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In praise of Hailee Steinfeld, the picture of poise at the Oscars

The most recent entertainment news cycle has been a particularly negative one. Christina Aguilera was arrested for alleged public drunkenness. Charlie Sheen is cracking up at a speed so rapid, we need a jet-pack to keep up with it. Americans everywhere -- at least the ones that lurk on the Internet -- have (understandably in most cases) blasted James Franco’s inability to generate a modicum of energy while hosting the Academy Awards. It's enough to make a person start to lose faith in celebrities altogether. (I know, you already did that years ago when John Travolta signed on to star in "Stayin' Alive." Whatever. Just play along.) Well, here's someone to give us all a little hope for the future: Hailee Steinfeld. And while she may have lost the best supporting actress Oscar to Melissa Leo on Sunday night, she still came out a winner for looking adorable and handling...

By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Awards Season, In Praise Of..., Oscars  
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Melissa Leo on the f-bomb: Kate Winslet made her do it

Melissa Leo shows up on Ellen DeGeneres's show today and discusses her recent Oscar win as well as the f-bomb that accompanied it. (Helpfully, DeGeneres put out a swear jar. Just in case.) Leo says that Kate Winslet -- her co-star in HBO's upcoming movie, "Mildred Pierce" -- is partly responsible for her Oscar speech slip-up. The "Titanic" star "curses like a sailor all the time," Leo says. Of course, Leo is joking as far as that blame is concerned. But perhaps it's worth noting that even the allegedly potty-mouthed Winslet somehow got through her Academy Awards acceptance speech without uttering the queen mother of all bad words....

By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Celebrities, Oscars  
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Oscar party scene: Hitting the Governor's Ball and the Elton John party

The scene at the Elton John party. (Jen Chaney) After nearly four hours on the Academy Awards red carpet and four more in the press room, party isn't necessarily the first word that comes to mind. (Pillow is one. Vacation is another.) But this is the Oscars, for heaven's sake. And party -- or at least watch other, more famous people party -- is what must be done. The Post's Dan Zak and Amy Argetsinger navigated their way through the elite throngs at the Vanity Fair party, while I dropped by the Governor's Ball and hit the end of Elton John's annual Oscar viewing event. Here's what was seen and heard on my end of the Oscar party circuit....

By Jen Chaney  | February 28, 2011; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Awards Season, Celebrities, Movies, Oscars, Party Scene  
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The Academy Awards red carpet: Seeking equilibrium in the midst of glamour-madness

TV fails to capture other red carpet realities. It's frenetic. It's loud. And for the reporters, it's incredibly cramped, so cramped that at one point on Sunday afternoon, it honestly seemed like a brawl might break out.

By Jen Chaney  | February 28, 2011; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars  
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The James Franco/Anne Hathaway 'Grease' routine: Now it can be seen

The Travolta/Newton John sendup ended up on the cutting-room floor, but now, thanks to the modern marvel of the Internet and Oscar's savvy post-show marketing, we can all watch Anne and James meet at the Shake Shack.

By Liz Kelly  | February 28, 2011; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Awards Season, Oscars  
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The Oscars and the foregone conclusions syndrome

Colin Firth, clutching the Oscar we all knew he would win. (AP) At this year's Academy Awards, there wasn't one genuine surprise. "The King's Speech" won best picture, as pretty much every prognosticator predicted. Colin Firth was named best actor. We knew that was going to happen. Natalie Portman won an Oscar, too. Which we also knew. Even the sight of James Franco in drag felt like something we'd all seen before. Because, well, we had. So have the Academy Awards become too predictable, just a formal, fancy way to call out a list of Hollywood winners that were already foregone conclusions?...

By Jen Chaney  | February 28, 2011; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Oscars 2011: Live tweets from the red carpet, Jen Chaney , February 27, 2011
The Spirit Awards: Live tweeting the event, Jen Chaney , February 26, 2011
Oscars 2011: Predicting this year's best picture, Jen Chaney , February 25, 2011
Oscars 2011: Predicting the best director winner, Jen Chaney , February 23, 2011
 
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