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The Oscars: An Evening of Awards and Comedy

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Oscars Guy: A critical look at Seth Macfarlane as the choice to host the 85th Academy Awards.

Recently Oscars host Seth MacFarlane took to the stage alongside Hollywood starlet Emma Stone to reveal the nominations for the fast-approaching 85th Academy Awards. MacFarlane is the first host of the prestigious ceremony to also reveal the nominees since Charlton Heston in 1972. Using the opportunity as a dry run for ceremony night the comedy writer abandoned the traditionally serious approach of merely reading from a list and instead opted for announcing the nominations with a sense of humour. While no one is discouraging a refreshing approach, many commentators were left dismayed by his attitude, annoyed by the “personal attacks” within his material and debating whether he would be a good Oscars host at all.

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The Watch Review

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Here come the men in blue.

Regular Saturday Night Live contributor and Lonely Island band member Akiva Schaffer made his directorial debut in 2007 with his thoroughly entertaining indie comedy Hot Rod. His follow up release The Watch sees high profile comedy stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade as four men who form a neighbourhood watch alliance to protect their small suburban town, but soon find themselves defending Earth from an enormous alien invasion.

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