Oscars http://tpr.org en A Colorful Night At The Oscars. More Of The Same To Come? http://tpr.org/post/colorful-night-oscars-more-same-come It might have been the most diverse Academy Awards telecast in recent memory.<p>Sunday night's broadcast was capped by British director Steve McQueen accepting a best picture Oscar for his film <em>12 Years a Slave</em> — the first film directed by a black man to earn that honor. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:11:42 +0000 Eric Deggans 27655 at http://tpr.org A Colorful Night At The Oscars. More Of The Same To Come? Red Carpet Hits And Misses http://tpr.org/post/red-carpet-hits-and-misses Now that we know who walked away with the Oscars, it&#8217;s time to discuss who rocked the red carpet. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:46:00 +0000 editor 27650 at http://tpr.org Red Carpet Hits And Misses Here's Ellen's Star-Stuffed Oscar Selfie That Broke Twitter http://tpr.org/post/heres-ellens-star-stuffed-oscar-selfie-broke-twitter A group selfie that host Ellen DeGeneres organized at <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/02/284890952/its-oscar-night-and-were-live-tweeting-it" target="_blank">the start of Sunday's Oscars show</a> is now in the record books.<p>According to Twitter, it's the "<a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2014/looking-back-at-the-2014-oscars-on-twitter" target="_blank">most retweeted Tweet, ever</a>." As of about 8:45 a.m. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:13:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27613 at http://tpr.org Here's Ellen's Star-Stuffed Oscar Selfie That Broke Twitter Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://tpr.org/post/oscars-2014-low-laughs-great-speech-or-two The big winner was <em>12 Years a Slave</em>, but there was quite a bit of love to go around at Sunday night's Oscars. What there wasn't, as usual, was a lot of riveting television.<p>Sure, there was John Travolta squinting at the teleprompter and introducing Idina Menzel (to sing the Oscar-winning Best Original Song "Let It Go," from <em>Frozen</em>) as — no kidding — "Adele Dazeem." And there was a fun dance number featuring Pharrell Williams and his own Oscar-nominated "Happy," which he wore a formal black version of his Grammys hat to perform.<p>But on the whole? It was a little flat. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:36:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 27600 at http://tpr.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two '12 Years A Slave,' 'Gravity' Win Big At The Oscars http://tpr.org/post/12-years-slave-gravity-win-big-oscars After several days of heavy rain in Los Angeles, the sun came out just as the 86th annual Academy Awards got underway at the Dolby Theater.<p>The big award of the night, for Best Picture, went to <em>12 Years a Slave</em>. The film tells the harrowing tale of Solomon Northup, a free black man in New York who was sold into slavery. (See the <a href="#winners">full list of winners</a> below.)<p>The big acting awards went to Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 05:41:51 +0000 Trey Graham & Steve Mulllis 27597 at http://tpr.org '12 Years A Slave,' 'Gravity' Win Big At The Oscars Latin Pride Swells For Mystery Model Behind Oscar Statuette http://tpr.org/post/latin-pride-swells-mystery-model-behind-oscar-statuette The 8-pound, 24-carat-gold-plated statuette that will be handed out at the Academy Awards Sunday night is said to be modeled after a real man.<p>That man's name is not Oscar.<p>It might be Emilio, Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez. He was a famous Mexican director and actor who used to live in Hollywood in the 1920s. His nickname, "The Indian," came from the Kickapoo side of his family.<p>Ask old folks in Mexico City about him, and they'll tell you they love his movies. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 21:37:23 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 27589 at http://tpr.org Latin Pride Swells For Mystery Model Behind Oscar Statuette The Human Moments We Miss, Backstage At The Oscars http://tpr.org/post/human-moments-we-miss-backstage-oscars Picture this: You're standing on a stage. You're the center of attention in an auditorium filled with over 3,000 people. Roughly 40 million more are watching you on TV.<p>No, this isn't a nightmare — it's the Academy Awards. Every year, the standout members of the film industry are presented with Hollywood's highest honor: an Oscar.<p>But what happens <em>after</em> you've won the coveted gold statue? What does it feel like to walk away from the flashbulbs and fans, and step into the quiet darkness behind the curtains?<p>Anthony Breznican knows. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 27575 at http://tpr.org The Human Moments We Miss, Backstage At The Oscars A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest http://tpr.org/post/picket-line-oscars-visual-effects-artists-protest Hundreds of visual-effects artists are planning to picket the Academy Awards on Sunday for the second year in a row. They're hoping to bring attention to what's been happening in their industry.<p>The field is losing jobs and relocating to countries with bigger subsidies for employers. It's the result of a technical revolution that's changed the profession since it kicked off in the 70s with Star Wars creator George Lucas' visual-effects company, Industrial Light and Magic.<p>At first, visual effects was mostly engineers creating special effects with cameras, high-speed motors and models. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 27562 at http://tpr.org What The Oscars Mean, And What They Don't http://tpr.org/post/what-oscars-mean-and-what-they-dont On Friday's <em>All Things Considered</em>, Bob Mondello and I — fresh off our run of video salutes to Internet comments — chat with Melissa Block about what, if anything, is satisfying about the Oscars.<p>Bob points out the difficulty in bringing yourself to care about a contest that so often leaves out the worthiest contenders; I make the best case I can for Oscar season as a potential time of discovery; and we consider a couple of canards about best picture that might help you pick a winner. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:00:26 +0000 Linda Holmes 27560 at http://tpr.org What The Oscars Mean, And What They Don't Stay-At-Home Mom's 'DrainWig' Invention Included In Oscar Swag Bag http://tpr.org/post/stay-home-moms-drainwig-invention-included-oscar-swag-bag The Academy Award ceremony is Hollywood&#8217;s biggest celebration of movie stars. There is some stiff competition in many of the categories this year, and not everyone will leave with a gold statuette &#8212; but they will all get a <a href="http://www.drainwig.com/" target="_blank">DrainWig</a>.<p>DrainWig is a daisy-shaped drain ornament attached to a stainless steel chain with rubber whiskers meant to be inserted into a shower drain to prevent hair clogs. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 27538 at http://tpr.org Stay-At-Home Mom's 'DrainWig' Invention Included In Oscar Swag Bag