Pop culture catch up: Oscars edition

Meryl Streep arrives at the 81st annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, Sunday, February 22, 2009. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)
Meryl Streep arrives at the 81st annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, Sunday, February 22, 2009. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)

What: The Oscars

When: Sunday; 7 p.m.

Where: ABC

Erin Gladieux is a junior telecommunications and journalism major and writes ‘Pop Culture Catch Up’ for the Daily News. Her views do not necessarily reflect those of the paper. Write to Erin at engladieux@bsu.edu

The Oscars can get pretty confusing: keeping track of the 24 awards can result in some mix-ups and yes, when someone says “the Academy Awards” they’re still referring to the Oscars.

The nominees win an Oscar at the Academy Awards. Now that we’ve cleared that up, here is your guide of what to expect this Sunday.

It’s Neil Patrick Harris’ first time hosting the star-studded event.

“Rehearsals are intense for the Oscars. And by rehearsals, I mean me singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror,” said Harris in a tweet.

And just so there are no interruptions like the famous Kanye West-Taylor Swift incident in 2009 and then the not-as-famous-but-still-talked-about almost incident at this year’s Grammys, Harris also wrote that they’ve “installed a second layer of Kanye-proofing, just in case.”

But it’s safe to say there won’t be any disturbances during acceptance speeches mainly because Kanye won’t be there.


Of course the expected, but still well deserved, nominations include Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Bradley Cooper.

And because the Golden Globes are known to hint at the front-runners for the Oscars, the winners are a little predictable.

According to film critic Christopher Orr, Birdman is this years’ pick for the biggest award of the night, Best Picture. Edie Redmayne and Julianne Moore are predicted to take home Best Actor and Actress.

How it works

Any actors dream is to say that famous line: “I would like to thank the academy,” but most people don’t even know who “the academy” includes.

The Academy, in this case, is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a professional honorary society formed in 1927. And you have to be invited by the Academy to become a member.

Members include actors, producers, directors and many others involved in the film making process. Those selected few receive an envelope in the mail so they can cast their vote on a ballot.

So if Benedict Cumberbatch utters the famous words, he’s really thanking all the people in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre who voted for them.


The Oscars have a history of showing off classy and timeless gowns like Angelina Jolie’s black Versace dress in 2012. Of course, her fame could be for showing that leg of hers.

Designers that have shown up on the red carpet before include Armani, Christian Dior and Prada. But at this year's award show it’s not who they wear, it’s the color they wear. Pret-a-Reporter found that 50 percent of nominees wearing gold took home the gold later that night. White is also a lucky color with 36 percent who win wear white.


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