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24 Feb, 2015

Oscar snub statement

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The Academy issues a statement regarding the omission of Rivers from the Oscars In Memorium segment.

Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com.

Sound of Music Oscar medley


Gaga sings a medley of songs from The Sound of Music. After the performance, Andrews comes out and gives Gaga a hug.

Dear Lady Gaga, Thank you for that wonderful tribute. It really warmed my heart. It’s hard to believe that 50 years have gone by since that joyous film was released.

Ratings drop 16%

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TV ratings for the Oscars drop 16%. The broadcast averages 36.6 million viewers, down from 43.7 million the previous year. The Washington Post writes:

It was bound to happen eventually. Neil Patrick Harris, the man who can host anything, finally stumbled. Even stripped to his skivvies in a ‘Birdman’ parody … (Harris) couldn’t deliver quite all the thrills needed to get through the three-hour, 38-minute Oscar folderol without a yawn.

Wins best actor

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Redmayne wins the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. This belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family [the Hawkings]. […] I will be its custodian. I promise you I will look after him.

16 Jan, 2014

Record 24th Best Screenplay Oscar nomination

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Allen earns his record 24th Best Screenplay Oscar nomination for Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, who is nominated for her performance in the leading role. On writing Blanchett’s complex protagonist:

Over the years you get to see what a struggle life is for most people, how tough it is, how easy it is to be judgmental and criticize and stand outside of situations and impart your wisdom and judgment. But over the decades I’ve got more tolerant of people’s flaws and mistakes. Everybody makes a lot of them.