Will the Oscars go back to a maximum of five nominees? It’s a rumor that makes the rounds every year, but right now it’s too early to get excited (or irritated) about it.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been debating the ideal number of Best Picture contenders for the past four years. In 2009, the group that gives out the Oscars made a major change to the Best Picture category by doubling it from five to 10 nominees.
On The Tonight Show Monday night, Jimmy Fallon made Terrence Howard explain just what happened at the Oscars when his presenting duties went awry. According to Howard, he was felled by a mixture of overconfidence, forgetting to wear a belt, and Oprah-related distraction. Howard thought he could one-up all the other presenters by memorizing his bit.
“I got this memorized, I’ve worked 18 hours to work this out, I’m about to kill it, I’m about to kill it, and I get out there,” he pauses. “There’s Oprah. Hi, Oprah.”
At the beginning of Sunday’s Academy Awards, Neil Patrick Harris explained that he had placed his Oscars predictions inside a briefcase, locked in a clear box in view of the audience (specifically Octavia Spencer). At the end of the night, Harris pulled out a list of oddly specific predictions, ones that couldn’t possibly have been made before the show began.
So how did he pull it off? Well, as you might expect, no one is really telling. According to Derek DelGaudio—one of Harris’ writers for the show, who is a magician himself—the host was demonstrating “precognition.” He added in an email, “I can assure you, there was absolutely no sleight of hand involved.”
But DelGaudio, who has been directed by Harris in the show Nothing to Hide, did reveal that pulling off the trick was “extremely” difficult. TV, DelGaudio explained, doesn’t lend itself to magic—nor do the Oscars, necessarily. “At the Oscars, anything the host says is perceived as a ‘bit’ or ‘gag’ and there is little expectation of sincerity or truth,” he added. “So, it’s very difficult to create an astonishing moment of disbelief when they never believed you in the first place.”
What did Harris have to say for himself? The host also took some time to answer EW’s questions via email.
On Sunday night, EW readers swiped left or right to rank the red carpet looks for the 87th Academy Awards using EW’s style ranker. Here are the results:
When Joan Rivers wasn’t included in the Oscars’ ‘In Memoriam’ tribute, fans immediately expressed their thoughts on the omission on social media. Many were angry with the Academy. However, Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, doesn’t seem to share that anger.
Update: Now with answers about Sean Penn’s green card comment and NPH’s magic trick
Who the heck are Lonnie Lynn and John Stephens, anyway?
It’s a fair question, one probably asked by more than a few people at your Oscar viewing party—and it wasn’t the only one that the evening inspired. Aside from those two guys—who look a hell of a lot like Common and John Legend—Hollywood’s biggest night presented a few other head-scratchers. Luckily, EW is collecting the answers you crave.
Check out our list of Oscars burning questions below; we’ll update the post as we learn more about everything that happened at the Academy Awards this year.
While many jokes throughout the 2015 Oscars ceremony took jabs at the lack of diversity among the nominees, the Academy almost had to deal with a protest about the same issue. That is, until Ava DuVernay reportedly stepped in.
Neil Patrick Harris and Kristen Anderson-Lopez texted every day for 5 weeks while writing his opening Oscars song
Though Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were behind Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number at the Oscars Sunday night, “Moving Pictures,” they were watching from Brooklyn in their pajamas. “I have no idea what it looked like in the theater but I know that from where we saw it was really cool,” Anderson-Lopez told EW over the phone Monday morning. “We were just as surprised as everybody else.”
UPDATED: Maybe if everybody on the Oscars stage had stripped down to their underwear, the ratings might have gone up. But with a largely non-commercial crop of Best Picture nominees—and only host Neil Patrick Harris willing to bare (nearly) all for our amusement—ABC’s telecast of the 87th Academy Awards declined significantly in the ratings.
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