Monday, February 27, 2017

Dear Gossips,

So… remember in the weeks leading up to the Oscars we kept talking about how this was the tightest race in years, across several major categories? Well, it happened in the most unexpected f-cking way. And yes, of course, we will get to the Best Picture clusterf-ck, of course we will. We will get to it early. So if you’re joining us late in the morning, please scroll down and click through the pages to find the post. Duana and I have been posting since a couple of hours after the Oscars ended so you may need to get caught up.

But for some reason, you know what line from a movie came to mind? It’s a F-cking Aaron Sorkin movie – The American President, near the end of the film, when the President shows up unannounced in the press room and defends his girlfriend and finally criticises his opponent, Bob Rumson, right before the State of the Union. And then Michael J Fox’s Lewis leaves the presser with all kinds of writer-nerd enthusiasm. And Martin Sheen’s AJ tells him they need a new draft:

LEWIS
He's got the whole White House Press Corps asking each other how to spell "erudite"!

AJ
Lewis, call the printer.

LEWIS
I know. Gotta rewrite the State of the Union.

AJ
Every word, Lewis. It's a whole new ball game. You've got 35 minutes.

LEWIS
Oh, good. I thought I was gonna be rushed.

That’s probably too inside-baseball because it applies to what Duana and I had planned – before That Moment – when we were lining up the articles for today. And so, of course, when it went down like that, we had to throw out the lineup and do a whole new rundown. But even still, the way you will think back on this Oscars, the way you are talking about these Oscars, the way you are debating these Oscars has totally changed now right? I mean, you barely remember the subtle and not-so-subtle political messages. You barely remember what you cried about or even laughed about. Because all you are fixating on is WHAT THE F-CK IS GOING ON WITH BEST PICTURE??? Somewhere out there, there’s a person smarter than all of us who can draw the parallel between the Hollywood stage and the White House stage. I’ll leave that to them.

In this space we have sympathy for Warren Beatty. It was imperfect, certainly. And many things still need to be explained. But if you watch it back… and I’m sure a lot of you have watched it back…


…he is immediately confused. He looks into the envelope for another card. He knows the white card he has in hand isn’t the right one. At this point, I thought, maybe, he was just being a grandpa. Especially when Faye’s chiding him all, “You’re impossible”, like there he goes again, making a lame joke.

My point though is that Warren’s not the one. Have mercy on Warren. From Warren’s point of view, it would have been unfathomable for the Academy to have made such a monumental mistake. But here we are – the organisation that considers itself the paragon of perfection, for the second year in a row, has egg on its face. And now has something in common with the Miss Universe pageant.

So we’ll get to all that. And we’ll get to the dress porn. And we’ll fight about who was Worst and Best Dressed. Please tweet us and email us and yell at us and keep talking to us.

It’s our favourite, favourite blog day of the year. We are so grateful you’re enjoying it with us.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dear Gossips,

It’s Oscar weekend! Are you ready? Our Annual Contest is open until tomorrow – click here if you haven’t yet submitted your ballot. In addition to the suspense of the actual awards, Sunday starts, as always, on the red carpet with the dress porn.  Read Full Intro

Smutty Tingles

February 24, 2017 21:33:48 Posted at February 24, 2017 21:33:48
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Did you know John Cho is presenting at the Oscars? This is good news for all of us. Here he is last night at the Oscar Wilde Awards. And one quick note before we break until Sunday, the Spirit Awards are tomorrow so I’ll be posting photos in the LifeStyle section of the site.

Sunday night, Duana and I are aiming to start posting our Oscar recaps at 11pm PT/2am ET and going straight through to the next morning and afternoon so if you’re staying up, come join us. Happy Oscars!

To be fair, light grey sweat-wear picks up EVERYTHING. I’d be happy it’s not an oil stain. They’re impossible to get out and I’ve ruined so many great sweat-clothes because of it. (Dlisted) 

Chris Pine shaved and I don’t think it’s a good decision to go that clean (Just Jared) 

What Brooklyn Beckham didn’t know (Cele|bitchy)

Meryl Streep’s wax figure is worse than Ryan Gosling’s (TooFab) 

President Obama looks super relaxed in New York (TMZ) 

Daniel Craig probably isn’t quitting Bond (The Superficial) 

I have a hard time believing Selena Gomez would open for The Weeknd (Celebrity Dirty Laundry) 

Yara Shahidi is probably one of few people who could pull off this outfit. It’s amazing on her. (Go Fug Yourself) 

Clothes, by Sheryl Crow (Jezebel) 
 

The Voice covers TLC

February 24, 2017 20:52:32 Posted at February 24, 2017 20:52:32
Kathleen Posted by Kathleen
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Today is the day of liking things I wish I hated. This morning, I wrote about how I love Slide, in spite of my extreme distain for Calvin Harris. When Emily sent over a video of The Voice coaches singing Waterfalls, one of my all-time favourite songs and TLC’s signature track, I was skeptical. Full Story

The No-Podcast Would-Be Episode of Show Your Work

February 24, 2017 20:17:47 Posted at February 24, 2017 20:17:47
Duana Posted by Duana
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Paras Griffin/ Getty Images

So, as we mentioned in the last episode of Show Your Work, we won’t have a new episode this week, because Lainey and I are in LA this weekend when we would usually record the podcast, and Jacek is back in Toronto and won’t be there to remind me not to bang my hands on the table for emphasis. Full Story

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Britney helps us preview Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Oscar Excitement

February 24, 2017 18:06:53 Posted at February 24, 2017 18:06:53
Duana Posted by Duana
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Phillip Faraone/ Jason LaVeris/ Michael Tullberg/ Gregg DeGuire/ Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images

On the last Show Your Work podcast, Lainey was matter-of-fact, if not ungentle, when she informed me that Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling from Trolls is more likely to win the Best Song Oscar than How Far I’ll Go from Moana. Full Story

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Ruth Negga in green pre-Oscar

February 24, 2017 16:28:03 Posted at February 24, 2017 16:28:03
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Here’s Ruth Negga last night being honoured with the Oscar Wilde Award hosted by JJ Abrams and his production company Bad Robot in Santa Monica last night. As you know, she’s also nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Loving. So, again, I ask the BAFTAs – how is she just a “Rising Star Full Story

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