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Sunday, February 19, 2012

OSCAR WEEK 2012: The Pink and Green Update

Score another round to social media.

photo credit Scott Garfield ©Disney Enterprises
Many of you emailed me pointing to the Twitter campaigns advocating Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy become the host of the 84th Oscars. Billy Crystal was ultimately tabbed to replace Eddie Murphy, but the people were heard as the hyper green frog and his cannibal girlfriend will present onstage next Sunday at the 84th Oscars.

(Sorry about the cannibal comment.)

I'm still a little bitter about Miss Piggy's hawking of Denny's Grand Slam breakfast a few years back. I love pancakes and eggs just as much as the other guy, but I'm not ordering a side of "human" with my morning meal ala Miss Piggy raving about the bacon and sausage that comes with the Denny's classic. Notwithstanding her poor food choices, the Puppet Power Couple will be large and in charge and it should add a lot of fun to the telecast.

In my last Oscars update, I gushed about Angelina being announced as a presenter and the stars kept rolling in this week. Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Cirque du Soleil® (featuring music contributed by Academy Award-nominated composer Danny Elfman), Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Penélope Cruz were all confirmed to appear on the show.

For some reason I was really enthralled about the "Out of Character" exhibition on display in the Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Douglas Kirkland photographed all 20 of the Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress nominees in the two weeks since the January 24th nominations announcement and they are nothing short of amazing. If you can't make it in person, you can view them here.

Six days to go to the red carpet...I'm counting down by the hour, not by the day.

Pictured: photographer Douglas Kirkland (left) and Actor in a Leading Role Nominee George Clooney.  credit: Matt Petit/©A.M.P.A.