Quevenzhane Wallis is the youngest Oscar nominee ever in the Best Actress category, and the distinction is well earned. The actress’s performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild is raw and moving and will make you cry all the tears, until your tears cry tears. She’s also incredibly charming in interviews in a grounded, child-like way. She has yet to be turned into some child-star robot, and we have a hard time imagining her ever ending up as such.
One thing that’s stumped the adult reporters currently following her every move is how to pronounce her name. She schooled the press at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon on the proper way to say ‘Quevenzhane’ this week, and you can watch the video above to learn it too. But if it’s still too hard for you (and really, it shouldn’t be) she said people can just call her “Q.” Might we suggest “Q-dorable” as another option?
Anne Hathaway‘s Oscar campaign has been the topic of much scrutiny over the past couple of months. She’s adorable and genuine! She’s cloying! She’s trying too hard! We’re being too hard on her for trying to hard! Ah the circle of life, Awards Season style. Regardless of your feelings about Hathaway’s schtick, it was out in full force at the Oscars Nominee Luncheon earlier this week. Anne charmed the press room with tales of hunt for an Oscar night-worthy gown, her Super Bowl eating habits, and being BFF with the director of every awesome movie ever made, ever.*
“I don’t know how to say this without sounding obnoxious,” said the actress, giggling. “But I’ve been hanging out with Steven Spielberg lately.”
Oh Anne – we’re eye-rolling and loving you all at once.
(*Except you, War Horse. You were kind of a snooze.)
Oh Joaquin Phoenix, you sound just like us during a fight. “You know what? You’re right. I suck. I suck so much, nothing I do or say matters and now you have to feel bad for me.” Yeah, we are the worst to fight with, which is why we’re doubly glad it’s Joaquin and not us that had to make a statement regarding the hilariously negative comments he mad about the Oscars last month. “I’m just saying that I think it’s bulls—. I think it’s total, utter bulls—, and I don’t want to be a part of it,” The Master star scoffed in Interview. His publicist must have had a stroke after the interview was published, because now Joaquin is attempted to walk back his statements via the Sydney Morning Herald. ”But I know that first of all, I wouldn’t have the career that I have if it weren’t for the Oscars. I haven’t been in a lot of movies that have made a lot of money,” he admitted. “And getting nominated for a movie has probably helped my career tremendously.” So would the Oscars please start replying to his texts already?
Joaquin also sighs, “I guess I sound like a dick,” which is just delightful. “But in some ways it’s the antithesis of what you want to be as an actor,” he says of awards season. “You’re always trying to free yourself of the artifice, which is really difficult. Especially when you suck, like me.” Oh jeez, Joaquin. Save the self-deprecation for your mama. You are no Jennifer Lawrence and you never will be!
Once you get nominated for an Academy Award, it stands to reason you might get nominated again. You’ll probably get offered bigger or better roles that might pop up on the Academy’s radar, or they’ll give you a statue for a role that wasn’t even particularly memorable. (Sandy Bullock in The Blind Side? She just has a Southern accent! That’s it!). All of which must be suuuuuch a hassle when you’re Joaquin Phoenix. “I’m just saying that I think it’s bulls—. I think it’s total, utter bulls—, and I don’t want to be a part of it,” Phoenix told Interview when asked about going up for an award. “I don’t believe in it. It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot.” Remember this quote now, guys! It’s going to be everywhere when Joaquin inevitably wins Best Actor for this year’s The Master.
Now, our only experience with rotten carrots is the bag we buy from Trader Joe’s and forget about every week, but maybe Joaquin is still peeved he didn’t win for Gladiator? Says Phoenix, “It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when Walk the Line was going through all the awards stuff and all that. I never want to have that experience again. I don’t know how to explain it—and it’s not like I’m in this place where I think I’m just above it — but I just don’t ever want to get comfortable with that part of things.” And that perspective is what makes him an actor and that skill is what’s going to snag him an Oscar. It’s a Catch-22, Joaquin! That, and the scene where he smashes the toilet in the jail cell. So good!
Hope you guys have room in your brain-stomachs for more Seth MacFarlane! After hosting this fall’s SNL season premiere and dating the Kahleesi, the Family Guy creator has just been announced as the new host of the 2013 Oscars. We were a little hesitant to sign on for another heaping helping of Seth, but the exceedingly sweet announcement video MacFarlane made with his bathing suit-obsessed dad has our hopes up: “I wore them only once and I had underwear underneath there, so nothing of important ever touched the mesh.” Victory is his!
Additionally, we also know Seth can really sing, based on his album of pop standards, a requirement for memorable Oscar hosts. That being said, let’s get down to brass tacks here, people: Seth MacFarlane is going to voice some of his characters on stage at the Oscars. You know it, we know it, the American people know it, and as a collective group that has been listening to Family Guy jokes since 1999, we’d like to cast our votes as to which MacFarlane characters we would be delighted to have at the Academy Awards…and which will turned away at the door. Hmmm, we guess we’ll have to have Seth draw and voice the security guards too…man, there is so much to get done before February 24!