All of the reasons the Razzies need to go

All of the reasons the Razzies need to go
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While most were celebrating The Oscars this weekend, The Razzies were also revealed on Saturday night. It’s the annual “let’s name the worst of the worst in Hollywood" event, but is this a tradition that is best left in the past?

Louis Virtel and Roth Cornet list all of the reasons that it's time for the Razzies to go.

Take a look in the player above or below and chat with us here or on Twitter.

Roth: @RothCornet

Louis: @LouisVirtel

Editor's note: We previously indicated that The Razzies were revealed on Monday and have made the correction.

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Guess how many Best Actress movies have won more than one Oscar since 2000

Best Actress

Surprising absolutely no one, Brie Larson picked up a Best Actress statuette at last night's Oscars for her starring role in Room. The movie didn't win any other Oscar that night, which made us wonder: How many Best Actress-winning films have actually won another Oscar? If you look at the stats since 2000, it's pretty shocking. 

Writer Mark Blankenship added up the Oscars and found out the Academy doesn't want Best Actress-winning movies to matter in any other way.

 

The only movie to win a non-makeup category was Million Dollar Baby, which won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman), in addition to Best Actress (Hilary Swank).

The implications are grim: It's like the Academy is saying they're only comfortable honoring memorable female protagonists in a separate, ghettoized category; you could argue they're saying movies starring award-worthy actresses are never the best, and they're hardly even legitimate. Even Meryl Streep, the preeminent thespian of the past 40 years, has only starred in one Best Picture where she was an undisputed lead (Out of Africa). 

Compare this to Best Actor wins since 2000: Every single awarded movie besides Training Day, The Last King of Scotland, Capote, and The Theory of Everything picked up additional Oscars and a few won Best Picture (Gladiator, The King's Speech, The Artist). 

At least this year we had three movies with female leads in the running for Best Picture (Room, Brooklyn, and Mad Max: Fury Road) but you could also argue they were never major contenders for the win. It'd be downright unusual if a movie like Brooklyn earned any major Academy love, and it's possible we've conditioned ourselves to believe it's because the subject matter is too soft when more probably it's just too female. 

 

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Is John Oliver still a comedian? Or is he schoolmarm to the world?

Is John Oliver still a comedian? Or is he schoolmarm to the world?
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This Sunday, John Oliver put Donald Trump in his lazar-like crosshairs devoting an episode of Last Week Tonight to The Donald and inspiring the hashtag #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain. The purpose was to strip away Trump’s self-created mythology and reveal the man that he is.

Here, Roth Cornet and Louis Virtel ask whether this is the best Trump takedown to date, if it will be effective, and if John Oliver is still a comedian or more of a one-man (with a team) advocacy group a brilliant and hilarious schoolmarm to the world.

Take a look in the player above or below and stay tuned for the end where I accidentally (and for no good reason) refer to Oliver as John OlivAN.

#MakeOliverOlivanForNoReason

Take a look at the original video and Drew McWeeny's piece on the episode here.

Chat with us here or on Twitter.

Roth: @RothCornet

Louis: @LouisVirtel
 

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Phew, 'Writing's on the Wall' is not the worst Oscar-winning song ever

Sam Smith

If you were sitting at home watching Sam Smith collect an Academy Award for his Spectre theme "Writing's on the Wall" and thinking, "Strange. I dislike that boring song and think Shirley Bassey would hate it too," you're in luck: Many of us agree and think it's a shockingly drippy entry in the 007 songbook. But is it the worst Oscar-winning song ever? A quick review of Oscar history says no. Phew.

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The Oscars peaked when Cate Blanchett appeared

Praise be to Carol.
Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett arrived at the Oscars with -- almost inarguably -- the dress of the night. Enjoy it here.

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Ranking all 20 Oscar-nominated performances of the year

Leo? Cate? Stallone? Who's #1?
The Snap

Leo in The Revanant. Cate in Carol. Jennifer Jason-Leigh gurgling up blood and vomit in The Hateful Eight. We've been through a lot in this year's Oscar-nominated performances, and in this edition of The Snap, we're ranking all 20 acting nominees before this Sunday's ceremony. Who's #1? Somebody white, that I know. 

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Friendly Reminder: The ending of 'The Mist' scarred you for life

Friendly Reminder: The ending of 'The Mist' scarred you for life
Credit: MGM

"It [has] the most shocking ending ever and there should be a law passed stating that anybody who reveals the last five minutes of this film should be hung from their neck until dead," said Stephen King of The Mist, Frank Darabont's adaptation of his classic novella. He wasn't kidding! While many appreciated the bleaker-than-bleak denouement of the 2007 horror film -- which I will not reveal here for fear of being lynched -- many others, myself included, were not particularly keen on Darabont's version (it bears mentioning that King's novella ended on a more hopeful note). 

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Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Fuller House' theme is the best thing about the show

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen, the pop queen who emerged like Athena from the skull of Canadian Idol, has unleashed her full version of the Full House theme. It will serve as the theme to the Netflix reboot Fuller House. Is it worthy of a standing ovation at the Smash Club? 

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Can you pass HitFix's hard-harder-hardest Oscar Quiz?

You'll thank the Academy for mercy after this brutal quiz.
HitFix

Last year HitFix threw down a 21-question quiz for Oscar fanatics, and this year we're at it again. Join us for an ultimate Oscar test featuring three tiers of difficulty: hard, harder, and hardest. Get out a notepad! The answers are on the next page. (Please note that the term "actor" can mean a man or a woman, and that any listed year refers to the time of the movie's release, not the year of the ceremony.)

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‘Angry Birds’ star Bill Hader stops pretending to know ‘Angry Birds’

‘Angry Birds’ star Bill Hader stops pretending to know ‘Angry Birds’
Credit: Columbia Pictures; Charles Sykes/Bravo

Everybody and their uncle has played “Angry Birds.” Except some select members of the voice cast of The Angry Birds Movie.

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