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In recent years, there have been some really good Oscar hosts like Hugh Jackman, some acceptable hosts like John Stewart, some disappointing hosts like Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin, and some flat-out horrendous hosts like James Franco & Anne Hathaway. Despite the best efforts of some, none have come close to capturing the same wit, timing, and showmanship of reoccurring hosts like Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, or Billy Crystal. At the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony however, Seth MacFarlane of “Ted” and “Family Guy” emerged as the single most entertaining first-time Oscar host of the 21st century.
Where everyone else spent most of last January debating which team would be victorious at Super Bowl XLVII, I was busy trying to predict which movies would win big at the 85th annual Academy Awards. In many respects, the Oscars feel like a sporting event as nominees tirelessly campaign to win and award analyzers place bets on which horse will cross the finish line.
The Oscar season is customarily kicked off by the Academy president and a random star solemnly announcing the nominees in a drab ceremony. The Academy decided to shake up tradition this year, however, in one of the most cheerful Oscar mornings we’ve ever had. Seth MacFarlane, director of “Ted” and this year’s Oscar host, announced the nominees Thursday morning alongside the invaluable Emma Stone, who had the funniest bit at last year’s Oscar ceremony. MacFarlane and Stone made for an outstanding duo, engaging in playful banter about each of the categories. Even when one of their jokes didn’t quite hit the mark, MacFarlane and Stone still looked like they were having a genuine ball on stage. That’s more than can be said about Anne Hathaway and James Franco when they hosted the Oscars two years ago.
In the eight years I’ve taken on the regular duty of reviewing movies, 2012 just might have been the best.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back in “Men in Black 3.”
The men in black are back, as Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones have teamed up for the third movie of the popular series. While critics say the third movie is safe, it still fits nicely into what has now become a trilogy.
Larry McMurtry created two immortal characters, Gus and Woodrow, played superbly by Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones in the original "Lonesome Dove."
You thought you were finally finished with all those year-end 10-best lists? Not so fast. Just in case you hadn't noticed, a decade just ended. This can mean only one thing: The 10 Best Films of the Decade, in alphabetical order.