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The Big Show

By Kim Morgan Feb 27, 2011 8:40PM
-- Best Adapted Screenplay winner! Aaron Sorkin wins for "The Social Network." This is well deserved and not a surprise and his speech is quite warm. And of course he's on the cusp of being yanked off the stage. Sheesh. Writers. No respect. Even Aaron Sorkin.

-- Best Original Screenplay Winner! David Seidler for "The King's Speech." Seidler classes up the place, makes amusing jokes about being perhaps the oldest winner and speaks so calmly and with such grace that it appears the music pull off cues don't apply to him

-- Oh my Anne Hathaway. I feel like I'm watching a super talented production of Crescent Valley High's production of "Oscar!" They were going for young this year, but this is ridiculous. I do enjoy James Franco in drag, however (as Marilyn Monroe) But only because it makes no sense and feels right about the time Franco's going to call his agent to apologize. Still, why didn't he sing the song?

-- Is it possible to try to be so young that you age 45 years? I mean, if the oldy-McOlderson's like Chris Rock and Jon Stewart were too elder for Oscar, then I don't know what "being young" means anymore. I think Anne Hathaway just went from 28-years old to ... my Aunt Mary.

-- Wait! I totally forgot about the matching white suits worn by Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin. I was looking down, blogging my brains out here, and I sort of missed the reason for the Bobsy Twins routine? Was it supposed to be funny? Old Timey? Young? What? It doesn't matter. I liked it, and wish they had broken into song instead of Hathaway.
 

-- Best Supporting Actor Winner! Christian Bale for "The Fighter." Yes! Yes! Boo on people who think he's too over-the-top in "The Fighter!" Have you ever been around a washed up, once famous, crack addicted pugilist? How do you know? Also, have you ever seen the real life Dickey Ecklund? Well, check him out. And speaking of that, I love Christian Bale even more right now. He just totally did the greatest web link shout out in the history of blogrolling -- he dropped a dot.com from the Oscar podium to the real Dickey Ecklund. And Mr. Ecklund (who you can take boxing lesson from if you go the that website) is in the audience. Mr. Bale is, to use a phrase coined by old people, the bee's knees.

 

The Big Show!

By Kim Morgan Feb 27, 2011 8:07PM
-- Kirk Douglas! Yes, yes and yes. From "Out of the Past," "Champion," "Spartacus," "Ace in the Hole," "Lust for Life," and more ... here's some real old school Hollywood talent and charisma. God bless him. And on that note, Happy Birthday Elizabeth Taylor.



-- Best Supporting Actress Winner! Melissa Leo! Her campaign didn't hurt her. GOOD. Someone actually wins on merit. And no, she wasn't overacting. Well, as a woman who in real life is overacting (the character, not Leo). But then, back to Leo, given the way she's been campaigning for the award and complaining about her part, all "I'm not old!" and "I'm actually gorgeous!" I'm wondering how the crowd is going to take this.

-- Are they ushering Kirk Douglas off the stage? F them!

-- O.K. Back to Leo. Why is it so deathly quiet in the room? Is it me, or does no one in this auditorium like her?  And most certainly her cast members. Holy Jeez. Mark Wahlberg is looking at her like he actually is her son.

-- Why isn't Justin Timberlake hosting? Wait. Why aren't Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake hosting. Or better yet, why aren't Timberlake and Beyonce hosting?



 -- Best Animated Feature Film Winner! "Toy Story 3"! I'm so not surprised I'm writing this before they announce the name of the picture.

-- And ... it wins!

 

The Show ...

By Kim Morgan Feb 27, 2011 7:52PM
-- So the show has started and it's not bad, but not looking so good when I have to credit the great Alec Baldwin for making the entire opening sequence good (not to mention the great Morgan Freeman). The whole let's run through the Best Picture nominees and comment joke, is not without its charms, but kind of aimless and airless and lacking in the necessary crackle (like "Inception" itself, so maybe it all makes sense ...). I'm missing Billy Crystal right now.

-- Oh my. The opening monologue. A bit too cutesy. And the lesbians jokes? Has Anne Hathaway been working part time at Giggles comedy club? I'm not going to blame Franco and Hathaway however. Bruce Vilanch! Come on. Didn't you learn anything over these 22 years writing this thing? And weren't you on "The Hollywood Squares?" Hello! Paul Lynde! I realize that was before your time but if you want some good, sexy jokes Mr. Vilanch ...



-- I think I'm correct in saying Franco may be regretting this gig and was actually really angry that he didn't get to sing that Cher song. I'm really angry he didn't get to sing that Cher song.

-- I realize more is yet to come and this was already decided but ... does it feel like Tom Hanks was sent out here last minute because Franco and Hathaway don't have a proper opening number.

 

Red Carpet Rundown 4

By Kim Morgan Feb 27, 2011 7:33PM
Here's some trends I'm noticing on the red carpet:

-- Lots of red. From Sandra Bullock in a strapless Vera Wang, to Host Anne Hathaway in eye popping red, to, the best in red, so far, Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence (nominated for "Winter's Bone), so smashing in a Calvin Klein tank dress -- red is standing out as the "It" color. (I'm trying to channel my inner Gunn here, excuse me).

-- And more color. Some interesting color choices this year and not so much of the stand by black. Navy Sequin on Amy Adams, maroon and lace on Scarlett Johansson donning Dolce & Gabanna and Mila Kunis in a beautifully elegant and comfortable looking lavender gown by Elie Saab.

-- Green jewelry. Lots of it. And costing a lot as well. Reportedly, Amy Adam’s green necklace is a whopping $1.3M.

-- Feathers. Hilary Swank in an elegant, sequined gray gown by Gucci and Sharon Stone in a one-shouldered black dress with again, feathers. As I keep wondering. Does "Black Swan" have anything to do with this?

And, now, back to the red carpet:

-- Why is Christian Bale so peppy and eager to talk? I find this a lot more sinister than I'm supposed to. I guess he has regular days like all of us. You know where we're just stoked to be nominated for Oscars and know we're going to win. I totally felt like that yesterday.

-- Tim Gunn is doing his fashion rundown. Imagine. He knows what he's talking about.

-- A Bening sighting! And no feathers.

-- All of this livebloggig is making it impossible for me to understand all of the other interactive features the Oscars are boasting about this year.

-- I've just realized that "Who are you wearing" sounds less creepy than "What are you wearing." Even if you could actually be wearing a person. Like Jane Fonda carting Red Buttons around near the end of "They Shoot Horses, Don't They."

-- And now begins the ... Oscars ...


 

Red Carpet Rundown 3

By Kim Morgan Feb 27, 2011 7:11PM
-- Donald Trump. It would be too obvious to discuss his horrifying hair so I won't. Thanks for throwing down Gary Busey being "messed up" but "that's what makes for good television," Mr. Trump. Ugh. Busey has actually been nominated for an Oscar, Donald. I don't care which building you own and what your wife is wearing.

-- Kelly and Giuliana like everything. They also seemed overly amazed that the act of childbirth doesn't turn women into fire breathing dragons, warthogs from hell or that lady who lives in Glendale who actually could not lose ten more pounds one month after giving birth.

-- I could be delirious already, but does it seem like the men are asked more movie-related questions? I mean, I understand, given this is live TV. The women are the peacocks tonight but, still. Geoffrey Rush earns "The King's Speech" gab but Helena Bonham Carter is forced to discuss her rear end and how she handles the fashion police while then having to face off with a hyperventilating Kelly Osbourne praising her for being herself! Jesus. Anyway ... along with talking up his film "The Fighter," Mark Wahlberg discusses his wife, his children and "Boardwalk Empire."

-- Mla Kunis is in lovely Kim Novak lavender.

-- According to Kelly and Giuliana,  Scarlett Johansson doesn't "pop." Um ... I think she does. Weird color and lace on dress or not.

-- Again, "the piece of art" returns. O.K. I officially hate that phrase.

-- Kelly and Giuliana are continually wondering what Joan Rivers would think. I'm sure they'll find out.

-- One of the last to arrive is Natalie Portman who is actually being asked about her movie. She's pregnant, which will no doubt cause insane comments from Kelly and Giuliana. "How ... does ... she ... walk?"

-- (I can't believe I actually kind of sort of like Ryan Seacrest. What is happening to me?)

-- All right. Switching over to ABC red carpet . James Franco really hates the red carpet banter. He looks like he's regretting this whole hosting gig. A portent of things to come?

-- What? Tim Gunn has been on the red carpet all this time? And I've been spending over an hour listening to Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana whatever-her-name abuse that Glamometer or whatever that creepy thing is called?

-- Ben Mankiewicz just used the term "stone cold lock."  I think what he meant to say was, "stone cold fox." And when he says "stone cold fox" he means Mickey Rooney.


-- And on that note. Mickey Rooney better be here. I love it when the legends arrive. And it's just not the same without him.


 

Red Carpet Rundown 2

By Kim Morgan Feb 27, 2011 6:39PM
-- Helena Boham Carter likes to celebrate "film not fashion." I love her. Oh my god ... are they actually allowing Kelly Osbourne to talk to Carter about her ... what? She's just gushing. Mom! Kelly Osbourne is not allowed to talk to Helena Bonham Carter!

-- Hillary Swank is wearing ... wait a second ... is that Eric Roberts standing behind her? And why does he look like Robert Evans?

-- Steven Spielberg brought his daughter. Oh god ... don't answer that "most remarkable thing you've seen" in Hollywood question, 14-year-old daughter of Spielberg. Wasn't Tom Sizemore in one of your father's movies?

-- Kelly Osbourne states the obvious by saying Helen Mirren has a "banging body." And more -- she's super hot ... for her age. Why must this always follow the "super hot."

-- The "ageless" Celin Dion, says Seacrest. How old is she supposed to be? I guess once you go Vegas ...

-- Christian Bale with his "I'm not from Portland, Oregon," beard look, but his "I'm from Sutter's Mill, mining for gold and I'm hungry" scary beard look. Otherwise known as, the best kind of beard to grow. Even Christian Bale's beard understands range.

-- Kelly is going to be honest: "I'm not sure about this dress. It kind of looks like a kimono." Dear god, there's too much detail in the FRONT!

-- Penelope Cruz is gorgeous and healthy looking. The shock of this, after giving birth not long ago, is making Kelly and Giuliana have the kind of fits that makes them ponder what it means to be a human being living on this earth without the benefits of plastic surgery. They're thinking this, not stating it, but hopefully they'll think about this a good long while.
 
-- Oh dear ... here's Mr. Bale. He's so upbeat, I can't help but think he's ... wait ... he's being genuine. It's that beard. That beard rules. Seacrest is terrified.
 

Red Carpet Rundown

By Kim Morgan Feb 27, 2011 6:15PM
It's here. Oscar Sunday, which means the first MSN Hitlist Oscar liveblog, perfectly starting at 4 PM, Pacific Standard Time: One hour into E!'s Red Carpet kissy-slappy fest (who needs the first hour?  Everyone in Los Angeles is late anyway), and one hour away from the glitzy shindig itself -- The 83rd Academy Awards.

Questions abound: Will co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway pull it off? Will they sing? Will they dance? Will "The King's Speech" unseat "The Social Network?" Has Annette Bening transformed into the Black Swan to nab Natalie Portman's golden boy? No sight of feathers on the red carpet yet but she's not arrived. Though I may have missed her ... 

So who has arrived? Let's begin this thing.

-- I switch right to Geoffrey Rush. Ryan Seacrest hasn't asked him what he's wearing. He's being all serious and inquiring about the actual movie he's nominated for ("The King's Speech"). He seems truly interested asking such questions and Rush is cheerful yet, serious, to answer them. What kind of red carpet business is this?

-- All right. Here it starts. I've just learned (via Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic) that Jennifer Hudson's dress is not the "typical Versace dress." Um ... where's Nomi Malone when I need her? It's called a "Ver-SACHE"

-- I've also just learned that Cate Blanchett's dress is a "work of art." I'm not being sarcastic. I actually agree.

-- Kevin Spacey! Producer of "The Social Network." Oh yeah, he's wearing John Varvados. Aaand ... he follows Ryan Seacrest's tweets. O.K. I can't tell if I feel really old at this moment ( even though Spacey's older than me) or Keven Spacey seems like your dad talking about Kanye.

--Scarlett Johannson is wearing a lovely Dolce & Gabbanna dress. Kelly Osbourne really, really loves the color of the dress. And she's using the Glamstrator complete with diagrams, and ... Oh my god ... according to Osbourne, it's lacey and transparent! This is a bad thing? Her dad is Ozzie. Huh? Also, this Glamstrator is totally creepy.

--Ryan Seacrest couldn't help bringing up Charlie Sheen. I realize he's going to do the nut

-- Sharon Stone! Looks hot. Also, she's wearing a black dress with ... feathers. Sharon Stone is the Black Swan! What's Annette Bening going to do?
 

A little teaser ...

By Kim Morgan Feb 27, 2011 2:53PM
Just to get you excited for tonight's telecast.



 
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