With the Academy Awards just weeks away, we popped 100 bags of popcorn and spent some quality time ruining our eyes in front of the computer, tracking down the most memorable Oscar acceptance speeches of the past 25 years. From the heartfelt to the sentimental to the downright weird, there are plenty that stand out from the pack. We also took to the red carpet and asked celebs what they think makes a perfect acceptance speech. Bryan Cranston, Allyson Hannigan and a slew of hilarious celebrities-turned-awards-show-critics offered up their advice.
But some trophy recipients might learn better by example, so to help them out, we present in no particular order, the nominees for the Most Memorable Oscar Acceptance Speeches of the Past 25 Years:
When Meryl Streep signs onto a role, she signs on. From transforming into a frigid nun for Doubt, to a free-spirited former disco dancer in Mamma Mia!, to the chicest b*tch to ever hit the silver screen in The Devil Wears Prada, Streep doesn’t merely rock a wig and prosthetics, but totally embodies her character. Most recently, she wowed crowds (and may very likely nab an Oscar) with her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. The voice! The pearls! The teef!
To honor one of Hollywood’s best and to prep for the Academy Awards on Feb. 26th, let’s take a minute to admire a dozen of Meryl’s movie makeovers.
It’s overcast in Los Angeles today, but that didn’t stop this year’s batch of Oscar nominees from smiling at the annual Academy Award luncheon, honoring them and their competition at the iconic Beverly Hilton. Celebs like George Clooney, Viola Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Brad Pitt and Michelle Williams popped into the press room in between cocktails and kept reporters laughing with their banter and silly answers. I was there, hiding in the corner with my laptop, and it seriously sounded like the inside of the Laugh Factory. Who wouldn’t be happy hobnobbing with their A-List peers over some seriously good food?
Some of the best behind the scenes moments…
George Clooney was the first of the talent to hit the press room. “I got here early for the booze,” he joked. The actor, nominated twice this year, might just be the most beloved man in Hollywood. He knew all the reporters and even ribbed one guy about his vest. “Did your wife make that?” teased George. I’ve never seen a man charm a room of people so effortlessly as the Cloonster. Even more delightful – his gorgeous, silver hair. Sorry Anderson Cooper, but a new number one Silver Fox has arrived.
Paul Feig, creator of Freaks and Geeks and director of Bridesmaids, is a Howard Stern Show superfan. And I, Kate Spencer, creator of a really good bowl of cereal that I just had for lunch, am a Paul Feig and Howard Stern Show superfan. So naturally, when I interviewed Paul at the People’s Choice Awards this month, the first thing I blurted out was: “I want you to be a guest on Howard Stern!”
I’m guessing this is the first time Feig’s ever encountered a reporter trying to match-make him with a radio show, and his response was priceless. “I wanna be on there!” he exclaimed, as Wendi Mclendon-Covey looked on with a smile. “Please Howard, have me as a guest. I won’t be a bad guest.” Paul’s been a fan of the show for over thirty years, starting back when Howard first went on the air in his native Detroit in the early 80s. “I’m one of Howard’s biggest fans!” He said. “I love Howard; I love the whole gang.”
If you’re not familiar with Feig’s work, pick up a copy of his hilarious memoir “Kick Me,” to learn all about his awkward adolescence, which so wonderfully inspired Freaks and Geeks, arguably one of the best TV shows ever made. He’s also an Emmy-nominated director of shows like The Office, Arrested Development, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men. He’s hilarious, he tweets pictures of his wife posing with Uggie the dog at the Golden Globes, and has been a Stern fan for over thirty years. He’s guaranteed to be an amazing guest, especially when paired with the King of all Media (aka the King of all Interviews).
Howard Stern is the best interviewer around (Who else could get David Arquette and Courteney Cox to discuss their divorce together?! And get Lady Gaga to open up for almost two hours? And get Chris Martin to actually speak about his marriage?) - and I’d love to see him dig into Feig’s dorky past and insanely successful present. So Howard (or Gary, or JD, or Jason, or Bobo) – what do you say?
I’m gearing up to cover the SAG Awards red carpet this Sunday, and couldn’t help but oogle over a couple of the nominees. Hunky, handsome with a little bit of grey in their hair, both Kyle Chandler and George Clooney are masters at playing sensitive, sexy dads on their respective screens. Chandler is nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights, aka everyone’s favorite show to tweet about. The Cloonster (Can I call you that, George?) is up for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role for his work in the ukelele-heavy tearjerker The Descendants.
My dream of being sandwiched in Cloonster-Coach Taylor group hug may become a reality this Sunday night (Secreting it now), but only one of these fine, fictional fathers can be this week’s Hotness. Check out our gallery to help you make your decision, and then vote in our poll. We’ll be keeping it open until Sunday night, so you can check them out in all their tuxedoed glory and then cast your vote (And vote again. And again. And again). The SAG Awards air on TBS and TNT at 8PM EST – we’ll be watching, blogging and tweeting the show live. Hang with us, won’t ya?
We all know that 2012 is an election year, and there’s a whole crew of peeps working hard to try and be our next president. But let’s not muddy the issue with stuff like taxes, health care reform and anti-piracy laws and go to the very heart of the matter: who will be the most butt-kicking mofo the oval office has ever seen? For a while we had a strong front runner with Abraham Lincoln, portrayed expertly by Benjamin Walker in the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. In the trailer for Seth Grahame-Smith‘s book on which the movie is based, Honest Abe nails it as he he crushes blood suckers and their slave-owning companions!
But now Lincoln has a serious challenger in FDR: American Badass! Barry Bostwick stars in the small-budget campy comedy as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who does battle with Nazi werewolves from the seat of his tricked out wheelchair of death! Check out the (very NSFW) clip under the jump for more blood, laughs, and werewolves. Who will win this badass election? We’ll have to wait til they hit the big screens to find out!
Patton Oswalt might just be my favorite red carpet interview of 2012 … and it’s only January. The Young Adult actor and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominee whipped out a flask on the CCMA red carpet (practicing for his onstage flask gag), while joking about how drinking at red carpet events is tacky. Yep, Patton Oswalt is my kinda guy.
Another reason he rules so hard: his love of everyone’s favorite Edwardian soap opera, Downton Abbey. Patton’s been tweeting about the show and may just be its most high profile fan. When we brought up the hit PBS show, he replied, “I don’t have eight hours on this carpet, young lady.”
When asked to pick his favorite villain — O’Brien or Thomas — he said, “They’re sort of giving both backgrounds as to why they’re both villainous, so I don’t really know that they’re villains! And how about Edith the middle sister?” he mused. “Isn’t she just as villainous?”
Yes! She’s the worst/best! As for the middle sister’s kiss with a married farmer, Patton said, “That was like turn-of-century Russ Meyer stuff.” Spoken like a true CCMA nominee.
Jason Segel, star of the The Muppets, upped his awesome factor when he took a fan and her twin sister out in Chicago last week. Chelsea Gill posted an adorable video of herself singing an original song asking Jason out for drinks, and the star eagerly obliged. “It felt like hanging out with some of my friends,” the 23-year-old told Showbiz Tonight after the big date. “He’s so down to earth.”
At the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, we asked about his decision to contact Gill and take her to the Chicago Film Critic Awards show. “I thought she showed a lot of guts!” he said. “It was really nice and really sweet and sorta reminded me of when I was a kid.”
Jason also spilled the dirty details about their very G-rated date. “We hung out with her and her twin sister,” he said. “It was cool. It was more awkward for them than it was for me. I like jumped right into and we started singing and stuff. She felt incredibly awkward.”
Sounds like every first date we’ve ever been on. Check out Jason above and Chelsea’s adorable video below. Read more…
George Clooney is like the Bill Clinton of Hollywood — he makes every person he talks to feel like his best friend. I know this because I talked to George last night at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and we’re now best friends. Seriously, we are. I think. George, accompanied by lovely girlfriend Stacey Keibler, chatted with VH1 about his Descendants co-star Shailene Woodley, who was nominated for two awards and is poised to be the next big thing around LaLaLand. ‘I don’t care for her,” he teased. “She’s a pain in the ass.” Coming from George Clooney, that’s a compliment, right?
“She’s not just a really great actress,” said the star, who took home the Best Actor trophy. “She’s like a really normal smart young woman. I’m really impressed with her.” Awww! Spoken like a true movie dad.
Descendants director Alexander Payne had similar praise for the Secret Life of the American Teenager star when we spoke to him in November. “I didn’t have an also ran,” he said of casting her. “She just came in and knocked my socks off. My mental model had been a young Debra Winger — that look, that fire and vulnerability in her eyes. I didn’t find Debra Winger, I found this gal. She has her own version of that package of fire and vulnerability. She’s going places. And she’s nice as pie.”
Stay tuned to see if Shailene and George will take home a Golden Globe on Sunday!
Allow me to get cheesy here for a moment.Charlize Theron has an energy about her, guys. I interviewed her tonight at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — my second time chatting with Charlize – and on both occasions it has felt like I am talking to a zen master. She’s just got this vibe — peaceful yet fierce, vibrant yet calm. And man, you can just tell she’s going to kick so much ass as the Evil Queen in Snow White and The Huntsman.
The film features two strong female leads, with Charlize battling Kristen Stewart’s Snow White. The Oscar winner told me the two clicked instantly. “We had amazing chemistry, right off the bat,” she said. “We just really hit it off.”
“We had a great time doing it,” Charlize said of the film. “I hope people enjoy it as much as we did.” Not to worry — we’re pretty sure we’re going to love it.