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Watch: The Oscar Host’s Funniest Moments…Before The Oscars

Seth MacFarlene may not be a household name to those who don’t follow Family Guy, but you can’t deny that the funnyman staple in Hollywood comedy scene.

After becoming TV history’s youngest executive producer at the age of 24, MacFarlene went on to create The Cleveland Show, American Dad! and write and direct his first feature film, Ted.

Fans and those who hang out in MacFarlene’s inner circle know his irreverent wit, musical abilities (he’s a regular at Los Angeles’ famous Brass Monkey karaoke bar) and impressive pop culture knowledge.

But does he have what it takes to host the Academy Awards Sunday? From a five-word acceptance speech to his dead-on Kermit the Frog impression, relive his top 10 funniest moments and help us decide.

Microphone Fail at the 2012 Emmys: After delivering his presenter’s speech into the wrong microphone during 2012′s Emmy Awards, MacFarlene quickly saved face and improvised a joke about skipping rehearsal, turning what might’ve been ho-hum dialogue to one of the most memorable moments of the ceremony.

White Trash Names: MacFarlene may have miffed a lot of girls when they watched this scene from Ted, but those who have encountered not-so-classy ladies of with these monikers were left giggling in their seats.

2007 Emmys Musical Number: If there’s one thing MacFarlene fans know, it’s that the comedian leaves no stone unturned — or in the case of the 2007 Emmys, no show safe from ridicule. Providing the voices of Family Guy‘s Stewie and Brian, MacFarlene sang about how trashy TV has become during the ceremony’s opening musical number. Let’s just hope the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be able to stomach this kind of humor.

Five-word Acceptance Speech at the Webby Awards: So much LOLs, so little words.

Family Guy‘s Emmys Campaign: Proving that he’s just of a TV fanatic as the rest of America, MacFarlene turned Family Guy’s “for Your Consideration” Emmys campaign for Outstanding Comedy in 2009 into a YouTube series YouTube featuring video clips poking fun at the other nominees, including The Office, 30 Rock and — as seen below — How I Met Your Mother.

Pizza Salad: If you’ve ever eaten a salad from a pizza place, you’ll get this joke.

Oscars Promo: MacFarlene gave fans a little taste of what’s to come when he starred in this Oscars pormo riffing off of old footage from 1999′s James Bond flick, The World is Not Enough. “You’re gonna have fun.”

Acceptance Speech at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards: Hey, if you can’t laugh at them. Laugh at yourself. And then maybe laugh at them. And then do a Stewie impersonation.

Kermit the Frog Impression: Even Family Guy‘s Alex Borstein and Seth Green approved.

And this joke, appropriately about an Oscar nominee:

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Oscar Predictions: Put Our Newsroom To The Test

In just a few short days, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold its annual Oscar ceremony, crowning the best and brightest Hollywood has to offer with gorgeous gold statuettes commemorating their greatest achievements – this year, anyway.

If you’re at all interested in industry politics, then you’ve no doubt been paying close attention to the jockeying for position that the year’s highest-profile films have done in recent weeks: after Ben Affleck failed to score a nomination for Best Director, his film Argo picked up steam as a film to beat in several major categories, including Best Picture. Meanwhile, director David O. Russell has shopped around the stars of Silver Linings Playbook in an effort to drum up support for the film, which now unexpectedly seems to have a real shot at stealing top honors from the likes of Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.

But with a few days left to fill out your Oscar ballots for those office pools, we asked Celebuzz‘ staff who they think should take home some of the ceremony’s top prizes.

Asked to submit their picks for the top five categories – Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress – Celebuzz’ top experts offered their thoughts about who will, and also who should win.

Gabi Chung, Staff Writer

Best Picture: Argo. It’s this year’s industry darling.
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. For someone who’s highly selective of his roles, this man’s track record is amazing. Out of the 20 feature films he’s starred in, he’s been nominated five times for a Best Actor Oscar and won the actual award twice. It’s his year again. The numbers don’t lie.
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. Her SAG Award for Female Actor in a Leading Role kind of sealed her fate for this category.
Best Director: Steven Spielberg. Since Ben Affleck – the winner of this year’s Director’s Guild Award for Argo – isn’t nominated for an Oscar, many in the Academy will go for the safe choice and give it to Spielberg.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. I’m going with the SAG win argument again.
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones. Again, SAG Awards is always a good prediction of how the Oscar acting awards will be handed out.

Tom Freestone, Producer, The Daily Buzz

Best Picture: Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain
Best Director: Steven Spielberg
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz

Jarret Garcia, Photo Editor

Best Picture: Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Best Director: Steven Spielberg
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz

Kristin Koch, Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor

Best Picture: Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain
Best Director: Ang Lee
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro

Eli Lippman, Celebuzz Social Producer

Best Picture: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor: Denzel Washington
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Best Director: Ang Lee
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones

Cory Lopez, Staff Editor

Best Picture: Argo. From sweeping up several other Best Picture wins this season to all the public outcry of Ben Affleck being snubbed for Best Director, Argo has an edge despite the many beloved folders in this more-crowded-than-ever category.
Best Director: Benh Zeitlin. In his feature directorial debut, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin directed a five-year-old no-name to become one of the youngest Best Actress nominees ever.
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. Forever after this acclaimed performance, Daniel Day-Lewis will live on in our minds as the actualization of Abraham Lincoln.
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain. After Kathryn Bigelow was overlooked for Best Director for helming the year’s most controversial film, it seems only fitting its female lead take the top honor instead.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. Though Les Mis rables garnered mix reviews, the Academy is always a sucker for a dramatic transformation and, of course, a good cry.
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz. For the second straight Quentin Tarantino film, “supporting actor” Christoph Waltz has shone as the true star.

Cliff Renfrew, Senior Reporter

Best Picture: Lincoln. The scale, storytelling, direction and acting make this my overall favorite pick for best film.
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. The British actor is simply the best in the business.
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence is the most exciting and talented young actress in Hollywood and gets my vote this year.
Best Director: Steven Spielberg. No other director deserves it more that Spielberg for making such an interesting movie about such an important historical figure.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. Simply the best – she can sing and act, and even looks good with dodgy teeth.
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz. Nobody does danger with a hint of irony better than this German master – worthy of an Oscar.

Matt Russoniello, Community Manager

Best Picture: Either Silver Linings Playbook or Lincoln. Historically, Lincoln is exactly the kind of film that the Academy likes to reward. But Silver Linings Playbook has garnered so much positive attention and goodwill that it definitely stands a chance.
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis. He underwent a big transformation for the role, and the consensus is that he deserves a record-breaking third Oscar.
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. People like her not only as an actress, but as a personality. People want to see her take the stage and give a memorable acceptance speech.
Best Director: David O. Russell. He pulled amazing, nomination-worthy performances out of his four main actors. That’s a director’s job; he deserves it.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. It just seems unavoidable at this point. It was kind of her year.
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz. He gave the quirkiest, most memorable performance of the bunch.

Andy Scott, Staff Editor

Best Picture: Argo. Ben Affleck’s directing snub should have sealed Argo‘s fate in this category. Ironically, it appears that everyone has decided to rally behind him, instead. Sorry, Lincoln.
Best Director: Steven Spielberg. With Ben Affleck out of the equation, Spielberg seems like the next logical choice to win here. Though wouldn’t it be kind of awesome if Behn Zeitlin won instead?
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. Why are you even reading this sentence? He’s winning.
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. Years from now, people will look back on this category and ask, “Why did Jennfier Lawrence win?” In the meantime, everyone seems to think she deserves it, so there’s no reason to think that she won’t.
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones. Although, your guess is as good as mine. (Go Hoffman, even if you’re actually Lead!)
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. Hathaway won the Oscar the second she was cast as Fantine. A “Dream” role, indeed.

Andrea Simpson, Senior News Editor

Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow knows how to move an audience with deeply compelling writing and acting, and like The Hurt Locker, told this story of such a poignant moment in the world’s history with such honesty you couldn’t take your eyes off the screen.
Best Actor: It’s a toss-up between Daniel Day-Lewis and Joaquin Phoenix, but in either case, one word sufficiently describes both actors’ performances: Brilliant.
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain. Her subtle determination made this performance.
Best Director: Steven Spielberg. He’s the clear favorite and if he wins, much like the film, he too will go down in American history as only the fourth director to win more than two directing Oscars.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. I just hope the Academy spells her name right!
Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin. I loved this film, but he made the whole movie worth watching, just waiting for those unexpected one-liners.

Peggy Truong, Contributing Editor

Best Picture: Argo. This will be Ben Affleck’s closest thing to winning Best Director.
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. He’s been unstoppable all awards season long.
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. Although there’s a lot of history riding on this with Riva and Wallis, JLaw’s performance trumps all the others.
Best Director: David O. Russell. Although my personal pick would be underdog Benh Zeitlin, David O. Russell will win the Oscar.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. All hail Anne Hathaway and whatever speech she will make to make us all cry.
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz. This is a weak group of nominees to begin with, but Christoph Waltz’s performance is the strongest of them all.

…And Todd Gilchrist, Senior Film Editor

Best Picture: Argo. Silver Linings Playbook has a real chance at taking this prize given its visibility over the last several weeks, but given the attention heaped upon Affleck specifically because he wasn’t nominated, it seems likely that the Academy will reward his effort in some way, this being probably the best and most direct.
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. Although my sentimental choice has Joaquin Phoenix winning the statutette for what I still believe is truly the best performance of the year, Day-Lewis’ pedigree, and quite frankly, his charm in the face of so many previous victories, makes him the front-runner. And yeah, it was also a phenomenal performance.
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. Poised to become the next A-list star with acting chops to match, Lawrence retains a scrappy, don’t-give-a-shit attitude that makes her youthfulness sexy without sounding impudent or disrespectful. Jessica Chastain absolutely knocks it out of the park in Zero Dark Thirty, but I feel like the Academy is going to reward her upstart colleague instead.
Best Director: David O. Russell. Spielberg already has his Oscar, and Russell’s film has built a head of steam on the charm and talent of its actors, whom the extraordinarily gifted filmmaker coached to some remarkable performances.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. The moment she finished that uninterrupted tae where she sings her heart out, looking rumpled and broken and beautiful, the Academy already decided – even if they hadn’t seen the end result yet.
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones is such a joyless S.O.B. that his performance in Lincoln seems more like typecasting than a terrific transformation, but it’s the kind of turn that the Academy likes – gruff and abrasive while retaining a charming edge, especially given the principle with which his character undertakes his formidable challenges in Lincoln.

What do you think of our picks? And who do you think will take home the gold? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Taylor Swift Is Hollywood’s Most-Powerful Star Under 30 — And Here’s Why

Taylor Swift lands at the coveted number one spot on Celebuzz’s Hollywood Power Index.

Why, exactly? Let us count the ways.

The star, who scored her first No. 1 single on Billboard‘s Hot 100 with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” is the top-earning star under 30. According to Forbes magazine, Swift raked in a cool $57 million from May 2011 to May 2012 alone.

With endorsement deals galore — Target, Diet Coke, Keds, CoverGirl, Elizabeth Arden and more — the country pop singer-songwriter is a corporate mega-brand.

One of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Swift’s long list of accolades includes six Grammy Awards, 10 AMAs, seven CMAs, six ACMs and 13 BMI Awards.

Selling over 20 million albums and 41.8 million digital tracks worldwide, Swift is on top of the entertainment industry is a major way.

So, what do our experts have to say about the golden girl? Launch the video above to find out.

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Fresh-Faced And Wild-Eyed: See This Year’s Oscar Nominees Back In The Day

Many of this year’s Oscar nominees have been in the business for a very, very, very long time.

Just look at Lincoln star Sally Field, who had to fight her way through the studio systems in the ’60s before she could ever hope of winning two Oscars and an additional third nomination.

Then there’s Denzel Washington, who spent much of the ’80s on the small screen, and Jacki Weaver, who sang (quite beautifully, we might add) on Australian television the ’60s.

But what did they actually look like when they were just starting out?

Celebuzz has pulled together some images of Field, Washington, Weaver and more of Oscar’s latest batch of nominees as they were just getting their foots in the door.

See the highlights, below.

Sally Field, 1965

Robert De Niro, 1977

Denzel Washington, 1986

Emmanuelle Riva, 1965

Naomi Watts, 1993

Alan Arkin, 1972

Helen Hunt, 1987

Ben Affleck, 1997

Steven Spielberg, 1979

Joaquin Phoenix, 1984

Daniel Day-Lewis, 1989

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1991

Hugh Jackman, 1997

Anne Hathaway, 1999

Jacki Weaver, 1966

All images courtesy of Getty Images

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Grammy Awards 2013: Best And Worst Moments (PHOTOS)

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The whole music universe descended on Los Angeles Sunday evening to celebrate what the Grammy Awards continuously called itself after every commercial break: The biggest night in music.

Over the evening, the producers put together all the natural elements we expect from the Grammys: cross-generational duets, a few nods to the industry’s icons – both living and dead, and several big performances.

And, of course, Celebuzz was watching for all the big moments – good and bad.

What got our attention? Well, there were some that had us cheering (Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake), others had us rolling our eyes (sorry, Taylor Swift), while a few moments had us scratching our heads in confusion (Frank Ocean, we’re looking at you).

From Timberlake’s triumphant return to Justin Bieber’s many attempts to steer the attention away from the show that snubbed him and the other antics that caught our attention, Celebuzz is pointing out the best and worst of Sunday’s awards ceremony.

Click through the gallery above for our picks.

Do you agree or disagree with our choices? What were your best and worst moments from the show?

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fun., The Black Keys And Mumford & Sons Rule The 2013 Grammys

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fun., The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons dominated the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, sweeping up eight of the top honors between them.

The “Gold on the Ceiling” rockers were already double winners as they headed into the Staples Center in Los Angeles after “El Camino” was named Best Rock Album and “Lonely Boy” Best Rock Song in the early announcements prior to the main ceremony, where they added Best Rock Performance for “Lonely Boy,” while frontman Dan Auerbach picked up a Producer of the Year trophy.

Pop stars fun. were crowned Best New Artist and took home Song of the Year for “We Are Young,” but Mumford & Sons trumped both bands to claim Album of the Year for “Babel” at the end of the glitzy ceremony.

Record of the Year went to Gotye and Kimbra for their infectious “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which also earned the pair the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance trophy.

The awards show was full of hot performances and collaborations – Taylor Swift kicked off proceedings as the sexy ringmaster of a circus-themed set while belting out her Record of the Year nominee “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Her new tour mate, British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, teamed up with Sir Elton John for a special duet on The A Team, while the “Rocket Man” also led the Zac Brown Band, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes and T Bone Burnett in a tribute to late The Band star Levon Helm.

The Black Keys rocked out with blues icon Dr. John and New Orleans’ beloved Preservation Hall Jazz Band in memory of late jazz musician Dave Brubeck, and Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, and Ziggy and Damian Marley came together for a show-stopping tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley.

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z joined forces for the first TV performance of their new single “Suit & Tie” and the “SexyBack” hitmaker also debuted another track, “Pusher Love Girl,” on music’s big night, while event host LL Cool J closed the show by returning to his rap roots and teaming up with Chuck D, drummer Travis Barker and Tom Morello for an explosive finale.

The full list of winners is:

Record Of The Year – Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Album Of The Year – Babel by Mumford & Sons
Song Of The Year – We Are Young by Fun. featuring Janelle Monae
Best New Artist – Fun.
Best Pop Solo Performance – Set Fire To The Rain (Live) by Adele
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Best Pop Instrumental Album – Impressions by Chris Botti
Best Pop Vocal Album – Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
Best Dance Recording – Bangarang by Skrillex featuring Sirah
Best Dance/Electronica Album – Bangarang by Skrillex
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – Kisses On The Bottom by Paul McCartney
Best Rock Performance – Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance – Love Bites (So Do I) by Halestorm
Best Rock Song – Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
Best Rock Album – El Camino by The Black Keys
Best Alternative Music Album – Making Mirrors by Gotye
Best R&B Performance – Climax by Usher
Best Traditional R&B Performance – Love On Top by Beyonce
Best R&B Song – Adorn by Miguel
Best Urban Contemporary Album – Channel Orange by Frank Ocean
Best R&B Album – Black Radio by Robert Glasper Experiment
Best Rap Performance – N****s In Paris by Jay-Z & Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – No Church In The Wild by Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
Best Rap Song – N****s In Paris by Jay-Z & Kanye West
Best Rap Album – Take Care by Drake
Best Country Solo Performance – Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo/Group Performance – Pontoon by Little Big Town
Best Country Song – Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
Best Country Album – Uncaged by Zac Brown Band

Photo Credits: FayesVision/WENN.com

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Music’s Biggest Stars Rocked The Red Carpet At The 2013 Grammys

55th Grammy Awards

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards got off to a hot start on the red carpet, where music’s biggest stars gathered before the main event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Most stars adhered to the requests in the memo that CBS sent out on Wednesday, asking stars to tone their fashion choices down. The memo specifically asked that “buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered”; also warning that “see through” fashions, visible thongs and attire exposing any part of “genital regions” was forbidden at this year’s award show.

Most stars followed the rules, including Jennifer Lopez, who did push the envelope a little and joked about the code while presenting an award with Pitbull.

J. Lo’s black, one-shoulder gown exposed her entire right leg (coming dangerously close to the “genital region”), of which she joked, “As you can see, I got the memo.”

Up-and-comer D’manti crossed the line though, wearing a see-through lace dress and exposing lots of skin.

The singer, there to promote her upcoming single, said she got a few glares from others over her attire.

“I got the memo after I picked out the dress,” she said.

Apparently that made it okay to wear it.

Check out lots more pics from the 2013 Grammys below!

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