Countdown to the Oscars

Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar Opening Review

The 86th annual Academy Awards are almost here. Here’s a complete guide to the biggest show in Hollywood!

Host: Ellen DeGeneres
When: Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PT
Where: Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA

This Year’s Nominees: “American Hustle” and “Gravity” lead nominations for the 86th Academy Awards with 10 each, followed by nine for “12 Years a Slave.” The trio will compete for best picture in a category that this year has nine entrants, also including “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Full List

Oscar Ballots: Vote for this year’s Academy Award winners! Click Here

Variety’s Predictions: Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley debate the major races and offer their predictions, based on precursor awards, industry buzz and gut instinct. More

The Parties: In 2014, the week leading up to and including Academy Awards Sunday is packed with events, parties, pampering salons and luxury suites, so much so that Hollywood A-listers, nominees and influencers — who are, naturally, invited to everything — will need scorecards to keep track of it all.

Snubs and Surprises: The bad news from having such a great year at the movies is the inevitable disappointments on Oscar nominations morning–there wasn’t enough room for everybody.

Red Carpet History: Designers and their iconic gowns have made history on Oscar’s red carpet. Click here for some of the most memorable dresses.


Best Picture Race: This year, it’s Oscar gone wild, with the nine best-film contenders bold in subject matter, execution and/or marketing. More

Best Actor/Actress: The Oscar actor races are shaping up into a battle that pits newcomers versus veterans in terms of grabbing voters’ attention. More

Supporting Actor/Actress: The supporting actor races are remarkably crowded this year with Oscar-worthy performances. Will Jennifer Lawrence win back-to-back Oscars? More

Stay tuned for Variety’s complete coverage of the 86th annual Academy Awards, including the winners list, red carpet arrivals and behind-the-scenes action from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood!

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  1. Gina says:

    I forced myself to sit through this insufferable movie about slavery. “Brilliant”? “Essential”? I think not. That scene where the camera stays on Northrup, filming him almost choking while the rest of the plantation goes about their day, for a full minute or two of screen time that feels like an hour. By leaving the camera there for a ludicrously long time, all McQueen does is suck the the tension out of it and turn it tedious, drawing attention to himself, to the form rather than the story. Instead of the horrors of slavery, you get “You see? I am showing you the horrors of slavery.” There’s a difference between an “unflinching” look at something and an unflinching look at a person desperately trying to project “unflinching.”
    I reject the idea that because slavery was cruel, that making a movie about it should be an act of unrelenting cruelty. Because it’s about a serious subject I should hate watching it? That makes it less effective.
    A lot of what McQueen does in 12 Years a Slave, with endless wailing, beating, open gashes, rapes, crying, screaming, whipping, and drooling, all treated with the same loving cinematography as the babbling brooks and Spanish moss. Rubbing the audience’s nose in something terrible isn’t particularly valuable if you’re not offering insight. McQueen seems to think he’s offering insight simply by making you want to turn away.
    If you want people to understand the truth, then explore it. Don’t make it feel like a trip to the dentist’s office. There’s more to a hard truth than “hard to watch.”
    And yet, because Americans feel guilty about slavery, it will win best picture – for that reason only.

  2. Counting down! Having our own party with friends to watch the awards, dish as much as we like, and be the fashion police! Pass the popcorn …

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