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Justin Timberlake's Hot New Hosting Gig?

Justin Timberlake by John Shearer/ WireImage.com

Is Justin Timberlake bringing hosting back to the Academy AwardsThe singer-actor-hottie is reportedly under consideration for the high-profile gig thanks to his stellar work as host of the ESPY Awards last month according to the New York PostWhat do you think would JT do a better job with Oscar than past hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Stewart Or does the Love Guru star lack the necessary gravitas Nina H228mmerling Smith read more

The Hill Trumps Hollywood for Oscar Noms 2009

Oscar statue at the entrance to the Kodak Theater by Mike Guastella/WireImage.com

In an unusual move the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences has moved back the 2009 Oscar nominations announcement date by two days to avoid overlap with next years presidential inaugurationBoth events were scheduled for January 20 2009 but the Academy bowed out of a head-to-head event day and moved their announcements to Jan 22 Traditionally the AP says nominees are announced on a Tuesday four weeks before the big award day In 2009 though that day is already set for Feb 22 the earliest in the Awards historyAlthough two days may not seem like a huge delay the announcement pushes back award show planning an already-tight affair of intense work for show writers and producers The new date also squeezes Academy members to get their votes in as ballots are mailed Jan 28 and due back Feb 17 And as for the groundbreaking early Oscars date the move was made to reportedly avoid awards fatigue a common syndrome that sets in among red carpet enthusia read more

I was surprised to hear that ...

Question: I was surprised to hear that both the Grammys and Oscars suffered some of their lowest ratings ever this year. Initially, I thought viewership would be "normal" considering the lack of new television on the air due to the writers' strike. Do you think the popularity of nominees affects awards-show viewership? Answer: The lack of popular/populist best-picture nominees seems to have hurt the Oscars a bit, if you listen to some of the officials and analysts who've been quoted. Not so sure what the deal was with the Grammys; I was away when the show aired, but I thought they did a fair job promoting it as a big 50th-anniversary event. My take on all of this is to blame the aftereffects of the strike. TV viewership is depressed pretty much across the board, especially when it comes to entertainment (it didn't hurt the Super Bowl this year), and I can't help wondering if this whole sorry strike spectacle didn't simply sour many people against watching Hollywood come out to play — o ... read more

Oscars Boss: Lack of Titanic Films Sank Our Ratings

Why was there such a lack of interest in this year's Academy Awards, leading the kudoscast to deliver its smallest audience on record? It's the movies, stupid, says producer Gil Cates, pointing out that in recent years, ratings for the show have matched the popularity of the nominated films. "I [produced] the show the year Titanic made a billion dollars and [this year's best-picture nominees] together probably didn't reach $300 million," he says. "Only Juno did really well. That's the major reason." Cates, who was a main negotiator for the successful Directors Guild contract, also blames the writers' strike. "Less people were watching the networks and less people were watching the promos," he says, pointing out that the Grammys audience similarly shrank more than 20 percent. There is some good ratings news to be had, however: Cates says that those who bothered to tune in for the Feb. 24 gala stayed tuned in for the entire show. — Ileane Rudolph read more

All's Well Between Oscar and Snubbed Whoopi

Whoopi Goldberg by Donna Svennevik/ABC

Four-time Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg teared up on Monday's The View after the ladies brought up her exclusion from what looked like a tribute montage to past hosts on Sunday's telecast. In turn, Gil Cates, who produced the show, called Whoopi to apologize. "That piece of film was made to honor 80 years of Oscar's most memorable moments," he told TV Guide. Because of the show's crash production schedule after the end of the WGA strike, Cates saw the montage only days before it aired. "I never realized that Whoopi wasn't in it — and she hosted two times for me! And Steve Martin's not in it, I now realize. I feel badly for him, too. It was just totally an oversight." Not that he's calling Martin with his mea culpa. "No, Steve's not that kind of guy." Cates is embarrassed "that anyone would think there was any reason that Whoopi wasn't included, except by accident. We did use a very major piece of her in the piece on [winning] supporting actors. She thanked me for calling, and tol... read more

Oscar Ratings Lay a Golden Egg; But Why?

Marion Cotillard at the 80th Annual Academy Awards by Michael Caulfield/WireImage.com

Sunday night's presentation of the 80th Annual Academy Awards was watched by an average of 32 million total viewers — a 20 percent plunge from a year ago and, in fact, the Oscars' measliest ratings on record since Nielsen started tracking the event in 1974. Worst ever. Of all time.The ratings dive caps an awards season that kicked off last September with the least-watched Emmys in 17 years, then followed with strike-impaired presentations of the Globes, SAGs and Grammys.Why do you think the Oscars underperformed this year? Not enough traditional "blockbuster" fare in the running? The lingering effects of strike fatigue? Or did Gary Busey scare us all away? This interesting op-ed piece in the New York Times suggests that many Americans simply find the excess of glam and glitz irrelevant to their regular lives. —Matt Mitovich read more

Oscar Nominees Cash In at the Box Office

Ellen Page and Michae Ceral in Juno courtesy Fox Searchlight

Thanks primarily to good timing, this year's Academy Award contenders for best picture drew in an extra $111 million between the Jan. 22 announcement of the nominees and Sunday's telecast, E! reports.Unlike some past years when all of the nommed films were released before November, many of this year's nominees rolled out much closer to the nominations, taking advantage of the buzz. Juno was the biggest earner, adding about $43.3 mil to its previous earnings. There Will Be Blood made 75 percent of its $35 mil post-nominations, having been in limited release until late January.Even Michael Clayton, which had a disastrous box office debut last fall, tacked on nearly $10 mil with a re-release. Atonement earned an extra $16 mil, while big winner No Country for Old Men added a respectable $15 mil to its gross in the past month. — Adam Bryant read more

Who Was Best- (and Worst-) Dressed at the Oscars?

Did Nicole Kidman live up to her reputation as one of the red carpet's premiere fashionistas?Was Katherine Heigl a vision in red, or a bit "plastic-y" (as one of you put it in our live blog Sunday night)?Was Renee Zellweger's form-fitting gown one of the night's highlights, as many have said?Was Heidi Klum a runway success... or not?Cast your vote for the Oscars' best- and worst-dressed stars here, and we'll do what we do — tally it all up. If you need a refresher, check out our photo gallery here.(And no, Moonlight is not eligible in this particular poll.) read more

Oscars' Best and Worst Moments

So, my friends, what did you think of this year's Oscars? Long, boring, unimaginative, unfunny? Or did you actually have fun filling out ballots with your friends and snarking about fashion choices? I thought the only surprise was Tilda Swinton. That's why it wasn't a fun or surprising show. We here at TVGuide.com think we've found the top five best and worst moments of the evening. Do you agree? (Also, check out our list of memorable backstage moments and our Best & Worst Oscars Fashion photo gallery.)Best Moments: 1) Marion Cotillard's upset win and her adorable speech.2) Letting Marketa Irglova come back out and give her "thank-you speech." That never, ever happens, so bravo, Academy!3) The singers from Once winning best song over Disney!4) Tilda Swinton's acceptance speech, and upset win.5) Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill presenting awards. They were way funnier than any written stuff. Worst Moments:1) The Rock presenting an Oscar. WTF!2) Gary Busey attacking Ryan Seacrest and Jen... read more

Academy Voters Are Hot for Old Men

Javier Bardem by Tim Ogier/ABC

The Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men saw no shortfall of love from Academy voters, who on Sunday night handed the drama a bevy of gold, including a win for best picture. Javier Bardem, an early front-runner in the supporting-actor race, earned kudos for his role in the film, while the Coens' script won for best adapted screenplay.In the lead-acting categories, Daniel Day-Lewis won for There Will Be Blood and Marion Cotillard took home a statue for La Vie en Rose. Tilda Swinton earned supporting-actress honors for Michael Clayton.Ratatouille scurried off with the prize for best animated feature.Click here for a complete list of the winners.More from TVGuide.com's Oscars special: • A series of fab photo galleries• Watch videos of red-carpet interviews• Our live Oscars blog recaps every memorable moment! read more

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Premise: Jon Stewart makes his second hosting appearance at the 80th annual ceremonies. Telecast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Presenters include Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hanks and Helen Mirren.

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