Ellen’s Tweet That Broke The Internet!

(PCM) True selfie history was made during last night’s Academy Awards telecast, when host Ellen DeGeneres took an epic selfie and literally broke the internet!

The selfie was snapped by none other than Bradley Cooper and now we all know why Ellen was wishing that his arms were just a little bit longer!

 

And it gets better! This amazing tweet is officially the most retweeted tweet of all time!  Its’ sheer awesomeness was even enough to crash the major social network for a few moments.

Sorry, our bad. #Oscarspic.twitter.com/VrjKjZ4YGl

— The Academy (@TheAcademy)

Truly, will there ever be a better selfie? We think not!

 

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The Ultimate Quest For Super Stardom….The EGOT!

EGOT1(PCM) Many have attempted but only a select few can say that they have completed the quest for true super stardom and have received the quad-awards that make up an EGOT.

What is an EGOT, you ask? EGOT is an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and is used to reference those select individuals that have won all four coveted awards. The acronym was invented by actor Philip Michael Thomas of Miami Vice fame, who had big plans for winning all four awards, despite never being nominated for any thus far. He did receive a People’s Choice Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe, neither of which are part of the EGOT category.  The term further gained popularity when mentioned several times on the hit TV series “30 Rock”.

According to Wikipedia, winning all four awards can be compared to winning the ultimate Grand Slam Of Show Business and definitely a highly sought after honor.

Up to now, only eleven people have completed the EGOT and taken home all four awards competitively, while three others have won all four awards, although at least one of the them was non-competitive, meaning it was an honorary prize.

The list of eleven EGOT winners includes Richard Rodgers who completed his EGOT quest with an Emmy in 1962, Helen Hayes who completed her EGOT quest with a Grammy in 1977, Rita Moreno who completed her EGOT quest with an Emmy in 1977, John Gielgud who completed his EGOT quest in 1991 with an Emmy win, Audrey Hepburn who completed her EGOT quest with a Grammy win in 1994, Marvin Hamlisch who completed his EGOT quest with an Emmy win in 1995, Jonathan Tunick who completed his EGOT quest with a Tony win in 1997, Mel Brooks who completed his EGOT quest with a Tony win in 2001, Mike Nichols who completed his EGOT quest with an Emmy win in 2001, Whoopi Goldberg who completed her EGOT quest with a Tony win in 2002, and finally Scott Rudin who completed his EGOT quest with a Grammy win in 2012.

The three artists who have completed the EGOT, but in a non-competitive fashion are Barbara Streisand who won a special Tony award in 1970 to completed the EGOT quest, Liza Minnelli who took home the Grammy Legend Award in 1990 to complete the EGOT, and James Earl Jones who received an Academy Honorary Award in 2001 to complete the EGOT.

There are several actors that are still attempting to complete the EGOT and have won three of the four awards. Just to list a few, Julie Andrews, Kate Winslet, and Robin Williams are missing a Tony Award, Ellen Brustyn, Jeremy Irons, and Al Pacino are missing a Grammy Award, Elton John, Andrew Llyod Webber and Tim Rice are missing an Emmy Award  and Cyndi Lauper, Trey Parker, and Lily Tomlin are missing an Oscar.

We have only listed a few of the list of many that have won three of the four awards and there are quite a few others who are still striving to complete the EGOT quest. In recent news, actor/comedian Stephen Colbert has revealed that he too is well on his way to the coveted EGOT, needing only an Oscar and a Tony to complete his quest. The same can be said for singer Adele who has taken home an Oscar award for “Skyfall” and several Grammy-awards, needing only a Tony and an Emmy to complete the EGOT.

As awards season kicks into full swing in the next few months, we will have to wait and see if any more names can be added to the exclusive EGOT winners circle in 2014!

 

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Fun Facts about the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Whether you’re one of the diehard fans who plan on attending a weekend showing of all 9 nominated films for Best Picture or you just like to tune in and see what the talented stars of film are wearing, here’s a few bits of trivia that may lend an extra dose of excitement to your Sunday night viewing of the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Well, it should at least provide you with a fact or two to casually slip into conversation and impress your fellow Oscar-watchers.

Everything from the host and the films up for Best Picture to where Saturday Night Live and Pixar fit into the Oscar mix is mentioned below to give you a few fun facts on this year’s Oscars!

 

The 84th Annual Academy Awards represent the best in film of 2011.

- Billy Crystal returns to the 84th Annual Academy Awards for the ninth time as host. At each ceremony, he keeps a toothbrush in his pocket as a reminder of his childhood, when he would make up Oscar speeches for his family using a toothbrush as a makeshift microphone.

- The only individual to host the Academy Awards more times than Billy Crystal, is 19-time Oscar host Bob Hope.

- While this year’s ceremony will be held at the same location as it has been since the 74th Annual Academy Awards in 2002, the venue is no longer named Kodak Theatre. When Kodak declared bankruptcy in January, the company gave up its naming rights of the theater and the venue has yet to find a new corporate sponsor. This means ABC will present the Oscars live from the Hollywood & Highland Center this year, the name of the mall where the venue is located.

 

Best Picture Trivia:

- Of all the movies released in 2011, none of the nominees for Best Picture cracked the top 10 list in domestic grosses. Only four cracked the top 50: “The Help” ranked 13, “War Horse” ranked 41, “The Descendants” ranked 44 and “Moneyball” ranked 46.  “The Tree of Life” and “The Artist” didn’t make the top 100 at all.

- Out of all the Best Picture nominations, “The Artist” had the highest Tomatometer ranking on Rotten Tomatoes with a 97%. “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” had the lowest with a 46%. That is not a “certified fresh” rating.

- Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” leads the contenders with the most nominations, 11. The silent film “The Artist” is right behind it with 10 nominations. Both are up for Best Picture.

- If “The Artist” wins Best Picture, it will be the first silent film to win the category since the first ever Academy Awards in 1927 when the silent film “Wings” took home the Oscar.

- Through 2008, the Best Picture category was limited to five nominees. In 2009 and 2010, there were 10 nominations for Best Picture. This year, they used a new polling system that resulted in 9 Best Picture nominations.

- Three of the acting nominees have roles in two Best Picture nominees. Brad Pitt stars in “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life,” Jessica Chastain stars in “The Help” and “The Tree of Life,” and Viola Davis stars in “The Help” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

 

 

Actor and Actress in a Leading Role Trivia:

- Of the 20 acting nominees (Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role), nine are nominated for the first time. The remaining 11 have 40 nominations among them. Only two are previous winners:  George Clooney and Meryl Streep.

- If George Clooney were to win Actor in a Leading Role for “The Descendants,” it would mark his second win. His first Oscar is for Best Supporting Actor in “Syriana” in 2005.

- Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, with 17 nominations. Fourteen of those nominations were for Actress in a Leading Role and three were for Actress in a Supporting Role. Her first nomination was in 1979 for The Deer Hunter.

- If Meryl Streep were to win Actress in a Leading Role for “The Iron Lady,” it would be her third win. The last time she took home an Oscar was Actress in a Leading Role for “Sophie’s Choice” in 1982.

- Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) and Viola Davis (“The Help”) are competing against one another this year for Actress in a Leading Role. In 2008, they were both nominated but in separate categories for their roles in “Doubt.” Streep was nominated for Actress in a Leading Role and Davis for Actress in a Supporting Role.

- Believe it or not, after 30 years in the acting industry, Gary Oldman is a first-time Oscar nominee. While he is nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (his 48th film role), he also was a voice actor for “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which is a nominee for Animated Feature Film.

- If Glenn Close loses Actress in a Leading Role for “Albert Nobbs,” it will be her sixth nomination and sixth loss, tying her with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter for the most losses.

- Michelle Williams is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “My Week with Marilyn.” Marilyn Monroe, herself, was never nominated for an Oscar.

- Michelle Williams is the only acting nominee who was also nominated last year (for Actress in a Leading Role in “Blue Valentine”).

- No main actor from Friends is nominated this year, but three of the nominees up for Actor in a Leading Role have had guest roles on the popular series. George Clooney played Dr. Michael Mitchell in the 1995 episode “The One with Two Parts: Part 2,” Gary Oldman played Richard Crosby in the 2001 two part episode “The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding,” and Brad Pitt played Will Colbert in the 2001 episode “The One with the Rumor.”

 

Age of Nominees Trivia:

- At 26, Rooney Mara is the youngest nominee. She is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

- Jonah Hill, nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Moneyball,” is the only male acting nominee under 30. He is 28.

- Both 82 years old, Max von Sydow, Actor in a Supporting Role nominee for “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” and Christopher Plummer, Actor in a Supporting Role nominee for “Beginners,” are the oldest nominees. Von Sydow is 8 months older than Plummer.

- If either Christopher Plummer or Max von Sydow were to win their category of Actor in a Supporting Role, they would become the oldest Oscar-winning actor. Jessica Tandy, who won Actress in a Leading Role for “Driving Miss Daisy” at age 80, currently holds the title.

 

Non-Acting Academy Award Trivia:

- Woody Allen (who is nominated for Writing (Original Screenplay) and DirectingMidnight in Paris,” which itself is up for Best Picture) will once again not be in attendance. While he has won three times and been nominated 23 times, he has only showed up once. It was in 2002 when he wasn’t nominated for anything.

- Kristen Wiig, nominated for Writing (Original Screenplay) for “Bridesmaids,” is only the second cast member from Saturday Night Live to be nominated for an Oscar. The other is Joan Cusack.

- For the first time in four years, Pixar will not win the Animated Feature Film category because they received nominations. “Cars 2” is the first Disney/Pixar film that was not nominated since the category was created in 2001.

- There were reports that Sacha Baron Cohen, part of the cast for “Hugo,” had been banned from attending the ceremony. A representative of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Cohen is not banned, but that he is “not welcome” to show up and walk the red carpet as the character General Aladeen from his new comedy “The Dictator.”

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Billy Crystal to Host the Oscars

Actor Billy Crystal announced his return and will be hosting the 84th annual Academy Awards. The selection of Crystal, who has hosted the Oscars eight times before, brings a feeling of stability and familiarity back to the broadcast after a season of controversy with the departure of producer Brett Ratner and his handpicked host Eddie Murphy.

 

“Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show,” the actor tweeted last week.

 

The charismatic actor does not seem to have a problem  being the academy’s second choice and has been quoted saying he’s itching to host the show again. Crystal hosted the most watched Academy Awards Ceremony in history during 1998 with an astounding 55.3 million viewers. The charismatic actor last hosted the Oscars in 2004, the year Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King brought home Oscar gold.

 

The swift replacement will allow the academy to keep the broadcast’s production on schedule as well as protect the stature of its signature event, one that takes in roughly $80 million each year.

 

Motion picture academy president Tom Sherak is excited about Crystal’s return. “He’s a comic legend and Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs,” Sherak said.

 

 

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Hollywood’s New Bad Boy

Is Hollywood’s newest hottie also its newest bad boy? Alex Pettyfer, Beastly and I Am Number Four star, was uninvited to a pre-Oscars party last weekend due to his recent behavior, according to Us Magazine.

Glee star, Diana Agron and Pettyfer recently ended their relationship, and supposedly he went into a jealous rage at a West Hollywood nightclub. Pettyfer is now being called a “loose cannon.”

A source told Us Magazine, “His agents told him not to go to the Feb. 26 Night Before party.” They are apparently no longer confident that Pettyfer can behave professionally. Rumor also has it that his agents are considering dropping him as a client.

Tip to Pettyfer, chill out! You don’t want to ruin your career before it even starts.

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