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Tig Notaro Wants to Be Next Year's Oscars Host

This year's Oscars ceremony was…well, not so good, so before the Academy starts planning next year's big comeback, standup Tig Notaro has offered her services as 2016's potential Oscars host. Notaro posted an open letter to the Academy on her website this week titled "Tig Notaro To Host 2016 Oscars," in which she outlines 11 reasons why she'd make a great Oscars host. Here are some highlights:

  • I’ve been known to perform topless just like Mr. NPH did.
  • I live relatively close to the theater and wouldn’t be late.
  • I’m drop-dead cute in a suit.
  • Several years back I was hired by comedian Aziz Ansari for [...]

The Lonely Island Will Perform at the Oscars with Tegan and Sara

The Lego Movie might've gotten a big Oscars snub this year in the Animated Feature category, but it did grab an Original Song nomination for its hit theme song "Everything Is Awesome" performed by The Lonely Island's Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer with Tegan and Sara. The Lonely Island confirmed today via Twitter that they're set to perform the song with Tegan and Sara at this year's Oscars hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, which is set to air on ABC Sunday, February 22nd. Check out a music video for "Everything Is Awesome" below:

Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington's Live Oscars Special Is the Only Awards Show Coverage You Need

Last night, Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington aired their second annual live On Cinema Oscars special on Adult Swim's website, which you can watch in full above. Considering how painfully dramatic the Academy Awards tend to be, you'll find way more entertainment in Heidecker and Turkington's nearly five hours of expert coverage, which even includes some trivia, fun facts, and hot movie recommendations from the guys.

'Anchorman 2' Is Chasing an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues happens to be coming out right during awards season, and the studio behind the movie is actually campaigning for a "Best Original Song" Oscar nomination. Check out Paramount's "For Your Consideration" site to hear "Doby," a funny, overblown song from Anchorman 2 that Will Ferrell sings with backup from a childrens' choir. Ferrell and McKay co-wrote the song with the movie's composers, John Nau and Andrew Feltenstein. An Oscar nomination for the comedic song wouldn't be too surprising as the comedy Ted was nominated for "Best Original Song" last year and The Muppets won the category the year before.

Anchorman 2's soundtrack [...]

Seth MacFarlane Turned Down the Chance to Host the Oscars Again

Seth MacFarlane's performance as Oscars host this year drew a mixed response, but the ceremony got big ratings. It was reported last month that he had been asked to return to host the awards in 2014, but MacFarlane revealed today on Twitter that he said no to the opportunity. "Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep," MacFarlane wrote. He added, "However, I highly recommend the job, as [Craig] Zadan and [Neil] Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix." Don't get your hopes up, [...]

Learn About The Kimmel School of Perfect Acting

After last night's Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel hosted a special post-awards show and shared the above clip that explores the craft of acting through the unparalleled teaching of the legendary Jim Kimmel, whose school The Kimmel School of Perfect Acting has helped start the careers of Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o, Jeff Bridges, Susan Sarandon, Gary Oldman, and even Matt Damon, who is still waiting to graduate to human roles. Watch part 2 of the tribute below:

A Look at the 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

It’s a strange thing to see the 2015 Oscar-nominated animated shorts and Mortdecai on the same day. But that’s what I did a few days ago, for reasons too boring to mention. Anyways, the public’s distaste for the latter movie is well documented so I’ll spare the jokes. And besides, I prefer to use my humor to bring light instead of spread darkness.

Instead, I want to talk about the 2015 Oscar-nominated animated shorts. The truth is, movies like Mortdecai suck because nobody gives a shit about them. They are huge behemoths with unlimited budgets and no creative stakes, made by people so successful that they’re bored with the whole [...]

Here Are the Best Moments from Last Night's Academy Awards

The wonderful Ellen DeGeneres returned to host the Oscars last night, and for a year full of so many depressing movies, there were still a few moments of humor amid an otherwise solemn film affair. Watch Ellen's Oscars monologue above then click through for a few of her best jokes and audience interactions along with comedy's best moment of the night, which came through an unplanned shout-out to the late Harold Ramis by his collaborator Bill Murray.

Steve Martin Is Getting an Honorary Oscar

Steve Martin is finally getting an Academy Award. Martin, who has hosted the Oscars three times (most recently in 2010 with Alec Baldwin), will be the recipient of an honorary governor's award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday. Martin has won an Emmy, four Grammys, and countless other awards, but never an Oscar. A short film he wrote and starred in, The Absent-Minded Waiter, was nominated for an Oscar in 1977. "I'm proud to win an honorary Oscar this year," Martin tweeted. "A salute to comedy and all the great people I've worked with."

Ben Stiller's 'Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Has Oscar Buzz

Ben Stiller unveiled 12 minutes from his new movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, at CinemaCon last week, and Deadline reports that it wowed the audience and is generating early Oscar buzz, whatever that means. Based on the 1947 Danny Kaye movie comedy, which itself was based on 1939 James Thurber story, Stiller's version is a comedy-drama that turns Walter Mitty into a photo editor who lives vicariously through others via his wild imagination. Stiller directed, produced, and starred in the movie, which comes out this Christmas and also features Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Kathryn Hahn, and Shirley MacLaine. Before Stiller signed on, [...]

Tim Heidecker's Live 'On Cinema' Oscars Coverage Returns This Sunday

On Cinema is returning for more live Oscars coverage this year. Adult Swim confirmed today that Tim Heidecker's The Third Annual Live On Cinema Oscar Special is set to air live on adultswim.com this Sunday starting at 8:00pm with special guests Gregg Turkington, Governor Mike Huckabee ("pending availability," according to the press release), Mark Proksch, and more. Watch the official announcement on the special from Heidecker below:

Neil Patrick Harris Will Host the Oscars Next Year

Next year's Academy Awards has found its host. Variety reports that former Tony and Emmy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris is set to host next year's Oscars on February 22nd. Oscar hosts of the past few years include Billy Crystal, Seth MacFarlane, and Ellen DeGeneres earlier this year.

Here's the First Oscars Trailer Starring Ellen DeGeneres

The Oscars are still over two months away, but the Academy released this super slick trailer yesterday starring second-time host Ellen DeGeneres and a bunch of dapperly dressed backup dancers. It's funny, catchy, and full of feminine empowerment, so in other words, it was directed by Paul Feig.

Ellen DeGeneres to Host the 2014 Oscars

Ellen DeGeneres announced this morning via Twitter that she'll be hosting the Oscars next year. This is the comedian/talk show host's second time MC'ing the awards show. Her first was in 2007. The Academy picking DeGeneres comes after a hosting stint at last year's ceremony by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane that wasn't received great. MacFarlane said a couple months ago that he was invited back to host the 2014 ceremony but turned it down. DeGeneres is a pretty drastically different choice from MacFarlane, and I'm guessing she'll get a warmer reception. Not as warm as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who did an amazing job [...]