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 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 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, [...]
When asked by a Twitter user last night if he'd ever host the Oscars again if asked, Seth MacFarlane had kind of a surprising but understandable answer. MacFarlane's reply was, "No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though." The Family Guy creator's hosting stint this weekend received a pretty negative response online, drawing a lot of criticism for misogyny and racist jokes, so it makes sense that he wouldn't be too keen on hosting the ceremony one more time. Despite the cold reception, the MacFarlane-hosted ceremony attracted high ratings and at least his jokes went over better than The Onion's Oscars joke. With MacFarlane out [...]