Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey sent out a memo announcing some major changes to the Academy Awards. Along with a shorter ceremony and moving the air date, they decided they would attempt to get more viewers by introducing a new category to honor popular film. Well, that’s definitely not happening this year, or possibly any year after that. Poor Mark Wahlberg; he was just so close to getting an Oscar.
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced last week that they planned to shorten the Oscars ceremony and add an award for outstanding achievement in popular film, it was met with a mixed response. Some were thrilled at the idea of Batman tripping up to the stage, grasping his Oscar, and growling, “You like me, you really like me.” But most weren’t. However, Mark Wahlberg is super-psyched about it.
Everyone’s biggest gripe about the Oscars is usually how it takes 45 years to get to Meryl Streep feigning shock at being nominated for the millionth time for Best Actress. Well, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has heard the cries and are shortening the ceremony to strict three hours…at the expense of a few of the underwhelming categories. Best Documentary Short Subject, you in danger, gurl! They’ve also decided to desperately grasp for ratings by honoring movies that were popular. So Marvel should go ahead and rent a warehouse for all the Oscars they’re going to get.
Ryan Reynolds has milked a lot of mileage out of Deadpool. He won the 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in a Comedy, two MTV Movie Awards, got himself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was nominated for a Golden Globe. But what Ryan really wants is an Oscar nomination. Oh, how Ryan would love to hear the words “Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Reynolds” in all upcoming movie trailers.
The 89th Academy Awards are on February 26th, 2017, and earlier today The Hollywood Reporter claimed they knew who would be hosting Hollywood’s annual 4-hour wank-fest. THR says they’ve “learned” that the hosting gig for the Oscars is going to the other late-night Jimmy, Jimmy Kimmel. As it turns out, THR’s sources were right. Jimmy Kimmel confirmed on Twitter that he’ll be soon get fitted for a fancy new hostin’ tux. “Billy Crystal, passed over yet again” thought a bummed-out Billy Crystal.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 5, 2016
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC, and the Oscars will air on ABC, so it makes sense that they’d throw the job to someone already on ABC payroll. Jimmy also has recent major award show hosting experience: he hosted the last Emmys in September.
It was announced in the summer that Jimmy Fallon would be hosting the Oscars’ less-legitimate/drunk brother, the Golden Globe Awards. Having the GGs and the Oscars hosted by two Jimmys is good news for any dumb actors and actresses who will attend both ceremonies. Only one host’s name to remember! But how to tell them apart? Well, one will be grinning like a kid who just drank an entire pitcher of Kool Aid mixed with Red Bull. The other looks like your aunt’s boyfriend who always comes over to your house and heads straight to the toilet while shouting at you to be a sport and grab him a magazine.
The 8th Annual Governors Awards were held in Hollywood on Saturday night. The Governors Awards are the special, smaller Academy Award ceremony that are usually held in November to present honorary Oscars, like the one Angelina Jolie got for being a saint. Among this year’s honorary Oscar recipients was high-energy indestructible action film legend Jackie Chan. That’s right, Jackie Chan got an Oscar for being Jackie Chan.
62-year-old Jackie Chan is an acting monster. He started acting when he was 5 and has been in more than 200 films. Jackie has won a ton of Chinese film awards over the span of his career, but he’s never been nominated for an Academy Award. Although I’m sure if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had created a category for Best Actor Able to Look Charming While Taking Repeated Hits to The Body, Jackie would be neck-and-neck in Oscar nominations with Meryl Streep. Since that category doesn’t exist, I guess the second best way to pay tribute to his career is by giving him an honorary Oscar.
Jackie’s fellow 2016 Governors Award recipients included film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. Jackie was presented his award by Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh, and Chris Tucker. I was hoping to read that Jackie Chan accepted his award by crashing through a skylight, back-flipping his way across the stage, and grabbing it from Chris Tucker’s hand with his teeth, but it looks like he accepted it normally. Here’s Jackie’s thank-you speech.
An added bonus to having an Oscar in his trophy cabinet: it can double as a splint the next time he shatters one of bones during an on-set stunt. It’s the perfect size to hold a busted femur in place and keep going!