79th Annual Academy Awards

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Jon Stewart Is Awarded Another Oscar... Hosting Gig

Jon Stewart by Frank Ockenfels/Comedy Central

Despite having participated in the lowest-rated Oscars telecast of the past three years when he hosted in 2006, Daily Show anchor Jon Stewart has been asked back to oversee the ceremony when it airs Feb. 24, 2008, on ABC. "I am thrilled to be asked to host the Academy Awards for the second time," Stewart says in a statement, "because, as they say, the third time's a charm." As previously reported, the 80th Annual Academy Awards will be produced by Gil Cates, who amid his 14 turns at the helm was on hand when Stewart braved his first, Brokeback-tastic hosting gig. read more

Giants-Cowboys Score Big, and Other Short Cuts

This season's inaugural telecast of NBC's Sunday Night Football — in which Dallas bested the New York Giants 45-35 — averaged a 13.6 in household ratings, down 10 percent from last year's series opener but more than doubling the audience of any network rival.... Joan Rivers is at it again, serving up fact- and insight-challenged commentary on Sunday's red-carpet Emmy arrivals via a blog at VH1EyeCandy.com.... Speaking of kudos-casts, Gil Cates will for a 14th time helm the Oscars, this time marking the show's 80th anniversary and airing Feb. 24 on ABC. read more

Stones "Cast" as Oscar Controversy Heats Up

Who is keeping a much-deserved category out of the annual gold-grab, and why? The Casting Society of America, whose efforts have long been overlooked by the Academy Awards, has launched an e-mail campaign urging AMPAS to add a category to the annual kudoscast. "I've been fighting for it for over 30 years," CSA president Mike Fenton (who has cast such films as Godfather II and E.T.) tells the New York Daily News. Alas, the way the Academy sees it, directors theoretically have "final say" on who fills what roles. As such, the Directors Guild is wont to squash the CSA's bid. "It's a very sensitive issue," helmer Taylor Hackford tells the News. "[Talk of a casting category] will cause dissension in the ranks." read more

Oscarmath: A Departed Reunion, Ratings and More

A few postscripts to Sunday's Academy Awards:• This year's kudoscast drew 39.9 million total viewers, a million-head gain from 2006's anemic audience. With Ellen DeGeneres at the helm, the show also noted a 15 percent boost in women 18-34.• The Departed's Oscar winners, director Martin Scorsese and scribe William Monahan, may reteam for The Long Play, a rock 'n' roll epic that follows two friends through 40 years in the music business. (Variety)• Helen Mirren may be invited to tea with the real Queen Elizabeth II — whom, a Buckingham Palace says, was "pleased" by her portrayer's best-actress win. (AP)• The goodie bag for presenters at this year's "green" Oscars consisted solely of "a gift of 100,000 lbs. of greenhouse-gas reductions from carbon-offset retailer TerraPass." Don't worry, I'm feeling clueless, too. But that's why I gave you the link. read more

California Girl Bares All in Front of Oscars' Millions

Sunday night on international television, Lindsay Miller, a 22-year-old California native, appeared alongside the biggest film stars in the world — in the nude. As the winner of a Dove contest that called for real people to submit homemade commercials about real beauty, Miller had her 30-second spot introduced by Grey's Anatomy star Sara Ramirez during the Academy Awards telecast. The ad featured the recent college grad and aspiring film editor singing and dancing in the shower — a bold endeavor, considering she was sudsing up in front of many millions of viewers. "I probably thought it wouldn't get to the point where a good portion of America was seeing it all at once, and that it wouldn't make it any farther than my video camera," Miller admits. "But now that it has, I'm thrilled for what it represents." To see the contest's top 10 ads, go to DoveCreamOil.com. — Reporting by Rebecca Paley read more

Road the Oscars

8:22: Mark Wahlberg is looking trim. Apparently, once you work with Martin Scorsese, you can call him Marty from then on.8:23: Odd that the editor from Lucky who has interviewing rights is wearing a dress that a) isn't flattering and b) looks like an Easter egg.8:24: Here's some trivia that's been floating around since the nomination announcements: Kate Winslet is the youngest actress to receive five Oscar nominations (in case you hadn't heard). 8:26: Talley is summing up his fashion faves, but I'm distracted by the rolling of his tongue as he pronounces names. As for my top picks of the night: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Rinko Kikuchi and Maggie Gyllenhaal. On with the show! read more

Road to the Oscars

8:12: This is our second look at Penélope. Apparently she aspires to become a photographer. You can be anything you want in that dress. 8:13: Andre Leon Talley is an awkward interviewer! You can inch a little closer to the stars — you are the Vogue editor-at-large.8:14: Cameron Diaz speaks about all her friends she's rooting for, but I'm noticing her emerald drop earrings. 8:15: Whatever made Lisa Ling choose that dress is beyond me, but I guess she wants to feel playful after all the serious reporting she does on an everyday basis, so I'll lay off. 8:16: Cate Blanchett looks like she's wearing a constellation. It's a starry, starry night in Hollywood, and she defines Oscar. She is definitely making the list.8:18: I was right! Ryan Gosling's got his sister and mom at his side, and the scruffy nominee is as humble as ever. 8:19: We just got a pre-commercial shot of Reese Witherspoon. Va-va-voom! read more

Road to the Oscars

8:04: We're now at the ABC preshow and getting an inside look at Jennifer Hudson's Oscar preparation. Love the hair, but I'm not on board with the pockets. She passed up so many other options!8:06: Steve Carell is divulging Sunshine secrets: Greg Kinnear probably smelled the worst. The things we learn from awards-show interviews.8:08: The Devil Wears Prada gang looks patriotic standing together, but I'm still only applauding Emily Blunt's gown. Prada's costume designer, Sex and the City diva Patricia Field, took "red carpet" too literally. Why? Why would you die your hair the color of Kool-Aid? As Angel puts it here in the office: "That's not a hair color that exists in nature." read more

Joan & Melissa Live at the Academy Awards

7:57: Kate Winslet is back in sight, and we learn the creamsicle is Valentino. Her daughter picked the color, so I guess that explains something. Did anyone else catch that glimpse of Meryl Streep looking so-so?7:58: Eddie Murphy's tux is different than the standard, and it suits him. His date's dress is striking with its stone neckline. Versace, baby, who else? Honestly, though... look at all the bare-shouldered gowns here, and Joan is decked out in a fur monster. I'm baffled.7:59: Abigail Breslin is looking precious in pink, but her dress is quite busy for her tiny frame. I'm not sure that's a pageant winner. In fact, she doesn't make my list at all, but I don't think she'll mind, considering she has many red-carpet opportunities ahead of her. read more

Joan & Melissa Live at the Academy Awards

7:48: Forest Whitaker is a breath of fresh air. He's always interesting to listen to, and I'm happy he's up for an award tonight. 7:50: Yes! Beyoncé has made her way over and we can finally take a real look at her gown. It's not gold! Finally. I'm glad she went for a simple, straight 'do, and I'd like to borrow some of her makeup artist's time, if that's possible; I need some eyeliner help. The single-shoulder gown is a popular choice tonight.7:52: Queen Latifah looks Oscar fab, but I'm more impressed with her long, shimmery earrings than her black gown. Seems like bringing your brother is another popular choice on the carpet this year. He's a little shy, though. read more

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Premise: Ellen DeGeneres makes her inaugural hosting appearance at the 79th annual ceremonies. Presenters include George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, Eva Green and Hugh Jackman. Telecast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

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