February 21st, 2013
05:28 PM ET
The upside to being the prestigious ceremony of the awards season is having the cache, but the downside is that the show can also be seen as stodgy.
Despite efforts to liven it up in recent years, the choice to bring in Anne Hathaway and James Franco for 2011's show backfired, and pulling Billy Crystal off the hosting bench in 2012 was considered safe.
This year, however, with Seth MacFarlane as the master of ceremonies, Oscars producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are trying to keep the night as entertaining as possible.
February 18th, 2013
05:21 PM ET
We know there's a planned tribute to honor the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise at the Oscars this weekend, but at least one 007 won't be in attendance.
According to Rachel Weisz, wife of "Skyfall" star Daniel Craig, she and her husband won't even be in the building at Sunday's show.
February 4th, 2013
02:34 PM ET
Now that a little thing called the Super Bowl is over, we can focus on the truly important matters: We're smack dab in the middle of awards season.
We've seen the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild awards, the People's Choice ceremony and the NAACP honors come and go, and now the attention has shifted to two of the biggies: the Grammys and the Oscars.
Music's biggest night is set for Sunday, and the Academy Awards will be on February 24. In honor of Hollywood's grand event, Turner Classic Movies (which is owned by the parent company of CNN) is airing some timeless, Oscar-nominated films of yore with its "31 Days of Oscar."
So if your taste runs more to "Streetcar Named Desire" or "A Star Is Born" than "Amour" and "Silver Linings Playbook," the network has you covered. (Feel free to mix a drink inspired by Eatocracy's roundup of some of Hollywood's classic cocktails.)
Brush up on your cinema history, and we'll see you February 24.
January 11th, 2013
04:15 PM ET
The absence of Kathryn Bigelow - and a few other names - from the Academy's list of best director nominees has been a contested oversight, not just for observers but for the star of Bigelow's Oscar-nominated film.
When CNN spoke with Jessica Chastain, who did earn an Oscar nod for best actress for her work in "Zero Dark Thirty," she admitted that she was let down that her director wasn't recognized as well.
January 11th, 2013
10:46 AM ET
At age 9, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhané Wallis has a self-possessed quality that any adult would envy.
The fourth-grade newcomer tells CNN that her Academy Award nomination for best actress didn't catch her off guard this week, but she does recognize the honor of not only nabbing the recognition but also being the youngest lead actress ever to do so.
Below is an edited transcript of an interview that CNN's KJ Matthews had with Wallis and "Beasts" director Benh Zeitlin, who also earned a nod in the best director category.
January 10th, 2013
12:05 PM ET
After Thursday's Academy Awards nominations, Seth MacFarlane can say he's the Oscars host as well as a nominee.
His song "Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from his film “Ted" earned MacFarlane a nod for his lyrics, with music by Walter Murphy. Talking to a panel of experts on CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien via satellite after the nomination announcements, the "Family Guy" creator joked about his good fortune. FULL POST
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