No surprises at Oscars

Anne Hathaway and James Franco got in drag when all else failed.

The 83rd Academy Awards offered little in the way of suspense. With the media’s growing focus on the lower-profile award ceremonies that lead up to the Oscars, the best bets became obvious and the Academy voters when right along with the general consensus.

Though shut out of the more high profile awards, “Inception” all but swept the technical categories. Sure bets Melissa Leo and Christian Bale won for their supporting roles in “The Fighter” and Aaron Sorkin didn’t even try to fake surprise when he collected the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Also not surprising were the somewhat lacking performances of Anne Hathaway and James Franco as the youngest actors ever to host the program. Franco’s heavy-lidded eyes invited speculation in the Twitterverse that the star was on something while Hathaway was predictably perky. Together they had an easy charm, but neither was given material worth even a chuckle. It was only when someone thought to set scenes from “Harry Potter,” “The Social Network” and “Twilight: Eclipse” to autotune that the mood briefly picked up.  

And while it was expected that Natalie Portman would get the best actress award for “Black Swan,” as would Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech,” Firth at least seemed genuinely surprised, saying dryly, “I have a feeling my career’s just peaked.”

As the biggest non-surprise of the evening, “The King’s Speech” took the Best Picture prize. Stutterers everywhere c-c-can be proud.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…