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Here's Part Two of Zach Galifianakis's 'Between Two Ferns' Oscar Special

Here's the second half of Zach Galifianakis's interview series with a bunch of Oscar nominated actors (click here for part one). In this installment, he talks with Jessica Chastain, Sally Field, and Bradley Cooper and pretty much nails down his status as our generation's Barbara Walters.

Bill Murray Is Fine with Sean Penn Taking His Oscar

"You could argue that Sean Penn didn't deserve the Oscar for that movie [Mystic River], but he probably did for a couple of others that he didn't get. [Laughs]. That’s the way it goes. He did some amazing jobs, like Dead Man Walking, and he didn't get the notice. So then he got it that time, and it’s like, I didn't get it, so what are you going to do? Someone said, 'What do you think about this,' and I said, 'Well, I think it's going to be a regular thing. I think I'm going to get nominated every 25 years so.' [Laughs]. I can yuk about it a little bit."

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Jimmy Fallon Isn't Hosting the Oscars – Kevin Hart is Hosting the VMAs

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After ostensibly hosting MTV's Video Music Awards last year, though without the title of host, Kevin Hart is officially going to be the host this year. It's a small difference but one that does reflect an ascension of sorts. Conversely, despite his ascension, Fallon officially will not be hosting the Oscars. (Lorne Michaels still might produce, which might open hosting duties up [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen's Dictator Gave Ryan Seacrest an Ash Bath Last Night

Awards, shmazords. The biggest thing you missed by falling asleep at 8:30 last night instead of watching the Oscars was Sacha Baron Cohen delivering on his promise of red carpet Dictator-ship and pouring the ashes of Kim Jong Il all over a clearly unhappy Ryan Seacrest. General Aladeen gets a bit of ash on his own feet, too, but luckily his socks were inexpensive.

Carol Leifer on Writing for the Oscars

Seinfeld writer Carol Leifer is currently writing for her seventh Oscars, her third with Billy Crystal as host. In this interview, she explains the division of labor among the writers (one team for Crystal and one for the rest of the show) and how seriously Ben Stiller takes his material (very). Meanwhile, the rest of the world can use the information she gives us to start thinking about our own Oscar pools. I'm looking for two to one odds that the broadcast goes black and white and silent at some point for a joke about being sucked into The Artist; any takers?

Watch a Star-Studded Oscar Edition of 'Between Two Ferns' with Zach Galifianakis

Here's a brand new Oscar-themed episode of Zach Galifianakis's Between Two Ferns that sees him sitting down with nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, and Amy Adams. It's part one of two and features the best cliffhanger "to be continued" ending ever: "Don't you ever fart on my tits again."

'Simpsons' Short Has a Shot at an Oscar

The Wrap reports that The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced its list of contenders for its Animated Short Oscar, and amongst the 10 films is "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare,'" a 3D animated Simpsons short that was shown prior to screenings of Ice Age 4 this summer. The four-and-a-half minute short was written by Simpsons masterminds Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Al Jean, David Mirkin, Joel H. Cohen, and Michael Price, directed by David Silverman, and involves Maggie in conflict with her nemesis, unibrowed baby Gerald, at a daycare. This is a chance for Oscar redemption for The SimpsonsThe Simpsons Movie was shut out of the Best Animated Feature category in 2008, [...]

Jimmy Fallon Was Almost Going to Host Next Year's Oscars, Maybe

Last Night the LA Times reported that Jimmy Fallon was in talks to host and Lorne Michaels was in talks to produce the Academy Awards. This would've been great, if it were true, which is still up in the air. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) ultimately chooses who hosts and produces the Oscars but the Oscars are on ABC, so ABC and Disney get to have a say in that matter. ABC/Disney was none to pleased with the idea of giving the job to the host of a rival's late night show. "When the idea came up of Fallon, we made it clear that we were not [...]

The Sacha Baron Cohen Oscars Controversy Has Dissolved as Quickly as It Formed

Academy Awards producer Brian Grazer has announced that Sacha Baron Cohen will be on the red carpet dressed as General Aladeen from The Dictator, but he will be "part of the show… as himself." It's a surprisingly civil compromise, considering that just this morning, "Aladeen" was threatening the Academy with "unforeseen and unimaginable consequences." But at the end of the day, everyone involved got exactly what they wanted: lots of free publicity. And that's what's most important.

General Aladeen Gives the Academy an Ultimatum

Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen took some time out of his busy schedule of executions to discuss the Academy's recent disapproval of his plan to attend the Oscars. "Normally I would be impressed by an act of cowardice by a faceless regime,” he said to the Today Show this morning. “But this is personal. I have issued them an ultimatum: They have until midday on Sunday to give me my tickets back. If they do not, they will see and face unforeseen and unimaginable consequences." Who knows what Aladeen's capable of? The only thing clear right now is that his buddy Sacha Baron Cohen sure knows how to [...]

How Will Comedy Do at This Year's Oscars?

The Oscars have historically been an awards show that doesn't give comedy its proper due, but last year, things looked like they were starting to change, with Bridesmaids receiving two nominations (Best Supporting Actress for Melissa McCarthy and Best Original Screenplay for Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo), Jonah Hill scoring a Best Supporting Actor nom for his turn in the drama Moneyball, Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie winning an Academy Award for his song "Man or Muppet" from Jason Segel's Muppets movie, and Nat Faxon and Jim Rash winning a screenwriting Oscar for The Descendants. This time around, it doesn't look like comedies and comedians will do quite as well [...]

New Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane Will Be Forced to Dress Nice, Be Charismatic, and Sing

Family Guy guy Seth MacFarlane has just been hired to host the 2013 Oscars. The awards will air on ABC in February. Good thing the Academy has so much time between now and the ceremony because they'll need it to teach Seth MacFarlane how to smile good, stop dressing like a slob, and most challenging of all, transform him into an old-timey song and dance man.

Donald Trump Hates Sacha Baron Cohen and Bad Parties

Donald Trump learned how to use his computer's video camera yesterday to deliver an opinion that nobody asked for about Sacha Baron Cohen's red carpet stunt this weekend. He calls the act "disgraceful" and claims that if the security guard standing by had been "real security," Cohen would be in the hospital. Now, I haven't been to security school, but I'm pretty sure "Awards Show Detail" doesn't mean you're supposed to punch people enough times to send them to the ER when all they do is get someone's suit messy (as part of a joke that the Academy knew was coming, no less). Luckily for America, [...]

Yeah, Why Don't Comedies Win More Oscars?

Well, the Oscars are this Sunday and it's starting to look like Bridesmaids really isn't going to get that surprise last-minute Best Picture nomination we were all counting on. So the New York Times has put together a thorough examination of why the Academy continually snubs comedies when it comes to the night's highest honor. In addition to great clips from some of the funniest movies of the past century, the debate includes sentences like this one: "Comedy by its very nature is a mirror into the unruly, anarchic soul lurking behind the monocle." The New York Times on poop jokes, ladies and gentlemen.