85th Academy Awards

Oscar Night Was Great for Grownups

Posted on 02/25/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentMovies for Grownups winner Dustin Hoffman said on the Oscar red carpet Sunday that the award ceremony hadn’t changed even a “titch” over all the years he’s been part of the Hollywood scene — and that’s going back to 1967 when he was nominated for The Graduate. He was certainly right about that. The inconsistent show was, as usual, overlong and, unfortunately, uninspired. However mixed the reviews are for the show — some tweeters suggested Seth MacFarlane include himself in …

How Long Will Oscar Show Go? Inside Info Here

Posted on 02/22/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentHey, Oscar handicappers. Interested in a side wager about how long this year’s show will run?  Producers Neil Meron, 57, and Craig Zadan, 63,  say they will really try to bring it in on time, 11 p.m. ET.  To prepare for Sunday night, Meron and Zadan, the team behind Chicago, Hairspray and now TV’s Smash, say they watched 40 years of Oscar shows. Said Zadan, “When you watch 30 or 40 years of shows, there’s a commonality of time-consuming elements. And you …

Oscar Nominees Luncheon Could Make Irresistible TV

Posted on 02/5/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentOf all the awards season events, the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon stands out because it is a comparatively relaxed, familial affair; plus, it’s not televised. In fact, it has become a welcome respite for the anointed ones, a place where they can bond as a class while out of sight of the viewing audience (though it certainly could make an irresistible show.) Yesterday’s luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel had enough star power to light up the Superdome. Denzel …