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Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars -- BREAKING

Seth MacFarlane is hosting the Academy Awards.

God help us, who ever thought we’d be seeing THOSE words all put together?

The grinning mischief-maker behind the not-so-warm-and-fuzzy teddy bear of Ted, and the animated hits Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show will be the emcee of the 85th annual Oscars on Feb. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. READ FULL STORY

Toronto Oscar Watch: 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'The Sessions' and more

The last 48 hours of the Toronto International Film Festival produced another full crop of potential awards-baiting films. Here’s what has Oscar watchers buzzing up here.

Silver Linings Playbook Along with Argo, David O. Russell’s family study is the one film that’s attracted the most Oscar buzz so far. Uproariously funny and surprisingly moving as well, this is a character piece that hits all the right notes and should be a home run with the Academy. I could easily see nominations for Best Picture, actor (Bradley Cooper), actress (Jennifer Lawrence), and supporting actor (Robert De Niro) along with dual citations for Russell for writing and directing.

The Sessions After its successful Sundance debut (where it was called The Surrogate), John Hawkes and Helen Hunt’s sexually frank drama played here to wonderful response. Hawkes (in the lead category) and Hunt (in supporting) seem like sure bets for nominations, and their strong buzz could even help the film become a Best Picture contender. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon says he will not host the Oscars

Johnny Carson. Jon Stewart. Jimmy Fallon? Not so fast: The host of NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has revealed that despite reports to the contrary, he will not be hosting 2013′s Academy Awards ceremony.

“No, I’m not going to do the Oscars,” he told Matt Lauer in London this afternoon. “It’s an honor to be asked by the Academy, but it’s not my year.”

Rumors about Fallon hosting the Oscars began swirling last week, when recently departed MPAA president Tom Sherak initiated talks with the late night host and Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels. But Fallon’s admission shouldn’t come as much of a surprise; as the LA Times noted, ABC would be unlikely to welcome the former SNL star, since Late Night competes with the network’s own Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch Fallon shoot down the Oscar rumors below.

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'Fantastic Flying Books' storytellers float to cloud nine with Oscar victory

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Everybody who claims an Academy Award is feeling pretty good in that moment, but perhaps no pair of winners on Sunday night were walking on air as much as the directors of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Oldenburg (low) and Joyce (high) — AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock

In lofty terms, the short is about the immortality of storytelling. In simple terms, it’s about an avid reader who discovers a flock of flying books and becomes caretaker for their library-aviary.

Directors William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg were also hovering just above the ground Sunday after claiming their Oscar win over powerhouse Pixar. Maybe they should have been accustomed to success with this animated short already — it was created as both a 15-minute film and an interactive storybook app that has become massively popular. (If you haven’t heard about it yet, sorry: You’re late to the party.)

But the Oscar, man… That just seemed to push them over the top. READ FULL STORY

Academy Awards 2012: We live blogged 'em!

Replay EW.com’s live blog of the 2012 Oscars from Sunday night. READ FULL STORY

Oscars on the Scene: Jason Segel has a wardrobe malfunction

It may have been a winning night for Jason Segel’s friend and “Man or Muppet” composer Bret McKenzie, but for Segel the ceremony proved bumpy. The Muppets and How I Met Your Mother star was seen cracking up with Best Supporting Actor nominee Jonah Hill and Muppets scribe Nick Stoller when Segel told EW that some buttons had accidentally popped off his tuxedo shirt earlier this evening. His solution? Double-stick tape. “Every woman at the Oscars apparently has double-stick tape,” Stoller laughed. But from which red carpet attendee did Segel get his quick fix?

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Oscars on the Scene: 'Vice Principal' Tom Hanks polices the backstage halls as Billy Crystal counts down to the show

As the clock ticks down toward show time, the backstage corridors of the Academy Awards become like celebrity pinball.

It starts out quiet. One or two stars roll in while a whole galaxy of them circulates out on the red carpet. Among the first to grace the hushed wings of the stage is someone not typically associated with formality and decorum — Zach Galifianakis.

As part of its pre-show, ABC has situated Entertainment Weekly‘s own Managing Editor Jess Cagle in the backstage area to catch celebrities who have managed to steer clear of the massive, paparazzi-filled red carpet. READ FULL STORY

Sacha Baron Cohen's Dictator spills 'ashes' all over Ryan Seacrest -- VIDEO

Sure, Brad, George, and that silver fox Christopher Plummer captured the Academy’s attention for their strong performances in 2011, but the days leading up to tonight’s ceremony have been dominated by discussion of a more Method performance. News emerged four days ago that Sacha Baron Cohen wanted to walk the red carpet as his character from The Dictator. A day later, the Academy had threatened to deny him entrance, and Cohen was quick to respond. After much haggling, it appears that Cohen has been granted his wish, as he just emerged from a limousine in Dictator drag. Will he create a stir (as he’s wont to do)? Or will it be a stunt-that-wasn’t? More on the story as it develops…

UPDATE: Victory! “The Dictator” just dropped an urn full of “Kim Jong-il’s” ashes on a clearly annoyed Ryan Seacrest. Giuliana Rancic said, “Do you know how lucky you are? Out of every reporter here, he chose you,” though Seacrest seemed less than pleased. For her part, E! correspondent Kelly Osbourne could only laugh in disbelief. Seacrest took several moments to clean the ashes off, finally receiving a towel from a nearby reporter from another outlet. Seacrest: “Now you know why this isn’t taped. Anything can happen, and it most certainly did — all over my lapel.”

UPDATE: Seacrest seems to have gained his composure, as he just just handed a pinch of ashes (or Bisquick, he’s claiming) to Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. Next up, Tina Fey sympathetically called him “a victim of comedy.” Seacrest: “I’m in the trenches.” And then, Jennifer Lopez approached to ask, “What happened?” That’s what we in the biz calling opening up a can of worms (or ashes, as it were).

UPDATE: E! has posted the video online. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: What does a silent film screenplay look like? Enter: 'The Artist'

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Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on-screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage. 

What exactly does the script for a film that is almost completely sans dialogue look like? Nominated for Best Original Screenplay (as well as nine other categories), the screenplay for The Artist was written by Michel Hazanavicius and illustrates a unique approach to the typically structured scripts that make their way through the Academy each year. EW has three exclusive sample pages from the script, which make for an interesting read if you’ve ever wondered how The Artist manages to tell a story without saying a word. (Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!)

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Michael Douglas joins Oscar telecast as presenter

Michael Douglas has made relatively few major public appearances since recovering from cancer, but now the Wall Street Oscar-winner will be joining Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast as a presenter.

Other presenters already announced include Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, Penelope Cruz, and Tom Cruise, among others. Last year, Douglas presented an award at the Golden Globes, and joked: “There’s got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation.”

It’s unclear what award Douglas will present at the Oscars. That’s always kept hush-hush until the broadcast. The year his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones won best supporting actress for Chicago, he and his father, Kirk, presented the best picture award to that film.

Though he didn’t appear in it onscreen, Michael previously won a best-picture Oscar himself for 1975′s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His next role will be as Liberace opposite Matt Damon in the HBO film Behind the Candelabra, to be directed by Steven Soderbergh this summer.

 

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