The trend of so-called "hate-watching" is hardly a new TV phenomenon. We've been doing it with the Oscar show for years: picking apart the fashions, groaning at the witless banter, griping as we drift through the seemingly endless midsection where no awards of major consequence are presented, and nearly always regarding the unlucky host as a piñata ripe for the bashing.
This year's tuneful but torturously overextended production (ending just past the three-and-a-half-hour mark) was much the same. With one major exception: The musical numbers were no joke, especially when mighty divas as legendary as Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey and as electrifyingly current as Adele and Jennifer Hudson took the stage. No Rob Lowe-Snow White fiascos this time.
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Argo topped Sunday's Oscars on a history-making night.
Ben Affleck's political thriller took three awards, including Best Picture, becoming the fourth film to win the top prize without a Best Director nomination, following Wings, Grand Hotel and Driving Miss Daisy. The film also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. This is Affleck's second ...
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Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook dominated the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking home four awards, including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay for David O. Russell and Best Female Lead for Jennifer Lawrence.
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The Sessions also fared well, with...
The Artist's Oscar victory last year marked the first time that a movie about movie-making has won Best Picture. Could Argo's fake-movie-in-a-movie make it two in a row? The tide is definitely on Ben Affleck's side. Well, except for that pesky lack of a nomination in the Best Director category. We'll have to wait until Sunday's ceremony (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, ABC) for the winners, but in the meantime, let's make some predictions. Check out the nominees here, print out your ballot, make your picks and compare them to ours below.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Can't wait to see which movie will win Best Picture? Excited to see what Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence will choose for the red carpet? Or maybe your favorite part of the Oscars is the hilarious commentary that unfolds on Twitter? TVGuide.com has all Academy Awards bases covered this Sunday. We've got something for everyone.
Chris P. Bacon
This week, the Internet became obsessed with a tiny piglet in a wheelchair, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) taking a sip from a miniature water bottle during his response to President Obama's State of the Union Address. In celebrity news, Zach Galifianakis interviewed Oscar hopefuls, and X Factor winner Tate Stevens debuted his first single during the Grammy Awards. And a little boy tried to tell his mother he hadn't been snacking when all evidence pointed to the contrary. Check out those clips and more in our Top Videos of the Week:
Peter Dinklage is joining the cast of the new X-Men movie, Days of Future Past, according to director Bryan Singer. There's no word on who the Game of Thrones star will play.
James Lipton has interviewed a who's who of Hollywood elite since his show's debut in 1994, but Hugh Jackman holds his own among an impressive repertoire of Inside the Actors Studio guests. Returning for his second time, the Best Actor nominee graces Bravo's stage on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8/7c). Host and executive producer Lipton gives TV Guide Magazine exclusive insight into Jackman's episode and weighs in on the upcoming Academy Awards.
Zach Galifianakis and Jennifer Lawrence
Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die talk show Between Two Ferns returned this week with not one, but two Oscar specials! In Part 1, nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Watts and Amy Adams took turns speaking to, insulting and cuddling up to Galifianakis as he showered them with such praise as "fire-crotch."