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The Late Movies: Oscar Monologues

Yesterday, it was announced that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host this year’s Academy Awards. The Oscars have a storied history of hosts, ranging from the iconic Johnny Carson to Bob Hope to David Letterman. The opening monologue is a critical moment in each host’s stint — the first glimpse into whether the evening [...]

Emmy Speech Master Class

(YouTube link) The most important performance of an actor’s career is the Emmy Awards acceptance speech. So of course you must take lessons to get it right. Parker Posey stars in this short from the Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast Sunday. -via Irene’s Internet

The 2012 Emmy Nominations

The nominations for the 2012 Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and you can see the shows up for Outstanding Drama Series in the photograph. The complete list of nominations is at Buzzfeed. Link

Extreme Editing

Writers are constantly told of the importance of editing: say it in fewer words. At the Webby Awards ceremony last weekend, the representatives of the winning websites were limited to an acceptance speech of only five words. Each had to really think about what was important to say. Some speeches were funny, some political, some [...]

How Should We Improve Blogging Diversity on Neatorama?

I’ve been blogging for 5 years now, and throughout the years, I haven’t paid much attention to blogging awards – the Webby, the bloggies and so on – especially as the same usual suspects keep on appearing on the list. So I was pleasantly surprised when Marilyn (AKA The Nag), sent me the link to the [...]

2009 Darwin Awards

The Darwin Awards for 2009 have been announced. These annual awards recognize “those who improve our gene pool… by removing themselves from it.” All the awards are posthumous. The winners for 2009 are a pair of bank robbers in Belgium. The city of Dinant is the backdrop for this rare Double Darwin Award. Two bankrobbers attempting [...]

Inflatable Concrete and Other Innovations in Materials Science

The Medium Awards is an annual materials sciences recognition program in the UK. Cliff Kuang of Fast Company has a slideshow of seven winners, including a carbon fiber alternative made from carrots, a sponge that absorbs oil but not water, and a very lightweight substitute for kevlar. Pictured above is an inflatable tent made from [...]

Making of an Oscar statuette

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world. [...]