April 23, 2014

Oscars: Michael Fassbender, Billy Crystal and naked Best Actresses in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Tuesday of Oscar week, and it feels like we’re treading water until the main event. This is the part, right before the party, where you’ve done what you can to set everything up, and now you’re killing time as you wait for the guests to arrive.

But there are still a few news items and discussion points to tick over as we wait for Sunday, when the Academy hands out its collective prizes for Best Picture and beyond. Will there be surprises? Can anything shift drastically between now and then? Let’s see what’s happening in Oscar land today:

- This morning, I was a guest on NPR’s “Charlotte Talks,” an hour-long discussion of the Oscars. We talked about the nine Best Picture nominees, likely winners, and a few snubs. Find a link to listen to the telecast here.

- Speaking of snubs, “Shame” director Steve McQueen claims that his movie’s lead, Michael Fassbender, was left out of the Best Actor race because sex terrifies Americans. “In America they’re too scared of sex, that’s why he wasn’t nominated,” McQueen said in an interview. “If you look at the best actor list you’re saying, ‘Michael Fassbender is not on that list?’ It’s kind of crazy. But that’s how it is, it’s an American award, let them have it.” Do you agree?

- On a similar note, EW researches if nudity guarantees a win in the Best Actress category at the Oscars.

- Billy Crystal is this year’s host, of course, and that makes one Oscar blogger very happy.

- And finally, upsets are possible at this year’s Oscars, but unlikely. If they happen, here’s where we might see them.

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.”
- Producer Jim Burke for “The Descendants.”
- 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.”
- Producer Grant Heslov for “The Ides of March.”

For complete Oscar and Film Festival coverage, visit our Awards Alley for the latest news items, reviews and interviews all season long.

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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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