carpet just make the Internet fall in love with her even more.

Her perfection is only matched by the likes of Princess Ariel, Princess Aurora, or Snow White. No matter what J-Law does, she does it like a whimsical Disney princess.

But the comparison goes a lot deeper than that. When she tripped over her Dior gown at the 2013 Academy Awards, it became very clear that perhaps Ms. Lawrence is not the America's Sweetheart we knew, but actual, real, live Disney royalty. Read more...

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February 05 2014

Meryl Streep's Guide to Winning at Life

Though she was born Mary Louise, Meryl Streep has made a name for herself that's synonymous with success.

The formidable actress is an 18-time Academy Award nominee, which is more than any other actor in history. That's a whopping six nominations more than Katherine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, both currently tied for second place. Streep's most recent Oscar nomination is for "Best Actress" for her performance in August: Orange County.

It might be impossible to think we could ever glean even a molecule of Streep's essence of amazingness, but you couldn't find a better role model. Not just in acting, but in all life's aspects, her graceful, yet powerful nature should be reflected on by all. Read more...

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January 29 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio's Career in GIF Form

Leonardo DiCaprio has scored multiple Academy Award nominations over the years, but the actor has yet to take home an Oscar. Despite the snubs, DiCaprio boasts an impressive and diverse career, ranging from a Wall Street tycoon to Romeo

This year, he's in the running once again with a Best Actor nomination for The Wolf of Wall Street, and along with Jennifer Lawrence, he's a crowd favorite.

To highlight Leo's extraordinary career, here are his top roles — in GIF form, of course Read more...

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January 16 2014

And the Winners for Best Oscar Snubs and Surprises Go To ...

Some actors, actresses and films were left off the Oscar ballots in favor of other performers and movies when the nominees for the Academy Awards were announced Thursday

Moviegoers expressed their disdain for and approval of this year's exclusions as well as contenders, who will find out their fate on March 2 at which time the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out gold statuettes to winners

Among the most-discussed snubs was Tom Hanks in the Best Actor category for his role as a captain of a hijacked ship in Captain Phillips. On the other hand, Jonah Hill's nod in the Best Supporting Actor field for his work in The Wolf of Wall Street surprised many Read more...

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Netflix Earns First Oscar Nomination

After disrupting the TV industry and earning Emmy and Golden Globe wins along the way for its original programming, Netflix has now secured its first Academy Awards nomination with The Square. The 2014 Oscar nominees were announced Thursday morning

The Square, which premieres on Netflix on Friday and details the revolution in Egypt from the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak through the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013, is vying for the Best Feature Documentary Oscar against The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars and 20 Feet from Stardom

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2014 Oscar Nominations: 'American Hustle' Leads the Pack

For once, the buzz was right. Virtually all the Oscar-bait movies got a nod in the 2014 Academy Awards Oscars Nominations list. The Academy recognized American Hustle, Nebraska, Gravity, Dallas Buyer's Club, Wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years a Slave in multiple categories. Even Oscar-worthy films that never enjoyed wide release, like Philomena and Woody Allen's darkly funny and disturbing Blue Jasmine, made the cut.

Most films that received Director and/or Best Film nominations also got nods for Best Actor or Best Actress, with at least one notable exception: Joaquin Phoenix's everyman turn in Her was ignored in the Best Actor category, even though the film was nominated for Best Picture, Music and Screenplay. Perhaps the academy didn't know what to make of the love story between a man and his body-less operating system. Read more...

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February 27 2012

The Oscars for Most Social Celebrity and Best Tweet Go To … [INFOGRAPHIC]

While the stars lit up the stage at the 84th Academy Awards, viewers set the social web aflame, posting just short of 2 million messages on Twitter. This infographic shows which users and celebrities sparked the most activity.

A tweet criticizing the absence of the final Harry Potter movie in the Best Picture category attracted the most retweets: “Harry Potter inspired an entire generation. But apparently that isn’t good enough for the #Oscars.”

While the Harry Potter tweet got the most RT love, Twitter announced Monday morning that the most-tweeted Oscars moment was when Undefeated won Best Documentary Feature, beating out these memorable moments.

Explore the exclusive data below for more fun tidbits about the online Oscars buzz, according to ExactTarget.

To put the 1,980,930 Oscars-related tweets in context, Twitter saw 5,679,596 tweets for the Super Bowl this month.

SEE ALSO: 14 Memes from Oscars 2012 | Oscars 2012 Live Blog [TRANSCRIPT] | How Social TV is Taking Over the Oscars

BONUS: Oscar Memes

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Oscars 2012: Who Won the Award for Most Social Buzz? [STATS]

Just like the Super Bowl and the Grammys, Sunday’s Academy Awards generated a ton of social media buzz. If you were one to tweet about Angelina Jolie’s exposed leg or Sacha Baron Cohen’s outrageous red carpet behavior, you certainly weren’t alone. Check out this Oscars social media breakdown from our friends at Trendrr.TV.

Before, during and after the Oscars, Trendrr compiled social data from Twitter, Facebook, GetGlue, Miso and Viggle. Total Academy Awards show social activities and mentions topped 4.2 million. What’s more, the social media chatter surrounding pre-show red carpet events amounted to 3.9 million mentions, nearly pacing the actual awards show itself.

SEE ALSO: Top 14 Memes from Oscars 2012

Of the social media participants, 44% were male and 56% were female. Smartphones and tablets were big this year: 41% of Oscars social activity occurred on mobile devices. And the majority of overall social sentiment was positive (62%), whereas 22% of chatter was negative, and 16% was neutral.

The following moments represent the five busiest individual minutes of the awards show, based on social media activity.

  1. Octavia Spencer wins Best Supporting Actress: 31,216 mentions per minute.
  2. Opening montage: 30,488 mentions per minute.
  3. Cirque du Soleil performance: 30,102 mentions per minute.
  4. Meryl Streep wins Best Actress: 29,978 mentions per minute.
  5. The Artist wins Best Picture: 28,645 mentions per minute.

Top States/Provinces by Twitter Activity:

  1. California: 15% of Twitter conversation.
  2. New York: 14% of Twitter conversation.
  3. Texas: 8% of Twitter conversation.
  4. Ontario: 6% of Twitter conversation.
  5. Florida: 5% of Twitter conversation.

Top Cities by Social Media Activity:

  1. New York City, NY
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Washington, D.C.

Top Five Mentioned Actors

  1. Jean Dujardin: 64k
  2. George Clooney: 44k
  3. Brad Pitt: 40k
  4. Christopher Plummer: 35k
  5. Gary Oldman: 21k

Top Five Mentioned Actresses

  1. Meryl Streep: 107k
  2. Angelina Jolie: 58k
  3. Octavia Spencer: 41k
  4. Emma Stone: 38k
  5. Viola Davis: 33k

Top Five Mentioned Movies

  1. The Artist: 125k
  2. Hugo: 79k
  3. Rango: 25k
  4. The Help: 22k
  5. Midnight in Paris: 18k

Top Five Ads by Social Media Activity

  1. McDonalds: She Loves Me She Loves Me Not
  2. Samsung
  3. Coca-Cola: Hooray For Hollywood
  4. Samsung TV
  5. J.C. Penney

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, EdStock

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February 26 2012

June 15 2011

Academy Changes Best Picture Oscar Requirements

The governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday to shake up the Best Picture competition at the 84th Academy Awards.

According to the new system, anywhere between five and 10 films can be nominated for Best Picture. To add to the suspense, the Academy won’t reveal the exact number of Best Picture nominees until January’s nomination announcement.

This is the second major change to the Best Picture category in recent years. In 2009, the Academy announced that the category would expand from five nominees — a number that had been in place since 1944 — to 10 nominees.

The newest change will require nominated films to earn at least 5% of first place votes in order to contend for Best Picture. That means that a film must appear as a first place choice on at least 5% of ballots. This percentage was determined by looking back at past Oscar ballot data.

“In studying the data, what stood out was that Academy members had regularly shown a strong admiration for more than five movies. A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit,” said Executive Director Bruce Davis in a statement from the Academy. “If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number.”

Davis’s statement speaks to the biggest criticism in the wake of the 2009 rules change. The expansion of Best Picture as a category can largely be attributed to the omission of critical and commercial hits like WALL-E and The Dark Knight from the list of nominees. The Academy hoped that expanding the competition to more films would lead to a more diverse representation of genres.

In practice, things didn’t quite work out that way. In a particularly strong year for film like 2008, 10 nominees would make sense. But some critics felt the Best Picture category was padded by its 2009 and 2010 nominees, which included films like The Blind Side, District 9 and Toy Story 3.

Like Pete Hammond at Deadline, we think the new changes make a lot of sense. By focusing on quality rather than quantity, the Academy should be able to put together a better show.

As the Academy works hard to modernize Oscar, it’s nice that it hasn’t lost sight of the real purpose of the awards: film. All the technology and social interaction in the world can’t make a subpar list of nominees more interesting to fans and viewers.

What do you think of the Oscar nomination changes?

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February 28 2011

The Oscars & Social Media by the Numbers

The yearly Oscar telecast is no longer strictly a broadcast-only affair. The main show might still be relegated to television sets, but much of the real action took place online. Co-host James Franco wasn’t the only person tweeting during the ceremony — hundreds of thousands of others joined in, sharing their thoughts on who looked great (Christian Bale’s beard), who made waves (Melissa Leo in her acceptance speech) and who needs to host next year (Kevin Spacey, anyone?).

We’ve taken the time to synthesize the various social media related data points from the big show. Here’s how Oscar stacked up.

TV Ratings

With the lack of a major tent pole attraction like Avatar, industry analysts expected television ratings to dip for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

Early overnights indicate that household ratings were down 7 percent versus 2010.

The show reported a 26.5 household rating, compared to last year’s 27.5. Notably, though, the ad-targeted 18-49 demographic rating is estimated to be 14.5 — which is on par with last year’s show.

ABC managed to spin the Fast National ratings, noting that the 37.6 million viewers surpassed the Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards and Golden Globes. ABC also points out that this was the second-biggest audience since 2007.


As with the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards and the Golden Globes, Twitter was a prime outlet for Oscar chatter.

We’re seeing conflicting numbers as to how many total tweets were generated by the Academy Awards. Tweetbeat tells us it estimates that 400,000 tweets were sent during the telecast, whereas TweetReach pegged the total number of tweets at 1,269,790.

During the show itself, a few specific moments generated major spikes in Twitter activity.

The first moment came early in the evening, when Melissa Leo dropped Oscar’s first f-bomb during her acceptance speech for her role in The Fighter. According to TweetReach, that generated nearly 11,000 tweets at the 6:00 (PST) mark. Likewise, Tweetbeat saw an unexpected spike in tweets at the 6:01 mark.

TweetReach found that the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature (won by Inside Job), which was presented by Oprah Winfrey, resulted in the most sustained tweets of the night, 11,780.

The Movies

Liz Pullen from What the Trend analyzed data from the Twitter Worldwide Trending Topics list and compiled some interesting data in regards to trends that reached the top 10.

Despite not winning Best Picture, The Fighter earned the most “trending points” when looking at the worldwide trending topic data. Pullen assigned the film with 135 trending points, as compared to 115 for Toy Story 3 and 102 for big winner The King’s Speech.

This data combined all mentions of a film, cast or crew member or award category won by the film.

Tweetbeat took a different approach, tracking film mentions and reports Inception as the most tweeted film. The King’s Speech was second, followed by Toy Story 3, The Social Network and The Fighter.

The People

Much of the Twitter conversation surrounding the Academy Awards was less about the awards themselves and more about the celebrities nominated, presenting or hosting the show.

James Franco — who was both a nominee for Best Actor and a co-host for the ceremony itself — dominated Twitter. According to metrics from Mass Relevance, Franco was the most mentioned nominee — scoring 58,197 mentions since his nomination was announced last month.

Tweetbeat agrees, stating that Franco receieved 21,117 mentions during the Oscar telecast. Anne Hathaway, Franco’s co-host, was the second-most tweeted about person, according to Tweetbeat, and Natalie Portman was third.

Interestingly, this data doesn’t necessarily correlate with the Oscar personalities that appeared in Twitter’s Trending Topics list. According to Liz Pullen, Cate Blanchett was the most discussed Oscar celebrity, at least in the context of trending topics.

Our own guess is that Blanchett’s dominance may have stemmed from discussion of her dress from the Red Carpet. Tweetbeat found that Givenchy, the designer of Blanchett’s dress, was the third most tweeted designer during the Red Carpet.

Sentiment Buzz

Alison Hillhouse, the senior director in MTV’s Insights & Innovations Department monitored social media during the ceremony for various word trends. Hillhouse’s focus was primarily on the Millennials demographic and she was able to break the moments into three basic groups: Epic, Fail and Meh.

The data found that Melissa Leo’s f-bomb, Christina Bale’s beard and Kevin Spacey were all worthy of epic praise.

Millennial’s were less impressed with the auto-tune montage, Banksy’s loss for “Best Documentary” and the snubbing of Corey Haim in the “In Memorium,” which were deemed epic failures by Millennial viewers.

On the whole, despite aggressively trying to target the younger demographic, the Oscar telecast was deemed “meh” by Millennial audiences. “meh #Oscars” was a common refrain on both Twitter and Facebook.

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- Top 10 Movies for the Modern Tech Geek
- How Social Media Is Changing the Way Movies are Promoted
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