April 24, 2014

Zooey Deschanel, Patton Oswalt’s Twitter account and “Extremely Loud” in today’s Oscar news — AWARSD ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: What? You thought that once the Oscar nominations were revealed, things would slow down a tad? That we’d have a moment to catch our breath, maybe visit with loved ones we’ve neglected since September, and think about films other than the ones that are up for an Academy Award this year?

Yeah, right. There’s still PLENTY of news to report not that we’ve shifted into Phase Two of the Oscar campaign. Let’s hit the big stories of the day:

- Zooey Deschanel and Joel McHale (two stars better known for television projects at the moment) have been tapped to host the 2012 Writers Guild Awards. Expect them to be sarcastically adorable.

- Did you catch Patton Oswalt’s humorous Twitter thread inviting all the snubbed talents – Andy Serkis, Albert Brooks, Charlize Theron, Tilda Swinton – to a bar for Karaoke?

- Even better: Did you see Swinton’s joyous response? (Basically, she’s in.)

- Critic Tim Robey examines what it is the Academy seems to love about “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ director Stephen Daldry.

- And finally, an alternate (and honest) take on the movie posters for this year’s Oscar nominees. Worth a look!

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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