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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, [...]

Tina Fey Says There's "No Way" She's Hosting the Oscars

After Seth MacFarlane's Oscar-hosting received a chilly reception in the wake of everybody loving Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's performances as Golden Globes hosts last month, you'd expect the Oscar people to have been on the phone with Fey and Poehler's agents the second that monologue ended Sunday night. But the odds of a Fey/Poehler Oscars are looking pretty slim after an interview Tina Fey just gave to The Huffington Post:

Interviewer: Is it a possibility that you and Amy Poehler could wind up hosting the Oscars next year? Fey: … I just feel like that gig is so hard. Especially for, like, a woman — the [...]

Watch Seth MacFarlane and Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's Awards Show Monologues, Side by Side

Seth MacFarlane's Oscar hosting stint last night fell short of the job Amy Poehler and Tina Fey did as Golden Globes hosts earlier this year. Here's most of MacFarlane's opening segment (above) and Poehler and Fey's (below) if you want to compare and contrast for yourself.

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, [...]

Seth MacFarlane Says He Won't Host the Oscars Again

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 [...]

Conan Reviews the Oscar Movies

Here's Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter taking you through this year's Oscar movies in case you missed any. If you're a procrastinating Oscar voter, watching this bit is just as good as watching all the movies you were supposed to have watched already and you can just make your decision now.

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 [...]

Seth MacFarlane Has Been Asked to Host the Oscars Again

This year's Oscars host Seth MacFarlane has been asked to return to host the ceremony again in 2014, according to a report by Just Jared. The Family Guy creator's performance as host this year was met with a mixed response, so much so that he said on Twitter the following day that he wouldn't be interested in doing it again. Nevertheless, the telecast drew a large and young audience, and, according to Just Jared's source, the producers of the 2014 ceremony have approached MacFarlane about returning. The source says, "After defending his performance, the producers reached out to Seth and invited him back to host the show again. He’s not [...]

'The Onion' Draws Criticism for a Tweet About Quvenzhané Wallis

During last night's Oscars ceremony, The Onion fired off a controversial tweet about one of the nominees before quickly deleting it an hour later. The original tweet read:

Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013

Many on Twitter and blogs felt the joke about the nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star was offensive and that such a vulgar word shouldn't have been used in regards to a child, while others like Time's Joel Stein and comedian Dave Anthony came to The Onion's defense by arguing that everyone was missing the tweet's satirical point and that [...]